Qigong (pronounced Chi Kung or Hei Gung in Cantonese) is a set of physical and mental exercises that uses movement, mind and breath control to manipulate the flow of Chi along the body’s meridians. Commonly confused with Tai Chi in the west, it is far broader with many systems containing Qigong exercises: Choy Lee Fut, Tai Chi, Ba Gua and many others.
Outwardly, Qigong is practised to build a strong and healthy body, helping to develop core body strength and flexibility and strengthening the pulmonary and musculoskeletal systems. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and therefore encompasses many of the benefits of meditation. It also improves one’s martial arts skills, especially for maturing one’s fighting from using brute strength for power generation to a more flowing (and more powerful) style.
Lohan Qigong is the Qigong part of the broader Choy Lee Fut system. It traces its lineage back to the first Qigong exercises practiced by Shaolin monks as part of their training. Our founder Chen Heung had learned these skills from the Shaolin monk Choy Fook and incorporated them into the Choy Lee Fut system. Originally trained exclusively within the Chan Family, Lohan Qigong teachings have only been opened up to the wider public within the last 30 years.
Lohan Qigong contains the following components: