Qigong (氣功, Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese tradition of self-cultivation and healing. Qi is energy and Gong means work in Chinese, so Qigong literally means to work or cultivate your energy. This practice focuses on opening energy channels, as well as relaxing the body and mind.
Classical Chinese Qigong
There are thousands of schools of Qigong but most fall in a few categories: self-cultivation, healing, and martial arts. Self-cultivation includes the Taoist, Chan (Zen), and Confucian mediation practices. Healing includes self-healing and Bu Qi or emitting Qi to heal others. Martial arts include the Qigong based Kung Fu systems of TaiJiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Xingyiquan (Hsing-I Chuan), and Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang). The Wudang Internal Arts Curriculum includes a number of Qigong practices.
Qigong postures, collectively called Zhang Zhuang, include Wu Ji, the Universal Post, and many other postures. These postures are sometimes referred to as ‘Taoist Yoga.’
Qigong Moving Sets (Nei Gong sets)
Dao Yin and Nei Gong (Nei Kung) are older terms for Qigong. Dao Yin means to lead and guide while Nei Gong simple means internal work. Moving Nei Gong sets include Neijia Warm up Exercises, Chen Tai Chi Chuan, Wudang Tai Yi Qigong, and Eight Pieces of Brocade and Five Animal Frolics. Most systems of internal Kung Fu would fall into this category.
Qigong Meditation Methods
Meditation methods include relaxation, breathing (Tu Na), mind-body integration, visualization, sounds, and color. Examples include Six Healing Sounds, Five Element Visualization and Guided Meditations.
Medical Qigong teaches the student how to use the body’s natural energy system to fight disease and sickness. It is based on Chinese methods of breathing and visualization to enhance the body’s natural immune system. Medical Qigong includes both self-healing meditation and using external Qi (Chi) techniques, to heal others.
Internal Alchemy (Nei Dan)
Internal Alchemy is the highest level of Qigong. It is used for self-cultivation as well as in the higher levels of the internal Kung Fu systems. Nei Dan is designed to enhance not only the health of the body, but also the mind and spirit. The training in this art follows a traditional progression.
Students who wish to undertake the study of Internal Alchemy should prepare by taking the 200 Hour Qigong and Tai Chi Certification Program.
All Qigong and self-healing techniques are based upon authentic Daoist Qigong (Taoist Chi Kung) methods. The major sources include Northern and Southern Quanzhen (Complete Reality), Wudang (Wutang) Longmen Pai, Taiji Gate, and family lineage Chinese Qigong training.
TCCII Qigong and Tai Chi Certification Program (200 Hours)
Dedicated to bringing the Chinese Life Nourishing Culture to the world, TCCII offers this Certification Program to provide a comprehensive study of Qigong and Tai Chi. The 200-hour curriculum offers systematic training in Qigong and Tai Chi movements, meditation, Qi energy healing, medical Qigong, Internal Alchemy, and fundamental theories. The course is designed to prepare students to become Qigong instructors.
Successful completion of the program will lead to a TCCII Qigong and Tai Chi Certificate (200 hour). The primary focus of the program is to provide custom-designed training for those who strive to:
– Improve health and stamina
– Reduce emotional and mental stress
– Enhance their inner-power and mental clarity
– Become a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor
– Advance their career in fitness and wellness, healthcare or healing
– Propel themselves to realize their dream in life
QIGONG AND TAI CHI CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM (200 Hours)
The program can be completed in 2-5 years. Courses can be taken in any order at any locations where the Certificate courses are offered. You or your institute may also sponsor the program and bring the training to your location.
Course which carry credit credit towards certification are listed in our course schedule.
Required Courses (200 Hours)
1. Foundations of Qigong (40 Hours)
2. Foundations of Tai Chi (40 Hours)
3. Elective Course (40 Hours)
4. Elective Course (40 Hours)
5. Teaching Methodology and Examination (40 hours)
1. Intermediate Qigong Sets
2. Chen Tai Chi Forms
3. Yang Tai Chi Forms
4. Medical Qigong
5. Intensive Training In China: Special Topics
6. Yi Jing and Philosophy
7. Feng Shui and Astrology
8. Internal Kung Fu Forms
Advanced Courses (Completion of 200 Hour Program Required)
1. Introduction to Internal Alchemy
2. Intermediate Internal Alchemy
3. Special Topics in Internal Alchemy
4. Advanced Medical Qigong
5. Chinese Esoteric Practices
1. Better Alignment – Better Qi Flow
2. Breathing Techniques
3. Cultivating Stillness
1. Eight Pieces of Brocades (八段锦)
2. Five Animal Frolics (五禽戏)
3. Six Healing Sounds (六字诀)
4. Muscle/Tendon Changing Qigong (易筋经)
5. Qi (Energy) Refining Set
6. Tai Yi Five Elements Qigong
1. Five Elements Meditation
2. Sun and Moon Meditation
3. Three Treasures Meditation
4. Internal Alchemy Meditations
1. Self-massage Techniques
2. Medical Qigong – Principles and Applications
3. Therapeutic Dao Yin – Movement for Healing
4. Qigong for Stress Reduction
5. Qigong for Weight Loss
6. Qigong for Pain Management
7. Qigong for Heart Health
8. Qigong for Internal Organ Health
1. Chen Tai Chi Foundation Drills (Post Standing and Silk Reeling)
2. Chen Tai Chi 13 Postures (4 Cardinals, 4 Diagonals, 5 Directions)
3. Chen Tai Chi First Routine (36 Movements)
4. Chen Tai Chi First Routine (72 Movements)
5. Chen Tai Chi Sword Form
Theories, Philosophy and Cultural Contexts
1. Chinese Life Nourishing Culture
2. Chinese History: 5,000 years in a Nut Shell
3. Taoism: Philosophy, Practice, and Way of Living
4. Buddhist Thoughts on Heart Emotions and Human Nature
5. Confucianism: all about Human Relations
1. Teaching movement
2. Teaching meditations
3. Teaching breathing techniques
4. Qigong and Tai Chi class organization
5. Classroom management
6. Curriculum design: contents-structure-format
Teaching Practicum and Examination
1. Teaching internship and student teaching required for instructors in training
2. Written, oral and practical examination required for instructors in training