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Wudang Dragon Qigong

 for Flexibility and Vitality

Experience the Cloud Dragon Qigong for its powerful, spiralling and twisting motions.

Conducted by
Chief Instructor Brett Wagland

Easy and Enjoyable!

No experience is necessary.

 

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Workshop : Sat 26 Aug 10am to 1pm

Wesley Centre Hall
behind the Rydges Hotel
corner of National Circt and Fitzroy St, Forrest
     The hall can be accessed through the main entrance of the building in the carpark.

$120- (GST included)

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          Please bring a mug and teaspoon.
            Tea and coffee will be served.

Bookings are essential.

Phone 6296 1357 or use our secure online payment facility now the fast and efficient way to enrol. 

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      As many students already know, Wudang Mountain is a place close to our hearts.  It is the birthplace of Tai Chi and many other internal arts.  In Chinese, they call these arts Nei Jia (the inner family).  They represent a higher understanding of training the mind and body

 

      For millennia, people, especially the Taoists, have come to this mountain to gain a deeper understanding and experience of themselves and their relationship with nature.  They derived inspiration from nature and uncovered its principles.  They then implemented these principles through movement to affect the body and mind.  Over the centuries, the masters recorded the effects of these movements, noticing that they would stimulate different parts of the body.  When practised to a certain level, they found that the internal organs would also be affected positively.

 

       In the Wudang Taoist arts, the 8 Brocades (Ba Duan Jin) and the 5 Animals Qigong are practised as a foundation for the more complex arts such as Tai Chi, Xinyi, Bagua and Taiyiwuxingquan.  It is very helpful to develop your understanding of internal arts, going from the simple to the complex.  This gives your body a type of procedural integration of principle and methods.  The body/mind gradually changes, allowing for deeper levels of understanding.

 

      Last term, students learnt the Snake Qigong form.  It was very well received.  This term we will focus on the Cloud Dragon Qigong.  The dragon is probably the most recognizable mythical creature in the Chinese culture.  It has a deep meaning in Taoism.  The dragon is seen as a combination of many animals (camel face, deer horn, lobster eyes, bull ears, snake body, carp scale, clam belly, tiger paws, eagle claws and fish tail).  It represents the ability to transform from a conditioned earthly being into an awakened being.  Legend has it that a carp managed to venture upstream and eventually jump over the Dragon Gate at the top of a mythical waterfall and then magically transform into a powerful dragon.  The dragon is the primary animal used by Chinese emperors to symbolise imperial power, authority and wisdom.   A candidate who passed the imperial exams was referred to as the carp who jumps over the Dragon Gate, meaning that through hard work and diligence, success will come.  This is also where the Taoist school of the Dragon Gate derived its name.

 

      Practising the Dragon Qigong has a strong effect on the liver, gallbladder, tendons and membranes which are associated with wood in the 5 Elements theory of Chinese medicine.  Its twisting and spiralling movements loosen and strengthen the spine and waist.  The movements also produce a massaging effect on the internal organs in this part of the body.  The spiralling movements are important in all of the internal arts as they promote flexibility and strength.  They allow the body to store and release power.  They train the tendons and joints promoting blood and qi (energy) circulation.  They also open the meridians and various points on the body, encouraging greater energy flow for good health.

 

      The Cloud Dragon Qigong form is very enjoyable to practise.  It engenders feelings of floating clouds and swimming in the ocean.  Tai Chi players will discover a different perspective on the Tai Chi form which will lead to a greater understanding of internal training.  The Dragon Qigong is not too challenging and can be learnt in one workshop.  I look forward to teaching you the Wudang Dragon form and I know you will gain a great deal from this ancient treasure.

Chief Instructor Brett Wagland

 

 

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