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Wudang Dragon Qigong
for Flexibility and Vitality
Experience the Cloud Dragon Qigong for its powerful, spiralling and twisting
Chief Instructor Brett Wagland
experience is necessary.
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Sat 26 Aug
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.
Please bring a mug and teaspoon.
coffee will be served.
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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
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