Tai Chi Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang of Beijing, China was also a master of Taoist Qigong (rejuvenation & healing exercises; alternatively spelled: Chi Kung). The Primordial Qigong (Hunyuan Qigong) is a series of gentle movements that recharges you like a battery with deep breathing and full body motion. It blends the basic ("primordial") creative energies of Nature with the personal energy of the human body. The Taoist healing tradition of China knows that abundant life energy ("Qi") is always flowing around us. We simply need to open ourselves to the Qi to recharge our vitality. Practicing the Primordial Qigong promotes physical endurance and resistance to illness. It reduces stored stress and chases away fatigue. Many people find that this style of qigong provides relief from many different ailments including headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatism. American qigong teacher and scholar Kenneth S. Cohen, M.A. (who learned the Primordial Qigong from a direct disciple of Master Feng ~ Madame Gao Fu 1916 - 2005 ) states that this method has the strongest anti-cancer effect he has seen in 40 years of martial arts and qigong experience. That happens because these smooth and continual movements activate the cleansing functions of lymphatic system. Qigong is also a great warm-up for martial arts training or any competitive Western sport. This 15 minute video is a shortened demonstration of the Primordial Qigong.
Here is a great read from Kenneth Cohen on the evolution of Hun Yuan Primordial Qigong
Journey with Qigong
Like many other boys growing up in the 1980s I found a fascination with the Eastern forms of Karate and Kung Fu. I was first introduced to the Tai Chi form through my Uncle who enjoyed short skillful practices at a whim, sometimes right in the mists of a conversation. It wasn't until years later in 2013 that I began my personal practice and discovery of Qigong. I began to learn the Huanyuan Primordial Qigong form along with the 5 Standing Meditation Forms through Kenneth Cohen at his simple and majestic mountain home outside of Boulder, CO. I have taken these two forms as my Qigong practice and from there I have been able to share this incredible practice of clearing, drawing, merging and circulating energy with 100s of students around the world. I have also taken on Crane and Bear as my two main animal frolic practices. I am honored to have also studied and practiced the Taiji Ruler form with Ken Cohen in California. It is a passion of mine to share these practices with all who are called to experience the flow of Qi.