Lohan Qigong

Lohan Qigong as an Internal Exercise

Qigong (pronounced Chi Kung or Hei Gung) is a set of physical and mental exercises that uses movement, breath control, and the mind to activate the flow of Qi along the body’s meridians. Inwardly, it is taught to cultivate the Jing, the Qi and the Shen (the essence, the breath, and the spirit). Outwardly, it is practiced to build a strong and healthy body.

Brief History of Lohan Qigong

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. Chen Heung had learned these skills from the Shaolin monk Choy Fook and incorporated these into the Choy Lee Fut system. Lohan Qigong contains the following components:

  • Stick exercises

  • Breathing exercises

  • Unicorn hands exercises

  • Standing postures

  • Walking exercises

  • Medical theories

  • Baat Gwa exercises

  • Forms

Lohan Qigong and Kung Fu

Kung Fu refers to the external aspects of Chinese martial arts, which require the development of strength and speed to achieve their goals. To compare Kung Fu and Lohan Qigong, Kung Fu is like asking someone to lift 100 pounds of weight and quickly put it down, whereas Lohan Qigong is like asking the same person to lift and carry a mere 10 pounds and walk for a distance of 10 miles without resting. These two actions require different methods and different attitudes of mind. One is explosive in nature, the other is subtler and demands perseverance and endurance that will cultivate powerful internal strength. Each is capable of achieving a unique quality of fitness, and both complement each other in the development of true martial artist.

Benefits of Qigong Training

  • It has been established that Qigong stimulates the immune system and is favorable for the healing of inflamed and degenerated tissue. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and is therefore beneficial in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and depression.

  • Strengthen muscles, tendons and internal organs

  • Develop flexibility

  • Calm the mind and increase circulation

  • Activate meridian channels

  • Regulate breathing

  • Improve coordination for other activities

Lohan Qigong in Context

  • Lohan Qigong contains a tai chi form and includes the soft elements of tai chi — as well as the harder elements to strengthen the body.

  • Lohan Qigong contains similar stretching and strengthening elements found in yoga — as well as more dynamic elements.

  • Lohan Qigong contains a meditation component comparable to a meditation class — as well as the physical component to help maintain concentration during meditation.