News & Updates
No Class Ausstralia Day 26 Jan 2017

I am now teaching at "Fresh Holistic Health" 330 Mons Road, Forest Glen on Friday mornings from 6:30 - 7:30 am. 
The 9:30 - 10:45 am class at Buddina has been cancelled for the time being.


What is Chi Gung?

Chi Gung translates to "energy work" and is  a relatively recently coined umbrella term used to describe many types of Chinese "body technology" developed in pre-industrial China.    Chi refers to "Chi energy"     and "gung" to work or effort or time.    In traditional Chinese medicine Chi energy is considered life energy, the blockage or deficiency of which causes disease.   

One of the defining features of Chi Gung is its "body friendliness".    For example Chi Gung advocates the 70% rule, i.e., any movement or exertion is only taken to 70% and no more.    In contrast many Yoga schools advocate muscular exertion and stretching to a much greater level.    In some types of Yoga the ball and socket joints in the hips and facet joints in the spine are stretched into positions that are only otherwise performed by elite gymnasts and contortionists.    These positions are risky and often produce injury either quickly or slowly.    Indeed, although statistical evidence is lacking,    I have heard several anecdotes of Yoga practitioners of several decades experience requiring surgical total hip replacement.    By keeping stretches and exertion to 70% of maximum and concentrating on efficiency of movement and releasing of unnecessary tension Chi Gung maintains a high degree of benefit for a low degree of risk.

It is important to note that although Chi Gung advocates exertion to only 70%, it is used as a primary practice by martial arts such as Tai Chi, Hsing-i, and Bagua, each of which are at once considered internal or soft martial arts and effective ones as determined by the success of their practitioners in mixed martial arts contests.    The relaxing of unnecessary muscle tension and clean movement from core of the body is said to confer a speed that external or hard martial arts are not able to match.    So while Chi Gung is safe enough to practiced by the very old or infirmed population, it is also of much use to martial artists and athletes.