Baduanjin is an easy set of Qigong exercises for beginners. Ba Duan Jin means eight pieces of brocade or eight strands of brocade. The set consists of eight simple stretches. Each stretch is done while slowly breathing out about three seconds during the stretch and then slowly breathing in about three seconds while releasing the stretch. Each stretch is repeated eight times. Completing the whole set only takes about eight minutes.
There are many different versions of Ba Duan Jin being practiced all over the world. I chose this particular version because it was the closest documented version I could find that was similar to the version I first learned as part of my karate training. I sought out a documented version so that I could dive below the surface stretching exercises and delve deeper into the Qigong (Internal Energy Work) aspects. This version of Ba Duan Jin is based on the version described in the book The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen as part of a larger Zhan Zhuang (Standing Meditation) training regimen.
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These videos are based on exercises described in the book – The Way of Energy
These videos are based on exercises described in the book – The Way of Energy.