chi - is the fundamental force that permeates all things. According
to Chinese philosophy Qi connects and animates everything in the universe.
For Chinese medicine, some illness occurs when the flow of Qi is impaired.
To treat this illness, the Qi must be made to flow in a natural way.
Qi Gong - is the art and practice of using breath, movement, mind
and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate the blood and vital
life energy (Qi). The idea of Qi can be found through many aspects of
traditional Chinese philosophy. Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism all
incorporate an aspect of Chi understanding and cultivation. For the
past two thousand years, segments of the Chinese Civilization has developed
different approaches for manipulating and controlling this force. For
example, Buddhist Qi Gong and Taoism Qi Gong involves a combination
of exercises and meditation, Medical Qi Gong includes massage, acupuncture
and Moxibustion, and Scholar Qi Gong focus on concentration and study.
Those concepts have spread to other countries and cultures. In Japan,
the concept of Qi is translated as Ki and this concept can be found
in Aikido and Reiki.
At the Ottawa Chinese Martial Arts Association, we are focus on the
traditional practice and study of Chinese Qi Gong as applied to Health
and the Martial arts. Master Kiem has studied with many famous masters
in Vietnam and China. From their teachings combined with an understanding
of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, Master Kiem has used
his knowledge to help and cure many people of their illnesses. From
our view point, the health benefits of traditional Chinese medicine
starts with the development of the individual. In order to get well,
the student must first understand him / or herself. This is accomplish
by introducing the student to various Qi gong exercises and different
approaches to meditation. The goal is to help the student to become
sensitive to the Chi that is within and around the student.