Qi Gong (literally "breath exercise") is an art and skill to train the "qi"(the human body's vital energy). Originated in ancient times, Qi Gong’s primary stimulus was the search for longevity with the ultimate aim of immortality and it is an invaluable component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a method by which the practitioner gets physical and mental self-exercise through bringing into play his subjective initiative. To achieve this aim, the practitioner must associate his mind, postures and breathing and act on the whole organism.
Tai Ji Quan
The term "Tai Ji" refers to the ancient Chinese cosmological concept of the interplay between two opposite yet complementary forces (the Yin and the Yang) as being the foundation of creation. "Quan" literally means, "fist" and denotes an unarmed method of combat. Tai Ji Quan as a martial art is based on the principle of the soft overcoming the hard. Behind its soft, graceful and flowing movements lie hidden strength and great physical and mental control, the movements themselves are all traditional defensive and offensive techniques.
Complete Tai ji Quan arts include basic exercises, stance keeping (Zhan Zhuang), repetitive single movement training, linked form training, power training (exercises which train the ability to issue energy in a ballistic pulse), weapons training (which includes straight sword, broadsword, staff and spear), technique training and various two person exercises and drills (including "pushhands" sensitivity drills). The goal of training is to cultivate a kind of 'whole body' power as described in the Tai Ji Quan Classics - "being rooted in the feet, developed by the legs, directed by the waist transferred through the back and expressed in the hands."