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SHAOLIN QIGONG (internal energy skills) is the earliest form of Traditional Shaolin Wugong (warrior skills).The practice combines breathing and stretching movements into exercises designed to relax the muscles, facilitate blood flow, regulate the internal energy (Qi in Chinese), as well as promote metabolism. Practice over a long period of time can create a strong and healthy physique, help resist and dispel illnesses, and prolong life.
For young children Qigong can develop wisdom and train willpower and perseverance. For the middle aged it can release stress from work and relax the nerves. For the elderly the benefits are far too copious to list, but among them are increased mobility, suppleness, and strength.
Qigong exercises are practiced in mostly stationary sets of movements, coordinating the breath with action and concentration of the mind to create a natural flow of energy in the body.
Rouquan (Soft Boxing)
Ancient Shaolin Qigong sets evolved into full moving Neigong (internal skills) sets of self-defense known as Shaolin Rouquan (soft boxing), practiced mainly by the elder monks of Shaolin Monastery. In fact the self-defense value is a byproduct of these health preservation forms.
Shaolin Rouquan has been highly influential on the development of Traditional Shaolin Wugong. Its movements, postures, and principles are present in all the later Shaolin Wugong material.
Rouquan has been influential not only in Shaolin. Ancient Shaolin Neigong sets and Shaolin Rouquan forms are also the ancient root of Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Chuan) and relate directly to the 13 foundational movements found in Taijiquan.
Because of its close proximity to the Shaolin Monastery, the Chen Village in Henan Province has absorbed much of the Shaolin Neigong arts. The beginning sequence of movements in the Chen Style Taijiquan sets correspond directly to Shaolin Rouquan and several other “external” boxing sets of Shaolin Wugong from the Song/Yuan Dynasty era, such as Shaolin Taizu Changquan (great ancestral long boxing), and Xiaohongquan (small flood boxing), which done correctly should have an “internal” spirit.