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SA Health Qigong Association – SAHQA
Qigong For Everyone
A simple self-paced step by step approach
Health Qigong is easy to access toward learning any form of Qigong; from the old school classics to modern-day adaptations thereof.
It is well suited for individuals who struggle with finding a routine, have an overactive spirit, or mastering the combined action of meditation, breathwork, and technicalities associated.
Not interested in teaching. You are welcome to train and receive merit without having to teach.
The methodology used is simplified steps toward acquisition. First, learn the sequence, next fix technicalities while applying the 3 regulation adjustments.
Our uniqueness; besides over 30 years in Qigong practice? We take it a step further by applying the "old school" principles for profound therapy in action.
Maintain your SA Health Qigong Association (SAHQA) subscription to remain a beneficiary of all the perks on offer.
What, Why & Who
A simple self-paced step by step listen and view
Health Qigong For Everyone
Annual or Yearly Subscription
Maintain your SA Health Qigong Association (SAHQA) subscription to remain a beneficiary of all the perks on offer.
- Local and International access
- Benefit from webinars, video lessons, and newsfeeds
- Automatically be a member of our international group (IHQF)
- Discounts to subscribed members
- Priority shares and access to overseas programs and online lessons
- To name a few benefits
*Provisional to subscriptions being up to date.
The Health Qigong programs are taught in private sessions, in group sessions also online. Health Qigong forms are officially promoted by International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF).
The 4 Forms In Brief
There are initially four forms to get you started, namely Liu Zi Jue, Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Ying, and Wu Qin Xi. These qigongs are designed for improving the general health of those who practice them.
1. Six Healing Sounds
The 6 Healing Sounds are to clear toxins and restore the health within the organs; this is done with each inhalation and exhalation. Each sound resonates with a specific organ to amplify the health of this organ.
2. EIGHT SECTION BROCADE
Eight Section Qigong Exercises also unearthed among ancient paintings is renowned amongst Chinese medicine practitioners for calming mind and spiritual enhancement, stretching and loosening body joints, and assisting with breathing enhancement.
3. TENDON MUSCLE STRENGTHENING
Tendon Muscle Strengthening Qigong Exercises is based on Chinese medicine theories within martial art applications. This specific routine is famous among the Shaolin monks when practicing the mergence of martial arts such as strengthening the bones, tendons, muscle, and sinews; effective for healing, energy work, and martial applications.
4. Five Animal Play
Five Animal Frolic/Play Qigong Exercises was specifically designed by a Chinese physician named Hua Tuo. Mimicking the animal movement affects the health of the internal organs, it massages, balances, stimulates, stretches, and opens in an aerobic and anaerobic action switching between sympathetic and parasympathetic mode or Yin Yang training.
The Advanced Forms
These are done after the 4 routines listed above and the player has completed a prescribed competence level to continued study.
Did You Know?
Qigong as a therapy exercise is over 3000 years old; as shown on unearthed ancient paintings and pottery depicting the Qigong movements.
Origins researched among famous Chinese medicine contributors over these decades have proven its efficacy among thousands of practitioners and players living in China and the world to date.
Qigong as therapy is similar to Acupuncture treatment; as both utilise the same theoretical knowledge and philosophy to acquire 360 health and wellness.
There are Two ways of practicing Qi Gong
Dong Gong is an active technique. It involves movements relating to acupuncture points and channels, and strengthens the internal organs. This is also found in the practice of Tai Chi Quan but in Tai Chi one has to sink the Qi into the lower Dantian as well.
Jing Qi Gong is a passive technique like Yin and Yang. It consists of any kind of meditation - sitting, lying or standing - which helps us to cultivate energy and store the Qi in the DanTian. It works on the internal body and clears the mind (to gain calmness and clarity )
Start at the beginning regardless of experience, It is always beneficial to approach with the view that you would be teaching one day. Always ask the question how well do you know the technicalities to teach it if required to do so.
Positive emotions are key to health, vitality, and robust immunity. That’s also the Qigong view, and it’s the key to extraordinary healing. Qigong works with frequency and vibration. Every emotion has a special signature and special frequency. These specific frequencies influence specific systems in your body. This positive influence is what creates such a beautiful feeling and complete healing.
These exercises once learned can also bring about increased muscular efficiency and coordination, improved breathing and blood flow, greater flexibility, a higher level of internal balance and harmony, and an improved immune system.
Qigong is now regarded within the Chinese health and medical science fields as “a shining pearl in Traditional Chinese Medicine”. It has helped millions of people with severe and lingering health problems to improve their health.
Both the Instructor and the Client Benefit;
Increase muscle strength and flexibility
Improve lower back pain
Encourage blood circulation
Helps to combat stress and depression
Better functioning of internal organs, beneficial to people suffering from Diabetes, Heart Problem, and Kidney problems
Reduce high blood pressure
Improvement of mental attitude and power of perception as well as overall physical fitness
Improvement of the flexibility of joints, thus beneficial to people with Arthritis.
Reduce the loss of Calcium thus improve bone density, thus beneficial to people suffering from Osteoporosis
The cardiovascular and respiratory functions are markedly improved.
This will help you, to study at home at your own time and pace.
- Find a flat, open space, where you can have freedom of movement without bumping into anything.
- It is recommended to stretch prior; as it assists with calming the mind and relaxing the body.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, to devote to this practice. Turn off your phones.
- Don't practice on a full stomach. Allow time to digest before exercising.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and flat-soled shoes.
- Don't overdo it. Rest when you feel tired.
- Cool down gently, allow your body time to rest and restore itself after you are done.
Yes, all lessons will be in English &/or Mandarin.
Initially, you do not need to bother to know the breathing nor technical details to start with.
Oh, from our experience over the years. Do not neglect to train your core fundamentals before embarking upon learning the routines.
The therapeutic dynamics are all found within the simplest action.
Note; we have placed the routines in a sequence. The reason for this is that they build up to more complex moves and techniques. This is an excellent way to elevate your ability.
Imagine a house being built. The foundation in this case; is the core fundamentals. Followed by the next. Each phase has a place and purpose to expand and enhance its potential.
1. BREATH NATURALLY
2. EMPTY YOUR CUP
(never assume you know something regardless if learned prior. You need to always be open to learning and new experiences)
STEP 1 Mimic the form and see how best you are able to do so.
STEP 2 Enjoy the music by letting it wash over you. (the timing of each song is specifically composed for each routine to assist in calming of sensations)
STEP 3 Review your ability to copy the technicalities of every single movement to the finest detail.
Once you have done this you are ready to be refined.
Spending time with a qualified Qigong coach will enhance your full potential to master the moves and benefit from the characteristics which amplify your health. All this and more will be within your reach.
How do you do this?
You can do this with our online lessons where video tutorials address theory and technicalities in detail. Or; find us doing workshops in your country or invite us to do a collaboration with you.
Follow & Imitate
Below is access to the forms to mimic.
Enjoy exploring your journey of elementary Health Qigong practices.
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Symbol: 段位 Duan Wei "level"
The dan (段) ranking system is used by many Japanese, Okinawan, and Korean martial art organizations to indicate the level of a person's ability within a given system. Used as a ranking system to quantify skill level within a given set of specific patterns,
In Chinese pinyin, however, the same character is pronounced duàn in Mandarin with the 4th tone; and was originally used to mean phase.
International Accreditation & Standards
Since 1998, the Chinese Wushu Association together with the National Sports Commission and the Chinese Wushu Research Institute has established a graduation system based on nine Duan levels.
In 2011 the Duan Wei system was changed and a set of style books was issued for duan wei 1-6 exams each level can be examined on preset forms and applications including partner forms the badge has also been changed to include the duan wei number i.e. 1–6. Entry-level for experienced practitioners have now been limited to 3rd Duan and below so as to tighten up the rankings.
So-called basic duans for students with some years of experience.
1. Qingying—yi duan: Bronze/blue Eagle
2. Yinying—er duan: Silver Eagle
3. Jinying—san duan: Gold Eagle
Middle-level duans are for wushu students/coaches who are able to teach and have between 5 and 10 years wushu coaching experience depending on level applied for. Starting from 5th Duan, there has to be proof of a scientific work in wushu research, i.e. publications, DVD, training of Duanwei examined students. Six Duanwei can use the title of Master as this is the highest technical grade.
4. Qinghu—si duan: Bronze/blue Tiger
5. Yinhu—wu duan: Silver Tiger
6. Jinhu—liu duan: Gold Tiger
Advanced level is only awarded to very experienced masters with excellent reputation in Wushu. The person awarded such a Duan is officially allowed to call himself "Grand Master".
7. Qinglong—qi duan: Bronze/blue Dragon
8. Yinlong—ba duan: Silver Dragon
9. Jinlong—jiu duan: Gold Dragon
The term Dan was used on the badges up to 2005 when the term Duan was then used on the badges, however the term Dan was never used on the certificates of grade, the certificates always use the term Duanwei.
SAHQA & IHQF Explained
National & International Accreditation & Standards
How easy is it to obtain Phase 1 - Chih Levels?
Be a SAHQA member by contributing to the reasonable annual subscription. Start with the videos on this page, continue training with online lessons or attend lessons live or online, complete routines 1 to 3 to qualify for the junior instructor and access to international merit. You can assess after each routine. Complete the hours stipulated and you ready for assessment and merit.
National Chih Certification
SAHQA preparatory Duans are classified as Chih levels, as preparation for the more advanced international accreditation. Qualifying at these levels will enable you to start teaching. Once qualified at a Chih 1-3 level, SAHQA will guide those who wish to further their training to proceed to international accreditation by both SAHQA and the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF).
IKLWC/SAHQA Health Qigong Chih 1-3 Instructor Certificate (upon passing the exam)
Complete 66hours of intensive training
18hrs as a student & + 48hrs instructor training
International DUAN Certification
The first criteria is to become a SAHQA member and remain a SAHQA member by renewing your annual subscription.
Learn the advanced criteria as advised by your SAHQA/IHQF coach.
SAHQA will advise and guide the member to obtain international merit listed below.
Continue to obtain the recommended merit to qualify as an International IHQF coach
SAHQA will assist you to register and obtain merit with IHQF, Beijing China.
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Who Are We?
IKLWCentre is a representative of officiating standards and credentials in Cape Town, South Africa. Internationally SAHQA is affiliated to the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF) and Chinese Health Qigong Association (CHQA) whom allows SAHQA to have a structure that is Associative and Technical.
Our coaches are technically qualified to assist to teach, adjudicate, and merit any member of SAHQA regardless of worldwide location. Dr Jeff Lan is Head Coach of the International Kim Loong Wushu Centre (IKLWC), an international 6th Duan IHQF Instructor, and a 9th Duan World Organisation of Wushu Kung Fu Masters (ch180057). Amanda Lan co-owner of IKLWC and an international 4th Duan IHQF Instructor.