Some 300 people welcomed the modern practice of the ancient art of Health Qigong to the UK last weekend (Saturday 21 April 2012) at a Health Qigong event held in Epsom, Surrey. Visiting Chinese professors and teachers demonstrated the gentle movements, which like Tai Chi can be practised by young and old.
A Chinese delegation met with UK practitioners to celebrate the cultural links between the two nations in time for the London 2012 Olympics. Already popular in China, health Qigong is used to promote health and wellbeing. It is considered particularly beneficial for those who have not exercised for some time and is rapidly gaining the attention of the medical profession.
A gem of traditional Chinese culture, health Qigong is a folk sport with a long history. On 21 September 2011, health Qigong was awarded the IOC Sport for All Grant at the 14th IOC World Conference on Sport for All. According to the IOC, health Qigong is a sport that can be exercised by people of all ages and abilities.
In Chinese Culture and in the practice of these arts, the significance of 100 days practice is highly regarded, hence the timing of this event in the lead up to the Olympics.
The Mayor of Epsom, Councillor Sheila Carson, welcomed the delegation and Consular Miao of the Chinese Embassy, said such collaboration between our two great nations was very welcome.
The President of the British Health Qigong Association, Master Faye Li Yip and the Vice President of the Chinese Health Qigong Association, Mr Wang Lan were delighted with the response of all who took part, saying that this marked a remarkable step forward in the introduction of these arts to the UK.
The event at Bourne Hall, Epsom, Surrey, was organised locally by friend of Southern Crane Kungfu, The Chi Clinic in Cheam, on behalf of the British Health Qigong Association.
Health Qigong (pronounced Chee-Gung or Chee-Gong) is at the root of Chinese medicine. It is believed that life energy must flow freely about the body for good health. Any blockages will cause illness and disease. The methods are largely for prevention but are widely used to restore well-being after illness.