Chi Kung Combo: Sequence One (Qigong)

A complete 18 move form to teach and practice all of the essential elements of qigong and tai chi
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

the chi kung combination is a simple set of exercises, put together in such a way as to be challenging mentally and physically, yet is much easier than a standard tai chi form.

the chi kung combination shown here is the one taught at andy wright's sessions.

the majority of the moves making up the combination are taken from the various standard chi kung sets. in particular set one and two of shibashi, the 18 stance chi kung sets, lend themselves invaluable to the construction of this sequence.

the chi kung combination teaches the student valuable lessons about tai chi and chi kung principles such as good body alignment and movement, breathing, combining arm and leg movements, smooth transitioning between moves, balance and control plus much more.

Additionally the combination's side effect is that it aids with memory functions as a result of practising the sequence.

The course is shown as a series of videos spanning 1-4 moves and is demonstrated front and side views, plus a slow-motion version. At the end the moves are recapped from the start until the last move shown.

What are the requirements?

  • All essential background elements are included in the Resources Section
  • Prepare a medium sized space, devoid of obstacles
  • Put soft music into the cd player/music player
  • Have an open persistent mind for practice
  • Set aside 20-30 minutes each day (or every other if time is difficult) and practice

What am I going to get from this course?

  • To learn and practice the entire 18 move form
  • To perform confidently the entire form without reference to the videos
  • To have a good understanding of the essential elements of qigong and tai chi practice
  • To be ready for moving to more advanced forms, having acquired the beginner-to-intermediate skills required

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is interested in longer forms of qigong and tai chi
  • All essential elements are included so no prior knowledge is required
  • A willing participant in the learning of the form and to practice regularly
  • This course is not for the casual practitioner who isn't willing to practice regularly

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to Chi Kung (Qigong) Combo: Sequence One
03:04

In this first lecture you can meet the course tutor and designer, Andy Wright. You'll see and hear about his life and work, with testimonials from real people/students (he teaches classes daily as well as on line). His work encompasses teaching in NHS hospitals as well as Sport Centres and for charitable organisations such as Parkinson Society and MS Society.


In 2014 he had major back surgery that did not go right, and subsequently could not WALK and working was nearly impossible. But his recovery was entirely due to diligent practise of qigong daily and now, 2 years later, he is able to ditch the rollators and wheelchairs for a single stick. The prognosis is not good, because it is likely that he now requires another operation due to loosening screws causing pain.

00:58

the chi kung combination is a simple set of exercises, put together in such a way as to be challenging mentally and physically, yet is much easier than a standard tai chi form.

the chi kung combination shown here is the one taught at andy wright's sessions.

the majority of the moves making up the combination are taken from the various standard chi kung sets. in particular set one and two of shibashi, the 18 stance chi kung sets, lend themselves invaluable to the construction of this sequence.

the chi kung combination teaches the student valuable lessons about tai chi and chi kung principles such as good body alignment and movement, breathing, combining arm and leg movements, smooth transitioning between moves, balance and control plus much more.

Additionally the combination's side effect is that it aids with memory functions as a result of practising the sequence.

05:25

MOVEMENT ONE - STEP INTO WUJI

lower your centre of gravity by relaxing the knees, as you breathe in. step with the right foot to the right into a wuji stance and breathe out. this move may not seem very complex but do not be deceived by its simplicity. remember when executing the movement you should be aiming for perfect timing, a combination of breath and body movement co-ordination and control, so the foot shift's position with the minimum of effort.

MOVEMENT TWO - RAISING THE HANDS

this is movement number one from "Shibashi Set One". raise the hands, palms facing downwards, keeping the whole arm relaxed. do not raise the hands higher than mid-chest and remember to breathe in slowly, with the breath leading the movement. raise the rest of the body upwards by lifting the heels or shifting the weight forwards onto the ball of the foot. then, as you lower the hands lower the heels, breath out and bend the knees slightly. keep the hands and wrists relaxed and feel the energy flow through the palms.

MOVEMENT THREE - BROADEN THE CHEST

this is movement number two from "shibashi set one". raise the hands as you did in the previous movement remembering to breathe in and raise yourself up.

once the hands reach mid chest level, replace the heels or return the weight back to neutral, turn the hands so that the palms face inwards and the finger tips face each other - the position of the arms may resemble holding a ball.

open the arms outwards as if the ball is expanding and at the same time roll the body weight forwards onto the balls of the feet. don't go too far or you will topple forwards. continue the in breath until this point.

bring the weight back to the centre. close the arms and once the hands are around shoulder width apart turn the palms to face downwards and begin to lower the arms down and bend the knees slightly. while performing this part of movement number three, breathe out.

MOVEMENT FOUR - HOLDING A BALL

bring the left hand up to the bottom and the right hand to the top of an imaginary ball, so the hands have palms facing each other.

remember the leading elbow tells you the direction of travel, in this case the right elbow should be highest and leading the movement.

moving the ball to the right side of the body,twist the waist. once you have reached the point where you can turn no further rotate the ball in the hands, breathe in, then twist the waist around to the left side slowly, holding the ball all the way. the left elbow will be leading. breathe out slowly.

once your hands have reached the left side and you can turn no further, rotate the ball, breathe in, then turn the body slowly back towards the right side. the right elbow will be leading. breathe out slowly.

06:22

MOVEMENT FIVE - CRANE OPENS ITS WINGS

continuing from the previous move your body will be facing 2 oclock with the hands holding a ball at the lower dantian.

breathing in throughout bring the left arm upwards so that the forearm, at wrist level, touches the underside of the right forearm, at wrist level. then lift both arms holding the crossed-arm position, until they reach forehead height.

pivot from the waist and move the entire upper body, without moving anything else, so that you are facing the left (10 oclock) position. breathe out as you twist to the left.

as you pivot to 10 oclock start to separate the arms outwards and downwards following a semi-circular route, as if the hands were holding a very large ball. start to breathe in.

MOVEMENT SIX - HOLDING THE SUN AND MOON

continue with the outwards and downwards motion, move the hands so that they end up at the bottom of the ball palms turned upwards. continue to breathe in until the hands reach the bottom. try not to move any other body parts and stay facing 10 oclock throughout.

now, return the hands along the edge of the ball so they are following the edge back up to the apex, breathing in as you move the arms outwards and upwards. do not move any other body parts.

this movement is completed when the hands are above the head with the palms facing downwards, preferably above the crown of the head. do not cross the arms.

MOVEMENT SEVEN - PRESSING PALMS

keep the orientation of the previous movement while you pivot the entire body to face 2 oclock. breathe in as you turn the body, making sure that you do not move any other body parts. once at 2 oclock, push the hands, palms continuing to face downwards, towards the dantian as if pressing a heavy item.

MOVEMENT EIGHT - CIRCLE THE CHI INWARDS

step FORWARDS with the right leg from wuji stance to 2 oclock and as you do so circle both hands inwards turning the palms up and inwards. imagine giving someone a "hug".

once the stance has reached the most forward position the arms and hands should have circled forwards so that they meet in front, in line with the dantian. breathe in.

as you draw your body weight back by shifting it to the left leg, draw the palms towards the dantian. at the end of the weight shift the hands should be in front of the dantian in a similar place to that when you commenced this movement.

bring the right leg back to wuji stance.

06:54

MOVEMENT NINE - CIRCLE THE CHI OUTWARDS

step BACKWARDS with the left leg from wuji stance to 8 oclock and as you do so extend the hands forwards towards 2 oclock so that the backs of the hands are facing each other. then, circle both hands outwards turning the palms down and outwards. imagine doing the "breast stroke" while swimming. breathe in.

finish this part of the movement with the palms facing upwards at the waist level, just in front of the dantian having circled the arms out and around.

bring the weight forwards to the right leg as you raise the hands to 12 oclock directly in front of you , turning the hands over so that the palms face down and the left hand is on top of the right at around chest height. both hands should be in line with the fingers facing forwards.

MOVEMENT TEN - CRANE STANDS ON ONE LEG

keeping the hands stationary, lift your left knee so that you are standing on one leg, the right leg. if balancing is a problem for you, keep the toes of the left foot touching the floor, but still shift the weight over to the right leg with a 90/10 distribution of weight in favour of the right side.

as you lift the knee, separate the hands by drawing the elbows back and outwards. end with the hands in line with and close to the corresponding shoulder.

MOVEMENT ELEVEN - PRESSING PALMS

keep the orientation of the previous movement (including balancing on the right leg) push the hands, palms face downwards, towards the dantian as if pressing a heavy item.

MOVEMENT TWELVE - CIRCLE THE CHI INWARDS

from the raised leg position step FORWARDS with the left leg to 10 oclock and as you do so circle both hands inwards turning the palms up and inwards. imagine giving someone a "hug".

once the stance has reached the most forward position the arms and hands should have circled forwards so that they meet in front, in line with the dantian. breathe in.

as you draw your body weight back by shifting it to the right leg, draw the palms towards the dantian. at the end of the weight shift the hands should be in front of the dantian.

bring the left leg back to wuji stance.

04:23

MOVEMENT THIRTEEN - CIRCLE THE CHI OUTWARDS

step BACKWARDS with the right leg from wuji stance to 4 oclock and as you do so extend the hands forwards towards 10 oclock so that the backs of the hands are facing each other. then, circle both hands outwards turning the palms down and outwards. imagine doing the "breast stroke" while swimming. breathe in.

finish this part of the movement with the palms facing upwards at the waist level, just in front of the dantian having circled the arms out and around.

bring the weight forwards to the right leg as you raise the hands to 12 oclock, turning them over so that the palms face down and the right hand is on top of the right. both hands should be in line with the fingers facing forwards.

MOVEMENT FOURTEEN - CRANE STANDS ON ONE LEG

keeping the hands stationary, lift your right knee so that you are standing on one leg, the left leg. if balancing is a problem for you, keep the toes of the right foot touching the floor, but still shift the weight over to the left leg with a 90/10 distribution of weight in favour of the left side.

as you lift the knee, separate the hands by drawing the elbows back and outwards. end with the hands in line with and close to the corresponding shoulder.

MOVE FIFTEEN - SWINGING ARMS & STEP SIDEWAYS

before you move the right leg push both palms downwards as if you are performing "pressing palms" but as the hands reach the waist level, swing both arms to the left. follow the movement with the head.

once the arms are extended to the left, step with the right leg to the right 3 oclock direction from the raised leg position, into a double width stance. continue the arm swing down and then up towards the right side. as you do this, draw the left foot in towards the right. look right.

step with the left foot to the left 9 oclock position into double wuji stance. swing the arms downwards and then up towards the left side, drawing the right foot towards the left. look left.

MOVE SIXTEEN - COLLECTING THE CHI AT DANTIAN (DAN-TEE-ANN)

keep the rest of the body motionless as you move the right foot out to 3 oclock, into a double wuji stance. move the hands in towards the dantian with the palms facing downwards. once the hands reach the centre, continue to move the hands out in front of you anti-clockwise at waist height, in a complete circle. imagine you are "polishing a table" using both hands.

once the hands have traversed the entire circle, change the direction by repeating the hand movement but this time circling the hands around clockwise.

MOVE SEVENTEEN - ZHOU TIEN (ZOO TEE-ENN) CIRCLES

continuing from the last movement, bring the palms together as if in "prayer". raise the hands palms together and then circle the arms forwards, turning the fingers to face downwards as far as you can.

remember to bend your knees, and do not lean forwards, as you lower the hands.

circle the hands into the dantian and back to the start position. breathe in.

imagine diving into a pool.

repeat the hand circling again but in reverse, changing the direction of the hands so that they begin the circle with a downwards motion and continue until they return to the start position. breathe out.

MOVE EIGHTEEN - CALM THE ENERGY

lower the hands as if you were doing the second half of the previous movement, and as the hands reach the lowest point, separate them out to their corresponding side.

bringing the right foot inwards towards the left foot, circle the hands outwards and upwards so they end above the crown of your head. breathe in and once there, draw the hands down the front of the body towards the dantian, palms facing downwards, as you breathe out.

your hands will finish by your sides and your feet will be where they were when you started the sequence.

13:15

The full demonstration with music, shown in front view, side view and slo-mo view on the right and left sides.

Section 2: Resources
Article
This resource has some useful background information regarding qigong and the practise thereof
Article

Learn about abdominal breathing, the fundamental task you need to focus on

00:33

The visual lecture for abdominal breathing.

01:30

Learn and practise wuji stance, the fundamental posture for qigong that requires some time to master

02:47

These terms are used incorrectly due to lack of knowledge. Most people have an idea of what they think it is about but actually only know what the media says. The key to practice is QIGONG and this holds the power to good health.

06:02
Listen to real people telling how Qigong has helped them.

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Instructor Biography

Andy Wright, Versatile Trainer

My name is Andy Wright and I live in Wiltshire (UK). In 1961 I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. For quite a number of years the condition was the focus of attention for professionals and the like. Until the age of 8 I was reliant upon a wheel chair for mobility but crawled around on my hands and knees in the house.

When I joined the Scouts I was inspired to get up and walk; having seen the other kids having fun, running around and enjoying themselves. My aim was to walk a few feet (literally) to collect my Christmas present from the School Santa. I don't remember too much about it, but I have been back to the school and noticed the distance was only 6-10 feet. However, it led on to other things... Karate training was responsible for improving my balance and coordination.

Formal education was achieved at Claremont School in Bristol until the age of 11 years and subsequently at Thomas Delarue School in Kent.

After leaving school at 16 years I had a years' worth of work experience followed by 10 months of paid employment. I spent the next 8 years unemployed although I had many social activities going on such as mobile disco DJ, War Gaming enthusiast, CB Radio operator and from about 1986 budding software author (following my purchase of the ZX Spectrum 128k).

In 1989 I started work as a computer software programmer for Avon Tyres and spent a fantastic 5 years developing Quality Assurance applications on the Amstrad 1640.

In 1989 i qualified as a black belt in karate, after training for 4 years and doing regular gradings. Shortly after, 1990, I opened up my own club teaching karate to anyone who wanted to learn, until by 1995 I had a 250+ student base and was travelling the world teaching.

The next position was for Wiltshire Council Careers Department as a part time Computer Engineer and the plan was that the remaining hours would be used to develop a freelance training business, but after 3 or 4 years it did not really take off.

So, in order to pay the bills the next role (in 1998) was a mobile computer engineer working for a variety of companies including HP & COMPAQ. The job meant travel to Lloyds TSB banks and MG ROVER garages to support staff with hardware and software issues.

In 2004 a chance of redundancy meant a quick change of employer but also a change of role to an employment advisor for Shaw Trust. The job involved working with ex-drugs Users to help them back into work and was funded through DWP.

During the years of 1998 and 2004 I had a lot of interest in various holistic health qualifications and trained in a number of them only to discover later that they were not really for me!

I discovered tai chi chi kung through my Australian visits teaching karate, but also as part of shiatsu training with Chris Jarmey. While I did not finish my shiatsu qualification it was a really good grounding to enable the move towards teaching chi kung. I did other courses and joined the Tai Chi Forum for Heath where I took up the Teacher Training qualification.

During the years of 2004-2009, I slowly developed the demand for sessions starting with the local leisure centres and then local voluntary groups. I did a couple of private sessions but had not developed the necessary skills to make them sustainable and they stopped.

Following an appearance at the 2007 Sport England conference the roller coaster that was teaching tai chi had begun to accelerate towards the eventual goal of full time employment; with engagement by several agencies and voluntary groups around the County to teach sessions on a weekly basis.

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