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is Qigong a religious practice?

I would like to learn Qigong for Martial arts, but I will not if it is religious.

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  1. It’s only a religion if you choose to make it into one. Otherwise, it’s simply a set of practices to help you live better and healthier. I’d encourage you to give it a go.

  2. No it deals with energy yes but there is no need to attach spiritual or religious value to this energy. You’ can do Qigong without any religious trappings.

  3. It’s not a religion. It is a healing arts practice using energy. Check out Qigong on Facebook. There are some good groups.

  4. It is a series of exercises that has nothing to do with religion. I have used it for close to twenty five years. Go for it. it will do you good.

  5. No I can assure you There is qigong practiced for healing and another used in Martial Arts but I need to warn You To practice any form it is crucial and I don’t exaggerate with this You must be very careful who you choose to teach you Practised wrongly and you can course yourself great harm
    Chinese people consider Qigong one of their internal arts and are not overly keen to teach westerners but these days when profit figures highly with most there are many unscrupulous people about All too keen to relieve you of you cash and totally disinterested in the outcome
    I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the days of Bruce Lee and centers shot up all over the place with individuals inventing silly titles for themselves and many were fooled
    If you are unsure google Michal Tse Wild Goose Qigong and have a word with him or one of his senior instructors
    That is the best advice I could offer You Good luck and take care

  6. I answered a question similar to this. QiGong (Chi Kung) practice has four major categories with respective training goals:
    1. Scholar Chi Kung – Styles in this category were developed by scholars and their main purpose is maintaining health. They emphasize having an emotionally neutral, healthy mind and smooth Chi circulation.
    2. Healing or Medical Chi Kung – This category was created mainly by Chinese medical doctors. Special exercises were created to emphasize the Chi circulation in specific channels in order to cure specific illnesses.
    3. Martial Chi Kung – The goal of this category is to energize the physical and energy bodies to a more vigorous state in order to increase fighting ability. Most of the exercises in this category were created by Chi Kung practitioners who were martial artists.
    4. Religious Chi Kung – This type of Chi Kung was developed mainly by Buddhist and Taoist monks. The original goal of religious Chi Kung was enlightenment or Buddhahood (See extract at Healing Effects of Holdbacks). Later, when the training techniques were revealed to laymen, it was discovered that this type of Chi Kung was very effective for longevity. Both training theory and methods are the hardest among all of the Chi Kung Styles. This style emphasizes leading Chi to the marrow to keep it fresh and healthy and also to the brain to nourish it. In order to have an abundant supply of Chi for the training, not only must the Chi circulate smoothly in the twelve channels, but the Chi in the eight vessels must be full. For the monks, leading Chi to the brain to raise up the Shen is the key to enlightenment.
    Truth be told: All of martial QiGong is adopted from one of the other categories. Taiji QiGong is adopted from Taiji philosophy which is scholarly AND religious in nature, BUT with martial objectives in Taijiquan practice. Therefore, do not allow your western mindset of “black and white” to fool you. There are many shades of grey in Chinese Culture.
    From my experience, Xingyiquan is closer to a pure martial arts philosophy because the concept and the adjoining QiGong was adopted from same 5 elements philosophy as healing QiGong, BUT with martial objectives same as Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

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