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Qigong for Health and Martial Arts: Exercises and Meditation (Qigong, Health and Healing) [Paperback]

Jwing-Ming Yang
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5 May 1998 Qigong, Health and Healing
Increase your strength, improve your health, and develop greater martial power with Qigong.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: YMAA Publication Center; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886969574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886969575
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is a renowned author and teacher of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr. Yang lives in Northern California.

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Qigong (), also called Nei Gong (Internal Gongfu, ), is a practice that has been used by the Chinese people for thousands of years-both to improve and maintain their health and to develop greater power for the martial arts. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good introduction to Qigong! 2 July 1999
By A Customer
Dr. Yang is a wealth of information on internal martial arts. The book is well written and very informative. My only problem is with the pictures. I found some of them difficult to follow. I would recommend this book as an adjunct for someone who is already training in Qigong exercise. Overall, however, an excellent text!
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5.0 out of 5 stars chi kung 18 April 2009
By tdo
Not really much on the martial side of it, but that depends on what you class as the martial side of it.

For any one who practices chi kung or would like to... this can give you an explantion of what it is about as well as what to do.

This book also show's you his ba duan jin, though he does have a book on just that, this does'nt go through the history of it just the form.

And his yi jin jing, though he did write and show you this in an artical in inside kung fu, this has a bit more info on it.

If you have seen these els where or even if you have but don't practice them buy this book and start. if you have and do, buy this book for more info on chi kung ( internal and external )

This book has much more to offer than what i've wrote about.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best chi kung books to buy! 24 Feb 2002
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Many years ago, when I was sweating and groaning my way through a daily karate class, I was exposed to chi kung. This book was my first text. The instruction, both text and photo, is exceptionally clear. You will find the Eight Piece Brocade and the Twelve Moving Forms, each of which make a wonderful physical work-out, even if you aren't particularly interested in all that chi-stuff. There is also a set of standing chi kung forms which are very good for learning to notice and direct your chi. The martial section was fun to read as was the section on Chinese yoga.
I used to get pretty banged-up in that karate program, because I was a middle-aged mom in there with a bunch of teens and young men. Every night, I would do these chi kung exercises to get rid of the pain and bruises so I could get back to class the next day. Yes...it works! I am not doing karate any more, but have pursued chi kung through the years. This book is a magnificent introduction to the subject. It's all business; no new-age drivel anywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great intoduction to Qigong. 27 April 2001
By John M. Perlin - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book while I was undergoing acupuncture treatment for arthritis. The acupuncturist was also a Kungfu Sifu who recommended the exercises in this book, to supplement his treatments. That was about one year ago, today my arthritis is virtually gone and whenever it acts up these exercises help me a lot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful introduction to Quigong, if a bit erratic. 10 Aug 2002
By Steven Savage - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not going to be the only Quigong book in your library. However, it is a useful one.
Simply, it's an introduction to Quigong in various forms, from exercises to medicine to martial arts. It's not the most consistent book, and there are times where one may wish for more detail or less. However, there's also enough good material on breathing, exercises, history, and what to expect when you get deeper into Quigong that it's worth the price.
If you're an experienced practicioner, it's probably not worth your time, though it may be good for helping others start out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nei Dan Discussion 13 Feb 2010
By AndyJ - Published on Amazon.com
Qigong for Health and Martial Arts is broken into 5 chapters. Here is a breakdown

1. Introduction - a great background on Chinese Qigong and preface for what will be covered latter on in the book.

2. Wei Dan Qigong - focuses on "external" qigong exercise. Was very happy to see Da Mo's Yi Jin Exercises here. Also includes the 8 piece of brocade set and a few other qigong exercises. Pictures that accompany the descriptions are very helpful. I was skeptical that they would be as good as a DVD but they really are. My one negative here is that there is not much too the description of each exercise other than the physical movements. You will have to purchase another book if you want detailed theory or to understand specific health benefits of each exercise- but all in all this is a GREAT companion section to a more detailed book or DVD of each exercise.

3. Nei Dan Qigong- focuses on "internal" qigong exercise - namely meditation and breathing exercises. In my opinion this is where the book really shines. I found the descriptions and illustrations really explained this complicated subject in a very easy way to follow and understand. This chapter alone makes this book worth the purchase and a valuable addition to your qigong library

4. Qigong and Health - discussion around acupuncture and message techniques. This section gives a detailed explanation around reflexology. All in all a great overview for medical qigong practices.

5. Martial Arts Applications - wouldn't consider myself a hard core martial artists so I would divert to others for a more indepth review of this section. But from this definitely tied the pieces together and helped with my limited but growing martial arts application of qigong.

The book also includes a glossary of terms that is very useful for reference throughout this particular book and otherwise. All in all a great purchase that I would recommend to all levels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Force 11 April 2001
By Xam - Published on Amazon.com
George Lucas' idea of the force is most certainly real in the asian martial arts. It is your chi or qi, and this book shows you how to develop it. These exercises combine breathing techniques to build up your chi and increase overall health. They are effective and draining, i was exhausted after my first few forms even though they invole little outward movement. The focus is inward and you can feel the results, as your blood and tendons tingle and heat up. The photos didn't really confuse me at all and i have no prior experience. They seem fairly straightforward and along with the descriptions of the form it is easy for a novice to begin building up their 'force'. Good thorough book.
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