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what is the difference tai chi and qin gong?

Asked by lesliejo (41points) January 8th, 2007
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nomtastic's avatar
as far as i know, tai chi is the set of (slow-moving)exercises that are practiced regularly, like yoga, to keep the body and mind focused, while qin gong has a more medicinal quality. they are both related, however, to keeping your chi (body energy) flowing smoothly.
gailcalled's avatar
Which would be better for balance problems and chronic back aches caused by scoliosis? (Walking seriously always makes me feel better).
gailcalled's avatar
I found several versions of this answer at Google. What’s the difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong? T’ai Ch’i requires a lot of the left brain, meaning you have to memorize a lot of the steps. That means it requires a lot of time before you get the benefits. With Qi Gong there’s less steps so it doesn’t require a lot of memory to learn them, so you can fully concentrate on the quality of the movements. You lead into more of the relaxation of the movements and focus on the quality of the breath.
gailcalled's avatar
Hmm. Some odd gobbledy-gook. Sorry.
lifeflame's avatar

Tai chi is originally a martial arts practice; while qigong are exercises that focuses on the circulation of qi (for health benefits).
In some ways I would say that tai chi is about the application of chi in movement, and qigong is about focusing on chi for chi’s sake and the health benefits associated with it.

As a result, tai chi tends to have a larger range in movement—and if you learn it at the level of a martial art, demands strength, stamina, focus, and quick thinking. You also need to use the chi in movement, so that your force becomes pilable.

If you are trying to decide between the two, I would say: try tai chi if you want the physical exercise that goes with it; try the qigong if you just want the health benefits of chi, and just want something simple (i.e., don’t have much time or space). Both of them, if taught correctly, will have the health benefits of chi.

In both cases, I would say—find a teacher that is the right match for you, because how one sifu teaches can be very different from another.

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