ABOUT CHINESE SOARING CRANE QIGONG
Chinese Soaring Crane Qigong was originated in the late 1970 by Master Jinxiang Zhao who was the first master to teach Qigong to the general public in China.
After he was stricken with pleurisy and tuberculosis as a youth, Master Zhao experienced Qigong as part of his medical treatment. With continued practice, he completely recovered his health, and later found that he had the power to heal others. Since he could not treat the hundreds of sick people who flocked to him each day, he devised a form of Qigong that would empower them to treat themselves.
In 1989, Master Zhao brought Soaring Crane Qigong to the U.S. with the assistance of Professor Huixian Chen, who had worked very closely with him. Classified as a medical Qigong form, it is estimated that there are over 20 million people currently practice Soaring Crane Qigong worldwide.
There are three levels in Soaring Crane Qigong training.
Level 1 Class
The Five Routines, the foundation of Soaring Crane Qigong system, consist of five different forms that imitate the nature of movements of the crane.
In Chinese lore, the red-crowned crane was highly regarded as a symbol of longevity and revered for its elegant movements, plus its calm, and peaceful demeanor.
In this class, participants will learn the Five Standing Routines of Soaring Crane Qigong, two Remedy Routines for cleansing and healing, and two Lying Down qigong meditations.
Founded on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, the Five Routines contain the essential techniques of Chinese Soaring Crane Qigong that help develop the power of one's mind and the discipline to guide the qi in the body. As a result, the acupoints are opened, the channels are cleared and the blood flow improves to nourish muscles, bones, arteries and veins.
Level 2 Class (advanced class)
This class will guide experienced participants to a higher level in their practice of the Five Routines, through refinement of the movements, as well as in the discipline of the mind as required in this Qigong form.
A deeper theoretical basis will be given for the 106 precise movements, and for clarity of understanding how to direct qi appropriately. This relates to a Chinese medical principle, where the mind goes, the qi and blood flow.
The highlight of Soaring Crane Qigong, the Standing Meditation, will be a key component of this level of practice as the body is cleansed through relaxed spontaneous movements.
Instruction is also given in the Sitting Meditation, which is a special offering to Soaring Crane Qigong practitioners. Two other Remedy Routines will be taught to enable the students to adjust their qi during practice.
Pre-requisites for this Level 2 class are completion of Level 1, and practice of Soaring Crane Qigong for at least total of 50 hours.
Level 3 Class (advanced class)
This comprehensive training provides an opportunity for students who want to delve into Soaring Crane Qigong at the deepest levels.
Qigong theories are explored as well as the Chinese philosophies behind them. Students will master the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine on which the 106 parts of the form are based.
The remainder of Soaring Crane Qigong system will be taught during these classes including Remedy Routines and the Crane Walking Steps. Students will receive one-on-one coaching and ample opportunity to achieve competency in all aspects of this form.
The Level 3 program serves as a prerequisite and preparation for the Soaring Crane Qigong Level 1 Teacher Training and Certification Program.