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What is Chi Kung?

Frequently Asked Questions About Chi Kung 气功

Also called Qi Gong , Dao Yin & "Chinese Yoga®"

Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercise (TCM Exercise)

Website updated : for 17th June 2024

NOTE: No classes in Winter
Website is now updated for term 4- 2024.

Term 4- 2024 - started Tuesday 15th October.

Term 4 Tuesday(pm) 15th October 2024
Chi Kung at 6.15pm

Tai Chi at 7.15pm

You can enrol in weeks 1 - 3 only
( if vacancies exist after week 1)

Tai Chi or Chi Kung
Next New Beginners class
Term 4 - 2024

You can enrol in weeks 1 - 3 only
( if vacancies exist after week 1)

Term 4 started 15th October
Limited class numbers

Register for Term 4 now
Chi Kung - Chinese Yoga
Register for Term 4 - 2024 by Email only
send an email to - classes@taichi.com.au

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Thankyou to all our returning students for you support .

Term 4 - 2024

Tai Chi or Chi Kung
New Beginners class
Adelaide Wayville CBD

You can enrol in week 1 & 2

Poster: Adelaide CBD - poster ( Tuesday pm)

Adelaide - WAYVILLE (Term 4) here

Adelaide - WAYVILLE - Tuesday 15th October 2024
Chi Kung at 6.15pm

Tai Chi at 7.15pm

Adelaide -WAYVILLE NEW Venue : LATVIAN Hall
4 Clark St ( cnr Rose Tce & off Greenhill Road)

Bookings essential and places are limited-
Email your interest to attend - send an email


Yes, the Adelaide Hall has airconditioning

Courses are conducted during the state school terms.
North Adelaide ( am) - Term 1 - 2025
( Note: No New Beginners classes in Term 4)

Poster: North Adelaide - Term 1 -31st January 2025 - Fri 9.45am

Allan teaching a Tai Chi class in the park

( enrol week 1 & 2 if vacancies exist )

Colour brouchure about the Institute : Click here

Discount Coupon
( 2 people at concession price each - for beginners)

Courses are conducted during the state school terms.

See Body & Soul in Sunday Mail Newspaper artilcle - 7th April 2013


Newsletter/ schedule for advanced & returning students- for Term 4

Term 4 - 2024


What's on in Term 4.

continuing in Term 4
Chi Kung - Da Yan - Wild Goose Set
for returning & advanced students Only

Adelaide / WAYVILLE- Tues at 6.15pm

North Adelaide - Friday 9.45am
Book - Chi Kung Shibashi 2nd Set 18 Forms

Official Textbook - $35
Institute current students special - $25

DVD & Chart / USB mp4 & pdf also $25 for set.



The second in our series of Taiji Qi Gong Shibashi textbooks, this Set & book covers the more advanced second set of 18 forms as taught to our students. The movements in this set are more challenging and physically demanding than the first, and the set can be practiced either in conjunction with the first set, or on its own.

This book contains over 100 pictures, and covers preparatory stages and finishing stages in detail, along with the 18 movements of the forms.

Book - Dao Yin Respiratory Set


2022 , 50 students learned the Dao Yin Set
Book - Dao Yin Respiratory Set

Book - Dao Yin Respiratory Set

DVD / or usb & Textbook - available at class.

Chi Kung - Qi Gong Documentry

Master Duan Zhi-Liang

Over 100 years old!

Chi Kung - Qi Gong Master & Traditional healer - China.

Master Allan Kelson & Master Duan Zhi-Liang taught together at the 2nd European Qi Gong conference in Poland in June 1998 at the invitation of Master Mascus Bongart - CESMQ Sweden & Vice President of the WASMQ China.

DVD's,Textbooks & charts.

Available at classes or by mail.

DVD - Chi Kung Shibashi 1st Set 18 Forms Book - Chi Kung Shibashi 1st Set 18 Forms


  • S.A. Chi kung Instructor Known Accross the World
    (5 Messenger Newspapers 2000) - 1.7MB
  • Choose a question to learn more about Chi Kung:

    What is Chi Kung ( Qi Gong)?
    Chi Kung (sometimes written "Qi Gong" or "Qigong"), is an invaluable component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over 60 million people in China practice Chi Kung every day, making it the most popular health exercise in that country.

    The important features and aims of Chi Kung are relaxation, quietness, naturalness, unity of breath and mind, gradual development and practicing to the individual's state of health. Chi Kung is ideal for practitioners of other modalities, to facilitate relaxation and energy in clinics.

    What are the health benefits of practicing Chi Kung?
    The learning and regular practice of Chi Kung can:

    • Reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being through calming the mind and deepening the respiration,
    • Improve digestion, respiration, cardio-vascular and nervous systems,
    • Improve sleep quality and relieve fatigue,
    • Improve health and resistance to illness,
    • Strengthen the practitioner both physically and mentally.

    Why is Chi Kung used for relaxation and stress management?
    The "Three Essentials of Chi Kung" are posture, mind and breathing. Because of the emphasis on these essentials, relaxation benefits are most often felt in the very first lesson. Where gentle movement, attention to posture and the deepening of the breath leads, a calm mind follows.

    Am I too old/young to learn Chi Kung?
    There is no age limit with Chi Kung - both young and old can practice and gain health benefits from it. The beginning set of Chi Kung taught by the Institute (Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi) can even be performed while seated!

    The Institute does do provide specially tailored classes to meet the needs of children in primary schools and older persons. As classes are conducted for the purpose of relaxation, it is not appropriate to have anyone in a public class who may cause distractions (such as young, noisy children).

    What equipment do I need to practice Chi Kung?
    As no sports equipment, uniform or special grounds are required, Chi Kung can be done at any time and in any place. All you need is a small amount of open space, some loose, comfortable clothing and some comfortable shoes.

    Chinese characters for Qigong

    Where does Chi Kung come from?
    The term "Chi Kung" is an accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word "Qigong", where "Qi" ("Chi" or "Ki") means "breath" (as a conceptual term, this refers to the energy in the human body) and "gong" ("Kung") means "acheivement" or "skill" (the Chinese characters for this word are shown to the right).

    Chi Kung's history dates back several thousand years. In the Zhen Dynasty (11th Century BC-771 BCE) records on Chi Kung were inscribed on bronze objects. In the Spring and Warring States Period (770 BCE-221 BCE) the "Jade Pendant Inscription on Chi Kung" recorded its training methods and theory. Other relics from the third century BC are the silk book "On Abandoning Food and Living On Chi" and a silk painting "Daoyin Illustrations", which illustrates training exercises. They were found at the Number Three Han Tomb at Mawangdui, Chang Sha, Hunan Province (dating 100 BCE).

    The theory and practice of Chi Kung has continued to this day. In the past Chi Kung was referred to by various names, such as Tu-Na, Daoyin and Neigong. In 1953 Liu Guizheng from Beidaihe Chi Kung Hospital wrote and published "Practice on Chi Kung Therapy". This was the first time that Chi Kung was named formally.

    Since the mid 1980's Chi Kung has regained popularity in China, to the point where it is now the most popular health exercise there. This is because it is a non-competitive exercise and it is suitable for all ages. In the mornings in China, people can be seen in parks and on roadsides absorbed in the practice of Chi Kung.

    TCM Exercise - Traditional Chinese Medicine Exercise.

    Today, most of the colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China encourage acupuncturists and their patients to practise Chi Kung in conjunction with their other treatments. TCM Exercise (Chi kung / Qi Gong) are easy exercise routine which improve health, build up Chi ( Qi) and cirulates it through the acupuncture meridians.

    Where should I begin when learning Chi Kung?
    Beginning students at the Tai Chi & Chi Kung Institute are taught the Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi in 18 Forms, a set designed to improve general health and wellbeing. We've found that this is a good place to start, because the set is simple to learn and provides health and relaxation benefits, usually from the very first lesson.

    We believe that this set provides a good foundation for our students which they can build upon in our more advanced classes.

    Is Chi Kung easy?
    Yes! The Chi Kung movements are not physically hard on the body or strenuous, and while there are a few movements that the beginning student may find challenging at first, on the whole Chi Kung is easy to learn and requires less from the student in independent practice time.

    This is reflected in our classes, where the emphasis is on relaxation and learning through practising the movements in sequence. Most of the lesson consisting of following the Instructor through the movements.

    What happens after I've learned the set?
    Once the set is learned, the student can continue to practice their Chi Kung for refinement and relaxation. With our emphasis being on health and medical Chi Kung, we offer a second set of Taiji Chi Kung Shibashi, along with a number of other health, wellbeing and medical sets:

    We also offer Shaolin and martial arts Chi Kung sets to advanced students:

    In addition, the Institute also offers Tai Chi, which you can learn at the same time as Chi Kung if you wish.

    How does Chi Kung compare to Tai Chi?

    Chi Kung is much easier to learn & less complicated than Tai Chi.

    Tai Chi is more challenging & requires regular hope practice between classes.

    Chi Kung is a health exercise based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. It emphasises the flow of Chi through the acupuncture meridians and is excellent for calming the mind and regulating the breath. On the other hand, Tai Chi emphasises the natural movement of the joints and muscles and increases circulation and is excellent for improving the focus of the mind.

    For the beginning student, Tai Chi forms and movements are more complicated than Chi Kung forms and movements, therefore requiring more effort to learn them. You will need time to practice, patience with yourself and perseverance.

    The classes are structured quite differently. Chi Kung students are guided through the exercises by the Instructor, while Tai Chi classes place a greater emphasis on the student, who first watches the Instructor, practices the movement and then tries out the movement on their own.

  • DAO Yin QiGong ( Chi Kung)
  • Dao Yin Qigong is a comprehensive therapeutic exercise system that combines integrated physical movement, mental cultivation and regulated breathing. This activity is designed to guide and induce the free flow of energy Qi throughout the body, maintaining the harmony of Yin and Yang, which promotes health and a greater sense of well being.

    Dao Yin Qigong increases vitality, impacts positively to improve medical conditions and in this way will improve and prolong the quality of life.

    Dao Yin Qigong consists of 31 sets of movements all extensively researched and designed to strengthen different internal organs and their corresponding body systems. Specific benefits include building up the body's immune system and regenerative capacity. It can therefore aid quicker recovery from illness and create a sense of well being.

    These exercises once learnt can also bring about increased muscular efficiency and coordination, improved breathing and blood flow, greater flexibility, a higher level of internal balance and harmony and improved immune system.

    Dao Yin Qigong is now regarded within the Chinese health and medical science fields as a shining pearl in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has helped millions of people with severe and lingering health problems to improve their health. Over 40 countries have adopted Dao Yin Qigong with over 4 million people currently practicing.

    Detailed below are 2 of the Dao Yin forms.

    Allan and Senior Instructors with Master Hui Xiao Fei

  • Instructors , Heather, Allan & Jennifer are accredited at the Dao Yin Centre. at the Beijing Sports University with their Master - teacher Hu Xiao Fei.
  • Dao Yin for the Heart, set.

  • Book - Dao Yin Heart Set

    Dao Yin is the more correct term for Qigong, an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise originally aimed at health care as well as physical and spiritual purification. Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong (The Dao Yin set of Life Nourishing exercises) is the result of long and deep research on ancient Dao Yin techniques carried out by professor Zhang Guangde of Beijing Sport University. Tai Chi Australia provides courses in all of the Dao Yin Life Nourishing Exercises.

  • Known more correctly as Dao Yin movements and, in clinical Cardiovascular System, this set of exercises consists of 8 movements and, in clinical trials in China, was shown to be highly effective in the prevention and alleviation of the common diseases of hypertension and coronary heart disease. Dao Yin for the Heart was designed with specific emphasis on improving heart function, stimulating regular blood circulation, and preventing diseases of the cardiovascular system. While this set is relatively short, you will notice the immediate effects of increased blood flow throughout the body.
  • Dao Yin Respiratory Set.
    Book - Dao Yin Respiratory Set

    This set of exercises consists of 8 movements designed to strengthen the respiratory system. It is renowned for improving respiratory function, being particularly beneficial for sufferers of ailments such as Asthma and Bronchitis. There is extensive study being undertaken in to the benefits of this particular exercise set by the Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Research Council of the Society of Higher Education of China, and to date, the results are extremely positive. You will notice in this particular set that you are working the Lung and Large Intestine meridians, but also the Spleen and Kidney meridians which are said to strengthen the lungs.

  • Other sets include: Digestive, Fitness & Wellbeing , Diabetes sets.

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