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Friday, November 4, 2016, 21:26

Competition aims to promote health qigong

By Dara Wang

The third cross-straits Health Qigong Competition will be held in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, from Nov 5 to 7, attracting more than 100 participants from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Fujian and Guangdong.

Organized by Chinese Health Qigong Association and Health Qigong Association Hong Kong, and sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the competition includes exercise methods of Yi Jin Jing, Wu Qin Xi, Liu Zi Jue and Ba Duan Jin . These are modern methods of health qigong developed from tradition by the association.

At the opening ceremony on Saturday, some 360 amateur qigong practitioners from Hong Kong will perform Ba Duan Jin , an exercise containing a set of eight standing and seated postures to help resist senility and enhance immune functions.

A team of some 70 people from Taiwan, Macao, and Fujian and Guangdong provinces will perform Tai Chi Yang Sheng Zhang , based on the idea of tai chi – the unity of yin and yang. The performance features limb movements together with respiration and meditation at a slow pace.

Health experts including Hu Xiaofei, director of a research center on the health benefits of sports at Beijing Sport University, and Yan Kejia, director of the Institute of Religious Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, will introduce the cultural tradition, health knowledge and exercise principles of health qigong . Coaches and athletes will exchange their experience and tips on qigong exercise.

A qigong grading exam under the standards of the International Health Qigong Federation will be held on Monday. Qualified people will receive a certificate issued by the federation.

Health qigong for the purpose of exercising muscles and tendons fits the fitness needs of people of all ages, said Xin Yi, vice-president of Health Qigong Management Center under the General Administration of Sport of China.

Regular practice of flexible postures and mental focus has a positive effect on improving the functions of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems, and enhancing people’s psychological condition, Xin said.

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