Eight Section Brocade FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is The Eight Section Brocade?
It is one of the oldest, most popular, and most revered forms of Medical Qigong. In fact, it is one of only four methods of Qigong (out of thousands) that is publicly endorsed by the Chinese government as a way to improve health and vitality.
How is it similar to Tai Chi?
It is similar to Tai Chi in that it incorporates gentle, non-impact, slow exercise with deep breathing. It provides all of the health benefits that Tai Chi does. Both Tai Chi and The Eight Section Brocade are considered to be forms of Qigong.
How is it different from Tai Chi?
It is much simpler and easier to learn. Unlike Tai Chi it is possible to learn The Eight Section Brocade from a DVD and reap the benefits of Qigong practice. Learning Tai Chi properly requires a personal teacher and several years of instruction.
Also, Tai Chi is a form of martial arts and must be trained as such to truly understand it. The Eight Section Brocade is not a form of martial arts but a pure system of Medical Qigong, a system designed strictly to promote health and strength.
Is it easy to learn? Can I learn it from a DVD?
The answer is yes to both questions. One of the reasons why The Eight Section Brocade has been practiced for over 900 years is that it is extremely easy to learn and can definitely be learned from a high quality DVD. All of the movements are simple, non-complicated, non-strenuous, yet still provide a beneficial form of exercise for the body.
How old is The Eight Section Brocade?
It was created around 1100 A.D. by General Yueh Fei, a famous Chinese military hero. General Yueh created The Eight Section Brocade for his soldiers to help keep them healthy and strong amidst the hardships of ancient warfare.
Remember that during these times soldiers would be exposed to extreme living conditions such as starvation, thirst, exposure to the elements (they had to sleep outside), disease, and close quarter combat. They needed a system of exercise that would help keep them healthy yet would not make them tired like modern exercise routines.
The Eight Section Brocade served these purposes well. It was easy for them to learn, took only a few minutes, did not require any equipment, and kept them healthy even while enduring the most extreme living conditions.
How long does it take to perform the exercises?
The whole routine takes less than 10 minutes to perform. This is the minimum amount of time recommended for daily practice.
Many students who wish to feel even better will practice the routine one to three times during the day as their schedule allows.
Is it hard to do?
No. The Eight Section Brocade is considered to be one of the gentlest forms of exercise, while still producing great changes in physical fitness.
All of the movements can be modified according to your current fitness level. For example, some of the squatting stances can be difficult for people not used to exercising, yet you can easily remedy this by keeping a narrower stance until your leg strength increases. All of this is explained in our DVD.
There are many Qigong DVDs on the market, what makes this one different?
Here’s a few things that are different about this high-quality instructional DVD:
- Studio quality production: Most Qigong DVDs are shot in a park or at the beach. They have poor sound and bad angles. This DVD was shot using top notch film studios with professional film artists.
- Computer generated imaging to illustrate visualizations: The visualizations used in Qigong form the basis of its meditation component, yet it has always been extremely hard to teach this to a student. This DVD is truly groundbreaking in that it incorporates computer generated imaging to illustrate the meditative part of the movements. This eliminates any guesswork on the part of the student and enhances learning.
- Authentic instruction: The instructor on this DVD, Ken Andes, is a renown Qigong master and is one of the few Qigong healers to have been studied by the National Institute of Health (NIH). He has 20 years of training in Qigong under several masters and is also a licensed acupuncturist. His combined expertise in Qigong, Chinese medicine, martial arts, and movement science give him a unique advantage in communicating the esoteric concepts of Qigong.
What benefits will I get from practicing The Eight Section Brocade?
Here are just a few, based on over a 900 year history of satisfied practitioners:
1. Your health will improve. The Eight Section Brocade will help you recover from illness faster.
2. You will become more physically fit. You will become stronger, more flexible, and have much more energy.
3. You will sleep better. The Eight Section Brocade is also a form of meditation as well as exercise, it will help you overcome insomnia and achieve deeper levels of sleep.
4. You will be able to deal with stress better. Again, as a form of moving meditation The Eight Section Brocade provides all the documented benefits of stress reduction and reduced levels of anxiety.
5. You will look and feel younger. There is a reason why people who practice Qigong tend to look much younger than they are. Qigong is one of the oldest forms of anti-aging therapy.
6. Your metabolism will improve. One of the effects of meditation is reduced cortisol levels, high cortisol levels make it hard for you to lose weight. With today’s obesity epidemic, Qigong can offer a novel approach to becoming healthy again.
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