Baduanjin Qigong - Shoot Bow

Baduanjin is an ancient set of Qigong exercises. There is a standing version and a seated version of the exercise set. Each set is a stand alone set and can be practiced by itself or the two sets can make a very complete qigong practice. The seated set can be done right after waking in the morning and/or right before going to sleep at night. The standing set can be done during the day as is convenient.

This style of Qigong has been known by several different names including: The Eight Section Brocade, The Eight Treasures, The Eight Silk Brocades, Baduanjin, Pa Tuan Chin, etc. The names are all variations on the same general theme and it contains a lot of meaning. Very simply is refers to the fact that this set contains 8 exercises. But it also refers to the preciousness of this set (as in a fine brocade of cloth) and to the intricate system of energy flow inside the body.

Characteristics of Baduanjin Qigong

Generally speaking, Baduanjin is easy to learn. The movements are gentle and non-strenuous. Yet, they systematically work the entire body physically and energetically. In fact, many people think these are basic or beginner sets. This is far from the case. These sets are very deep. Don't let them fool you.

The sets of Baduanjin are easy to incorporate into your daily schedule. They are not time consuming. It takes less then 15 minutes to practice a set.

Benefits of Baduanjin Qigong

  • Systematically Stretch and Strengthen the Entire Body
  • Loosen and Mobilize all the Joints
  • Strengthen the Internal Organs
  • Stimulate the Circulation of Energy and Blood
  • Strengthen the Internal Energy
  • Clear Out Energy Blockages
  • Relax and Energize the Body

History of Baduanjin Qigong

This Qigong practice is very old. In fact there are many different stories about the founding of the style. One story says that the Immortal Lu Dong Bin is the originator of this style and another story says that the famous General Yue Fei is the originator of the style. Who knows which origin is true. What we do know is that this Qigong set has a very long history and track record of producing results.

What we do know is that because this Qigong system is so old, there exist some variations in the sets that have been passed down over the years. But in reality the variations are rather minimal and there is more in common between the different versions of the Eight Section Brocade Qigong then there is differences.


We offer a complete curriculum of Baduanjin Qigong. Both the seated version and the standing version are taught along with both seated and standing meditation.

This is a complete qigong practice that you can spend an entire lifetime training and cultivating.

Seated Eight Section Brocade Qigong

A Simple 15 Minute Routine

Seated Eight Section Brocade Qigong- Do this right after you wake up in the morning to energize and wake up for the coming day or right before you go to sleep to wash away the stress and tension of the day. Practice consists of a gentle series of self massage and internal exercises.

The Seated Eight Section Brocade is an ancient set of exercises designed to wash the internal body thereby clearing the energy channels from blockages and strengthening the internal organs and Qi or energy. This set is very simple to preform and only takes about 15 minutes. This set is great as a stand alone practice or it is a great practice to do before seated meditation.

Seated Eight Section Brocade Qigong:

  • Introduction to the Seated Eight Section Brocade
  • Preparation Exercises
  • Section 1- Body Washing Introduction
    • Section 1.1- Wash the Hands
    • Section 1.2- Wash the Arms
    • Section 1.3- Wash the Head
    • Section 1.4- Wash the Eyes
    • Section 1.5- Wash the Nose
    • Section 1.6- Wash the Chest
    • Section 1.7- Wash the Abdomen
    • Section 1.8- Wash the Legs
    • Section 1.9- Wash the Knee
  • Section 2- Beat the Heavenly Drum
  • Section 3- Rotate the Eyes
  • Section 4- Tap the Teeth
  • Section 5- Gargle
  • Section 6- Rub the Kidneys
  • Section 7- Rub the Abdomen
  • Section 8- Rub the Foot

as a bonus we include instruction in

Seated Meditation

Learn the gateway to true meditation.

The seated breathing exercise taught is a method of counting the breath. This seems simple in theory but the practice can be demanding. This practice can build a solid foundation for further meditation. By counting the breath you can quite the mind and make the breathing naturally long, deep, slow, and relaxed.

  • Overview of the Seated Breathing Exercise
  • Seated Breathing Exercise

Standing Eight Section Brocade Qigong

These Eight Qi Gong Exercises are non strenuous and simple to learn but they hold great benefit for people who can find the time to practice them on a regular basis. These Eight Exercises systematically work the entire body, strengthen the internal organs, maintain joint flexibility, promote the flow of Qi or energy, and reduce tension and stress. You get detailed instruction in each of the eight exercises (along with some variations of the movements) and a Follow Along Workout.

Standing Eight Section Brocade Qigong:

  • Introduction to the Standing Eight Section Brocade
  • Stances
  • Breathing
  • Exercise 1- Support the Heavens with Two Hands
    • Exercise 1- Variation
  • Exercise 2- Draw the Bow
    • Exercise 2- Variation 1
    • Exercise 2- Variation 2
  • Exercise 3- Raise One Hand
    • Exercise 3- Variation
  • Exercise 4- Look Back
  • Exercise 5- Shake the Head and Wag the Tail
    • Exercise 5- Variation
  • Exercise 6- Hold the Toes
  • Exercise 7- Punch with Glaring Eyes
  • Exercise 8- Vibrate the Back
  • Follow Along- 3 Repetitions of Each Exercise

as a bonus we include instruction in

Standing Meditation

Standing meditation is also refered to as Zhan Zhuang, which translated into english as Standing Like a Stake or Stake Standing. It consists of holding static postures to cultivate the health and strength of the body and energy. Standing Meditation is great to practice after the Standing Eight Section Brocade.

  • Hold the Ball Posture

How to Learn Baduanjin Qigong

If you read the above description and are interested in learning Baduanjin Qigong, it would be almost impossible to find someone near you teaching our curriculum.

You could take private lessons from us online to learn this style. The drawback of this approach is that private lessons cost more then regular classes because of the one on one teaching and attention you receive.

We developed an online course for just this reason. You get high quality instruction, with all the details, delivered to you right at home through the internet. You can watch the classes anytime you want and as many times as you want. And, you can repeat lessons and go back to review anytime you want day or night. And the best aspect of online courses is that they cost less then other methods of learning.

So you save money, learn when ever you want, review or repeat lessons as many times as you want, and as a bonus you receive access to a Private Student Only Forum where you can ask questions and get feedback.