Qi Gong

History of Wing Chun by Corey Waterreus

Tracing the history of Wing Chun is no easy task, as much of the early history was passed on orally ‘from teacher to student rather than actual documentation. There are various stories told through different lineages of the history of Wing Chun’s development. After much research, the following is ... Continue Reading >>

History of Tai Chi by Corey Waterreus

T'ai-chi chuan (also spelled taijiquan and taiji chuan) is an ancient Chinese martial art that comes in so many variations that it's often confusing to the layman.  Some styles can  trace their lineage back to the founding of the art, while others date back to the early part of the 20th ... Continue Reading >>

Qi Gong by Wally Simpson

This article first appeared in the Pacific Journal of Oriental Medicine in the December 2000 issue written by Wally Simpson. What is Qi Gong? Qi Gong practice can be traced back to at least 400 AD, though there are hints of it dating back 3000 years.First the name Qi Gong can be broken into Oi ... Continue Reading >>

Health benefits of the Wing Chun stance

By positioning the spine using specific postures of Wing Chun and Qi Gong,  the energy (qi) can flow more smoothly.  The spine is made up of a series of vertebrae, 7 cervical (upper) vertebrae, 12 thoracic (mid) vertebrae and 5 lumbar (lower) vertebrae, the sacrum (tail bone) is also made up of 5 ... Continue Reading >>

Stand Still and be Healthy

When talking about improving ones health, people would usually think of physical exercise like walking, cycling and resistance training, but the idea of standing still to improve health seems like a strange concept. This practice is a relatively new concept to the west but has been practiced for ... Continue Reading >>

Qigong: The Energy Exercise

As a western society we are familiar with the term exercise or working out, but not so familiar with the term working in or building energy. Qigong pronounced (chee gong) is a Chinese method of gentle exercise based loosely on a series of breathing, standing and moving postures. The goal of Qigong ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Wing Chun now in Napier

At last Napier has  an experienced teacher of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Wing Chun working full time in Napier. Corey Lee Waterreus has had a history of personal training and martial arts for over 20 years and is now teaching from his studio in Greenmeadows. Teaching options include private one on one ... Continue Reading >>

Qi Gong and Prostate Cancer

Qi Gong is a  breathing focused gentle exercise combined with  meditation and was  developed in China thousands of years ago. There are many different styles and techniques of qi gong and there are qi gong wards in Chinese hospitals that have resident qi gong specialists. These practitioners ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi Strengthens Immune System

It is a scientific fact that as people age, the immune system weakens. Researchers at the University of Arkansas found that T lymphocytes in older mice die sooner than in younger mice which establishes the link between ageing and a weaker immune response. Other research has shown that even ... Continue Reading >>

Tai Chi for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a process of the gradual aging process where the density and quality of bone deteriorates which can then lead to fractures.  In New Zealand alone it is estimated that at least 3000 people a year obtain hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis and sadly about a quarter of these ... Continue Reading >>