Qi Gong is in fact a specific approach within a general collection of exercises whose purpose is to encourage the flow of energy throughout the body in accordance with the principles of Chinese medicine.
Qi Gong exercises look extremely simple and monotonous. They include a series of movements carried out while standing still with extreme concentration and heightened consciousness of breathing and relaxation.
The basic series of Qi Gong exercises includes five movements associated with the five Chinese elements (fire, wood, earth, water, metal) and the internal organs of the body (heart, lungs, liver, spleen, intestines, etc).
Additional sets of exercises extend the circle of influence of the movements and tie them in with the eight meridians (flow paths) of Chinese medicine and with other characteristics of the connection between the body and the mind/soul.
Practicing Qi Gong emphasizes the principle of "non-action" in one movement. The meaning of "non-action" is doing one thing only without relating to other forces in action in the environment. These exercises contribute, among other aspects, to improving concentration and combat, which is why it is the basis and root of all the other exercises in all systems of martial arts.
Qi Gong At the Israeli Tai Chi Center
At the Israeli Tai Chi Center, several series of Qi Gong exercises are taught. The basic series accompanies the student from his or her first day at the school. After a few years of training, other series of exercises are added and add new aspects to the basic training and all the other forms of training.