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It is said that a twelfth century Sung dynasty (960-1279 A.D.) military general, Yueh Fei, devised Ba Tuan Gin to improve the health of his soldiers. It has been widely practiced in China, and has developed in to several distinctive and effective styles. The brocade is a cloth, usually of silk, woven into complex and colorful patterns. Just as the cloth is prized among the Chinese, the good health produced by these simple movements is also highly valued.

The Eight Pieces of Brocade Ch'i Kung combines eight gentle movements with breathing and the power of visualization and intention for greater internal strength and energy -- actuating the body's life force called ch'i (or qi). This is one of the most powerful of the four forms that have been designated as a recognized healing practice by the Chinese Health Chi Kung Association in China.
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