Outwardly, zhan zhuang for martial arts and qigong may appear similar. I think for the moment, after some experimentation and reading various yiquan explanations, zhan zhuang has the quality of “almost movement” as some of the yiquan folks put it. In contrast, doing qigong, those points do not seem important or relevant. Relaxation is probably the main overlap. Lately I am more in the mood for qigong, which doesn’t need any of those aspects that are possibly useful for martial related movements. Getting back to zhan zhuang, however, I think ultimately it contains qigong whether anyone wants to talk about things in those terms or not.

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