Tristar Qigong - Overview
What is Tristar Qigong?
Tristar Qigong is an ancient exercise form that harmonizes breath, body and spirit through specific techniques and adjustments to the physical body and mind. Tristar Qigong is based on a philosophical system of correspondences, a correlative philosophy, used by the ancient people of Shu. This system of thought included correspondences between Heaven, Earth and Human Kind in the Universe, Wind, Fire and Thunder in Nature, Jing (essence), Qi (energy) and Shen (spirit) in humans, and tendon, bone, flesh and blood in the body.
How is Tristar Qigong of Value to Contemporary People?
Today we enjoy many benefits from our modern, high-tech civilization, but the fast-paced lifestyle which accompanies those benefits can also bring us many troubles. Tristar Qigong practice can help people to remain strong in the face of these troubles, helping practitioners to build a strong root which may even prevent many problems from arising. By exercising the mind and body through time-honoured training methods, practitioners can achieve a state of health that prevents the development of disease and promotes longevity.
Characteristics
Some of the chief characteristics of Tristar Qigong are:
  • a clear structure
  • a clear and developed philosophy drawing from Daoism, Yijing (Classic of Changes), Confucianism, Wushu (martial arts) and Meridian Theory (from traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • a combination of movement and stillness
  • standing and sitting postures
  • expansive movement
  • accessible, yet powerful and effective
Organization
Tristar Qigong is divided into three levels and six duan or ranks. These are as follows:

Beginning Level:
  • First Duan: Ultimate Gong
    • Wuji stance (Ultimate or Origin)
    • Hun Yuan posture (Chaos)
    • You Long posture (Swimming Dragon)
    • Yun Shou posture (Cloud Hands)
    • Macro-Circle Closing
  • Second Duan: San Cai Gong
    • Taiji stance
    • San Cai posture (Heaven, Earth and Humankind)
    • Kai He posture (Open-Close)
    • Independence posture
    • Macro-Circle Closing
Intermediate Level:
  • Third Duan: Sixiang Gong (Four distances: East, South, West and North)
    • Moving Gong
    • Wake-up with the Cock-Crowing
    • Wild Goose Flying South
    • Evening Sun Setting in the West
    • Big Dipper Operating
    • Sitting Gong: Child Praying to Buddha; Red Dragon Stirring the Ocean; Open the Window to Enjoy the Moon; Pluck the Stars and Move the Dippers
    • Meditation Key Words: The road goes towards the gate; The gate opens onto the road; Qi originates from Chaos; Every gate has a key
    • Silence Cultivation posture: Kneeling on one knee; first to the East and West, and then to the South and North
  • Fourth Duan: Five Elements (Wuxing: Wood [Liver], Fire [Heart], Earth [Spleen], Metal [Lung] and Water [Kidney]) Gong
    • White Ape Giving a Peach (Liver)
    • Hawk flying out of the forest (Heart)
    • Golden Elephant Curling up its Trunk (Spleen)
    • Wild Tiger Rushing Down the Mountain (Lung)
    • Nimble Turtle Playing in the Water (Kidney)
Advanced Level:
  • Fifth Duan: Liu He Ba Fa (The Six Harmonies and Eight Methods) Gong
    • Six Harmonies stance (three for the inside and three for the outside [tendon, bone, flesh and blood in the body; jing, qi and shen in the human being])
    • Tristar stance (Heaven, Earth and Human kind. The Three Stars are mutually conditioned, meaning that each one affects the other.)
    • Nine Gong (places) and Eight Methods (qian kun, kan li, xun zhen, gen dui)
  • Sixth Duan: Zi Wu Liu Zhu Gong (Zi, Chou, Yin, Mou, Chen, Si, Wu, Wei, Shen, You, Wu, Hai Chinese time line)