Standing Like a Tree (Zhan Zhuang) is the most effective exercise to recharge and activate the energy centres of the body. During these postures which can be done while standing, sitting or lying down, metabolism increase, breathing deepens, mind relaxes and body strengthens.
Standing Tree Qigong (Zhan Zhuang Qigong) system includes Standing Like a Tree (Zhan Zhuang), Power Testing (Shili), Qigong Steps, Explosive Power (Fali), Sticky Hands (Tui Shou – also called Pushing Hands), Energy Dance (Jian Wu), Bagua Steps, and Dantian activation exercises.
Zhan Zhuang Qigong and Da Cheng Chuan (also called Yiquan) martial art has been developed by Wang Xiang Zhai (1885-1963). His student Professor Yu Yong Nian (1920-2013) used Zhan Zhuang Qigong as a therapy in Beijing Railway Hospital and researched and published the health benefits of Qigong. Professor Yu’s student Lam Kam Chuen moved from Hong Kong to London in 1975, became the first tai chi instructor appointed by the Inner London Education Authority . With his efforts, tai chi was accepted for the adult education curriculum of the ILEA. He has been teaching Zhan Zhuang Qigong since 1987.
Lam Kam Chuen’s student Tarık Tekman started practicing Qigong and Tai Chi in 2001, He has been teaching Qigong, Tai Chi and Qigong / Tai Chi Instructor Training since 2008 in Cyprus, Turkey, and online.