Chinese forms of exercise are as old as their culture.

 Their “physical culture” is often based on the observation of animal movements.

Both qigong (breath-based energy cultivation exercises) and martial arts (self-defense systems) are based on these movements.


Actually defined as any study or practice that requires patience, energy and time to complete.

In the West, it’s often referred as Chinese martial arts.

There is a different physical structure, energy movement, and spirit associated with each movement.

  • Tiger / crane system
  • White crane system
  • Monkey / dog system
  • Snake fist
  • Eagle claw


One of the oldest wellness exercises is known as the “Five Animal Frolics.”

  • Dragon
  • Tiger
  • Intestines
  • Leopard
  • Snake
  • CraneEach group of exercises represent different body systems.

    For example, the dragon exercise helps the lungs.