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Pangen QigongAcknowledgments about this article

This is a translation of the simplified-Chinese-script document given to me by Shifu Lin Jin Rong in 2006, for students who regularly practice this exercise. Despite a search on the internet very little has been found regarding Pangen Qigong, which is why I have chosen to make this information public.

However it may sound, Pangen QiGong is not a mystical or esoteric form of Qigong practice or internal-alchemy, and this document may be freely shared to all people who wish to learn, whether for good health or martial arts. Where necessary throughout this document, Pinyin has been included for clarity and, as an aid to others learning from Chinese Masters, energy may be referred to  as ‘energy’ or Qi‘.

About the name

The exercise is called ‘Pangen Qi Gong’. The complete name ‘Pangen Dao Yin Fa’ (literally meaning “movement-basic-beginning/arrival-method”) is shortened to Pangen Qigong.

Before you start practicing Pangen Qigong

The best way to properly introduce Pangen Qigong, is a list of some of Qigong basic terms. At all times it is important to remember that breathing is a function for all organs.

  1. The meaning of “Practice” means “to be conscious” and aware of your are doing, so your pattern does not become repetitive or mechanical. Only through awareness you will learn how to improve.
  2. The meaning of “Pan” is movement, so make sure you are aware of all your movements, both internally (your organs), and externally, through the distal points.
  3. The meaning of “Gen” is basics, simplicity.

You must have a strong basic frame on which you build your practice, this is why static postures are used. If you wish to further strengthen your legs, check this video.


In the static postures shown above, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers may move but remember that your frame must remain rooted. Learning to coordinate the 10 fingers with your Dan Tian while breathing will greatly improve strengthening your heart (both literally as fortifying the organ, and metaphorically as toughen your “intention” )

“Hu Xi”, or breathing out, is made of three parts:

  1. Stillness
  2. Movement
  3. Mind

Pangen QiGong rudiments come from three books:

  1. Nei Gong       (Internal work)
  2. Na Gua            (<unavailable>)
  3. Shen Yun       (Spirit movement)

Why practicing Pangen Qigong

Pangen Qigong’s fundamental practice is built on a simple concept: developing energy. It can help in the practice of dissolving/melting Jing into Qi, and to bring about consciousness/awareness of all your working organs. Pangen Qigong sequence exercises all necessary arteries and veins, hence it’s easy to understand this practice’s ultimate goal:

defeating illness and prolonging life

Man, Heaven and Earth integrate through correct use of energy. The route energy takes is through the acu-points mentioned in each posture, but not limited to them.

Benefits of Pangen Qigong in Martial Arts

Pangen QiGong will help the Martial Practitioner setting his/her bones and muscles in proper alignment, as well as improving power, coordination, accuracy and fluidity of movement. It will make great improvements at any level of skills, however, in order for the athlete to fully understand this form of Qigong, it’s important to comprehend that studying Pangen QiGong in its forms (literally “pictures/images”) has nothing to do with studying what it looks like from outside – which is just a set of eight postures – but understanding them individually throughout a deep work based on introspection and awareness.

The true power of Pangen Qigong

As outlined above, Pangen QiGong is two things:

  1. Stillness        (Ding zhuang)
  2. Movement     (Xing xhuang)

Acknowledging the strength of these opposites, in relation to each other, is the essence of Pangen Qigong. Results can be outstanding: this duality can bring martial power to harm, and medical benefits to heal.

How Pangen Wigong works

Basically speaking, energy is transferred from Yong Quan (Kidney 1 – bail of foot) up the inside of the thigh to the Hui Yin cavity (Kidneys – between sexual organs and anus). From Hui Yin energy travels up the Du Meridian to Da Zhui (DU14 – top of spine) and divides into three ways: one upward, and the other two left and right along the inside of the anus. At the end of one cycle, the energy gathers at Tan Zhong (REsS3I7 – just above the solar plexus) before traveling down to Dan Tien along the Ren Mai channel. From here the energy returns to Yong Qaan and then to earth, down the outside of the thigh.

Postures in Pangen Qigong

High Posture:

Knee joint bent to around 150 degrees at the back of the knee. Your knees should not overhang your own toes.

Middle Posture:

Knee joint bent to around 120 degrees at the back of the knee. Knees may overhang your toes slightly, by around one fist distance.

Low Posture:

Knee joint bent to around 90 degrees. Your thighs should be nearly parallel to the ground. Knees will overhang the toes by approximately two fists.

Pangen Qigong rules

  1. You must be conscious at all times.
  2. Choose a suitable location to practice. It must be silent, tranquil and with fresh air.
  3. Light but warm clothes are better for you. You should not wear tight clothes and other accessories such as watch, neck tie or any belt. Any tight buttons should be undone, otherwise air or energy will be obstructed.
  4. Training times: practice is better early mornings or evenings. The exercise should be completed once or twice every day and should take around half an hour. It is advisable to find something useful to do in between practices and for at least one hour, if you are doing intensive training.
  5. Maintain a correct lifestyle while practicing this exercises. This means: eat quality food and ensure you have as much rest as you need.
  6. Training consistently requires confidence, determination and persistence.
  7. Do not allow your mind to become distracted by emotions. The Chinese Medicine Book Nei Jing says

happiness is harm for the heart, indignation and anger are harm for the liver, grief is harm for the spleen, sorrow is harm for the lungs, horror and fear are harm for the kidneys

Control over your mind is very beneficial for strengthening your body, fostering your character, treating diseases and dealing with your personal relationships correctly.

Pangen Qigong Static Postures

1 – Jin Yu Dou Lin (Gold Fish moving his scales)

pangen qigong
Notes: Energy travels through the nerves of the small intestine (Xiao Chang Jing) and the digestive area. Energy can be led to this channel by concentrating attention in the tip of the smallest finger (Shao Ze Xue).

Curative Effects:

  • pain in the head
  • neck
  • ears
  • eyes
  • abdomen
  • testicles
  • backbone vertebrae
  • tinnitus
  • sallow or discolored eyes
  • swollen cheeks
  • sore or swollen throat
  • pain in the outside of shoulders or arms
  • consciousness/spiritual illness*

This last point is a little confusing, therefore a literal translation has been provided for the reader to draw his own conclusions. A Chinese medical dictionary provides these two words as options.)

2 – Bai Yuan Xian Guo (White Monkey presents fruits)

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Notes: These points apply to both the second and sixth positions. Energy can be led to the Pericardium Meridian by focusing attention on Lao Gong.

Curative Effects:

  • cardiac disorders
  • heart pain
  • breast/s
  • stomach
  • stuffy chest
  • swelling in the armpits
  • excessive heat in the palms

3 – Yu Nu Tiao Lian (Beautiful Lady lifts the curtain)

pangen qigong

Notes: Energy can be led to the Lung Meridian by focusing attention on the index fingers (Shang Yang Xue).

Curative Effects:

  • pain in the chest, lungs and throat.

Particularly useful for respiratory diseases, in particular tracheitis and all kinds of skin disorders.

4 – Yi De Cang Hua (Flowers hide below the leaves)

pangen qigong

Notes: Energy can be led through the Heart Meridian (Shou Shao Yin Xin Jing) by focusing attention on the edge of the palms (Shao Chang, Shao Fu Xue).

Curative Effects:

  • cardiac and heart pain
  • chest
  • throat dryness
  • sallow eyes
  • painful ribs
  • pain inside the upper arms
  • excessive heat in the palms. T

his posture has proved of having a tangible curative effect for heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases, bad memory and consciousness problems/spiritual illness.

5 – Zi Yan Gui Chao (Swallows return to their nests)

pangen qigong

Notes: These points apply to both the fifth and seventh positions. Energy can be led to the Triple Energizer Meridian (San Jiao Jing) by focusing attention on ‘outside’ Lao Gong Xue (Ye Men Xue).

Curative Effects:

  • migraine
  • pain in the ears
  • eyes
  • throat
  • pyreticosis
  • abdominal distension
  • stuffy chest
  • dropsy (excessive water retention)
  • enuresis (incorrect bowel control)
  • tinnitus
  • deafness
  • sore or swollen throat
  • redness or swelling in the eyes
  • swollen cheeks or pressure behind the ears
  • pain in the outside of the elbows, shoulders and arms.

6 – Tui Chuang Wang Yue (open the window to see the moon)

pangen qigong

Curative Effects:

Same as second position.

7 – Xiang Wu Chao Tian (Elephants tusks facing Heaven)

pangen qigong

Curative Effects:

Same as fifth position.

8 – Qing Long Tan Zhua (Blue Dragon stretches his claws)

pangen qigong

Notes: Energy is led through the Heart and Lung Meridian by focusing attention on the outside edge of the palms, and outside of the thumbs.

Curative Effects:

  • heart palpitations
  • lung and chest pain
  • consciousness/spiritual diseases
  • dryness of the throat
  • excessive thirst
  • sallow eyes
  • soreness in the ribs
  • pain inside the upper arms
  • heat in the palms or throat.

This position is also good for circulatory problems related to the Governor Meridian (GV).

PART 2: Walking in circles in Pangen Qigong

Pangen QigongOnce the Pangen qigong Practitioner has learned and mastered the eight stances outlined above, it’s time to switch to the second part of the sequence (the dynamic part), which consists in walking in circles. One foot is always straight (Yang Step), the other turns inwards at 90 degrees (Yin Step).

Bai Bu

(Straight Step, or Yang Step)
Notes: This step unleashes its power from the outside of the heel. The involved acu-points are the ones from the little toe to the fourth toe.

Note for the Acupuntcturist: Bei Shu Xue in the first lateral line, and Shu Xue in the second lateral line can cure some diseases relating to the Zhang and Fu organs (this is an important topic and needs to be further analyzed with the help of a Professional Acupuncturist if you don’t understand).

Curative Effects of the Walking part:

The dynamic part in Pangen Qigong can be used to:

  • treat pain in the head
  • neck
  • eyes
  • migraine
  • back
  • waist
  • buttocks
  • some diseases in the lower limbs
  • consciousness/spiritual diseases
  • dysuria
  • depression
  • maniac psychosis
  • malaria/ague
  • watery eyes
  • stuffy and congested nasal cavities
  • general headaches
  • pain in the chin
  • corner points of the eyelids
  • swelling in the armpits
  • outside of the lower limbs
  • outside of feet
  • excessive heat/fire in the feet

Kou Bu (Turning Step, or Yin Step)

Notes: This step derives its power from the inside of the ball of the foot. The functioning acu-points are Da Dun Xue for the big toe, Yin Bai Xue, and Yong Quan Xue. Energy can travel through the liver, spleen and kidneys.

Curative Effects:

  • Liver disease
  • gynecological disease
  • lumbago
  • hiccups
  • enuresis
  • dysuria
  • hernia and lower abdomen pain

Some other diseases relating to:

  • the spleen and stomach
  • epigastria pain
  • vomiting
  • swelling
  • jaundice
  • suffering from a heavy body with little power

Can also effect pain related to:

  • the end of the tongue
  • swelling in the lower limbs
  • kidney disease
  • lung pain
  • throat pain
  • shortness of breath
  • haemoptysis
  • dryness of the mouth
  • edema
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • muscular atrophy
  • loss of power

Important notes regarding the correct posture of your feet at this stage:

Grasping the floor with your toes as you step will stimulate Yang Quan and lift it slightly. This action activates the channels in the legs and feet, and therefore the channels connecting to the kidneys. The kidneys are very important organs for men, as sperm is the material base of life and kidneys-sperm are related in Chinese medicine. These exercises can correct, for men:

  • seminal emission
  • premature ejaculation
  • loose teeth
  • hair loss

For women specifically this can cure dreams regarding sexual intercourse.

Final considerations

It is said in Chinese Medicine circles that when a person gets old, the first thing to get old is the legs, in the same way as a tree gets old and the first thing to get old is its roots. As your practice improves, your Gong Fu (Kung fu) will improve and you will be able to walk lower and lower in the circle. Pangen QiGong is a blend of the basic characteristics of Bagua, Xing Yi, and Taiji quan lower limb movements. The lower limbs can be firmly fixed, yet nimble and great progress can be made through regular practice.

Pangen Qigogng for elderly people.

If practiced regularly, Pangen Qigong can strengthen and increase flexibility in the lower limbs, increase function in the kidneys and therefore build ones resistance to disease. It is said that it can make the old men become the children.

Fabio Zambelli
Fabio Zambellihttps://www.martialartsexplained.com/master-fabio-zambelli/
Founder of the Shunlian Shenghuo Kungfu Academy - Master Craftsman of Heart of The Orient - Designer of Martial Arts Explained



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