Complete Routine of Shaolin Ba Duan Jin 八段锦 recorded at the WeekEndRetreat in February 2019 at the Shaolin Temple Europe 歐洲少林寺 located in Otterberg / Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Shaolin Ba Duan Jin can be translated as 8 Brocade (Valuable) Exercises. It is a short and easy to remember routine, suitable also for laypeople that don't have the possibility or capability to practice throughout the complete day.
It consists of 8 exercises aiming in the development of strong and flexible muscles and tendons:
Ba Duan Jin Posture Names:
Opening · 00:00 1) Supporting the Heaven (Vertical Stretch) · 01:10 2) Drawing the Arrow (Horizontal Stretch) · 02:15
3) Separating Heaven and Earth (Diagonal Stretch) · 04:25 4) Wise Owl Gazing Back (Torsional Stretch) · 06:10
5) Big Bear Turns to Side (LegTorso Connection) · 07:55 6) Bending backwards and touching toes (Front / Back Stretch) · 10:25
7) Clenching the Fists (Mobilisation) · 11:40 8) Clicking Heels 7 Times (Release) · 14:50 Closing · 16:00
It belongs to the classic repertoire of Qi Gong exercises in the Shaolin Arts around the globe. Together with the Muscle and Tendon Transformation (Yi Jin Jing) and the meditative circular movements (Chan Yuan Gong) it gives a strong foundation to complete all martial exercises.
Every year there are several retreats that are taking place in the Shaolin Temple Europe 歐洲少林寺, the monastery where I am living.
A retreat can either be a 3day Retreat (Friday Sunday) or a 6day Retreat (Monday Saturday). Every retreat is held under a specific topic, such as: Gong Fu, Qi Gong (e.g. Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing, 13 Luohan), Meditation retreats and Rou Quan retreats.
If you are interested in joining any of these retreats, please take a look at all dates that are published on the website of the monastery:
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