The Health QiGong DUAN WEI System

The Chinese Health Qigong Association (CHQA) was initiated with the support and endorsement of the Chinese Government to research, develop, popularize and support Qigong Practice around the world. The Association was given the task of engaging in extensive research into the history and best practice of Qigong, as well as high level scientific research into its health benefits. In 2003, after years of research, the CHQA released the Health Qigong routines - Ba Duan Jin,  Yi Jin Jing,  Wu Qin Xi and Lui Zi Jue -, designed to fit the needs of the modern world. Not long after this the China State Sports Administration and Sports for All Federation of China recognised Health Qigong as one of the Traditional Sports Events. In 2008 the 1st Health Qigong Tournament was held and by 2011 there were 25 countries competing in international events that promote cultural exchange and encourage the practice of Qigong for health, fitness and personal growth. 

It was at this time that the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF) was formed, as a bridge between the CHQA and the rest of the world. The IHQF is a non-profit international organization composed of national and regional organizations from around the globe with a charter “to unite National Health Qigong Associations, promote and develop the exchange and cooperation between members, and to promote and improve the physical and mental health of the people of the world." The headquarters of the IHQF are in Beijing, China where its main responsibilities are to organize international competitions and activities related to Health Qigong, to develop the international technical standards of Health Qigong, to formulate the training plan and management of Health Qigong athletes, coaches and referees.

Who is teaching it and are they suitably trained to teach to an internationally recognised standard?

The CHQA and the IHQF have worked closely to provide all the resources required for global dissemination of Health Qigong to the highest standards, ensuring students are being taught by instructors with a sound knowledge base. The CHQA are currently finalising a range of Instructor Courses in Health Qigong that will range from short-course to a year in duration and will be classified as Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Degrees. The courses will cover physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese Philosophy, teaching and study skills, and of course, practical skills.

As an adjunct to the Health Qigong Degree programs, it is hoped that instructors and practitioners will actively participate in Duan Examination gradings to benchmark their experience and skills: an easy reference point for potential students to check the credentials of their instructors. The Duan gradings are structured as follows:

  • Duan Wei 1 - A high level of technical skill in one Health Qigong Routine.
  • Duan Wei 2 - A high level of technical skill in two Health Qigong Routines. 
  • Duan Wei 3 - A high level of technical skill in three Health Qigong Routines.
  • Duan Wei 4 - A high level of technical skill in 4 Health Qigong Routines; a base level theoretical knowledge of Health Qigong; and a teaching record in Health Qigong.
  • Duan Wei 5 - A high level of technical skill in 4 Health Qigong Routines; an intermediate level theoretical knowledge of Health Qigong; and a teaching record in Health Qigong.
  • Duan Wei 6 - A high level of technical skill in 4 Health Qigong Routines; an intermediate level theoretical knowledge of Health Qigong; a teaching record in Health Qigong; and evidence of having made contributions to the dissemination of Qigong through theses, books, judging, management of Associations etc.
  • Duan Wei 7 to 9  - A extremely high level of technical skill in Health Qigong Routines; an academic level of theoretical knowledge; an advanced teaching record in Health Qigong; and evidence of having made contributions to the research, development and dissemination of Qigong in China and internationally.

The International Health Qigong Duans are classified into categories as Pre-Duans, Duan grades and Honorary Duans:

  • Pre-Duans: level 1, level 2 and level 3.
  • Junior Duans: Duan 1, Duan 2 and Duan 3. 
  • Intermediate Duans: Duan 4, Duan 5 and Duan 6.
  • Senior Duans: Duan 7, Duan 8 and Duan 9.
  • Honorary Intermediate Duans: Duan 4, Duan 5 and Duan 6.
  • Honorary Senior Duans: Duan 7, Duan 8 and Duan 9.

 

Requirements for the applicants for the health Qigong Duans:

(1)  Pre-Duan level 1

A graduation diploma granted at the first set of health Qigong exercising ways instruction by the member organization.

(2)  Pre-Duan level 2

A graduation diploma granted at the second set of health Qigong exercising ways instruction by the member organization.

(3) Pre-Duan level 3

A graduation diploma granted at the third set of health Qigong exercising ways instruction by the member organization.

(4) Duan 1

Pre-Duan level 3 diploma granted already 2 full years’ time. Results ranked Grade C at the first set of exercising ways technical exam, or 3rd prize awarded at the first set of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament, or 2nd prize awarded at the first set of exercising ways at the Continental Health Qigong Tournament.

(5) Duan 2

1. Duan 1 diploma granted already a full year’s time.

2. Results ranked Grade B at the first set of exercising ways technical exam, or 2rd prize awarded at the first set of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament, or 1st prize awarded at the first set of exercising ways at the Continental Health Qigong Tournament.

Results ranked Grade C at the second set of exercising ways technical exam, or 3rd prize awarded at the second set of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament, or 2nd prize awarded at the second set of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

 (6)  Duan 3

1. Duan 2 diploma granted already a full year’s time.

2. Results ranked Grade B at the two sets of exercising ways technical exam, or 2rd prize awarded at the two sets of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament, or 1st prize awarded at the two sets of exercising ways at the Continental Health Qigong Tournament

 Results ranked Grade C at the third set of exercising ways technical exam, or 3rd prize awarded at the third set of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament or 2nd prize awarded at the third set of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

 (7) Duan 4

1. Duan 3 diploma granted already full two years’ time.

2. 60 points marks granted in the health Qigong Intermediate Duan theory exam.

3. Results ranked Grade A at the first set of exercising ways technical exam, or 1st prize awarded at the first set of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

Results ranked Grade B at the two sets of exercising ways technical exam, or 2nd prize awarded at the two sets of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament or 1st prize awarded at the two sets of exercising ways at the Continental Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

 (8) Duan 5:

1. Duan 4 diploma granted already full two years’ time.  

2. 70 points marks granted at the health Qigong Intermediate Duan theory exam.

3. Results ranked Grade A at the two sets of exercising ways technical exam, or 1st prize awarded at the two sets of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

Results ranked Grade B at the third set of exercising ways technical exam,or 2nd prize awarded of the two sets of individual exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament or the National Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament, or 1st prize awarded of the two sets of exercising ways at the Continental  Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

 (9) Duan 6

1. Duan 5 diploma granted already full two years’ time. 

2. 80 points marks granted in the health Qigong Intermediate Duan theory exam.

3. Results ranked Grade A at the third set of exercising ways technical exam, or 1st prize awarded at the two sets of exercising ways at the International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament.

4. Some achievements already made in health Qigong academic research.

5. Some contributions already made to the health Qigong international popularization.

(10) Duan 7

1. Duan 6 diploma granted already full three years’ time. 

2. 60 points marks granted in the health Qigong Senior Duan theory exam.

3.With profound health Qigong theoretical foundation and keeping abreast of, in good time, the trend of health Qigong technical theory development.

4. Capable on independent instructions of more than 3 sets of health Qigong exercising ways, repeatedly appointed by the IHQF Technical Committee on missions to international health Qigong teaching courses or judging, displaying active attitude, judging fair and receiving good teaching effects.

5. In charge of 1 health Qigong research project completed; as the first author already published at least three health Qigong academic theses on periodicals (including "Health Qigong" magazine); or as the major author compiled in collaboration with others at least 1 health Qigong monograph or textbook. 

(11)  Duan 8

 1. Duan 7 diploma granted already full five years’ time. 

2. Higher-learned on health Qigong academic field, keeping abreast of, in good time, the trend of health Qigong scientific development and making remarkable contributions to the health Qigong theory and technical development.

3. Capable on instructions of more than 6 sets of health Qigong exercising ways, repeatedly appointed by the IHQF Technical Committee, on missions, to international health Qigong teaching courses or as chief judge at International Health Qigong Exchanges and Tournament and impressed with stronger impact in the international health Qigong circles.

4. In charge of more than 2 health Qigong research projects completed; as the first author already published at least 4 health Qigong academic theses on periodicals, or compiled more than 2 health Qigong monographs or textbooks. 

5. Remarkable contributions made already on promoting health Qigong international exchanges.

 (12) Duan 9

1. Duan 8 diploma granted already full seven years’ time.

2. With very high prestige and outstanding contributions already made to the international health Qigong circles.

 (13) A person having made outstanding contributions on promoting and popularizing the international health Qigong shall be awarded the corresponding Honorary Duan by the member organization unless approval of the IHQF.

Requirements are respected for the Honorary Duan grades:

Honorary Intermediate Duan: A social person, whose organization has more than 10,000 members, engaging in promoting and popularizing the international health Qigong for more than 5 years and having made remarkable contributions to the local health Qigong development and supported and participated in at least 3 health Qigong activities of the member organization.  

Honorary Senior Duan: A social person, whose organization has more than 50,000 members, engaging in promoting and popularizing the international health Qigong for more than 10 years or an expert having made significant contributions to the international health Qigong scientific researches.

Chapter III, Granting, Article 11

Those passing the health Qigong Duan theory and exercising ways technical exams as well as their academic contribution materials and applying information verified and acknowledged by the evaluators formed from IHQF and the affiliated member organization shall be granted a corresponding health Qigong Duan grade.

Article 12

Requirements respected of the Evaluation Committee for International Health Qigong Duans:

(1) The IHQF appoints the Senior Duan Evaluation Committee consisting of 7 members of them 3 being Duan 8 higher.

(2) The IHQF appoints the Intermediate Duan Evaluation Committee consisting of 5 or 7 members of them 3 being Duan 7 higher.

 (3) The President of the member organization appoints the Junior Duan Evaluation Committee consisting of 5 or 7 members of them 3 being Duan 4 higher.

Article 13

Following the evaluation criteria on every Duan, the Evaluation Committee shall examine the application materials item-by-item and write the specific comments with their signatures. Later, the corresponding unit with limits of approving rights shall decide whether to agree or not.

Article 14

Requirements for applicants on submitting materials to the organization with limits of approving rights:

(1) An application in writing.

(2) An ID copy and recent full-faced two-inch photo.

(3) Duan diploma granted.

(4) Competition results certificate conferred.

(5) Examination diploma of the corresponding Duan.

(6) Academic and scientific research results as required on the corresponding Duan and the contribution materials on promoting and popularizing international health Qigong.

(7) Fees for examination and affirmation.

 Chapter IV, Sanctions, Article 15

The REGULATIONS < EVALUATION ON INTERNATIONAL HEALTH QIGONG DUANis the common principles to implement the International Health Qigong Duan Evaluation. The IHQF may cancel the International Health Qigong Duan Evaluation approving rights of the member organization if the circumstances occur:

(1) Interfere in the normal affairs of the IHQF and its member organizations. 

(2) Cause serious harm to the reputation of the health Qigong and the IHQF.

(3) Unable to carry out the normal Duan evaluation due to internal contradictions.

(4) Violate the relevant rules of the Entrust Agreement and the evaluation.

(5) Transfer or assign the Entrust Agreement to others without the IHQF’s approval.

(6) Fail to stop timely the violating acts of its subordinate units.

Article 16

A practitioner who is already granted an International Health Qigong Duan and has committed any of the following acts shall be criticized or educated by the organization which examined and approved the Duan depending on the acts’ seriousness and asks him/her to correct the wrongs and furthermore revokes the Duan title if they are too serious.

(1) Use informal means to gain a Duan title.

(2) Defame the reputation of the health Qigong and the IHQF.

(3) Cause serious adverse effects when promoting and popularizing the international health Qigong.

Article 17

The organization or an individual who have signed the Agreement is entitled to explain per the sanction provisions prior to the sanctions given.

The health Qigong Duan examinations are only on theory and exercising ways techniques while the health Qigong exercising ways promoted by the IHQF apply the technical exams.

(1) The hundred-mark system is recommended in closed-book theory exams.

(2) The exercising ways technical exams are classified into five categories: A, B, C, D and E by means of on-site scoring. The evaluation is done on < Regulations for Health Qigong Competitions> approved and published by the IHQF in 2014.

Standards categories:

  • Grade A: 9 points higher.
  • Grade B: 8 points higher.
  • Grade C: 7 points higher.
  • Grade D: 6 points higher.
  • Grade E: 6 points lower.

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