Chinese Qigong history can be divided roughly into three periods. The history of the first period is vague, although it is considered to have started when the Yi Jing (Book of Changes, was introduced to the Chinese people sometime before 2400 B.C., and to extend until the Han dynasty (206 B.C., & ) when Buddhism and its meditation methods were imported from India. This led Qigong practice and meditation into the second period, the religious Qigong era. This period lasted until the Liang
dynasty (502-557 A.D,, £), when it was discovered that Qigong could be used for martial purposes, which started the third period of martial Qigong. In this third period, different martial Qigong styles were created based on theories and principles from Buddhist and Daoist Qigong. This period lasted until the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911, when a new era started in which Chinese Qigong training is being mixed with Qigong practices from India, Japan, and many other countries.
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