Wu Qin Xi was created by the most famous master of medicine, Hua Tuo, of the Three Kingdoms (220-280 A.D.) by imitating the movements of five kinds of bird and beast—the bear, tiger, monkey, deer and crane—and combining the
characteristics of the human body. It works well for health care. Wu Pu, one of the disciples of Hua Tuo, practised this exercise for building a good physique and he could hear and see well, had firm teeth and looked like a middle-aged man even when he was more than ninety.
The Five Animals Frolic requires the exerciser to relax the whole body, to have firmness within gentleness and tightness within looseness, to concentrate the mind on Dantian, to make the upper part of the body empty while the lower part full, to breathe naturally and to perform it resembling the natural and vivid movements of the five animals both in external form and in spirit. There are many schools of Wu Qin Xi. We are going to introduce a set of movements which is rather simple and is suitable for the elderly and the weak or beginners.
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