Again, the precise details are lost in history. Some scholars say that these were developed in the 12th century by Marshal
Yueh Fei; others attribute them to Chong Li-quan, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese Folklore. In any event,this set of exercises has several objectives:
- Strengthens the muscles esp back, shoulders, neck and legs
- Tones the internal organs
- Boosts the immune system
- Purges the body of toxins and ‘bad’ (stagnant) Qi
- Stretches muscles, tendons and Qi Meridians
The exercises can be done as a stand alone set, or used as either a warming-up or cooling down routine.
Each movement is related to both an internal organ and a Qi meridian, so when practicing the full set, optimum
benefit is achieved when they are practiced in the correct order.