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BOTH THE PUBLIC and the Western medical establishment are increasingly embracing the health benefits of qigong, a pillar of Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, the number of Americans practicing qigong increased 18.6 percent between 2002 and 2007, with similar growth between 2007 and 2012.
“We tend to use qigong for its mind-body aspects similar to traditional areas of anxiety, stress and relaxation. Through that, patients have improved sleep quality and improved mood overall,” says Dr. Richard T. Lee, assistant professor at the Integrative Medicine Center at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which has included qigong (pronounced chee-gung) and tai chi as part of its therapy program for over 10 years. “For patients that are debilitated it’s a nice, easy, gentle exercise they can do coming out of surgery or when getting out of the hospital.”
Judo (meaning "gentle way") is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.