Qigong comes primarily from the Temples of Ancient China. For centuries, tradition dictated that these programs be taught only to the dedicated disciples of a Master. This explains why the knowledge remained secret, deep within the temple walls for thousands of years. Some ancient Qigong practices were lost, primarily because the Masters died before passing on their knowledge. Other systems were carefully preserved and passed down from one Master to the next, for centuries.

  • The word Chi or Qi (pronounced Chee) means: Breath, or Energy. 
  • The word Kung or Qong (pronounced Gung) means: Work or Practice. 
  • Both Chi Kung and Qigong mean the same thing: Breath Work, or Energy Practice

The term Qigong has two Common Spellings: 

  1. The first way of spelling the word is “Chi Kung” this spelling is common in North America, Europe, and other Western Cultures. 
  2. The second way of spelling the word is “Qigong” this spelling is more common in China and other Eastern Cultures. However, in recent years the “Qigong” spelling has become increasing common in both Eastern and Western Cultures. 

Our Qigong (Jook Lum Ting Sing Tong Long Pai) comes from the southern China Missionary Jook Lum Temple and was for many generations the exercise of the Temple monks. The philosophy and technique of Jook Lum Ting Sing Qigong is to learn how to use the breath, in conjunction with mind, motion, relaxation and control to influence the body's 36 main pressure points, along your meridians. 

Daily practice of these exercises can increase your physical energy and reduce physical, emotional, and mental stress. Historically it has been used as medicinal self-healing exercise for various ailments and dis-eases such as asthma, high or low blood pressure, abdominal challenges, headaches, arthritis, rheumatism and circulation disorders resulting in numbness or stiffness. These exercises are also useful for weight control, and skin health.


The Grand Master of our system (Henry Poo Yee), while considering the conditions in the world today, recognized that people are longing for the Healing, Life-Enriching Programs that Qigong provides. While considering his decision to permit this knowledge to leave the temple, he was encouraged to find that people today are becoming more open, accepting, and respectful of the Ancient Ways. As a result, the Master decided to allow this Qigong to be taught to the public.  

Master Jeff Larson, a long time student and Enter the Gate Disciple of the Grand Master, is honored to have permission to share this knowledge publicly for the very first time. He has undertaken Sifu Robyn Mathews-Lingen as his first student fully trained to teach. She is the only women in the United States certified to teach this important qigong.

About the instructor

Sifu Robyn at Tapestry Dance CenterSifu Robyn is certified by the Brian Grant Foundation in Exercise for Parkinson's. She was part of a wellness workshop series funded by the Parkinson's Foundation and is actively teaching and working with people who have Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Robyn holds a fifth degree black belt in Shaolin Kenpo, and is the only woman in the United States certified to teach Jook Lum Ting Sing Qigong from the Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu system (Jook Lum Ting Sing Tong Long Pai).If you have questions, or would like to discuss any concerns you might have about joining these classes, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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What People Say


I have been taking QiGong classes with Sifu Robyn for several months now and can feel the beneficial effects in my body and mind. I always feel better after every class. Sometimes, during the class I think this is so simple and slow, how can it be helpful? I feel the meditative benefits of the movements with the deep focused breath work. I feel improvements with my balance and strength. I had a goal of being able to play Pickleball and I am now doing it! I'm very grateful for this experience.


I have really enjoyed the Qi Gong class you offer. What I love about the class:
- getting grounded
- movement - muscles I don't use every day
- massaging my internal organs
- getting healthier, stronger, better balance
- the pace is perfect for me at this time.
Many of the movements we do are similar and reinforce my P.T. exercises.
Thank you so much for offering us this opportunity
~ Kelly


As I age, Qigong is the perfect class for me. Anyone at any age or physical ability can learn and practice it. No special equipment or clothing is needed. It meets me where I am on any given day.
The in-person class setting with time for questions, explanations and demonstrations is very helpful.
As a result of the class I have noticed an increase in my energy level. I am less stressed. I feel physically and emotionally stronger and more flexible. The benefits are subtle yet profound which reflect my opinion of the actual practice as well.
~ Susan

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