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Muscle/Tendon Transformation Exercise (Yi Jin Jing)

This particular practice is said to have  originated with Bodhidharma in the 5th century A.D. Bodhidharma was the  said to be the 28th Indian Patriarch and the First Chinese Patriarch of Chan Buddhism. A popular story is that he arrived at Shaolin Monastery and found that the monks were not very healthy. Therefore, he devised exercises to strengthen them - this was the Yi Jin Jing.


On his death, it is said that he left two books to his successor Hui ke: the Yi Jin Jing and the Xi Sui Jing (Marrow/Brain Washing).


However, there is no real evidence that Yi Jin Jing originated with Bodhidharma or the Shaolin Temple. There have been various  routines with varying numbers of forms but the most respected is that of Wang Zuyuan which is composed of 12 exercises. This is the Yi Jin Jing promoted by the Chinese Health Qigong Association. You can read my review of this book/DVD on Muscle/Tendon Transformation Exercise here.

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