Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade

The exercises in the Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade course are multi-layered in that the more you practice them the more you will get from them. Initially they work on your structure/posture and gradually increase your understanding of the fundamentals of Wuji stance, Horse Riding stance and Empty stances. This is done through the sinking of Qi while, simultaneously, raising the Shen.

This course includes
Over 2 hours on-demand video
2 downloadable resources

Price: £40.00
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/01/2022 and get 50% off.
Book here Embroidered Brocade Qigong course.

Online Qigong: Embroidered Brocade – Recent Reviews

  • “Des teaching is amazing . I wish I could do more often . I did shibashi teacher training , embroidered brocade and online courses with him and it’s all so clear. Qi gong is truly great practice. Thank you Des.” G.
  • “Precise Teaching, Great course!” C.W.
  • “I enjoyed the course very much. My awareness of the Qi has increased significantly, since the instructor drew our attention to the sensation of it in our bodies, particularly the hands, which I found amazing!” G.H.
  • “All exercises shown in de [sic] videos can be followed easily, instructions are very clear.” E.J.
  • “Good detailed explanation and good video-quality with different camera-angle.” H.E.M.
  • “Thank you for another incredible course. You are very generous sharing this knowledge with us. The teaching method is perfect – I’d say even the teachers presence is there while practicing along with the videos. All the best.” S.C.
  • “Excellent instruction and pace. The pointers before each movement practice are great.” M.C.

More reviews below

What Will I Learn?

  • In this course you will learn the seven exercises that make up the Embroidered Brocade.
  • You will also learn about the proper stance, posture, and focus that is required.


  • No prior knowledge of Qigong required. This course is for all levels.


Although having similar names, the Embroidered Brocade and the Eight Pieces of Brocade (AKA the Ba Duan Jin) are two entirely different sets. The Embroidered Brocade is a set of seven Qigong exercises, namely: Folding Over, the Circle of Light, the Billowing Sail, the Sun and the Moon, the White Crane, the Snake, and the Taiji Walk.


The numerous benefits of these exercises include:

  • Stimulating Qi flow in the Yin and Yang meridians of the legs.
  • Stimulating Qi flow in the Arm Yin & Yang meridians.
  • Opening Ming Men and Dazhui (Du Mai 14). AKA “Big Bone” this is the first thoracic vertebra, where the Qi can often get stuck.
  • Bringing awareness of and building the skill of sinking the Qi while raising the Shen.

Price: £40.00
Purchase, using the link below, before 31/01/2022 and get 50% off.
Book here Embroidered Brocade Qigong course.

Students’ Questions

Question from Sebastian

Areas of focus – additional information?
Another superb quality course, thank you so much!
Just out of curiosity – in addition to increased awareness of Qi and all the Qigong goodness these exercises do for us, are there are any more areas of focus for the exercises within this set, such as awareness on particular acupoints, meridians, gates, and any additional detailed information regarding their benefits? If so, would you be able to provide this information here or direct me to some reference articles etc.?
Thank you.

Answer from Des

Folding Over – The focus is on using the hands to trace and stimulate the three Yin meridians and the three Yang meridians in the legs.
Circle of Light – The focus is on the Yang meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (pinkie fingers/outside edge of the hand floating upwards and outwards) that does this.
You can experience this if you stand in Wuji with the palms facing inward (as in Snake) and Listen to where the Qi is most intense. It should be on the inside of the arms. Then adjust the hand posture until you feel that intensity move to the outside of the arms and into the Yang meridians.
Billowing Sail – The focus should be mainly on KD1 as the weight is rooted and the Qi sunk into the rear foot. Then focus on the separation, the disconnection, and reconnection of KD1 in the front foot. The focus remains in KD1 (front foot and the weight is rooted and the Qi is sunk. Remember that the Qi continues to sink beyond the rooting.
Focus on the crown should not be compromised throughout the exercise.
Additionally, all the Kidney points and Bladder points in the ankle are being stimulated (opened).
The Sun and the Moon – Constant attention on sinking the Qi through KD1 while raising the Shen (This keeps the Kua between the vertebrae open). Also focus on keeping the Kua at the hips crease and in the shoulders open.
The White Crane – The same focus as Circle of light but with the addition of focusing on  HG8 (on inhalation, when the palm is facing rearward) and on HT9 (on exhalation, as the hand lifts).
The Snake – The focus is on the Yin meridians in the arms. It is the hand position (palms facing inwards) that does this. You can also focus on Liver meridian (LV8 is usually the first point to open) by adjusting the angle that the foot is turned out at before sinking.
The Taiji Walk – focus on sinking the Qi and raising the Shen, then connecting both at the Lower Dantien before attempting to move. As soon as any of these is lost, stop, repeat and start again.

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Reviews from our online Qigong – Embroidered Brocade Course

  • “A informação transmitida é extremamente relevante e apresentada de forma bastante clara. A lamentar as pontuais falhas de sincronia entre as falas do instrutor e as respetivas legendas, no entanto, dado o meu conhecimento da língua, isso não representou um entrave à perceção. De louvar o foco atribuído ao verdadeiro Qigong, que me fez mudar a minha perspetiva do mesmo e a forma como vou passar a ensinar. Um sincero obrigado! Parabéns pelo trabalho desenvolvido e pela partilha!” Nuno
  • Translation: “The information transmitted is extremely relevant and presented very clearly. To regret the occasional mismatches between the instructor’s speech and his subtitles, however, given my knowledge of the language, this was not a hindrance to perception. To commend the focus on the true Qigong, which made me change my perspective and how I will teach. A sincere thank you! Congratulations on your work and sharing!”
  • “A very well thought through and comprehensive course. It was very well explained.” L.J.R.
  • “This is my second course on Udemy with Des and once again he delivers brilliant material. Really clear instruction with a level of detail that is great for beginners and more experienced Qi Gong practitioners alike. While I am hugely enjoying my Heaven and Earth practice, a recent injury to my lower back led me to this course and it is very good indeed. Audio and video top notch, and Des has a huge amount of knowledge. Previously I had a 1:1 Skype lesson with Des to check-in on my progress, which was even more helpful than the Udemy course alone, as it provded real-time feedback. Can’t recommend this highly enough.” M.S.
  • “I am interested in learning about how qi works and this instructor is doing a good job of explaining it.” K.S.
  • “It is useful in expanding knowledge of Qigong, It is also a useful reminder if you are a visual learner as its handy to see the moves being done.” J.K.C.
  • “Very clear instructions, easy to follow. Sound and picture quality excellent.” L.R.
  • “Very well explained and demonstrated” K.L.

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