Duan Grading for Health Qigong® recognised by the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF)
The Duan system in Health Qigong® is similar to "Dan" or "grades" in other Martial or Health Enhancing exercises, which although not an endorsement of instructor status, give practitioners indications of their practice and performance standard in the training of Health Qigong®.
The Purpose of a Duan Grading
Duan gr adings provide a great opportunity for Health Qigong enthusiasts of all levels to continually improve their standard and understanding. Whilst a Duan grading is not an endorsement to teach Health Qigong, it does provide a qualification to confirm the standard you have reached with your own practice and provides a pathway for continuous development. Therefore, the Duan grading is a vital element for enthusiasts who are planning to further their study of Health Qigong or looking to step up a level with their career in teaching Health Qigong.
The IHQF Duans are classified into the following categories:
Duan 1, Duan 2 and Duan 3.
As an authorised member organisation of the IHQF, the BHQA is permitted to approve Duan grades 1, 2 and 3, to members who meet the required criteria.
The IHQF has a Duan Wei Grading system ranging from Pre-Duan’s 1-3 and then 9 Duan Grades 1-9. The aim is to motivate and inspire enthusiasts to continually seek improvement in their standards of practice in the Health Qigong routines and to have this achievement certified and recognised.
The BHQA is committed to promoting and supporting enthusiasts in attaining Duan grades to register their level of competency in the Health Qigong routine. The BHQA have set up a project team to support this initiative, led by Carol Gascoyne
If you are interested in taking the 1st to 3rd Duan, the BHQA wish to support you, get in touch as soon as possible and provide us with information regarding your Qigong training history to-date.
To apply for Duan Level 1 you must have completed pre duan 1-3 and pass one technical exam in any routine (perform one routine) at a minimum standard of Level C.
Duan Level 2
Pass two technical exams in any two routines (perform two routines) at a minimum standard of one routine at level B and one at level C.
Must wait 1 year from completing Duan Level 1.
Duan Level 3
Pass three technical exams in any three routines (perform three routines) at a minimum standard of two routines at level B and one at Level C.
Must wait 1 year from completing Duan level 2.
Technical Assessments and Scoring
For scoring purposes, the technical exams are classified into five categories: A, B, C, D and E. The evaluation is done by a panel of assessors authorised by the IHQF and/or BHQA, using the Regulations for Health Qigong Competitions approved and published by the IHQF in 2014.
For guidance purposes, Level C would entail being able to perform your chosen routine smoothly and reasonably accurately without any prompts.
Grade A: 9 points and higher or a certificate to confirm a 1st prize award at an International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament
Grade B: 8 to 8.99 points or a certificate to confirm a 2nd prize award at an International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament or individual 1st prize at a Continental Health Qigong tournament
Grade C: 7 to 7.99 points or a certificate to confirm 3rd prize at an International Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament or individual 2nd prize awarded at a Continental Health Qigong Exchange and Tournament
Grade D: 6 to 6.99 points
Grade E: 6 points and lower
It is preferred that all applicants wear a Tai Chi or Qigong suit for their performance but if this is not possible then it is acceptable to wear a BHQA t-shirt and plain black trousers.
You will need to perform the full routine.
All the performances will be recorded and sent to the IHQF in case of any disputes or queries. They will then be retained for three years.
Click the registration button in the overview page to register your application.
Duan grading can practitioners or instructors to get a feel of their overall achievement and discover things they could improve on. It is a great opportunity to get recognition for your passion and standard.
The Duan Grading certificate is issued by the world governing body of Health Qigong, the International Health Qigong Federation.
- Duan 1 - £40.00
- Duan 2 - £50.00
- Duan 3 - £60.00
Duan Grading for instructors and students.
The Duan Grading is available to all Health Qigong® Instructors and all BHQA members. Duan Grading assessment will be held on the last day of each option, anyone not taking part in the instructor training will need to be ready at 9.30 am on the last day of each option to sign in.
Assessment – This is separate from the HQ instructor course and a different date will be organised and included in the timetable above.