Ji Ben Gong stands for Basic Foundation Work. So any time you see the word Gong, that means work. Like Qi Gong (Energy Work) Nei Gong (Internal Work).
With that being said anything that is practiced to enhance your form can be considered Foundation Work. At New Life Kung Fu we have a Ji Ben Gong exercise that consists of 13 exercises. Most of my students come up with interesting names to try to remember the movements and the order, because Ji Ben Gong is the students 1st official Taiji test we give.
It is important to get the student used to testing, because when it comes to learning all the techniques of Taiji, simple tests along the way show that the student is practicing and ready to learn more. Lets face it, if the student can not remember a simple 13 warm up exercises, how are they going to remember all the movements of the Taiji form and Push Hands drills.
Below I will list the 13 exercises with a given name to try to help each student remember the exercise and order.
- Knee and Ankle rotations
- 6 point hip rotations
- Swinging arms
- Barstool and Hug
- Dance Fever
- Side Bends
- Side neck stretches
- Floppy wrists
- Arm circles
- Forward and Backward neck stretches
- Rooster Stance
- Tiger Stance
- Deep Squats
I hope that helps and here is a link to the 13 exercises.