Iron Shirt Qi Gong was first practiced by the Shaolin monks to protect themselves from invading armies.
Now, it’s mainly practiced for energy cultivation and spiritual development.
In Qi Gong, there is a balance between structure and flow. Like the banks of the river, the water needs structure to be contained. In the same way, the Qi in your body needs structure so it can flow.
Iron Shirt Qi Gong (aka “Standing Meditation” Qi Gong) builds the “inner structures” you need so your Qi can flow freely.
When your Qi flows freely you protect yourself from stress, negative energy from other people, and the world around you.