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An incredible Qi Gong system based on imitating the natural movements of animals

Improve Your health & Vitality

Five Animal Play (Wu Qin Xi) is one of the oldest forms of Qi Gong. As early as 300 BCE, Daoist Immortals performed shamanic dances that imitated animals. Hua Tuo, the legendary physician of the late Han Dynasty learned these dances and created Five Animal Play.

Ancient immortals practiced “bear-hanging” and “turning the head like an owl” to stretch and relax the waist, body and joints in pursuit of longevity. I have a technique called the Five Animal Play based on the tiger, deer, bear, ape and bird.
-Hua Tuo

In this version of Five Animal Play, each animal has a unique walking step that activates different organ and meridian systems,
and each modulates the movement of the Qi in specific ways.

The Power of Imitating the Gait of Animals

The health and physical capabilities of human beings can be greatly enhanced by moving like specific animals, and in particular, by imitating the way different animals walk. Walking is one of our most primal movements. Walking contains inherent rhythms, a product of internal movements created by the external movements coupled with the Mind-Intention.

In Five Animal Play, different modes of walking create specific patterns of internal vibrations, pulsations, and waves that move through the body’s largely fluid composition, each homing to and affecting different organs, meridians, and physical structures.

When you practice Five Animal Play, you directly experience the power and potency of each animal – the slow, stable gait of the Bear, the lightness and flexibility of the Bird, the Deer’s relaxed limberness, the Tiger’s power and strength, and the agility and liveliness of the Monkey. While imitating the external physical movements of the animals, you are also engaging with the spirit and the innate internal power dynamic particular to each animal, which in turn produce benefits to both body and mind

This rare and unique version of Five Animal Play produces internal changes and health benefits that are palpable and immediate, while simultaneously giving you access to a profound self-cultivation practice that deepens over time.


  • Activates Ming Men (Life Gate)
  • Concentrates Qi & Jing in the kidneys
  • Induces Stability & Calmness


  • Activates Du Mai (Governing Vessel)
  • Dredges the liver & gallbladder meridians
  • Promotes Peace & Tranquility


  • Regulates Qi
  • Disperses excess Heart-Fire
  • Calms the Heart & Soothes Qi


  • Regulates the lungs
  • Strengthens bones & sinews
  • Fosters Courage & Spirit


  • Calms the Heart-Mind and Spirit
  • Harmonizes the spleen & stomach
  • Cultivates an Alert & Lively Spirit

A must for Xing Yi Quan enthusiasts who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Xing Yi footwork and the 12 Xing Yi Animals.
The Five Animal Play taught in this course seamlessly connects with Xing Yi body principles and footwork.

The Complete Course Contains:

44 HD Streaming Videos

90-page Student Manual
40-page Qi Gong Basics Manual

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Meet your instructor

Tom Bisio has practiced and taught Five Animal Play for over 20 years. In this course Tom imparts valuable tips, imagery and insights gleaned from his personal  practice and from years of practicing and teaching Five Animal Play and related Qi Gong methods. Tom provides you with a clear and comprehensive approach to learning and mastering these exercises. He has done extensive research on Five Animal Play, enabling him to convey a deep understanding of the movement of internal energy in each exercise. Tom has the unique ability to make Five Animal Play approachable and easy to learn by focusing on the key details that that allow you receive the full benefit of this powerful Qi Gong practice.

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What is Five Animal Play & why should I learn it?

Five Animal Play one of the oldest Qi Gong sets recorded, with its roots in Shamanic energy practices and Chinese Life Nourishing exercise dating back to 239 BCE. Through observations of nature and the movements of animals Daoist  sages created exercises that could prolong life, prevent disease and maximize the body’s internal energy dynamic.

The  exercises for each of the Five Animals – Bear, Deer, Bird, Tiger and Monkey – have very specific and profound effects on human body that are deeply rooted in our evolutionary neurological programming.

The movements of each animal are based on the unique wave-like pulsation of energy inherent in that animal’s stepping pattern. These pulsations resonate with human stepping patterns, allowing the practitioner to effectively “borrow” the animal’s inherent potency, power and spirit to improve their own life and health.

Five Animal Play consists of important health and longevity exercises that have profound effects on the body and the neuro-muscular system. Five Animal Play improves balance and strength and improves one’s agility ad movement potential, while simultaneously augmenting the body’s internal energy dynamic and dispersing the energetic blockages that weaken the body and lead to disease and illness. Five Animal Play also calms the mind and harmonizes the spirit by drawing on the specific psycho-spiritual attributes of each animal.

This method of Five Animal Play comes from a lineage of Xing Yi Quan practitioners who were also Qi Gong Masters. Therefore there is much overlap with Xing Yi Quan’s internal energy dynamics, so this course will  interest to Xing Yi practitioners and martial arts enthusiasts, while at the same time having  many applications to health preservation, martial arts, Daoist meditation, physical therapy, and sports.

With regular practice of Five Animal Play you will move with power and grace, and your body will feel supple and energized.

Why Study Five Animal Play with Internal Arts International (IAI)?

We offer detailed, top-notch instruction that is clear, concise and thorough. Every detail of Five Animal Play is explained clearly, without mysticism or secrecy.

IAI Founder & head instructor Tom Bisio has trained and practiced Chinese Internal Martial Arts and many different forms of Qi Gong, including Five Animal Play, for over 30 years. Tom has been a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine since 1990.  Tom  has made numerous trips to China to refine his skills  and deeply pursue Qi Gong methods and  internal martial arts from different traditional lineages.

In this online learning program, Tom weaves together decades of training and  a deep knowledge of Chinese internal arts, Chinese energetic practices and  traditional Chinese medicine. Throughout the program, Tom  details exactly how to practice Five Animal Play imparting valuable tips, imagery and detailed explanations of the internal energetic  connections. He  also explains the health benefits of each exercise, and gives you the valuable training tips that accelerate the learning process and allow you to fully master the Five Animal Play exercises.

More frequent questions and answers

There are many benefits to practicing Five Animal Play including increased energy, improved coordination, strength and balance:

  • Improves coordination, balance and movement potential
  • Activates and enhances the internal energy dynamic
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Disperses energy blockages in the meridians
  • Frees up fascial restrictions and adhesions
  • Stimulates the brain and nervous system
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves alignment and posture
  • Improves organ functioning and digestion
  • Calms the Heart-Mind
  • Fosters a bright and lively spirit


While there are some advantages to learning in a classroom setting, there are also disadvantages. For example, once the class is over, you don’t have the teacher there to help you in your daily practice. Our experience is that in a classroom setting, students often have difficulty remembering corrections they receive. In an online program you can go over the detailed instruction and corrections again and again via the pdf and videos. A common complaint from students in a classroom setting is that the class moves too slowly or too quickly, or not enough time is spent on certain exercises which are particularly difficult. So another advantage of our online learning program is you can learn at your own speed.

Plus, your instructor, Tom Bisio , provides expert clear and concise instruction, making Five Animal Play easy to learn.

The Five Animal Play Online Learning Program explains in detail the many nuances of the each animal’s innate movement patterns and how those patterns are expressed in the exercises. At least 30 different methods of Five Animal Play are currently taught in China and abroad, so even if you have practiced one of these methods our online course will reveal many aspects of Five Animal Play that are probably new to you.

Each animal and each exercise is explained clearly and in such detail that you will not be disappointed, whether you are a beginning student or an experienced practitioner. We promise to provide all the critical details of correct practice, and to offer a depth of understanding that guarantees that you will reap all of the physical , mental and  spiritual benefits of Five Animal Play.

When you sign up for the Five Animal Play Online Learning Program, you will receive a detailed Welcome Letter, a 90-page Student Manual (PDF) and a 40-page manual (PDF) on Qi Going Basic concepts. These PDFs can be downloaded or accessed online. You also receive online access to 45 videos (streaming only). The videos are accessible only by students in the Five Animal Play Online Learning Program. In your course receipt, you will see a link to the files associated with your purchase. By clicking the link, you will be directed to your page.

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It is not possible to answer everyone’s questions about training and many questions are impossible to answer through words alone. We encourage you to practice the material as many questions can only be answered through practice. We do offer workshops periodically in New York City and Europe, so if you feel the need to fine-tune your practice, it might be useful to attend a workshop in person.

The movements demonstrated and detailed  in these videos and demonstrated or described throughout the Five Animal Play Online Learning Program may be too strenuous for some individuals and can be dangerous and cause injury.

Before embarking on this program, or practicing any of the physical movements and activities described in our books, videos and other educational material, you are advised to consult a physician to determine your suitability for performing these activities.

Any health benefits attributed to these movements, meditations and exercises, whether mentioned or inferred, are not advocated or promised by Tom Bisio, Internal Arts International and New York Internal Arts. Any health benefits, whether mentioned or inferred, are those typically attributed to these movements and exercises in traditional Chinese culture. We neither endorse nor advocate these benefits and opinions, nor do we vouch for their veracity. They are presented for educational purposes only.

Tom Bisio, Internal Arts International and New York Internal Arts are not responsible in any way for any injury or illness that may result from attempting to perform the exercises and movement demonstrated or following the instructions contained in any of our videos, written materials or online discussions.