Hard Qigong is often used in the course of martial arts practice. It functions to tighten the overall muscles to release the force and usually aims to reach the goal of abdominal respiration to lay the foundation for martial arts practice. In many Chinese Kung Fu movies, it is often presented to fight against the enemy.
Soft Qigong is regarded as a good way for fitness. It attaches importance to deep breathing as a way to relax, so the exerciser can leave all problems and sadness behind. The basic skills of Tai Chi and Wing Chun of the Southern Boxing (Nanquan) belong to this training. As it doesn’t consume much strength and energy, it is suitable for the seniors, women and other weaker people.