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training outdoors

The image of martial arts students training outdoors is pervasive. From Beijing parks to the Shaolin Temple, from Hollywood and Hong Kong movies to "Kung Fu Panda," the romance of outdoor training captures our imaginations.

That attractive image may have some justification. Modern psychologists speak of the outdoors as a cure for "nature deprivation disorder." Qigong masters speak of absorbing and using the qi of the natural world.