BEWARE OF FRAUDS
There are people who claim to be Qi Gong masters possessing supernatural powers. While there is one method of meditation Qi Gong that can transform one into a master healer able to discharge strong healing power to help the ill, the training required is over twenty years to a life-time. Achieving this power in fifteen years is impossible, just as impossible as it is for a baby to walk within six months of birth.
Be cautious, then, if you hear promises of great healing power. Other claims may also be made and perhaps demonstrated, for example: bending metal objects without touching, igniting paper or fabric by projecting Qi from the palms, throwing people without physical contact, etc. Insist that they demonstrate on your own spoon or paper but do not let them touch anything prior to demonstration (do not allow any chemical substances to be subtly applied); or insist that they throw you and not an accomplice. There are sceptics who have offered millions of dollars for genuine demonstrations of such paranormal ability, and yet no one to this day has claimed such a prize. Human beings are simply not built for such capabilities, just as we cannot fly.
I have been training Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Wushu for since I was 15 years old. Over the years, I have come to understand that those traditional skills that have passed down for hundreds and even thousands of years, have proven themselves by their very existence today. They are very good and safe skills. These true skills are not just fashions that come and go. They are traditional skills that have been passed down generation after generation out of respect and from the benefit they give to society.
I myself also try to keep all these traditional skills so that they can be passed down. As I have been training quite a long time, I have also contributed some of my own knowledge to make the skill suitable for today’s society. This Qi Gong Syllabus is arranged to try to help all my students and the following generations to benefit as much as possible. I hope it can help all of you.
In the early stages of training, Qi is developed through exercises in empathy. Without trying to sound trite, Qi requires a practitioner to feel his own emotions as they ebb and flow. This fluid dynamic is followed, and eventually led, through moving meditations such as done in Kung Fu or Qi Gong. Students may be asked to perform meditations, material manipulations, or partner exercises (e.g., sticky hands), as basic methods to promote this empathy. Beyond that, each style has its own program for Qi development. Aikido uses throwing techniques, Snake uses pin-point finger-tip strikes, and Taichi Quan uses subtle body positioning. At this stage of Qi understanding, it would be impossible to state than any particular school or method has cornered the market on TRUTH, or THE single, best method of Qi cultivation. As in all other endeavors, the practitioner is still more important that a particular approach or style.
QI GONG is composed of movements that are typically repeated, strengthening and stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial, and lymph), enhancing balance and proprioception, and improving the awareness of how the body moves through space.
The forms in Qi Gong are not nearly as intricate as those in Taichi; they need not be executed as precisely. Qi Gong forms are free in movement and can be merged with an individual’s moving manner. The same form may look slightly different depending on the practitioner’s style of movement, but it is still the same form, and importantly it provides the same healing benefits even if the movements are not done precisely. Qi Gong can be carried out standing, sitting or lying down with the whole body still with only the extremities moving, so really anyone can practise Qi Gong.
Why study Qi Gong?
Qi Gong has several major areas of expertise:
External Qi Healing (Wai Qi Zhi Liao) - Qi Gong includes a sophisticated system of health assessment and non-contact treatment called External Qi Healing (EQH). The healer learns to tap into a well of healing energy in nature and "funnel" it through his or her body. Unlike some purely intuitive systems, EQH includes exercises that increase sensitivity to energy fields and efficacy of treatment. The more you practice External Qi Healing exercises and meditations, the more effective your healing treatment. External Qi Healing techniques may be used as a stand alone form of wellness treatment or may be combined with massage, acupuncture, Therapeutic Touch, osteopathy, or any other form of body-work. Because treatment is generally performed at a distance from the body, EQH does not violate psychotherapists' professional ethics (which do not allow touching the patient) and is thus an ideal adjunct to body-centered psychotherapy.
Sports Qi Gong (Wu Gong) - In sports and martial arts, Qi Gong is the key to strength, stamina, coordination, speed, flexibility, balance, and resistance to injury. Qi Gong exercises can improve performance in any sport, improving the golf drive, tackling ability in football, accuracy in tennis, and stamina in swimming.
Spiritual Qi Gong (Fo Gong, Tao Gong) - As a spiritual discipline, Qi Gong leads to self-awareness, tranquillity, and harmony with nature. The spiritual aspect of Qi Gong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism.
Scholar Path - Traditionally in China the people who went down the scholarly path of Qi Gong were the more educated and wealthy crowd including royalty. The scholarly path of Qi Gong is the exploration of human potential. They wanted to go beyond the normal limitations that most human beings live under. Some wanted to achieve great powers, others wanted to test the boundaries of reality and their physical capabilities.
Medical Qi Gong - Practitioners of Medical Qi Gong are typically Chinese Medicine doctors, healers and experienced martial artists who want to learn to heal as well. They focus on learning the healing aspects. They will specialize in Organ Qi Gong, Bone Qi Gong and 14 Meridian Flow Qi Gong. Healing Qi Gong (sometimes translated "Medical Qi Gong") is the preventive and self-healing aspect of Chinese medicine. We are all exposed to stress. Qi Gong teaches us how to control our reactions to stress so that life events do not cause such symptoms as high blood pressure, frustration, or anxiety. Healthy people practice Qi Gong to become super-healthy. Healers use Qi Gong to prevent "healer burn-out" and to maintain a positive presence.
Shaolin Qi Gong - These are typically martial artists who want to increase their martial power. They will use the various techniques for increasing their ability to increase Qi projection. Qi Gong refers to the sets of exercises in the form of Jing Gong (static exercise) and dong Gong (dynamic exercise), which regulate the body, the breath and the mind with the purpose to nourish the innate qi. Qi Gong exercises emphasize both the internal and external training in order to improve health, prevent illness, attain wisdom and contribute to longevity.
Monk Qi Gong -The purposes most Taoist monks train Qi Gong is to reach spiritual enlightenment. Monk Qi Gong is beyond the scope of our practice, as you would have to remove yourself from society and lead the life of a monk. If you come and train with me and reach a high level I will introduce you to some monks who you may possibly be able to train with, but that takes a serious commitment. I suggest you throw out your book, “Monk in A Minute” as there is no such thing. Note: Practicing Iron Shirt Qi Gong exercises will strengthen the body’s tendons, muscles, fascia's and physical Qi energy. Many martial artists, business owners and sports athletes practice Iron Shirt Qi Gong developing strong core body and achieving high performance. The Taoist Masters of old realized that in order to be strong and healthy, humans need to have a balanced flow of Qi and strong physical structure. Our organs, bones, cells and tissues need to be clean of toxins and full of free-flowing Qi (life force) and we need to be able to stand on the ground in alignment with the forces of heaven and earth.
1. 8 Taichi Stances
2. 8 Taichi Circles
3. 2 Qi Gong Stances
4. 9 Qi Gong Warm Up Exercises
5. Cotton Fist
6. 5 Element Healing Gong
7. Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade
1. 8 Taichi Gong
2. 13 Forms Qi Gong – Sinking Qi to Dantian
3. Swimming Dragon Gong
4. Primordial Qi Gong
5. Five Animals Frolics
6. Sitting Eight Pieces of Brocade
7. Taoist Seated Meditation Gong
1. Yang 108 Forms
2. 4 Stationary Push Hands
3. Taichi Staff Form Qi Gong
4. Qi Gong Stretching
5. Three Treasures Practice
6. Microcosmic Orbit
7. Sexual, Life Force & Spiritual Energy Practices
1. 42 Forms
2. 8 Moving Push Hands
3. Staff Applications Qi Gong
4. Wudang 13 Pillars
5. 5 Elements Breathing
6. Rou quan 1 & 2
7. 6 Combinations Breathing Techniques
1. 9 Throw down Applications Qi Gong – Combine Qi
2. Yi Jin Jing
3. Falun Gong
4. Spring Forest Qi Gong
5. 18 Palms Luohan Qi Gong
6. Eight Meridian Qigong
7. Iron Shirt Qi Gong
1. Taichi Dao Form
2. Taichi Wrestling 12 Fighting Actions Qi Gong
3. Golden Bell
4. Wudang Elixir Qi Gong
5. The Fountain of Youth
6. Xi Sui Jing
7. Burning Palm Health Exercises
1. Taichi Jian [Sword] Form
2. Broadsword Applications
3. Taichi Sparring Qi Gong
4. Qi Gong for Martial Arts
5. Wisdom Qi Gong
6. Dantian Qi Gong
7. Six Healing Sounds