The most important principles of healing and martial arts are that everything is energy and that energy seeks a balance. Those principles are activated by awareness, breath, intent, posture and balanced movement. The methods and systems that I use are based on those two principles and five activation points.
As we learn how to balance and utilize energy in its many forms, it is important that we start from a simple foundation. First we want to understand the concepts of energy and balance and then we want to implement those concepts for our own healing and continuing health. Once that process is in motion, we can carry the principles of energy and balance out into the world around us. This is basically a two step process – first integrate the principles and then apply the principles.
Each class and each method used in a class, will address a different part of integrating and applying the principles of energy and balance. Here is a brief explanation of some of the methods and systems that I teach.
An Introductory Wild Goose Qigong form
This is a basic qigong routine that is relatively easy to learn yet provides substantial health benefits. It helps to structure the breath and posture and it introduces the concept of energetic alignments and qi flow through the body. The specific routine varies from cycle to cycle - examples are Kidney Strengthening and the initial movements of the 1st 64 form.
Meditation principles are at the heart of all of the internal arts. For that reason, we include instruction in a basic seated meditation in the Introductory class. Meditation has been shown to provide a broad range of benefits including stress relief, improved immune response and greater creativity.
Posture, breath and mental intent are the three main training elements for all internal arts. We continually use these three elements in a variety of exercises. These include awareness/sensitivity training (also called push hands), basic body mechanics of the internal arts (body-mind-energy coordination), various meditations and a wide variety of of specialized drills. These are ongoing through all the classes.
All classes cover different approaches to healing. In the Intro class we look at basic methods of using energy to heal in a non-invasive way.
Wild Goose (Dayan) System
The Wild Goose system encompasses healing, martial and meditative applications, all based on a foundation of energy work. It is a huge system, comprised of 72 different forms. In my 35+ years in body-mind systems, this is the most powerful system I have seen. A lot of attention is paid to its qigong components - it is often characterized as the best of all the Chinese qigong systems. Keep in mind that while qigong is the foundation of the system, it offers much more beyond qigong. We are fortunate to have a direct link to the Wild Goose lineage through Sifu Shane Lear of Delphos, OH. Sifu Lear is my Wild Goose Instructor (and writing partner) and is an "inner door" student of Grand Master Chen Chuan Gang, the 28th generation lineage holder of the system. Click here for more information on the Wild Goose system.
Wild Goose Qigong 1st 64 Form
This is the first form that is typically taught in the Wild Goose system. It is a healing form (with martial applications) and is designed to address post-birth health issues. I teach it after an introduction to Ba Duan Jin. Because the form is more complex, it is best taken after having an introduction to the concepts of qi and body mechanics. Those with prior martial arts or other movement training may also move directly into this form.
Wild Goose Qigong 2nd 64 Form
This is the second form that is typically taught in the Wild Goose system. It is also a healing form (with martial applications) and is designed to address pre-birth issues. It is taught after several months of practice with the 1st 64 form.
Wild Goose Water & Fire Standing Meditation
Wild Goose Meridian Patting
The Water and Fire Meditation and Meridian Patting are brought together in the Advanced class. These two forms will serve to supercharge the energy that is applied to the 1st and 2nd 64 forms. They are practiced as a unit, after the 1st and 2nd 64 forms are learned.
More Wild Goose
As time passes and the student base and student experience and my own experience grow, there will be more offerings from the Wild Goose system (for example, the Wild Goose martial form - Dayan Palm). Some of the Wild Goose system is related to the internal art of Bagua and there are martial forms covering both empty hand and weapons applications. There are also more forms and meditations that are related to health. I am currently able to teach twenty-two different forms and meditations from the system. We hope that the current lineage holder, Grand Master Chen Chuan Gang, will expand that number.
Other Forms and Systems
I have taught different Tai Chi forms in the past and on occasion I may draw from these to provide examples of a particular movement or martial application. I also draw from my own experience in Ryukyu Kempo Karate and Small Circle Jujitsu. It really is all one art. Members can get a look at some of these influences in the Reference section of this web site.
Meditation is an integral part of any internal system. Our class work covers both standing and seated meditation. We cover several modes of meditation, including sound, breath and qi movement. Meditation is one of the single most beneficial things you can do to relieve stress and improve your health.
Partner work is used to take the skills from qigong and forms and use those skills to interact with the energy of a training partner (i.e. an opponent). In TaiChi you may hear such work referred to as “push hands” or "spinning hands”. This is a relaxed cooperative interaction where you learn to feel and control both your energy and that of your training partner.
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