How do you find a good teacher? A lot of this is to do with fate. When you open a magazine all the advertisements say how good this teacher is, or how that one is a grandmaster who can open up the secrets of a skill to you. Often they will tell you how many days or weeks it will take for you to become a Qigong master, how they will open your Sky-eye (Third-eye), and how they will teach you to transmit Qi to heal people. They all look like adverts on TV, and some even say, "Money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied!" These advertisements do not promote any teachers. They only promote commercialism.
A good way to find a teacher is to go and see the person. Then you need to ask yourself how you feel about him/her. You have to look at how they behave and the condition of their health. Whether you want to study Qigong, or the martial art of taijiquan, a good teacher will behave well and look very healthy. They should be able to answer your questions so you can understand. If they can do this, then their knowledge is clear, and so their skill should also be good. If this is the case you can probably study with them.
You should also look at the senior students, people who have been studying for over three years. See how they behave, because if you eventually study with this teacher you will most likely become very similar.
Recently, a student studied with me for about one year and then left. Probably she felt she wanted to learn more things more quickly and so she went to another Qigong master.
Then suddenly, after another year had gone, she appeared in my class and asked me how to prevent someone whose energy was very strong from effecting her. I told her that no one could affect you if you do not want to be effected. She replied, "He is very strong and I cannot get rid of him." So I told her that going to another place might help. However, when I saw her later she looked tired and worried, and all her Qi had gone.
At first, I knew she was too eager to develop her Qi. When she had been studying for only three months, she came to me and said she wanted to teach Wild Goose Qigong. I told her she was not
"Qigong should be done step by step. When the time is right, everything will happen"
ready. Then, when she had almost finished the form, she left. It seems to me that she just wanted to develop Qi and not the skill. Afterwards she ended up with another teacher, someone who she thought would teach her the power of Qi. She decided to study this skill and finally ended up disturbed.
Studying Qigong should be done step by step. When the time is right, everything will happen. There is a saying, "Three years for small success, ten years to become a living immortal!" It just takes time. Anything that happens quickly can easily result in side effects. You need to be patient. Just practise everyday, there's no hurry.
1. Editorial with Michael Tse.
News, views, short items and questions.
by Jessica Blackwell
9 Chinese Dragons
Dragons have been a part of China's culture for centuries and they symbolise many different things.
by Nick Battersby
There are many ways you can go in life. The hard thing to decide is 28 which you should choose. What is certain is that unless you choose the right one for you, you will never be truly happy.
by Tse Sihn Kei
12 Dayan Qigong 2nd 64 part 1
For the very first time, Qi Magazine serialises the Second 64 Movements of Wild Goose Qigong.
"A Healthy body and a Healthy Mind" - a common phrase, but for most of us this is where it stops. However, forDaoists and Buddhists this is where everything just begins.
by Eva Wong
The story of Grandmaster Yang Meijun is a truly remarkable one. As a child she began training in the Kunlun Dayan Qigong System. Today she is one of the most revered masters in China.
by Michael Tse
Grandmaster ChenXiao Wang is one of the great masters of taijiquan living today. Only when he demonstrates his skills can you appreciate how powerful he is, but if he demonstrates them on you more than
22 Cover Story: Master Ma Yue - Tongbei to Taijiquan
Master Ma Yue is quite a unique person whose training background is very impressive. His family has helped shaped the way martial arts has developed in China over the last few decades with all the major wushu stars training in his family style. He is a Chinese National Wushu Champion and he is a graduate of the most prestigious Wushu University in China. Qi Magazine was fortunate to get this fascinating interview with him. Interview by Darryl Moy & Daniel Poon
Contents Issue 36
likely you will be left speechless. Fortunately the author could still put pen to paper.
by Daniel Poon
A review of Wild Goose Qigong by Master Yang Meijun and the Official Martial Arts Encyclopaedia CD ROM.
35 Useful Self-defence - San Sau Quan Fa
A selection of techniques from Master Cheng Man Guang's fist method.
by Master Cheng Man Guang
Chinese has a very long history. It has remedies for many different conditions including obesity.
by Dr Shulan Tang
37 Feng Shui's Twenty-Four Mountains
The Twenty-four Mountains are very important for Feng Shui. Without them you will never be able to do Feng Shui.
by Michael Tse
Today more and more women are turning to martial arts for self-defence. Most are put off by the dominance of men in the class and leave because the training does not suit them.
by Jenny Peters
Over the last two issues of Qi Mag azine we have been given a fascinating look at how Michael Tse has come to study with Grandmaster Ip Chun and Grandmaster Yang Meijun. He now goes on to tell us about his studies with Master Lee Hok Ming and Ermei Seven Stars Hard Qigong. by Michael Tse
Recently London was the venue for one of Feng Shui's most well-known masters and authors - Raymond Lo. Qi Magazine sent along a reporter to meet the man himself.
by Glen Gossling
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A YEAR OF HARD QIGONG; selections from a training diary.
Jules asks, "Are you doing the Hard Qigong then?" as I pass the bar after a Saturday class. "I suppose so" -now I'm committed, I wonder what I've let myself in for, but I'll send off my cheque and see what happens. I don't have to carry on if I don't like it
To London on the train with Elaine and Bob from the Chen class. We are all very keyed-up and alternately animated and subdued. I feel very unfit and still not sure about this.
We learn 5 exercises and a meditation, which is exercise 18 from the set. The room is very full with about sixty people, most of whom seem to be from the London classes, and to be known by name to Michael. There is a lot of first talk, and we take lots of notes. Also from Norfolk: - John, Brenda, and Billy from Stalham, and Jonathan from Norwich. Jonathan is the only one of us to drop out, I think because the form was not what he expected. After the seminar we are all starving hungry and descend on the local Italian cafe doing wolf impersonations, then fall exhausted onto the train and proceed to frighten the other passengers all the way home with our rather over-excited re-working of the day.
Sunday 5th — Friday 10th January.
Work up slowly from 5 each day to 10 of each exercise. I feel stiff, tired, elated, dizzy, a blocked nose, sleep well some nights and badly others, have very odd dreams, and a feeling that this is all very silly. I train at work (i.e. out of sight), and feel most self-conscious.
Meet at the Oriental Arts Centre at 11:30am, with Jules and John W. for a mutual support session and communal training. Felt unbearably self-conscious but Jules is encouraging! All through the learning process this Saturday session is most helpful for all of us: - I think it would have been much harder, if not impossible to continue without the continuous support and mutual ridicule of the others.
Monday 13th — Friday 16th January.
Second week. Now up to 12 of each exercise. I feel ridiculously cheerful and have lots of energy, and sleeping better than I have for a long time. I feel my technique is very patchy, but I can feel the difference between bad and better. I feel faintly paranoid, warm, stiff, vague, cheerful, and calm. My appetite has changed; I want little meals more often.
To the OAC with Jules, Richard (both on Level 2), John W., Brenda, Elaine, and Jonathan. Great fun, and followed by a very good class, the best for ages.
January & February.
"We are lectured on the importance of the meditation; some have not been meditating enough"
Slowly adding repetitions and working on technique. By the end of January I am training twice a day, and doing 32 repetitions (twice 16). I have days when I feel this is all very silly, but the Saturday sessions are a great help; I think I would have given up after a few weeks without them.
I am still training indoors at this point, not having the courage to attempt my tiny garden, and afraid of the cold. I have a major breakthrough after about three weeks, when I absent-mindedly open a jam jar by myself, something I
haven't done without help for almost 6 months. The arthritis in my hands has almost stopped hurting and the strength is coming back. If I get nothing else from all this work, this would almost be enough.
My Wild Goose and Yang forms seem to be benefiting as well.
Phrases from the Diary...I don't know if it's the practise or the lack or distractions, but I am really coming to value that time-out from the day...feel good and bad on alternate days.let's beat this thing into submission.in a silly mood today, giggly and frivolous; oh dear, enjoying oneself again.chest hurts: all that smoking damage finally going away: cough all day..
In the middle of February I get flu, which puts everything back a lot. For 6 days I can barely train, and I have a fever and blocked up head.
All this is so discouraging, but when I train, even a little, it helps. Michael told us not to train if very ill, but I find that I have to be at Death's door before it is better to lie down. After the flu I damage both ankles, and spend 6 weeks in support bandages and pain, feeling thoroughly miserable. But I work through it. I didn't know I could be this stubborn for something that hurts.
To London for exercises 6 to 11. Good session, and more people than I had expected, in a bigger room. New exercises seem more fun and a bit easier than the first lot, but we shall see. There is a good mix of people, men and omen of all ages. 6 Norfolkies turn up. Very bouncy and full of beans afterwards; this takes a few days to wear off.
Work hard all week to pull up the repetitions before next weekend: -
Third seminar, in a very small room due to mix-up at the venue. New stuff seems to be not too hard. Praised by Michael, ("not bad"), which Jules tells me is a praise indeed! We are lectured on the importance of the meditation; some people have not been meditating enough, if at all! And get a general roasting. It is impossible to hide this sort of thing for long. We have not been doing the left-and-right exercises enough times, so I am doing 10 each of all, but this is more than last week's total, so hard for a bit. I am still not sure that I want to do the exam.
March. April, May,
Despite a lot of ups and downs, and distractions, I start to slowly work towards the level I will need for the exam, while still totally unsure if I want to do it. I will decide two weeks before it is due so this will not be the sole aim of my training. I find that I am nonetheless enjoying this more and more, Saturdays are a great help, and I find I am appreciating my other forms more, and that I am beginning to be trusted to teach the Wild Goose, under Jules watchful eye. This is a revelation, as I have always thought that I could not teach anybody anything. I feel backache, sore throats, happy, tired, well rested, impatient, stiff, encouraged, discouraged, bored, better. (Not all at once) At the end of March I start to train out of doors. This is an absolute revelation and I try not to train indoors again, although I do if it is raining or exceptionally cold. (This winter (97-98) I have trained indoors only about 10 times.)
By the end of April I have ceased to fill in the Diary every day, as it is getting repetitious. I tentatively train in "public" (at Kite festivals) but very early in the mornings.
At the beginning of July I decide that perhaps it wil 1 be a good idea to take the examined get to 50 repetitions. I run out of free time entirely and am exhausted. We travel again to London to be tested on
It is blisteringly hot and we are dreadfully nervous. The previous seminar over-runs and we talk and stretch in a tiny corridor with the other "victims". I find that most have not managed to get to 50, so feel faintly smug. The exam is better than we had feared, and 15 people (6 from Norfolk) take and pass it, much to everyone's relief and pleasure. We bounce and eat in celebration. I ring Jules from a phone box in Oxford Street to tell him the good news
Up, out and halfway through training before I remember that I don't have to Settle back to 10 repetitions each morning. I find that this really sets me up for the day, and that if I cannot train I really miss it. I could be doing this for a long time Oh, and the free time from doing 10 instead of 50 is useful.
I gained: - confidence, mental strength, body strength, muscle tone, courage, the knowledge that I can achieve the seemingly impossible, the respect of my teachers, self-respect, peace of mind.
I lost: - fear, weight, the respect of my neighbours (but it came back), double chin, tea habit.
I learned: - a form which has changed my life radically; that I can do anything I want to; to train on my own without cheating (I didn't, not once!); that life is too short to say "I don't have the time to do that"; to eat a proper breakfast to get on with it when disinclined.
Breath In or Breathe Out?
I have herd that some people feel very warm while performing this form and say that it is because of the Qi developing, but it doesn't happen to me even though my Sifu says that I am performing everything right.
How do you know when you have developed the right amount of Qi for training the first form?
When performing Siu Lim Tao, your breathing should be natural. Your body will find its own natural rhythm. I do not suggest you use visualisation. Qi should follow movement and not be a case of us mentally directing it. Every body is different and will have different experiences. It may be that you have some blockages that are stopping the Qi from flowing as freely as it should and so your hand and body are not as warm as they will be when you become even healthier.
As for your last question, only you can answer this. Siu Lim Tao is for life, it is not a form which you stop practising once you have progressed to another level. Continued practise of Siu Lim Tao will develop not only your internal energy, but help develop your sensitivity that will help to improve your Chi Sau. Just keep practising.
If you want more information about Siu Lim Tao, I would suggest you get a copy of Wing Chun — Traditional Chinese Kung Fu for Self-Defence and Health by Grandmaster Ip Chun and myself. See the advert on the inside back cover in this issue of Qi Magazine.
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