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27.03.2015
Danny will be hosting another Rocky Mountain Tai Chi retreat at the Cross River Wilderness Centre! Danny will be back in town teaching a Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation workshop the first weekend in May, on May 2nd and 3rd!
Although my primary focus was Kung Fu, I have also participated in several Qigong classes, both of which have benefited me greatly.
The most important lessons I gained from training are the fundamentals of dedication, hard work, strength, honor, respect and courtesy. El Tai-Chi es el principio universal, el gran juego donde se oponen y se unen el Yin y el Yang, la tierra y el cielo.
Le programme reste dans la tradition 100% Chinoise et reste dans l'enseignement de maitre Jian et des pratiques traditionnel Chinoise. You fell in love with Qigong and Tai Chi.  You love these arts so much that you want to share.  The logical next step is to teach, right? A Sifu cultivates a meaningful relationship with his or her students, guiding them from infancy in the arts to adulthood.
The title of Sifu (??, pronounced “see foo” in Cantonese, or “sher foo” in Madarin) brings with it massive responsibility. A Sifu does not merely teach techniques; a Sifu cultivates a meaningful relationship with his or her students, guiding them from infancy in the arts to adulthood. Most of them have over 5 years of experience with me.  Some of them have years, or even decades, of experience with other teachers as well.
In other words, my assistant instructors have more experience than many Sifus out there.  Sad, but true. What could possibly go wrong?  What’s the big deal if a Sifu is unqualified?  I mean, these arts are safe!  Right?
What would a 6-Month Sifu do?  I shudder to think about it.  With so little training the situation can potentially turn into a big mess.
A 6-Month Sifu can’t answer the question because they don’t even HAVE a long-term practice?
But if you want to teach Qigong — the most powerful branch of Chinese medicine — you only need 6 months of training! Now I’d like to hear from you.  What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree with me?  Why?  Go ahead and post your comments below. In addition to the dangers you’ve pointed out, I think this also leads to the degradation of these arts.
Clearly, if we have gotten to the point where there are people being certified to teach after 6 months, the arts have been degraded. Just the other day, I was asked if I were teaching Qi Gong, because I am currently teaching Okinawan kata.


Nice article Siheng, I have been asked many times if I can teach or would like to teach the Shaolin arts but I always respond saying I am working on being a good student first!
Back on Memorial Day weekend in Miami you expressed a funny self-dialog about what would go through your mind when practicing.
It guess it was funny to me because it was very much like what happened during my meditation. Your summation of what makes a good Sifu translates into many other arts as well, martial or otherwise. I’d be curious to know what you think, Anthony, about synergy between different disciplines. I am just entering as an intermediate Qi Gong student and I fully agree with what you said. If you want to gain a lot of skill (rather than just learning lots of techniques), then come to retreat in Costa Rica in July. Hello, its the first time I’ve seen your page and so far I like it very much, I think it is really nice how honest and direct you are! I stumbled upon your site as a result my desire to consider bringing the benefits of Qigong to my students in a music and movement program that I am licensed to instruct. My own personal practice is typically done outside amidst the trees and usually in direct contact with our mother.
Bringing movement and music classes to Seniors extended my passion for living a joyous life and I have done so now for over 3 years. When I end my classes with cool down that include qigong movements I always let my participants know what the moves are and what we ae doing. I’ve been asked about QiGong and so I have been speaking about it recently in more depth.
My desire is not to have a finacial exchange for this endeavor but simply to enhance their lives as mine has been and expose them to something they had no precious knowledge of (I live now in a rural farm community) as opposed to a suburban community previously). I would like to teach them proper breathing, posture and intention; simple movement and focus. I have had exensive experience and contact in the healing arts and I am a healer of reiki in my community. Intuitively, I believe I am confident I can facilitate in assisiting someone should the need occur.
Hello, I am similar to you in many ways having suffered from severe PTSD delayed which brought on severe clinical depression and anxiety. I’m Sifu Anthony Korahais, and I’m living proof of the healing power of qigong and tai chi. The title itself translates to “teacher and father”.  Thus, a Sifu is expected to show the same responsibility toward his students that a father would show toward his children.


The solution might involve pressing on a specific acupuncture point, or helping the student to relax into the parasympathetic nervous system.
I didn’t even mention that an experienced teacher will often RELISH the opportunity to be a student. You illustrated the monkey mind, awareness of it, applying the golden rules to adjust, etc. It comes down to quality marerial from a quality instructor filtered through daily practise over the course of several years. For example, lets say you meet all the requirements and become quite adept in chi kung, but want to expand your study to tai chi as well. I am a kung fu practitioner since I was 6 years old, now I am 34, and sometimes I have been around a lot of very bad BS shifus, right now I am studying in a full time Wudang school for a whole year, and I hope to get the basis to be able to become a real shifu someday, so I want to ask you a couple of things: I am very confident in my external kung fu skills so far, although Wudang internal kung fu is very different I feel I’m making progress, but now that I am learning real qigong I find hard to get the focus and discipline to train it is there something you could recommend?
I also have broken several bones,(my wrist is still classified as broken was told I would never be able to lift more than 5 lbs. While I have been practicing Qi gong for years, and probably am getting close to that amount of hours practicing. I created Flowing Zen because I know what it’s like to wrestle with debilitating back pain, clinical depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Epigenetics is like the software, that tells the computer when to work, when to rest, what to do.
Do you (or anyone else for that matter) think that learning the second art can or should progress faster? A big thank you for sharing your knowledge of these amazing arts and being so dedicated & patient with us your students. How about very different styles, like trying I learn aikido after kung fu, or Muay Thai after yoga? I would definitely like to teach Chi Kung, and though the benefits of which have been great! In the end, they learn the new habits, but it often takes them the same time as a regular student. I am getting there though, and I will be keeping this aritcle back for that time when I am confident that teaching this precious art is in sync with the time that is right ;).



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