How do I Choose a Qigong School?
Qigong is less well known than other energy practices like Yoga or Meditation. It’s also fair to say that not all Qigong training is equal, just as not all Yoga or Taijiquan (Tai Chi) training is equal. There are always choices between authentic arts and derivatives that lack the essence of the teachings.
Genuine Chi Kung
You can identify a school teaching genuine Chi Kung when they include the aspects of form, energy, and mind in the practice. If the Qigong training is only concerned with physical movements then probably as much as 90% of the benefits will be missing.
In our school, we focus on “triple cultivation” from the very first lesson. Triple cultivation is the training of body, mind, and spirit simultaneously as one system.
Skills vs Techniques
We also distinguish between techniques and skills. One can learn and perform a technique, but only when the application of that technique is applied with the requisite skill does the real magic happen. It’s relatively easy to copy techniques from books and videos, but it’s almost impossible to develop the associated skills without instruction.
Evaluating an Art, and a School
We recommend that you assess any art and any potential school on at least the following criteria:
- The Master
- The Method
- The Student
You may assess the Master or qualified Instructor based on whether they have a sound knowledge of philosophy, scope, and depth of the art you intend to practice. Do they embody the art? Our Sifu, Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit certainly does.
You may assess the method by determining whether students that have implemented the method have achieved the results the art claims to provide.
As the student, you are encouraged not to take anything at face value, but to achieve a satisfactory level of understanding through your own direct experience. This could be achieved by attending a free introductory workshop or a class.
The Rest is up to YOU
Once you have selected a school and are practicing genuine Shaolin Qigong, whether you achieve your aims and objectives will be the result of selecting the right master, applying the right method and your own diligence in practicing the art correctly and consistently.
We wish you every success in finding a genuine Shaolin Qigong school.