Bruce's Teaching Style

The best way to study Energy Arts programs is to attend a retreat or workshop, or take a class with one of my Certified Instructors. I have personally certified all Energy Arts Instructors and passed down the Taoist methodology for teaching students the easiest and most effective ways to learn movements and continuously advance their practice.

Most events are open to all levels of study—from beginners to advanced practitioners.  I often teach at least two groups within each teaching to ensure the material is clear and offers a systematic progression for advancement, regardless of students’ current level.

The core focus of my live teachings is to help students feel chi inside their body, find out where it is blocked and release these tensions—in body, mind and spirit—so they are free to live more fulfilling lives.

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Bruce Frantzis

In this page you can learn more and explore Bruce's events:

  • Bruce's Teaching Style at Events—What to Expect
  • Four Event Tracks—Health, Healing, Martial Arts and Meditation
  • Focus on Foundation Building, Chi and Safety
  • Direct Teacher-Student Mind-to-Mind Transmissions

Bruce’s Teaching Style—What to Expect

Since Bruce's return from China in 1981, it has been clear to him that most Westerners have certain preconceptions about what they want from a path and a teacher. For people with this mindset, separating the teacher from the teaching presents a big challenge. The way that he teaches comes from the heart of Taoism, from its essence without any cultural trappings or pre-conceptions of any kind.

Bruce's I Ching Energy: Thunder

Bruce's emphasis is upon substance not style. Taoism is beyond costumes, beyond East and West, beyond past or future. For Bruce it is about living life—now. The nature of thunder is to shake everything up until it shakes loose.

In fact, there are two polarities of teaching in Bruce's tradition: the first is represented by Lao Tse, the subdued, sagacious and terse elder, which Bruce’s teacher Liu embodied; the second is that of Chuang Tzu, who represented crazy wisdom, wildness and rather politically incorrect tactics, which Bruce himself embodies.

However, Bruce manifests the energy of the subject he is teaching. In martial arts, he might manifest the pure yang energy of a Genghis Khan. On the other hand, if teaching the healing arts, he uses a light hand and compassionate approach—manifesting the nurturing yin energy for those in discomfort or pain.

Regardless, Bruce's objective is to facilitate your emergence as an independent, mature human being. Thunder energy is unconcerned about why events are taking place and is much more directed to helping you get off the torture table—and fast. This approach is about affirming life, letting go of the past and not worrying about that which is yet unknown in the future.

In line with the Taoist take on sex and sexuality, Bruce considers neither sex nor the body to be dirty. In fact, he doesn't find sex dramatically more sacred than eating or working on a computer.

Taoists classically used both money and sex as metaphors for physical, emotional and spiritual development. If you find this kind of language offensive, stick to Bruce's multi-media educational materials!

Bruce's objective is to get people comfortable with themselves. This might entail cutting to the chase and shaking them up a little if they are uptight and tense.

Learning Qigong from Bruce

Energy Arts offers the rare opportunity to study with a Westerner who is a Taoist Master and Lineage Holder in Taoist energy arts. During his 10 years studying in China with renowned chi masters, Bruce followed the Taoist path of warrior/healer/priest. He is widely believed to be the first Westerner to be awarded authentic lineages in qigong, bagua, tai chi, hsing-i and Taoist meditation.

Bruce’s comprehensive study of healing, meditation and martial arts combined with his knowledge of Western and Eastern cultures translates into teachings that can dramatically decrease the time it takes to learn and absorb the material.

Bruce says the time for secrets has passed and, therefore, allows students to ask reasonable questions and offers in-depth explanations that were not so easy to come by in his own training.

To fully appreciate the value of training with a master, we invite you to come to Bruce’s events with an open heart and an open mind. Much of what happens in a master’s teaching is beyond the awareness of those present.

Four Event Tracks

Bruce teaches from four perspectives. Depending on the nature of the course and the participants in the class, he will emphasize one of the following tracks of learning:

  1. Health and Well-being: How to strengthen and use chi to become incredibly healthy and feel more alive.
  2. Martial Arts: Teaching martial applications of bagua, tai chi and hsing-i.
  3. Healing: Teaching qigong tui na energy healing and applications of chi work for any kind of healer.
  4. Meditation: Teaching the Water tradition of Taoist meditation as described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching.

Foundation Building, Chi and Safety

Many students come to study with Bruce already knowing a form. However, external movements alone cannot make you energetically fit. So, Bruce patiently teaches the internals that drive the external form and create a foundation for dramatic health benefits, such as reversing aging, overcoming stress and healing serious illnesses.

Bruce is the only known master trained in China teaching the comprehensive knowledge of the neigong (neijiaquan) with the ability to systematically and safely teach it. The emphasis in all Energy Arts programs is on learning to feel, develop and move chi to develop a healthy body/mind/spirit that is free of energetic blockages.

Teacher-Student Mind-to-Mind Transmissions

The energetic and spiritual qualities of bagua, tai chi and the higher esoteric traditions have always passed non-verbally between teachers and their students to the next generation. The teacher—in what could be called telepathy—transmits what he knows from his own heart and being to the heart and being of the student.

The purpose is to energetically and directly communicate the reality of what is being taught in a totally non-verbal fashion rather than only hinting at it in words or showing the outer surface of physical movement.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get it immediately; if not, the seeds are sown within and if you practice, these seeds will manifest when your Heart-Mind has grown sufficiently.

Direct transmissions are the heart and soul of spiritual bagua, tai chi and Taoist meditation, which is also found within other genuine spiritual traditions, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. These methods of direct transmission form a living link between the generations, which is why they are called “living traditions.”

Without the critical component of transmissions, the intellectual information relating to the methodology of these spiritual traditions never reaches its full potential. For example, an intellectual description of what a food tastes like—no matter how well-crafted or inspiringly presented—is no substitute for chewing and tasting the juices in your mouth.

In a similar manner, activating the Heart-Mind through practice of a bagua or tai chi is incomplete without experiencing—from the depth of your being—what this process inspires inside of you personally. These transmissions form the internal landmarks so that students can then manifest those qualities by themselves through step-by-step work.

The necessity of direct transmission is the reason serious students are so concerned with lineages; who taught whom, who studied with whom; who taught what to which student. Lineages reveal when a clear transmission was given and verified by the teacher as having been authentically accepted and manifested in the student.

Traditionally, lineages would protect the integrity of the teachings, at least to some degree, by preventing those lacking genuine training from falsely making claims about their capacities. Without a good teacher, the transmission will be poor and this living force of mind and chi passed on from generation to generation will be absent.

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