B. K. Frantzis is the only teacher that I trust. My meager skill has saved me from harm more than once, and I can't abide teachers who expect adulation in return for vagueness. This man is for real, whether you like it or not, and treats his students like adults.
I work as a doorman in a bar in NYC, and spend 8 to 13 hours a day standing, so every time I think of it I spend time practicing - dissolving, playing around moving my chi, breathing with different parts of my body to release the accumulating stresses of the day, working on body alignment, and (when no one is looking, since I am often alone outside and the sidewalk is empty) I will practice whatever movement I feel like doing at the time from Tai Chi or Shing Yi. I also practice when I walk and sit, and practice my dissolving before getting out of bed and when going to sleep - a great way to start and end each day.
In other words, I live practicing. I have a LOT of fun doing it. I don't claim any high degree of skill, I just really enjoy practicing. As I age (I am past 60), I feel more at peace, and alive.
I encourage everyone to approach their practice - whatever it may be - with the openness of a child at play. There are times when one needs to be serious, but dwelling on that is counter productive, and besides, practice prepares you better for those times when the fit hits the shan...
I just attended the seminar in Chicago, and at the very least, I learned that I may actually be doing some things right, something I needed to affirm before posting this note.
I firmly believe that the more we work towards inner peace the more we lift each other.
Career nightclub manager and door person, I have run places thal hold thousands of customers.
I first met Bruce in 1992, as a 17 year old, I had all sorts of fantasies about becoming strong and learning to defend myself. Bruce taught me that through hard work and daily practice a world of incredible depth and peace can be found within the art of Ba Gua Zhang that goes far beyond the ability to knock out King Kong.