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    I am also studying qi gong from a book called way of energy by master lam, my tai chi teacher told me this was the 8 silk brocade from, to what extent should I serprate the two, in terms of practice time? Many thanks, any feedback would be appreciated



    Hey Kate,

    This is a hard question to answer because it’s more about personal preference than anything else.

    I think that you’ll make more progress if you pick one chi gung set and focus on practicing that set. There have been times when I’ve practiced multiple chi gung sets at the same time and other times when I’ve focused all my efforts on just one chi gung set. I made much faster progress when I focused one set.

    But this is where personal preference comes into play. If you just focused on one set you might become bored and want to practice less. In that case, it might work better to play with two different sets at the same time. It might be more fun and interesting for you. So you’ll be more excited and practice more consistently.

    Ultimately, it’s whatever works for you. Good luck!




    I agree, it’s up to personal preference, although perhaps avoid practicing both in the same practice session. The flavours and functions of these two sets are significantly different.



    Hi Kate, 

    I work with Bill at his school, Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong.

    Qigong sets that come out of different systems are designed to pattern your energy in different ways. All of the practices that Bruce Frantzis teaches through Energy Arts are designed to work together, so it is fine to practice them together in the same practice session. (Bruce’s guidance is to practice the different sets in the order of the simplest to the most complex.) But if you are going to do two practices that come from different traditions, it is best to do them separately, at different times of day, to allow the effects of each to settle into your system.

    So, in this case, it is probably best to do Dragon & Tiger in a separate practice session from your 8 Silk Brocade form. However, it could be an interesting experiment to practice them separately for a few weeks, in order to get a clear sense of the difference in effects on your system, and then try practicing them together and notice the results. 

    Thanks Janak and Colin for your contributions to this discussion. 




    When I am in the public or waiting for someone, something, I can’t do tiger movements. Is it OK to do sinking qi? would that enhance tiger, dragon training, and is not in any way of a conflict?




    Hi Philip,

    By sinking chi, I assume you are referring to the practice Bruce teaches in Opening the Energy Gates qigong.

    You can sink chi anytime and anywhere, with positive results. There is no conflict between that practice and Dragon & Tiger qigong. You can practice sinking chi before or after D&T practice or at any other time of the day.



    For week 1 Bill

    Is a good practise anytime anywhere the

    1) raising chi through balls of feet weight forward and
    2) sinking chi by weight shift on heals

    would you incorporate a pause with even weight distribution before starting 1) raising chi and 2) sinking chi between each rise and fall?

    or does it not matter either way?

    Many thanks



    Hi June,

    I think you are suggesting a practice where you rock a bit forward on your balls to cause energy to rise and then rock backward a bit to your heels to sink chi. If so, yes, this is a very nice anytime, anywhere practice.

    The timing of how you do this is totally up to you, with or without a pause. Just do it in such a way that it feels good and relaxing for you.

    Have fun,




    Thank you Bill :)

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