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November 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm #131962
My name is Alex Benjumea I am a practicing massage therapist and exercise instructor working in a physiotherapy office in Central Florida.
I have been practicing Bruce’s material for about eight years mostly from his books, videos, Dragon & Tiger online course and a Qigong Tui Na workshop I attended. The information presented in the beginner Tai Chi course has already added significant depth and subtle joy to my practice. I am looking forward to the rest of the material!
My sincere thanks to Bruce and the entire Energy Arts team… the continuing evolution of the website and the quality of the instruction is much appreciated!
All the Best,
AlexDecember 10, 2012 at 11:47 am #131963
My name is Paul and I am from Europe. I am 27 yrs old. I am relatively new to Energy Arts. I started with reading and practicing from the book Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body about a year ago.
I find this program really fun and easy to learn so far and it’s quality really good. It’s way more efficient and fun than learning from a book. Big thanks to the creators!March 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm #131964
Just a quick intro. I have been practicing qi kung and martial arts on and off over the years, and it’s always been of deep interest to me. I joined up here after much thought and consideration, as this seems like it will be a good place to learn and share experiences.
I have studied Taoism for a while, but have yet to find a place to apply it practically other than the meditation and clumsy attempts I have made at doing some of the practices on my own which I have come across in my study of the more intellectual side of things. I am interested in taking a more hands on approach though, and dragon and tiger seems like the perfect way to start doing just that.
Looking forward to working with you all!March 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm #131965
Are you from San Diego? I used to live there .
I hope the program will be really beneficial for you as it has been for me so far. One thing that I’d like to warn about though, is be gentle with your knees, especially in move 2. I have regretfully managed to injure my left knee. Just pay attention to what Mr Ryan is saying, he really means it, esp. avoiding pain or strain at all time.
Good luck!August 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm #131966
Lawyer, born in New York City. Lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with wife, Nancy. Father of two sons who live in Boulder, Colorado.
Studied with Mantak Chia in the 1970s and practices qi gong. Especially fond of the Red-necked Crane posture, which Nancy prefers he not perform in public.
Partner in a technology transfer company doing business in China and travels there frequently on business. Speaks rudimentary Mandarin and passable Yiddish.
Established Virginia’s first full-service movie studio and is the author of several screenplays, including WHITE BUFFALO: An American Prophecy, a feature-length documentary about Native American prophecy for this age, now in post-production. (Please “Like” us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteBuffaloMovie)August 31, 2013 at 8:28 pm #131967
Hi, My name is Ron. Iive in Oklahoma City, OK. I began practicing Dharma and Kempo in Honolulu in 1959. Over the years I have practiced several Chinese arts, including several years of Tibetan Buddhism and Yan Xin Qigong. I had seen BKF’s books but had no interest until I recently read about Opening the Energy Gates of The Body. It contained a depth I wasn’t expecting. I’m doing the D&T online course, and have just begun the courses on Hsing I.
I practice CMC’s Tai Chi (37 step) and was about to quit due to old age (I’m 75) and a recurring pain in the lower back.
Lo and behold, lesson one of D&T cleared up the lower back issues. I returned to Santishih and immediately felt a strong flow of chi in the two dragons (index and middle tigers) so I guess I’m hooked.
I had heard from my first teacher that in “the old days” Bagua was done with only a single palm, and as it is an intuitive art, the other hands would follow, each reflecting my specific body type. So I’m back to doing the circle walking and will do this patiently until Bagua Mastery returns to the store.
If you live near Oklahoma,contact me and we might arrange a meet-up.
Meanwhile we should all be cheering for Man U.as they once more dominate the Premier League.October 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm #131968
Hello I’m David from Corby, England. I’ve just started the Dragon Tiger course and the quality of the dvds and explanations are so helpful. I already bought the book which I found useful to start some of the movements but I never got passed the first two moves so this online course is perfect for me as it gives me some structure and impetus to do it. I’ve also found that Bill seems to answer all my concerns, for me my biggest block to learning is always my mind which will either distract me and get me doing other things or put blocks up such as doubts and fears thus I normally have to force myself to do things and tell it to shut up. I want to be able to practice Dragon Tiger every day mainly to heal my self as I used to do Shotakan Karate and after initially becoming stronger, I found after getting brown belt that my energy was zapped and I seemed to be aging. I noticed a similar effect on others at that level. I’m 43 so I believe my age diet and being a night shift worker didn’t help but when I picked up some injuries I reluctantly decided enough was enough. I hope working with the internal arts especially the healing ones will help me. The last year I’ve taken up Pranayama yoga and yang long form tai chi. Once I’ve completed this course I’m really interested in learning some of the other courses especially the internal martial arts courses. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to learn this way and I really would love to be an instructor in this one day. It’s great to feel the chi and sometimes I actually feel like an ancient Chinese man practising on the mountain. It’s almost like time stands still and I’m in another place and time. Again thanks very much!!! I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I am.December 19, 2014 at 5:59 am #131969
Hello everyone, I’m Martha from Nanoose Bay, BC (on Vancouver Island off the west coast of Canada). I’m just starting the 3rd week of the Dragon & Tiger Online Course and am finding it both enjoyable and, yes, challenging. I’ve done a lot of martial arts and qigong over the years but not so much recently. Over the past 6 years, I have fought and largely recovered from a serious illness that has left my lungs somewhat impaired. I have the energy now, however, to re-establish my meditation, qigong and taiji practice. So D & T looked like a good fit for me with both health and meditative benefits. So far, the course has been really well presented. Thanks so much.April 30, 2015 at 4:48 am #131970
Hi, my name is Walter Hess aND I started in April of 2015. I’m 67 years old and love it. I’m learning Dragon & Tiger qi gong.May 17, 2015 at 9:47 am #131971
Robin here. I’m from Devon in the UK. I’ve joined this course primarily because I want to improve my ability to feel chi and also to increase my overall vitality. I’ve been doing energy arts for quite a long time (over 2 decades) and my main interest has been in Taoist Meditation.July 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm #131972
My name is Kalle and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. I would love to connect with people who live nearby and hopefully do Dragon and Tiger with.July 21, 2015 at 7:04 pm #131973
Hello Everyone – My name is Padma, I am German but live in the Finger Lakes Region in Upstate New York. I have been a longtime yoga practitioner. Lately though I have had the distinct feeling that something is missing in the teachings I do receive from both of my excellent teachers. By accident – accident? – I came across a book about chinese medicine, then the term qigong popped up in emails I received. Looking for a book about qigong somebody recommended Bruce’s books to me. I was fascinated by his words which rang so very true to me, encountered his website and found this online course. I am very excited to work with the chi and explore new territory so different from what yoga has taught me.August 13, 2015 at 8:59 pm #131974
My name Is Andrew Clark, I live in South Bend, Indiana, USA. I have been involved in the martial arts, and much reading and sporadic practice of qigong sets for a little over 10 years.
What drew me to Dragon & Tiger initially was a testimonial on the website of someone that had ceased suffering from seasonal allergies for 3 years since beginning consistent practice. I’ve had the most horrible allergies since I was an infant (39 now), and they are really ridiculous and life controlling/disrupting.
I ordered the online course this spring, just before allergy season started, and promptly sank into allergy fog when the trees started pollenating a couple days later, and forgot about it until now.
I’ve found an herbal supplement that helps with histamine based reactions (runny nose, itching eyes, etc…), but still suffer from mental and emotional issues that come and go based on what plants/flowers happen to be blooming at a given time.
I know I’m starting super late, but I’m hopeful that I can get some benefit or relief from the roller coaster in the time I have left with the class.December 26, 2015 at 1:15 pm #131975
My name is Phil Matsu, I came across the teaching of Bruce Frantzis about 30 years ago when I joined a martial arts club in NYC. At the time I was mostly interested in the social aspects of membership, I was introduced by an acquaintance. While there I studied Tai Chi and Bagua and other things with the other members in a relaxed and rather informal way. At the time Bagua got my attention due to its simple form, circle walking, as it was taught there.
I had come to NYC to do Art and had settled into dancing for various reasons, It’s a difficult profession for which I was not well suited. Not surprisingly but much to my disappointment I had to give it up. The Bagua and other activities however served my need to have some sort physical activity to replace the one I was leaving.
A couple of years went by and I met my wonderful wife, started a small business and had a couple of kids. My practice fell by the wayside although I continued to dabble.
Time passed and the kids grew up and the business kepped me busy.
I got older, got some life experience, and matured. I realized about ten years ago that I needed to get back into a healthy physical condition as an older person.
So at the suggestion of a friend I got serious about my practice again, and studied at a local studio with Joe Z. I found it much easer this time to absorb the rather subtle underpinnings of chi and energy flow.
Th result was, of course was very rewarding, and because I got so much out of it my practice was self motivating for a time. I became interested in the Mediation after a while and began to study with Dan K. on line. He moved on as we all do but I got a lot from him and have practicing with his help for a few years.
As time passes I follow the path before me and here I find my self embarking on this. Thank you for this opportunity. I have great expectations this will be interesting.
Phil M.June 6, 2016 at 11:42 am #131976
Hi, I’m Mary R., from Western Pennsylvania. I’ve been doing the Cheng Man Ching form for over a decade, some of Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health forms, Shibashi, Al Simon. Jack of all trades – Master of none. Since I live away from cities I learn mainly from DVD, internet, and weekend workshops. I am looking forward to a shorter set of Qigong.
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