Obsolescence of Qi Gong Sets

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    As I understand it, there are certain stages in Qi Gong training, were you use various practices to achieve certain results and/or qualities. But will there be a time when you move on to a next stage discard the older ones? Probably.

    The issuse is this: The first Qi Gong set I learned was my first teachers family version of Ba Duan Jin. This set is somewhat different from the versions I have seen so far, and a lot of Nei Gong can be added in to it. It can contain direct movement of Energy, bone breathing, microcosmic and macrocosmic orbit, another orbit inside connecting middle and lower dantien, and some other stuff. I have been practicing the hell out of this set for 12 years.

    Over time, I found that I could activate all the things trained in the set just by thinking about them; after that, they started to happen autmatically when I am calm and relaxed. Because of that I lost interest in training it, because nothing really new or interesting happend no matter how much I did it.

    From time to time I miss the feeling of the set, and then I do a few repetitions. It also is a nice anchor point when I am very disturbed or out of balance. Then I do it, and it brings me back very quickly. Apart from those occasions, I don’t do it anymore.

    Do you have similar experiences? Is such a thing common? Or could I miss some point and could actually benefit by doing it more? (I don’t think so, but I don’t always get the whole picture ;-) )



    Hi Markus,

    I’ve heard Bruce talk about practicing chi gung sets and then moving beyond them. The strongest memory that jumps to mind was during a Dragon & Tiger instructor training in California.

    Bruce was asked a question. During his response he went on a detour and mentioned that he doesn’t personally practice D&T anymore.

    He talked a little bit about why. He said that the point of the various chi gung sets were that they were very easy ways to learn various nei gung components. They allow you to intensely practice a specific skill. Eventually, you get to the point where the skill you are training is effortless. At that point you move on.

    This sounds similiar to the stage that you’ve reached with some of the material that you are working on. Hence, why I think you’re on the right track!

    Hope this helps,

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