Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Yi Jin Jing Qigong

Dear Mr. Garofalo:

I am in awe of your dedication to research anything and everything that is related to Taijiquan (and other topics). On a weekly and/or monthly basis I return to your website. Your work is really helping to deepen my understanding of martial arts. You write in amazingly clear and concise terms. Thank you so much. I believe that your work, presented so freely on the Internet, is really invaluable. It is a huge gift.

I do have a question for you. If you don't mind. I have been practicing Yi Jin Jing for a number of years, as taught by the Chinese Contingent on their first trip to North America (and Vancouver) many years ago. I enjoy doing the form with more vigor and muscular tension, like you describe. It would be fun and very interesting to try your version. I would like to know if you have an idea as to when you might be completing your descriptions? Will you be providing pictures (or video) of your version of Yi Jin Jing soon? I look forward to learning your walking version.

I currently practice with Grand Master Shou-yu Liang and Master Helen Liang in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. I train and practice, on a regular basis, 5 section, 24 form, 48 form, 32 sword, Sun, Fan, Chen, Xiao Yao, and various qigong exercises. So when I discovered your website online some time ago it was like finding buried treasure!

Last year, my Sifu gave me permission to teach and so now I have a small number of students that I instruct on the North Shore along with another Instructor who has been teaching tai chi for over 25 years. I teach only the basic forms, but in sharing what little I have learned about taijiquan I am learning so much more than I ever imagined. It is an incredible journey.

I look forward to your updates online.


Josie L., North Vancouver, BC

Dear Josie,

Congratulations on completing the first phase of your studies and becoming an Assistant Instructor. Your dedication to practice and learning is praiseworthy. Grand Master Shou-yu Liang is a highly respected master of various martial arts and qigong styles.

I'm pleased you found something useful on my webpages.

I do intend to complete my research and provide a description of the Yi Jin Jing Qigong (Muscle Tendon Changing Classic Qigong). I hope to complete this project in the late Spring of 2010.

Best wishes for good health and much happiness,


Monday, November 23, 2009

Eight Section Brocade Qigong

Hi Michael;
Thank you for putting the information regarding the eight section brocade on your website. I have been practising the Ba Duan Jin excercises as related on this website; but feel this may have overdeveloped my biceps without developing my triceps, leading to some problems in the arms. (I'm seeing a massage therapist to check out what's happening and get some stretches to help).

So I decided to try out the eight section brocade version instead. However, a question, if it's not imposing. As regards the 'separating heaven and earth' movement, when the arms are up and down, with the palms facing up and down, do the fingers point inwards, (ie; towards the body) or forward and backward? I feel I may have got this wrong when practising Ba Duan Jin and wish to be able to do this properly.

Thanks and best wishes,
Symon from England


There are numerous dumbbell exercises used to strengthen the triceps. Also, in the gym there are numerous tricep exercises using the pulley weights. You need to work the triceps from different angles to develop all three (tri) muscles in the back of the arm. Any decent bodybuilding or strength training book will show you what to do.

When I "separate heaven and earth" I flex both the wrist and hand. The upper palm is parallel with the ceiling and the fingers point towards inwards (towards the head). The lower palm is parallel with the floor and the fingers point inward towards the hips/thighs. Remember, you will see many variations in how the Ba Duan Jin is done. I use this exercise in my yoga classes.

Best wishes,


Eight Section Brocade, Ba Duan Gin Qigong

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Returning to Blogging

Greetings to everyone,

We have been busy on home improvement and gardening projects for the last 50 days.

Our children and their families are visiting, starting today. Everyone is coming to our home for the Thanksgiving week festivities. We all have much to be thankful for.

Over the last month we have had a good deal of rain in the North Sacramento Valley. Over 6 inches have fallen in the Valley, and the mountains have a good snowfall. An excellent start to the rainy season (October-April) in the Great Valley of California.

Check out my Qigong or Taijiquan webpages!

I've been feeling quite chipper and energetic lately.

Check out this UTube video of a 90 year old Qigong Master, Master Duan, from Beijing. He is the kind of gentleman who lives a lifestyle that inspires us all.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season,