While I have deeply delved into these arts and practices, I have maintained my own personal identity as a western person, with a western worldview; albeit one shaped and influenced by my studies. I have felt that it was both impossible and disrespectful to my own integrity of being to attempt becoming Chinese in my thinking. And, to quote Matsuo Basho, “Do not seek the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought.”
In this spirit I have endeavored to make these arts an exploration in the same way that those who founded these arts must have. My observations of this process have led me to great insights both in these arts, but also into life itself. Along the way I have been graced by the fortune to make this avocation of mine a vocation, and I have been teaching and sharing this work for over 20 years.
I have dreamed of sharing this wisdom in a way that is easily affordable to anyone. To that end I teach multiple classes daily at various Senior Centers, Community Centers, and Councils on Aging in the North Central Massachusetts area. Now I want to share it with you, at the same inexpensive price I offer it to them. And Patreon allows me to do that. They are a platform that allows creators to offer their creations as a subscription service.
The best part about the way I have this up, is you can decide how intensely you want to learn. If you just want to dip your toe, then for the cost of a cup of fancy coffee you can have a new Qigong video class made available to you every month through the fantastic platform of Patreon. If, however you want to dive headfirst and get 2 Qigong and 2 Tai Chi classes a month (essentially one a week), then it still only costs you that same cost per class.
What makes my classes different? well, over the last twenty years I have refined my teaching style with the western mind and my western audience in mind. What has been paramount was the communication that each of us has to engage with this material as an exploration. Consequently, I found I had to change things from the way I was taught. What resulted ended up being an entirely new way of training, very different from what is considered traditional. Less focus is placed upon form, and far more upon principle. In some cases my explorations led me to some practices that I developed myself. In other cases I borrowed heavily from tradition, and from other teacher’s styles. Ultimately this led to creating my own style of Tai Chi and Qigong.
There is a Taoist story that I am very fond of, and the gist of the story is the phrase; “Good, bad; who can say?” I am certain there will be some traditionalists who will not appreciate my approach, just as I am certain that there will be many others who will find my approach refreshing and informative, hopefully even helpful and groundbreaking. I have taken a very pragmatic approach to all ideas around this material. If it works; Great! Use it. If it doesn’t, put it down and find something that does. And, I recommend this approach to everyone who wants to engage in these arts. So come join me in this exploration and let's create health, peace and long life together.