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  1. Circle walking

    The Bagua branch I practiced before doing the Dragongate Sanctuary material had Zhang Zhaodong's Hebei Xingyiquan as a foundation. My sifu's approach was to take individual postures from the Jiang Rong Qiao Old 8 Palms form and have us circle walk with it. Once we had more advanced Xingyi knowledge he encouraged us to start experimenting with using the Hebei Xingyiquan postures in circle walking and explore the transitions through space to see how the two arts were combined by our sigong. Here is a video of my sigong doing basically that. There isn't more public video of him because his daughter requested the gong fu family not post it.
  2. Launch of Liuhebafa Online

    Nathan is one of Nelson's students and is helping him with the Thinkific course. He is present in the student community as well on Liuhebafa Online. The martial art is deeply influenced by Northern Shaolin and this Luohan Gong aspect is more Buddhist as the Yi Jin Jing work is an important prerequisite to doing Northern Chinese internal arts. Liuhebafa has very Daoist theory and its Animal imagery is more akin to Assyrian mythological creatures than common animals like Xingyiquan.
  3. Launch of Liuhebafa Online

    Please understand, Damo's model is for Damo's teachings and you would be doing yourself a disservice to universalize it. As far as the list goes I can confidently say it does 1, 4, 5, and 7. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to read what Nelson has written about the course and reach out to him. I'm just a beginner student and can't intelligently discuss this material other than to say I started and I have done similar work in other styles that are descendant from people that trained in the style. Liuhebafa is the pinnacle of Chinese gong fu in my opinion and Nelson's instruction is very plain and clearly demonstrated. The good stuff is simple in words but difficult in the body.
  4. Launch of Liuhebafa Online

    Greetings Dao Bums! I have been working on esoteric Buddhism primarily the past few years. That said, I keep up with my Daoist gong fu training. Nelson Ma is offering a Northern Praying Mantis Luohan Gong as a foundation. It is a direct neigong for releasing the spine and unifying the body. Nelson has much to offer and is filming the main 66 form of the style - currently the first quarter is available for purchase. My own training is peripherally related to this art and I've started on the Luohan Gong myself. So far the material is very clearly demonstrated and you can test the body method for the stretch locations as he teaches. I hope to see you guys in the discussion board of the training site.
  5. Hello Dao Bums, I got a chance to sit down with Harry Minogue this last Saturday and chat about Baguazhang. I hope you enjoy.
  6. In this video Michael Goddard and myself discuss intuition and how to develop it. We discuss techniques from Reiki, foundations for integrating intuition into your daily life, as well as how intuition has literally saved my life. I hope you enjoy this discussion and we plan to continue these. Thank you, Matt Parsons
  7. Greetings Dao Bums! I am still grateful for the chance to interview Michael Goddard. He is my lineage senior in the Dragongate Sanctuary lineage of Baguazhang and Reiki. We discuss topics from Baguazhang to Reiki and a lot in-between. Michael offers a free Udemy course to those first 5 people who e-mail him with the name of his Cranio-Sacral Therapy teacher. I provide links to Michael's video and contact info in the YouTube video description.
  8. Qi Gong and Tibetan Yogas?
  9. Hi sent you a private message - writing here in case you missed it

  10. Your opinion about reiki?

    You're gravely mistaken about the origins. Usui Mikao was not Christian - that was marketing created by his grand student Takata Hawayo so American students wouldn't feel intimidated by foreign culture. It is linked to Chinese Maoshan Thunder Magic through Onmyodo as well as Golden Light practices descendant from Joh-Rei that are also present in things like Zhengyi Daoism.
  11. Your opinion about reiki?

    I'm certified in this system - it definitely works.
  12. Your opinion about reiki?

    As a Reiki Master Instructor - my opinion is that Reiki is very beneficial so long as the person does the foundation work. It is very possible to complete a weekend class and receive a certificate saying one is a Reiki Master. Personally, I wasn't taught any qi emission therapies until I had ~9 years of cultivation practice and I received a separate Vajra transmission with its own qi emission therapy prior. Reiki translates from Ling Qi in Chinese - it's literally one of the most refined energies one can access. So long as the person doing your healing is out of the way it will be without pathogenic qi. That assumes the person even knows how to get out of the way. I'm teaching a Level 1 class at this very moment and chose to teach it over the course of a month so people would have a good way to integrate the energy and take a practice home.
  13. Your opinion on Damos neigong?

    I've found a lot of value in Damo's Comprehensive Guide to Neigong. I'm still trying to wrap my head around White Moon on Mountain Peak but I'm hoping this Martial Man course will help me decipher it a bit better.
  14. All esotericism descends from shamanism. Esoteric methods are just a preservation of tribal knowledge within a civilization. Have you trained from this school in person? My teacher learned from Chris and Max prior to the formulation of the Kunlun system. What I learned was closer to the practices outlined in the old red book Max published with Chris Tittle. We mainly did Tibetan Vajrayana seated meditations and Bagua Neigong but we also did some Tibetan yoga. Bon was only ever mentioned in passing and its influence on the Vajrasattva heruka we were doing at the end. Much of what we did was straight out of Tibetan Nyingma and has given me the ability to exchange transmissions with monks. After completing my studies a signed copy of Max's purple book literally jumped off the shelf at my girlfriend at the time. When I made achievement after integrating the 5 Elements I was told I turned on the Lingbao side from a past life. Lingbao was already a syncretic sect that was known for integrating Buddhist cosmology and methods into their brand Daoism and had great influence on the wider Chinese Daoist culture. The 5 Elements are necessary to perform something like Vajradhatu practice. The mandalas are more than art and are meant to be engaged with in a multi-modal manner. All of the Dragongate Sanctuary practices come from somewhere - much of it is Tibetan but have a lot of influence from China and Japan. Many of the teachings they received from China and Japan may have roots in Tibet but they develop their own flavor in the new country. You can sit down to a Japanese or Tibetan fire ritual and the only difference will be the language but that doesn't mean the surrounding locale, culture, and people it contains are the same. The Shingon school that the Kuji Kiri descends from preserves aspects that have since passed from popularity in more mainstream Buddhist sects. The Kuji Kiri practice itself descends from a Daoist Liu Ding Liu Jia practices for protection whilst traveling through forests and mountains. While some ninja schools have preserved the martial guardian aspects of this - many only use it to ask for the Six Paramitas. Back to the topic at hand - Jason Read talks about the Buddhist influence on his Mao Shan line openly. There is a quick thunder palm strike method he described that would basically require one to have some cultivation of the 3 Vajras to use. Also he shows Daoist methods and talismans that are incredibly familiar to any Reiki Master worth their salt.
  15. Circle walking

    We obviously don't have the same practices. I can make someone fly with a simple Wood fist. Single Palm Change typically has a number of supplemental exercises I learned before getting it sure. 3-5 years is excessive - I feel one needs 1-3 years with a good teacher. I feel the Wuxing and Single Palm Change takes about that long and how we teach it, including the Neigong - one should be able to fajin at will using all 5 Elements on the circle and then the 8 Mother Palms.