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Given that there seems to be a lot of curiosity going around on the forum about well known Qigong Masters and who are good and bad (frauds) teachers i figured i would make this post.

 

Unfortunately...as far as i know there are not many well known mainstream organizations that promote Chi-Gung or bring the variety of teachers under a single umbrella.

 

However the one organization i am familiar with which assesses the level and skill of a Chi-Gung practitioner and give her/him a rank is the National Qigong Association. I am only familiar with this organization because i know Ya Mu is registered with it.

 

They have four ranks for a practitioner: Lvl 1, 2, 3, and 4. Here is a description of the different ranks: http://nqa.org/membership/certification/

 

Also here is a list of the those whom are Certified Professional Members of the NQA: http://nqa.org/find-member/certified-members/

 

I suppose you might consider someone whom is a Lvl 4 a "Qigong Master"...whatever that may mean. Hopefully this can given some kind of legitimate paradeigm to the concept of what is considered a legitimate Chi-Gung instructor.

 

Just because an instructor is not on this list does not mean he cannot have skill...i am sure there are many talented Chi-Gung practitioners out there whom are not listed...after all no one has a monopoly on Chi.

 

If there are any other organizations that rank and certify Qigong practitioners whom prove themselves to be legitimate please post them, this is just one i know of. I have no affiliation with the above mentioned organization.

 

My 2 cents, Peace

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Given that there seems to be a lot of curiosity going around on the forum about well known Qigong Masters and who are good and bad (frauds) teachers i figured i would make this post.

 

Unfortunately...as far as i know there are not many well known mainstream organizations that promote Chi-Gung or bring the variety of teachers under a single umbrella.

 

However the one organization i am familiar with which assesses the level and skill of a Chi-Gung practitioner and give her/him a rank is the National Qigong Association. I am only familiar with this organization because i know Ya Mu is registered with it.

 

They have four ranks for a practitioner: Lvl 1, 2, 3, and 4. Here is a description of the different ranks: http://nqa.org/membership/certification/

 

Also here is a list of the those whom are Certified Professional Members of the NQA: http://nqa.org/find-member/certified-members/

 

I suppose you might consider someone whom is a Lvl 4 a "Qigong Master"...whatever that may mean. Hopefully this can given some kind of legitimate paradeigm to the concept of what is considered a legitimate Chi-Gung instructor.

 

Just because an instructor is not on this list does not mean he cannot have skill...i am sure there are many talented Chi-Gung practitioners out there whom are not listed...after all no one has a monopoly on Chi.

 

If there are any other organizations that rank and certify Qigong practitioners whom prove themselves to be legitimate please post them, this is just one i know of. I have no affiliation with the above mentioned organization.

 

My 2 cents, Peace

 

Right -- there's also the American Qigong Association and the World Qigong Federation - of Dr. Effie P. Chow http://www.eastwestqi.com/html/dr__chow.html

 

http://www.eastwestqi.com/html/aqa/aqa.html

 

There's where Chunyi Lin was given the "qigong master of 2010" at their conference and then Effie P. Chow had been part of Chunyi Lin's conferences.

 

I first saw Effie P. Chow in 1995 and she blew the fuse in the room behind us. haha.

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For a bit more depth, the NQA is an organization for everyone that offers certification standards in qigong & medical qigong. The other organizations listed, to the best of my knowledge, do not.

The closest thing in the NCCAOM is their Asian Bodywork Therapy certification. But even this doesn't assume any specific training in medical qigong.

 

The highest level of certification in the NQA is level IV which is Teacher level. Any level IV teacher can offer certification programs where the graduates, when completing the required number of hours, are offered certification by the NQA. Their 500 hour clinical practitioner certification is where one could look if they were searching for clinical qigong practitioners. These standards were developed with years of input from the qigong community. I know this was a HUGE effort, because I was on the standards committee that helped develop the standards.

 

While the standards themselves can't insure talent or continued practice by the individual, they do insure that the practitioner is not just some guy or gal off the street who decided this was a quick way to make money (it isn't, by the way).

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