I just returned from attending and presenting at the National Qigong Association Convention held in Minnesota this year. I had the opportunity to interact with other qigong professionals. There were many different forms and styles represented and I do believe students attending left with much to think about and many techniques to practice. I became reaquainted with some old friends and made some new ones.
There were many demonstrations of different forms Saturday evening. I demonstated the Gift of the Tao form. I believe my favorite demonstrations were the forms by Jampa Stewart, who demonstrated Chen Pan Ling Tai Chi and Jianye Jiang, who demonstrated some very fine wushu. You could definitely tell these guys are lifetime students of our profession and not just self-proclaimed "masters".
Ellie Drew, a longtime NQA member, author, and a friend, helped me out with some qi projection for some back pain I was experiencing. Powerful! Thanks, Ellie!
Folks, if you are looking for classes to attend you could do no better than to look up the folks I mentioned above, if they are in your area. You can check the NQA website, www.nqa.org, for their locations.
Meanwhile I am going to start preparing for my next class to be held in Indiana. One of my students, Chris Lieninger operates the Three Treasures Wellness Center there where he practices Medical Qigong and other Chinese Healing Arts. The class is shaping up to be highly energetic, as it should since we are going to concentrate on Qi cultivation in this class. IF YOU ATTEND ONLY ONE QIGONG CLASS THIS YEAR THIS IS THE ONE! See www.qigongamerica.com for details. Class is Sptember 15th & 16th in Knightsville, Indiana.