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I love doing, talking about and practicing QigongTaiji, but most of all I love to teach, and pass on tai chi - chi gong techniques to other people simply because tai chi and chi gong are so enjoyable for the mind-body and spirit....guychi
What is Guychitaichi
Guychitaichi is a way, and a complete concept that can be applied to all styles of QigongTaiji, Guychitaichi evolves the forms to a muscle memory exercise QigongTaiji, progressing to controlled, deep breathing form exercise connected to learned muscle memory QigongTaiji, then next following the breath using the mind/brain until skill starts to develop of its own accord and shen grows through continual practice.
Guychitaichi fosters hormonal development, joint, skeletal health, body weight management if needed along with understanding efficiency of movement and mind focused relaxation to encourage overall good health and longevity.
Robin Guy (1957 - ) has been a martial arts practitioner since 1972 and a complimentary therapist since 1994. He has studied complimentary therapies in a peoples republic of China teaching hospital (Norman Bethune Hospital of Medical Science) and colleges in the United Kingdom.
Robin Guy is the founder of guychitaichi.
Why learn Qigong and Taiji with Robin Guy-guychitaichi
The first taiji (qigong walking) class that I attended in the early 1990's (after discussing in length subjects with martial art friends concerning taiji (qigong walking) since the early 1970's), we practiced a small amount of qigong, and then was shown and loosely taught the Beijing 24 forms, and considering I had been practicing (and instructed after a few years as part of my training) martial arts since 1972 I knew straight away that learning and teaching a martial art of any kind in this way was unsafe, simply because we had no safety training integrated into the instruction about correct posture, stances (how to stand, with safe foot positions to protect the knees etc), breathing methods, arm, leg, body alignment and positioning for efficient, safe moment that flowed by following the energy. Indeed some of the instructors I tried did not even know the names of the forms or their application to use as a reference of training discussion, and I was use to being corrected as I trained, being corrected during training helps the student improve by encouraging understanding more quickly on what they are doing, plus it fosters a mind set that promotes good mindful form and movement which stops bad habits from forming from the start of any learning, in this case qigong and taiji.
My qigong/taiji instructors
I tried a few other instructors (at one stage I had 3 different teachers of 2 different styles) and they tended to be about the same limited understanding of what they were doing, even feeding their students vague information associated with the forms.
And so I developed a learning and understanding of qigong and tai chi chuan instruction to teach students to learn with confidence the correct postures, yin and yang, how to breathe and ways to integrated tendon memory (wood element-Liver/Gb), shen memory (fire element-Heart/Si/P/TH) muscle memory (earth-Spleen/St) breath memory (metal element-Lungs/Li ) all to encourage strengthening of jing qi (water-Kidneys/Ub) via the three treasures.
Energy points, qigong and taiji
Students learn acupuncture points to develop qi connections during form training and work on personal qi energetic's whilst studying, and improving the correct forms shape, possible form applications and movement each time they practice qigong of taiji, with the students physical and mental health kept safe throughout the instruction and training process. The guychitaichi student learns the forms, with the 18 taiji/qigong shibashi and 8 taiji beginners forms as a strong foundation of their qigong and taiji training which introduces breath and movement, yin and yang, acupuncture energy points, energy centre's (dantian's), the tri gram of heaven, different styles of the forms, how to follow the (Qi) energy, muscle memory, relaxation, controlled relaxation, understanding techniques of meditation in movement, do(ing) and be(ing) with effective training methods, why we forget the forms during practice (because our brain's are being exercised and are laying down new, strong connections), and how to deal with a memory block to improve brain function.
Students learn do(ing) and be(ing)
Students learn do(ing) and be(ing) when training in guychitaichi technique, learn how to access do(ing) and be(ing) through the qigong form moments which is a life skill that stays with them always whilst they progress around their personal wheel.
Guychitaichi is not just qigong but a journey into energy
Me and Qi (chi)
I have had two profound occasions that has convicted me that Qi energy exists:
When I was 7 - 8 years old my family lived in London, and we would go to the coast during the summer for a weeks holiday.
On this particularly beautiful day my father and mother decided we where all going to go on a boat trip across the bay. There was two boats moored together, the first boat, next to the dock was a full day trip, the second boat, a half day trip was along side the first boat, with a plank to cross from one boat to the other.
Our boat trip was going to be on the second boat, as I walked the plank to cross from one boat to the other I slipped and fell into the water between the boats, my family was frantic, and my dad held the boats apart to stop me from being crushed, I could not swim, so I sank and as I slowly went under I remember seeing the fish swimming around and all the under-sea plants reaching for the surface, then all of a sudden I saw a large white light, like a tunnel of light which was beautiful and calming, one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Next I was pulled away from the light, dragged onto the pier, a stranger had pulled me out as my dad kept the boats apart, all of which I had watched from above shortly after experiencing the tunnel of light, yes I had an outer body experience and watched myself being rescued, to me this was the Qi (ki) energy of the universe working, natural forces saying its not my time.
In 1994 I went to China to learn Acupuncture - Traditional Chinese Medical techniques on a course at the Norman Bethune Hospital of Medical Science.
It was a great adventure and all the Chinese people I met, I must say were really nice, the hospital was professional and the doctors that worked in the hospital really skilful.
As my training came to an end I had a final test, the professor had arrange for me to perform Acupuncture in front of 15 -20 doctors in one of the treatment rooms, although I had already practiced Acupuncture-Moxibustion and some other TCM in the hospital.
My patient was laying on the treatment couch and the professor indicated which points I was to puncture, how deep the needle was to go, and needle manipulation, the first needle was in my patents leg, the second needle was in the torso, as I manipulated the needle a strong, powerful electrical type current shot out of my patient, up through the needle and into my arm/body, this electrical impulse made me let go of the needle very quickly and jump back, all the doctors smiled and nodded their heads, no explanation was given and I can only say that through this profound experience that for me (life force) Qi (ki) energy is real.
Complementary therapy and martial arts qualifications:
1st Karate grading ...1973 K.U.G.B. (Chelmsford Karate Club YMCA)
Last Karate grading .2006 I.S.K.A.
Acupuncture (TCM).......(China*- certificate) 1994
Swedish massage (wiki)..(IIHHT - I.O.W. college) 1995
Aromatherapy................(IIHHT - I.O.W. college) 1995
Reflexology....................(Certificate - I.O.W. college) 1996
Hypnotherapy.............. .(Diploma I.A.H. Neil French) 1996
Nutrition and weight management (certificate - www.training-robustit.co.uk) 2013
*Norman Bethune Hospital of Medical Science
(Acupuncture, Moxabustion, Cupping & Acu Ear therapy)
3rd Clinical Teaching Hospital
Peoples Republic of China
Treatment: unlock the stagnant chi (and blood), correct the direction of the qi energy, and open up the muscles, to allow irrigation of the back shu points and muscle structure, nourishing mostly the meridians of the Unitary Bladder and Gallbladder; but at the same time stimulating the back shu so that the transition from illness to health is not too traumatizing.
Method: A bespoke personal (to the client) mix of aromatherapy essential oils was created after an examination of the 12 pulses on the wrist, looking, asking questions and testing the back shu points for confirmation of either an internal (usually chronic yin) or superficial (acute yang) yin yang dysfunction.
The Oils were massaged into the back (back shu's) and cupping was administered to allow deep penetration of the essence of the oils (essential oil cupping), Acupuncture was given to the kidney back shu and the large intestine back shu points bilaterally, using needles with moxabustion burning at the end of the needles.
The treatment plan took a day to decide upon after a consultation, and the treatment took approximately 1 1/2 hour from beginning to end.
The client was advised to move the back by learning qigong (chigong meditation) and tai chi chuan (taiji meditation) which will support the course of treatment she had.
Report: The client reported immediate relief and that her back had not felt so good for years, later after the course of treatment had finished it was relayed that other ailments had also started to improve or get better.
Learn Taiji and Qigong
Learn tai chi and chi gong in one of my classes because if you put in the effort you will certainly benefit from what you can learn from doing these brilliant mind, body & spirit (three treasures) exercise routines that have been around for centuries, after-all millions of people everyday practice tai chi and chi gong and the reason they do it is because it is so good for mental and physical health when regular training/practice sessions are kept up.
When you come to one of my classes or on a one to one session then over time you will noticeably see your physical health, mental health improve and enjoy the class through improvement.
Sometimes it will be hard work, but I try to make it as easy and enjoyable as I possibly can, all you are required to do is turn up, have fun and learn what I have to teach whilst being part of the class, tai chi and chi gong experience.
The way guychi tai chi classes work is simple:
The guychi concept is a fusion of yogic breathing techniques followed by some chi gong, then learning the tai chi forms (and pushing hands if we have enough time), yes it is that simple, when you come along to a class keep this process in mind - yogic breathing followed by chi gong then tai chi forms.
Tai Chi grading/test:(club membership students only)
Students that achieve skills through regular practice will be asked to take a grading or test every 3-6 months depending on their developmental level, now this can be nerve racking, being tested, and if I say now you will do fine you may not believe it but I will say - relax and you will do fine.
Once you can do tai chi and chi gong: (club membership students only)
When my students become good at tai chi and chi gong I will ask them to lead the class as this I consider to be part of the learning process plus it gives me an insight to their skill level and how far they want to take it, just be aware that if you come on a regular basis you may be asked to take a small part of the class instruction session.
Guychitaichi is a style of tai ji chuan (infinite ultimate fist or supreme ultimate fist) that lends itself to chi gong (working with energy) and Yang style tai ji chuan (walking Qigong).
Taiji and Qigong is taught in three ways:
1. Aerobic Taiji and Qigong
Aerobic (with air) Taiji and Qigong can be quick moving strenuous, physical yang energetic exercise style of qigong/taiji which works the muscles, tendons to exercise the lungs encouraging metaphysical body systems debt (oxygen debt, liquid depletion through sweat etc).
Aerobic Taiji and Qigong is good for weight loss and metaphysical improvement via exercise hormone release, muscle tone improvements and whole body systems exercise.
What Aerobic Taiji and Qigong does metaphysically
Aerobic tai chi and chi gong can create a small oxygen debt in the muscle producing lactic acid build up and micro muscle tearing, which can increase muscle tone overtime, improvement of exercised lung function, strengthens the heart to encourage improved blood circulation of the arteries, capillaries and veins. Muscles and joints can get sore from the stress of exercise, but the mind can be lifted via natural, feel good hormones released in the brain, with improved lung function over time through exercise breathing stress.
What is Aerobic tai chi and chi gong good for
Aerobic tai chi and chi gong is good for weight loss and is energetically yang in nature which may help relieve mild depression (depression is yin) through hormone release that comes with purposeful practicing Taiji/Qigong forms and improve body functions if approached realistically.
Mind and Body (Super-Ego level - emotions)
The forms at this level promote good honest calorie burning hard work whilst learning and exercising with the Taiji/Qigong sets to get where the forms are taking them (into fitness). Aerobic Taiji/Qigong forms are sets of strenuous energetic metaphysical workout for the reasonably already fit or people wanting to lose weight that are willing to make a physical effort (can be combined with 2 & 3 level with the right instruction).
Breath at level one
Breathing can become laboured and stressed to deplete the body chi energy systems. Controlled breathing with a focused approach and correct application can improve health if balanced with meditation (doing Taiji/Qigong), a healthy diet and a good well thought out postural energy exercises.
Level 1 Meditation
This level is mostly doing Qigong/Taiji (Qigong walking) with hints of being Taiji and Qigong depending on the skill and level of instruction and the Taiji/Qigong forms practiced.
2. Muscle Memory-breath Taiji and Qigong
The muscle memory-breath Taiji and Qigong is a way of learning the forms (tai chi and chi gong) using the breath with the Taiji/Qigong movements as a focus, with the mind in full control (at all times) of the breathing patterns and coordinated movements (in-breath is the yin of earth, whilst an out-breath is the yang breath of heaven with man/woman standing in between), practiced using a focused, controlled, medium speed, even movements which can be a very relaxing and calming way to learn the forms.
Mind and Body (Ego level - emotions)
This level of Taiji/Qigong can promote positive thinking through learning the Taiji/Qigong forms, and could encourage a work-in-progress, healthy qi energy building for the mind and body through constant form development.
The ego is encouraged to become balanced via through diligent Taiji/Qigong forms if the student can learn to let go emotionally and metaphysically.
Breathing at level two
If the breathing becomes laboured or uncoordinated during the forms the practitioner can take a recovery breath or breathe as the body wants until the student feels comfortable and able to move the breath with the movements once more.
Level 2 Meditation
This level can be either doing or being Taiji/Qigong depending on the skill and level of instruction and the Taiji/Qigong forms practiced.
3. Healing Taiji and Qigong
Healing Taiji and Qigong is focused and controlled, and practiced very slowly/evenly which can take time and mental/physical strength to develop the skills needed for the mind and body to learn, and practice with this profound style of the Taiji/Qigong forms, the Taiji and Qigong forms at this level can work energetically on a deeply profound holistic energetic level, correct Taiji and Qigong instruction is important to access, precise learning techniques and training should be taught and grasped at this stage, and is of the utmost importance for approaching and understanding what the skills, the Taiji/Qigong forms are capable of for helping with the personal development for each individual.
Mind and Body Healing (Id level - emotions)
Extreme slow moving Taiji/Qigong works on the id - based psychological energy (jing), with the development of slow twitch muscle fibres, and most of the movements made using the tendons/sinews.
Breath at level three
The breath is left and will over time become bellows like on its own (skill starts to develop of its own accord), stimulating the lower dantian and enhancing jing qi.
Level 3 Meditation
This level is mostly being Taiji/Qigong with hints of doing depending on the skill and level of instruction and the Taiji/Qigong forms practiced.
Note: tai chi is a form of Qigong (Qigong walking), although the term tai chi is used through-out this site, the term should be tai ji chuan because the ji eludes to ultimate instead "chi" energy (life force), however the term chi in chi gong does mean natural life force energy or energy of the cosmos etc.
Guychitaichi is performed very slowly or very quickly depending on the situation, and teacher/student practitioner understanding of different brain-memory levels, accessing and manipulating the brain regions, brain synchronization and ways of stimulating hormonal secretions, with the practitioner using the energy of heaven (breath) and the energy of the earth (gravity), along with extreme relaxation and purposely trained meditational techniques.
The training and understanding of chi, chi focus of the mind and body can take time to learn and is explored extensively in the classes.
The guychitaichi practitioner will ultimately learn to understand chi, become sensitive to chi, discovering when chi is yang and when chi is yin, how to focus chi for striking and healing.
Guychi students do not learn the chi gong and tai chi forms to look good or for just physical exercise that gives out the same health benefits a good walk or an aerobic type exercise can provide for remedial health benefits but learn the chi gong and tai chi forms to improve health and longevity experientially, and promote/encourage bringing the mind, body and spirit together (three treasures).
Technical ability with correct ancient influences are always promoted and developed throughout the classes.
Student ability and health issues are always taken into consideration and respected during classes with students only pushing themselves to their limits, and are never forced to over extend themselves unnecessarily.
Traditional Chinese Medicine works by promoting the free flow of chi (natural energy) that moves through the body like a river
This chi energy can become exhausted or blocked along the route it has taken. It is believed that
when this chi becomes exhausted or blocked the natural rhythm and movement of its energy throughout the body becomes out of balance and can become excessive in one part of the
body or stagnant and weak in another part of the body.
When and excess or depletion (of chi) happens the body displays the unbalance through weakness, illness and a lowering of its defense system that fights off disease. To address this problem TCM therapies(s) can be applied to a point on the surface of the body where the river of chi surfaces.
TCM can be applied to either unblock the river and promote a natural free flow of chi energy towards the depleted area within the chi route, or draw the excessive energy to where there is depleted, weakened chi energy to correct the imbalance.
Correct application of Traditional Chinese Medicine, chi gong and tai chi, keeping
hydrated and a healthy diet should help keep/restore harmony and balance to the chi river within the body to encourage good holistic health, peace of mind and a feeling of overall well-being.
Fine sterile single needles are inserted into pre defined points on the body that may promote balanced holistic health.
The application of therapeutic acupressure has been used as a means to optimize health by many different cultures over the centuries. The Chinese use acupressure (and chi gong) as part of every day family life. Acupressure is used as a therapy in Chinese hospitals all over China as well as for personal therapy by the Chinese public for health.
Ear Acupuncture, Acupressure:
The ears are covered with pressure points that are a gateway to the natural energy that flows through all living beings.
The pressure chi energy points of the ears can be stimulated with needles, special seeds on a sterile plaster and through direct pressure.
Moxabustion and Cupping:
Commonly used therapies that are part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine routines to promote the free flow of chi.
Moxabustion uses heat to disperse cold and dampness to open up the meridians.
Cupping moves the blood into a muscle to release stagnant chi energy.
Hypnotherapy is a way to access the subconscious part of the brain, and is a possible way to suggest the the brain may be re-programmed into a more positive way of living for the client to bring balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit.
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