1st question, is it better to learn chi kung online or offline?

Can you learn chi kung online? In the last 5 years there has been a massive increase numbers of folks interested learning chi kung online. This surge in public awareness of online chi kung practice largely brought about by internet video and the new demand far exceeds the number of qualified chi kung teachers. A thriving industry of online chi kung courses has popped up to capitalize on this market.

Practicing chi kung in Ireland's countryside.
Practicing chi kung should be the most offline activity of your day.

This surge of interest can only be seen as a positive but is it’s possible to learn chi kung online? These online courses come in a variety of styles, quality and cost. While learning online would seem to be a convenient solution I believe it is in fact not possible for the complete beginner to learn this art solely through a digital device.

If you really want to learn chi kung online you should reinforce that with classes in your area.

Many online qi gong courses are quite in-depth and are created by adept teachers. However in my experience learning from scratch is not going to happen online. For more advanced students who already have the fundamentals, these online courses can be of help.

What exactly is it about learning chi kung that requires study in the presence of a qualified teacher in real life? The fact is that many of the fundamentals are transmitted from teacher to student in silence. You may learn the forms of movement online but qi gong movements are just the tip of the iceberg. It is unlikely you will learn sinking chi to the dan tien, holding emptiness, let alone starting the large heavenly circle to burn off impurities.

Learn chi kung online. Just don't.
Don’t Learn Chi Kung Online.

Even under the traditional training method of one qi gong master teaching a small group of students learning the fundamentals is difficult. Optimally you would have a weekly chi kung class with a good teacher to make progress. Every qi gong student has specific physical, spiritual and mental differences that must be addressed individually by the chi kung teacher.

The traditional method of transmitting an authentic qi gong style requires a large investment of one on one time and effort on part of the chi kung teacher and student. This method is not a profitable business model. Again, each student has specific mental and physical considerations it is not possible to be corrected in an online qi gong course, especially a canned one with no live zoom classes.

Instead of trying to learn chi kung online, use the internet find a chi kung teacher in real life.

If you’re an aspiring chi kung student the most beneficial thing going online can do for you is locating the times and locations of a chi kung classes near you. It may very well be that googling qi gong classes near me is not going to return any results in your area but don’t get discouraged. Some traditional sources of qi gong teachers are eastern monastics, internal martial artists and acupuncture doctors. Chi kung systems are often sort of a parallel curriculum in these pursuits.

Examples of online searches that will help you learn Chi Kung.

Here are some other keyword searches you can use in your quest to learn chi kung. If you can find a real master in one of the below disciplines it’s quite likely you have also just found a chi kung teacher. Because teaching chi kung requires so much commitment you may need to stick with one of these teachers for a long time before they agree to teach you. although it may take some time to build the trust required to get them to agree to teach you chi kung.

  • Tai Chi Teachers in my area
  • Xing Yi Teachers in my area
  • Buddhist meditation classes near me
  • Yi Chuan Classes near me
  • Ba Duan Jin Classes near me

There are also many chi kung masters who inherited the practice from their family. If a chi kung master is a layperson they are more likely to be an engineer or business business person – with very little spare time – than a stereotypical new age guru looking to charge for course.

The chi kung seminar circuit, where an experienced teacher travels giving large seminars is also an option. It is possible to learn well this way, especially if the teacher is not yet reached the point of being so famous that his seminars have scores of attendees. Seminars taught by chi kung teachers can be especially effective if the student has already learned the fundamentals.

Here are some good teachers that I know in different countries:

Chew Yeen Lawes England

Edward Hines France

Victor Chao Michigan USA

Luo Dexiu – Tawain – One of the best remaining chi kung teachers in the world, although he doesn’t teach it much.

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