Qigong is a worldwide health and exercise system that is steadily growing in popularity.
What is Qigong?
Qi = energy, life force, universe energy
Gong = work, skill, practice
Qigong = The skill or practice of working with the energy called Qi to foster harmony of mind and body.
Qigong has been present in China for several thousand years and it is at the root of the development of China’s traditional medical health system. Enduring to modern times qigong is a worldwide health system of exercise that is used for both prevention and treatment of diseases.
Qigong consists of exercises, either practiced individually or in short sets. Some qigong forms are as simple as opening and closing your hands together, and some forms are rather complex requiring concentrated learning effort. Genuine qigong contains three vital alignments: awareness of your body posture; correct breathing, e.g. dantian breathing, fetal breathing or whole body breathing; and full engagement of the mind. When these three alignments are all in harmony, then this is the qigong state of mind, and that is the state of maximum healing potential.
Qigong Certification: I (shifu Michael) have developed a basic qigong 100 (125) hour course for those who want to go deeper into qigong for personal health reasons, or because they want to accomplish professional skills as a Qigong Teacher. I have developed two additional levels for those who want to achieve qigong mastery.
Qigong Certification Course
100 (125) Hours
One of the strengths of the 100 (125) hour course is that students are taught over 30 different exercises, some of which are absolutely unique to this program and not found elsewhere.
Topics of Study
The structure of the 100 (125) hour program is divided into four major study areas. Each area has reading assignments and questions that accompany each section, which are to be answered in writing.
1. Foundation studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Five Elements Theory, Organs and Meridians, Three Treasures, Qi, and the Dantians.
2. Medical Qigong: A core group of exercises are presented that provide a solid foundation in qigong, self-massage, stationary and dynamic movements, etc. Some of the forms are rare to find, like the Pre-Heaven Taiji Ruler, Primordial Wuji Qigong, Compassionate Buddha Qigong, or Qigong Circle walking.
3-4. Daoism and Daoist Meditation: To study qigong without an introduction to Daoism and Daoist meditation is only to partially study qigong. The course will introduce the student to important Daoist concepts and practices, especially a core meditation practice called Zuowang, literally meaning to sit and forget. Students are required to purchase the teacher’s book, A Daoist Practice Journal for this section.
Sample Questions from the 100 Hour Qigong Certification Level
Questions on Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Define meridians and then list the 12 organ meridians. Memorize the location of the 12 meridians. Define the Five Phases and their associations. As you practice the meridian tapping, pay attention to the twelve meridians as you tap the entire system of meridians. What is the function of the Kidneys from the Chinese medical point of view? What is jing and its connection to the Kidneys? Why is jing important in qigong practice?
Questions on Qigong Theory:
Qigong State of Mind: The first article introduces the “qigong state of mind” as necessary for qigong practice. The second article explains how the Three Alignments lead to the qigong state of mind. Explain the “qigong state” in a concise way integrating the two articles on it.
Pre-Heaven Taiji Ruler: What are the main principles of the Pre-Heaven Taiji Ruler? Which Dantian is the main focus, and why? This is a major qigong form.
Learn and practice the You-Tube movies on the basic Taichi Ruler, Swimming Dragon, Open and Close, and Master Wan’s Three Dantians.
Questions from The Healing Promise of Qi:
Using the nine phases of qi cultivation according to Jahnke, what qi phase(s) would you place my exercises. For example, Master Wan’s Tonifying The Three Dantians is a powerful exercise for the Gathering Qi phase. In addition to identifying which qi phase an exercise falls into, please explain why. Review a minimum of ten exercises.
Circle walking is an important part of this qigong program. Your main learning method is to view the different You Tube movies that I made on circle walking.
First of all, practice circle walking as much as possible. Next, in reading the material on circle walking, tell me what you found the most interesting or the most revealing about the possible health benefits of walking in circles and holding your arms in certain postures?
In Section Five, you will learn about Daoism by reading my new book, A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me. This book was written from the perspective of a modern day western Daoist.
Your main assignment in Section Six is to develop a daily sitting meditation practice. Study my article on Daoist Zuowang Meditation, as well as my book, A Daoist Practice Journal.
100 Hour Program
Progress in the 100 hour program is monitored through emails, personal contacts for local students (50 classes and 2 one hour private sessions), and completion of the training questions. Each section of study has questions that students answer in writing. Distance students may participate in skype or FaceTime contact to facilitate their learning experience. There is no final exam.
Students receive a set of articles, information sheets, and links to unlisted You-Tube qigong movies, and there are two required texts to read, and a recommended list of books for more study.
Required books: The Healing Promise of Qi by Roger Jahnke and A Daoist Practice Journal: Come Laugh With Me by Michael Rinaldini
The program is not satisfactorily completed until all the above conditions have been fulfilled. Note: Although the main way of communicating between teacher and student is via the internet, this is not an online course. Active communication between student and teacher is required.
The 100 hour level can be finished in approximately 6 months to a year. Completion of the 100 (125) hour level is sufficient training to be able to start teaching others the wonders of qigong.
Optional 125 Hour Program
The 125 hour program includes an optional 25 hours that are devoted exclusively for a more thorough study on the topic of Qi and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The following two books are required to be read with accompanying written reports in order to receive the additional 25 hours.
A Brief History Of Qi by Zhang Yu Huan & Ken Rose and Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine In Everyday Life by Gail Reichstein
200 or 350 hour program
Naturally, the greater amount of studies that a student engages in will qualify them as a more valuable teacher of qigong, hence these additional levels of training.
The first requirement is the completion of the 100 (125) hour program.
The 200 and 350 hour programs are devoted to going deeper into different areas of qigong or Daoist zuowang meditation studies and practices. Areas of further study may include learning more about how to prescribe qigong exercises for particular health problems. Or, learning in greater detail how the individual exercises influence the meridian system and internal organs. Or, learn more about the energy system called the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.
The unique feature about the 200/350 hour levels are that they are individually tailored to the student’s needs and interests. The length of these additional hours may take the student another 6 months to a year.
A special requirement for distance students, in either the 200 or 350 hour program, if they are not able to attend at least 5 local classes, is to attend my annual qigong and Daoist retreat. Without attending this retreat, Certificates of Completion for the 200 or 350 hour programs cannot be issued under no circumstances. The reason is that the student’s progress or achievement must be evaluated in person.
Annual retreats are usually offered in April or May. Visit the Retreat link to keep up with details on these retreats.
Cost of 100 (125), 200 and 350 hour levels:
The 100 (125) hour level is $700 for local students and $600 for distance students. The 200 hour level is $800 for local students and $700 for distance students. The 350 hour level is $900 for local students and $800 for distance students.
Distance learners receive the same information as the local learners. The fee is payable in full at start of program, and is non-refundable.
Students from throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, England, Italy, Chile, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, France, Israel and elsewhere have taken the course. Upon finishing the program, the student receives a Certificate of Completion stating that the person satisfactorily completed a course of qigong studies with me. For local students this certificate is generally recognized by the National Qigong Association (www.nqa.org) as a valid course of training for their Professional Qigong Teacher’s Certification program. Distance students will need additional contact with me to receive a letter of recommendation to the NQA for their certification. Students may enroll in the certification program at any time.
Paying by Paypal: Contact me via email if you wish to pay by credit card or Paypal, and I will send you a Paypal Request Bill for the different program options. Note: Extra fees apply for Paypal Processing fee.
Contact me if you are interested in any of these qigong learning opportunities: Lichangdao@gmail.com
945 Dorthel St., Sebastopol, CA, USA 95472