Tag: Neigong

Opening the Spiritual Fortress (Baltimore, MD)


It was wonderful to connect with old cultivation friends and meet new practitioners in Baltimore, Maryland for the weekend!

In China’s esoteric shamanic (Mt. EMei) tradition, each joint of the body is a spiritual gate.

In this workshop, Master Wu shared a gentle, yet powerful Qigong form developed to open your body – your spiritual fortress – and make room for deep healing and inner transformation to occur.

BaGua XinJing weekly classes in Stockholm


We will continue offering lunchtime Qigong on Tuesdays on Södermalm (Stockholm). Students of all levels are welcome – please join us for Qigong Tuesdays!

Dai Family XinYi 心意 is China’s most esoteric qigong and internal martial arts system. In this training, students will learn HunYuanZhuang 混元樁, the fundamental XinYi standing posture, and XinJing 心鏡, eight gentle movements designed to increase physical strength, nourish the joints and balance the mind.

Class meets Tuesdays, 12:15-13:15: Feb 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar 1, 15, 22, 29

Chinese Cosmic Orbit in Aberdeen

It was wonderful to be back in Scotland again! We enjoyed an evening of ChaDao (the Dao of Tea), savoring some of my favorite teas from China and Taiwan, followed by a weekend of Cosmic Orbit Qigong from the EMei tradition. You can read more details about the form here.

Dai Family Heart Mind Six Unions Martial Arts

As I always emphasize, a traditional Chinese name carries the spirit of its object. To gain an insight into the Dai Family XinYi martial arts system, let’s look more closely into its traditional name: XinYi LiuHe Quan 戴氏心意六合拳 .

Literally, Xin means heart and Yi means mind. As the name XinYi implies, we need to use both our heart and our mind to learn and practice this system – and vice versa – practicing with this martial arts tradition is also a way to cultivate your heart and mind. In both respects, XinYi is not a system that focuses solely on the mastery of physical fighting skills.

Liu means six and He means combine, combination, cooperate, unite, and union. LiuHe means “the Union of Six” and it is a Daoist philosophical phrase used interchangeably with “universe.” The Chinese expression for universe is YuZhou 宇宙 (Yu 宇 means space and Zhou 宙 means time) – the union of space and time. In Daoist philosophy, each individual object or concept consists of three parts. With respect to the universe, Yu contains the Shang  上 (upper), Zhong 中 (middle), and Xia 下 (lower) components of space, and within Zhou, the Gu 古 (ancient or past), Jin 今 (modern or present), and Lai 來 (future or upcoming) create the inseparable aspects of time. The universe itself is the union of these six factors, and the true meaning of LiuHe is the union of the three dimensions of space and the three dimensions of time.

The XinYi LiuHe Quan internal alchemy and martial arts system was intentionally and mindfully created to help the practitioner emulate with universal Way.

Quan 拳 means fist, and is generally used to represent a form or a system of martial arts. However, in the inner teachings of XinYi internal martial arts system, we learn the true meaning of Quan is not Quan 拳, but Quan 圈 , which means circle or circular. In the XinYi system, we always practice with circular movements and use the circle – not the fist – to defeat our opponents. There is not a single movement in the entire system that does not include round patterns. XinYi Quan is a method of internal cultivation that aligns the practitioner with the circular Way of Heaven.

The XinYi LiuHe Quan heart-mind cultivation methods provide a key to the state of Oneness, a palpable feeling of no separation between human being and the Dao, where there is no difference between man and nature. In China, we describe this as YuZhouZaiWuShen WuShenZaiYuZhou 宇宙在吾身 吾身在宇宙 – The universe is within me and I am the universe. To awaken into this high-level martial arts state during combat trainings we must know how to unite the three dimensions of the time and the three dimensions of the space in our body and in all of our movements.

Dai Family XinYi is DanDaoWuShu 丹道武術 – an internal martial arts system entirely based on the principles of Daoist alchemy. This system embodies the richness and depth of Daoist philosophy as well as a method to explore healing, internal alchemy, and spiritual transformation.

The XinYi Martial Arts classic states:

XinYi classicYangLingGen ErDongXinZhe DiJiangYe

GuLingGen ErJingXinZhe XiuDaoYe

Nourished by your spiritual root

Guided by your heart

The enemy is defeated

Unwavering spiritual root

And a tranquil heart Cultivate the Dao

…read the full article, published in Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts here

…buy the book! XinYi WuDao – Heart Mind: The Dao of Martial Arts here

Lifelong Training session 4 in the Catskills! (NY)

LLT 4 2014

It was wonderful to continue our September training with students from all over the US (and the UK!) at the Northern Dipper Temple in Accord, NY. We studied and practiced Shamanic Tiger Qigong, another very special form from the Mt. EMei tradition.

For those of you interested in learning more about the history and philosophy of traditional Qigong or the Shamanic Tiger form itself, Master Wu thoroughly explores these topics in his best selling book, Vital Breath of the Dao and companion DVD, Shamanic Tiger Qigong.

XinYi DianXueJue (Dim Mak) in the Catskills! (NY)

Dai Family XinYi is China’s most esoteric qigong and internal martial arts system. In this residential training in the beautiful Catskills, students from all over the US (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Virginia) and Europe (Spain and the UK) joined us to study DianXueJue 點穴橛 – a special form used for healing and martial arts.

In China, DianXue is used to describe both Shiatsu and Dim Mak, practices that work with key pressure points in the body.

Dai Family XinYi Training in Baltimore, Maryland (USA)! (Dec 2013)

☷  Kun 坤 – Earth

Dai Family XinYi 心意 (Heart-Mind) is China’s most esoteric qigong and internal martial arts system. Join us for this weekend training and learn HunYuanZhuang 混元樁, the fundamental XinYi standing posture, and XinJing 心鏡, eight gentle movements designed to increase physical strength, nourish the joints and balance the mind.

The course marks the first time Master Wu has offered instruction on the XinJing in the United States!

Students of all levels are welcome 🙂

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Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong in Stockholm (26-27 Oct)!

We offered a fabulous weekend training in Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong while enjoying uninterrupted views of the beautiful Stockholm waterfront. Watch the short YouTube clip to get a small taste of this traditional Daoist Neigong practice!