#1 Openings and Closings:
CORE Power Movements
Openings and closings is a powerful skill for both beginning and advanced energy work practices.
You learn the following:
- 1 Control major energetic flows within your body
- 2 Connect your joints, organs and fluids for maximum physical function and performance
- 3 Generate a healthy rhythm for your body to move
- 4 Unleash exponential power from your cavities (power centers)
- 5 Feel more alive and build your levels of Qi/Chi
#2 Taoist Meditation &
Deep Awareness Practices
Openings and closings is a key for Taoist Meditation to consciously balance your energetic and emotional bodies. You learn the following:
- 1 Balance your emotional body or mood swings
- 2 Tap into the space where yin and yang to create new possibilities in your life
- 3 Discover your purpose with deep awareness and discovery practices
- 4 Connect with the natural world in new ways
- 5 Open to greater awareness and presence states
For those who are NEW to my teachings, I think it is important to share with you who I studied Standing Qigong with in China. This is by no means a comprehensive view of my training abroad, but these masters were the biggest contributors to my Openings and Closings Qigong and Taoist Meditation practices.
Hung I Hsiang
I've met many masters over the years who practice energy arts for all sorts of reasons. Some have been saints, some sinners. The one thing in common about them was that they all tend have exceptional innate intelligence—regardless of whether they had a formal education or not.
Hung I Hsiang was a very intelligent and articulate man. He recognized the importance of maximizing internal power and chi development, but always focused on the subtleties of how to effectively deliver the power via smooth changes from one technique to another.
He did this by demonstrating how to make tiny circles deep within every crevice of the body and change internal body alignments with great speed. For this, he had us study Openings and Closing Qigong and Santi. He spent a lot of time showing how tiny shifts in body weight could create unusual power vectors.
He taught his students how to instantaneously release themselves from bad internal alignments that could normally paralyze the body, and resume their attack, much like you smoothly change gears in a stick shift car. Hung’s emphasis was on how small changes of body movement or chi flow could produce superior practical fighting techniques and overall athletic capacity.
Wang Shu Jin
Wang decided to test my sincerity before he accepted me as a student. He gruffly ordered me to assume the standing posture called Wild Goose Leaves the Flock and maintain it until further notice. This static posture calls for one leg to be raised to waist height as the torso is coiled to one side with arms extended.
As instructed, I assumed the posture. Holding it minute after minute, I collapsed several times, and each time Wang's assistant immediately drenched me with a bucket of cold water and ordered me to resume the posture. After two hours of this trial, a smiling Wang agreed to accept me as his student.
What was Wang testing? Was it my commitment, ability to endure hardship, sincerity or craziness (that is, passion for the martial arts)? Perhaps it was all of these.
What I didn't know and Wang taught me later that much of the power and ability to stand long periods of time in challenging positions was created by subtle internal openings and closings. So a seemingly static posture had internal micro movements powering it... One thing's for certain these subtle neigong/qigong practices were the basis for all of Wang Shu Jin's high-level Bagua and Tai Chi training and his immense internal strength.
When I arrived at my first class with Kenichi Sawai (after an intense initiation in which I feared for my safety), students were standing in front of trees. Their arms were held up in the air before their chests, as if each person were hugging a huge ball.
Some stood with feet shoulder-width apart, body weight evenly placed on the ground. Others stood on one weighted leg with the heel of the weightless leg slightly raised.
This standing ritual was performed for an hour or two before anyone moved, usually with Sawai participating or sometimes walking up to individuals and correcting their postures. After standing, students practiced moving hand techniques—either individually or in groups.
In the beginning, each complete step would take about 30 seconds. Progressively, however, as your chi got stronger, one full step with its attendant hand technique could take as much as 10 minutes. Practicing the Qi work (openings and closings) of Hsing-I forms and postures gave us the internal strength and power necessary to learn Kenichi's more advanced teachings.
Liu Hung Chieh
My last teacher in China, Liu Hung Chieh, was a master of bagua, tai chi, hsing-i and Taoist meditation. In addition, he was a master calligrapher and a classical Chinese scholar who had a complete knowledge of traditional Chinese medical theory.
Wang Shu Jin, Hung I Hsiang and Liu Hung Chieh all had incredible power. They had the ability to discharge energy (fa jin) to the extent that they could effortlessly and painlessly uproot and send the strongest of students flying for many feet in any direction they chose.They also had the ability to touch you with no apparent force and project their energy inside the body to cause injury or pain, if necessary. Liu had the added ability to heal with the same light fa jin touch.
Of the three men, Liu was the most powerful. This fact is hard to believe since Liu weighed less than 110 pounds, whereas Hung was in the 240-pound range and Wang was closer to 300 pounds. On one of my first days with Liu, he asked about my martial arts background. Liu said that I looked big and strong, which I was at over 200 pounds. As a small test, he got up and put his hand in the Single Palm Change posture and asked me to move it. I could not. Like Wang, Liu said that chi was more important than size, youth or strength.
Liu was also able to understand and communicate the whole interconnected overview of qigong (chi gung). This experience for me was different from that obtained from my other teachers, who were adepts at specific areas of qigong (chi gung), but were unable to connect all the various divergent threads of the complete qigong tapestry.
We have him to thank for much of this program and especially for transmitting the teachings from Taoist meditation. It is here for you to learn and further your own path.
#1 Monthly Beginner and Intermediate/Adv. Openings and Closings Training
Every month YOU are going to be given video training and guided practices for Taoist Openings and Closings (foundational and intermediate).
I'll be showing you how these practices connect into one seamless whole to build your Qi, and give you tips on how to practice.
I specifically designed this edition of the Training Circle as a deep dive into the powerful skill of Openings and Closings and how it connects to other arts such as Healing, Martial Arts and Meditation.
#2 Monthly Openings and Closings Beginner & Intermediate/Adv. Guided Practice Sessions in HD
You'll receive monthly Openings and Closings training that is the most comprehensive I have ever offered on this subject. I will show you how openings and closings relate to every Energy Arts practice.
Personally I have never seen the material explained in public to this degree and depth.
Here's some of what you can expect:
- Discover how openings and closings is the KEY to ALL Taoist energy arts including qigong, tai chi, internal martial arts and even meditation
- Learn how to unleash great power from your energetic centers and direct the flow of Qi to massage your organs and increase your health and vitality
- Find out how to recharge specific areas of your body using your lower Tantien as a Power Station
- Supercharge the level of Qi in your body to create massive shifts where you have blocked or stagnant energy
- Discover how to loosen your joints, tendons and muscles so that you can move easier and with less stiffness
- Much, much more...
#3 Monthly Taoist Meditation Training on Openings and Closings with Guided Practice Sessions and Deep Awareness Practices
Every month you will receive what I believe to be the most comprehensive training in the art of Openings and Closings for meditation ever created...
From solar systems to microscopic organisms, everything in the known Universe expands and contracts. If you can balance these energies with Openings and Closings in meditation, your internal and external life becomes more harmonized.
Here are some of the topics we will cover:
- Openings and Closings of the energy bodies (physical, qi, mental, emotional)
- Expand and contract specific thoughts, emotions, and energies
- Consciously rebalance stuck energies and create space for possiblites
- Transcend the mind's ability to make you suffer
- Breathing techniques to help restructure your relationship with the Universe
#4 Access to our our Private Community & Forum
Our Private Page will connect you with our worldwide Training Circle community to discuss the month’s course material, share experiences, as well as give and receive support. This is where you can post questions for guidance.
#5 Q&A Sessions with Bruce Frantzis
We will also do Q&A sessions about the material from time to time.
You'll also be able to post your questions directly into the member forum which will be monitored by Energy Arts on a consistent basis, so your questions will be answered.
Bonus #1: Tao of Letting Go
Taoist meditation allows you to release tension, fear, anger, pain and any other obstacle - both physical and emotional - that inhibits you from awakening the great human potential inside yourself.
These 24 lessons will teach and describe the Inner Dissolving method, which will prepare you for the Agenda practices in the meditation section of the training circle. With over 3.5 hours of content, you'll learn:
- The relationship between mind and blockage and how to completely release tension, negativity and trauma
- Every stage of the dissolving process, including body alignment, preparation, and awareness exercises
- How to direct he mindstream to remove blocks and unleash your full potential (reach your goals in this life-time)
- Much, much, more...
Bonus #2: Taoist Breathing for Tai Chi & Meditation
Bruce Frantzis developed his Taoist Longevity Breathing® Program from traditional Taoist breathing methods that he acquired in his 40 years as a martial artist, chi master, Taoist priest and energetic healer.
Learn how to get more from each breath with simple exercises that can be practiced at any time. The Taoist Breathing for Tai Chi and Meditation Digital Audio set will help you begin the process of breathing smoothly, evenly and strongly.
Taoist Meditation: Release Stress & Enhance Spirit
This 5+ hour online course is from a live training event where Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis teaches you how to employ the Water method of Taoist meditation to release inner conflict, karmic blocks and stress to fulfill your full spiritual potential. The water method allows you to employ all your effort without using unnecessary force, so you can avoid contravening the actual limits of the body, the mind and the spirit. This is the gentle way of Lao Tse, one of Taoism’s greatest sages and author of the Tao Te Ching.
Openings & Closings Neigong LIVE Event [$100 Discount]
TAI CHI CIRCLING HANDS AND
MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN & EARTH QIGONG
We are excited to announce the first Energy Arts residential Summer retreats in many years.
Deep below the surface of all authentic Taoist energy practices is the subtle opening and closing of your joints, circulatory system, internal organs, and cavities, which radiate outward to set the rhythm for the rest of your body and movements. If you learn how to control these subtle movements, then you learn how to harness the power of Qi in your physical and energetic bodies.
Openings and closings is one of the MOST important internal energy practices (Neigong) used to supercharge Qi development. In fact, openings and closings are so fundamental to Taoist energy arts that without them, you don’t have Tai Chi, Qigong, Bagua, Internal Martial Arts, or even meditation.
During this week long retreat Bruce will teach the practice of Openings and Closings neigong inside Heaven & Earth Qigong and Tai Chi Circling Hands.
On-site accommodation is limited, so register now.
*NEW* Bonus #5:
Get More Chi in Your Tai Chi Online Video Course
Many people report that Tai Chi helps them to maintain and improve health, flexibility, stress release, practical self-defense, and spiritual connection...
My experience with teaching thousands of students for over 50 years has taught me that most people are ultimately looking for the mysterious force of Chi.
Chi is a powerful motivator because of the way it makes you feel inside - Vital. Healthy. Connected. Flexible. Strong. Empowered. Centered.
The problem is that most people don’t know how to cultivate Chi even when practicing Tai Chi or other energy arts.
Get More Chi in Your Tai Chi is an online video course with 7+ hours of instruction from a live workshop, and teaches you how to build Chi from the inside out.
You’ll discover how the physical and internal Chi techniques of the 16 Neigong can be adapted to Tai Chi or any other energy, healing or martial art practice.
You'll also learn the connections between small style tai chi (Wu) and large style tai chi (Yang), including both the energetic and movement principles.
This ONE Bonus is worth the entire price of the Training Circle but you can get it now for FREE when you register today!
Here’s more of what you’ll learn inside this BONUS:
- Alignments, openings and closings, and lengthening
- Maintaining physical health and emotional balance
- "Raising the spirit" in tai chi
- Supercharging self-defense techniques
- Activating the etheric field
MONTH 1 - Openings and Closings: Micro- to Macro-
- Discover the micro- to macro- principle that makes Openings and Closings so powerful
- Loosen and lubricate your joints with potent Openings and Closings techniques and Circling Hands that will help smooth your movements
- Opening and closing the hands and wrists in Wu and Yang Style Tai Chi, Bagua, Heaven & Earth Qigong, and Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong
Opening & Closing the Energy of the Physical Body
MONTH 2 - Opening and Closing Joints: Elbow
- Learn how the elbow-knee connection is the key to energy regulation up and down the body
- 2 person partner exercises to pulse the elbow and the 70% rule
- See how openings and closings in the arms relate to Tai Chi (Wu and Yang), Bagua/Hsing-I, Energy Gates: Cloud Hands, Swings Gods Qigong, Tao yoga, Hugging Tree Pose and Sitting meditation
Opening & Closing the Energy of the Qi Body
MONTH 3 - Opening and Closing Joints: Shoulders
- Discover the importance of opening and closing your shoulders as an interconnected system that effects all your movements
- Learn the partner and solo pulse shoulder system that helps loosen your AC Fossa and strengthens your heart
- Find out how to implement openings and closings into intermediate and advanced energy arts practices
Opening & Closing the Energy of the Emotional Body
MONTH 4 - Opening and Closing Joints: Ribs
- Learn how to open and close your rib joints to relieve tension in your chest and back
- Open and close your ribs using 3rd coronal circling hands technique to build Qi and internal strength
- Discover multiple opening and closing techniques for Hsing-i and Qigong, including bend and shoot and hands wrap brain
Opening & Closing the Energy of the Mental Body
MONTH 5 - Opening and Closing Joints: Midriff / Obliques
- Learn how to practice to open and close your midriffs and external obliques for core strength and power development
- Discover how openings and closings in vertical, horizontal and coronal circling hands can generate Qi flow all over your body
- Practice opening and closing the energy gates in all six types of Qigong and Japanese-style Tao Yoga
Opening & Closing Emotions
MONTH 6 - Openings and Closings: Tantien
- Learn the functions of lower Tantien and why this is considered the most powerful energy center of the body
- Discover how to open and close all upper body joints with the lower Tantien and how this skill translates to Tai chi and Standing Postures
- Create flow with conscious Qi practices that expand and contract naturally with your fluid vessels, joints and cavities
Opening & Closing Thoughts
MONTH 7 - Opening and Closing Joints: Hips
- Discover why opening and closing Knee Qi practices are so critical in all Qi practices
- Learn how to create outward Qi flow from the lower Tantien by coordinating your knees and elbows simultaneously
- Practice opening and closing your hip socket and learn how to lengthen the tendon on the inside of the thigh for greater flexibility
Recognize and Dissolve Emotional, Physical, and Qi Bodies Simultaneously
MONTH 8 - Opening and Closing Joints: Knees
- Discover why opening and closing Knee Qi practices are so critical in all Qi practices
- Learn how to create outward Qi flow from the lower Tantien by coordinating your knees and elbows simultaneously
- Discover whole body opening and closing in your joints, cavities, glands, blood vessels, and other fluid movement
Recognize and Dissolve Mental, Physical, and Qi Bodies Simultaneously
MONTH 9 - Opening and Closing Joints: Ankles
- Increase venous return to your heart using your ankles (all the way from your achilles tendon) to dramatically increase your health
- Open and close ankles with circling hands to prevent injury and boost tendon strength
- Open and close the Solar Plexus cavity
- Discover how to increase internal power extend it outward using openings and closings in your Hsing-i and Bagua pracitce
Dissolving the First 4 Energy Bodies to Release Deep Tension
MONTH 10 - Opening and Closing Joints: Feet
- Learn the importance of an Ankle-Foot grip using Lao Gong and the Bubbling Well technique to pulse your Chi from the ground up
- Discover new openings and closings in Wu & Yang Tai Chi and Standing postures
- Find out how to make all your bodily joints pulse together and why it's your feet causes all joints to pulse (Chi Circulation)
Dissolving the First 4 Energy Bodies to Find Emptiness
MONTH 11 - Opening and Closing Cavities: Armpits & Throat Notch
- Discover how to activate the armpit and throat notch at the same time to release a pulsating massage throughout your organs and muscles
- Learn how to consciously stimulate or relax your vessels to create rhythm in your movements and circulation for health beyond the ordinary
- Become masterful in your advanced practices of Tai chi (Wu & Yang postures), Bagua, Hsing-i, Joints, Cavities, Qigong, Tao yoga and Standing Qigong
Developing Intuition and Recognizing First 4 Energy Bodies
MONTH 12 - Opening and Closing Cavities: Midriff & Back of Knees
- As you move from joints to cavities, and especially the Midriff, discover how to activate energy centers all over your body for unbelievable power in movement or stillness
- Learn how to circulate your Qi throughout an energetic network that interconnects all parts of our body and is the true cause of movement
- Strengthen your internal organs and nervous system, while improving cardio-pulmonary and vascular function
Generating Hope and the First 4 Energy Bodies
In every seminar with Bruce we are always impressed by how much deep and valuable material he is presenting in a down to earth, practical and understandable way. We highly can recommend his teachings."Ralph Heber & Elisabeth Woersing, Senior instructors of Energy Arts, practitioners of Martial Arts, Qigong and Tai Chi for more than 20 years, Tai Chi Schule Ulm/Neu
When I met Bruce Frantzis in 1997 I already had studied martial arts from the age of twelve. Impressed by his teaching and his deep knowledge in the martial arts and energy work I decided to continue studying with him since that time. For my further development in the martial arts this was a very big step. With the launch of this new program Bruce is offering one more possibility of passing down his knowledge"Olaf Rolving, Zendocan
Some thirty years ago, a whirlwind martial artist named Bruce Frantzis introduced me to the arts of bagua and tai chi and revealed how they support and enhance one another. As my interests evolved - from martial arts to health and healing to meditation and the Tao - Bruce continuously unveiled for me new possibilities within these arts. There has not been one day in the past 30 years that I haven't been amazed by and deeply grateful for the depth and vastness of Bruce's knowledge, the clarity and openness with which he teaches, and his dedication to pass on these arts at the highest levels possible to new generations of practitioners."Bill Ryan, Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
At Brookline Tai Chi, we use the Wu Style Short Form as the cornerstone of a comprehensive curriculum that has been teaching people how to integrate the energy of their bodies and minds for over 20 years.."Dan Kleiman, Program Director, Brookline Tai Chi
Bruce Frantzis has a unique way of teaching that goes to the very core of your being, whether you are learning internal arts for fighting, health, or spiritual development. He is a true catalyst, bringing about dynamic changes to your physical body, chi, mind and spirit as your skills increase. Generous and compassionate, he communicates from the heart and is appropriately challenging on every level!"Patrick Foley & Jane Launchbury, Studied with Bruce and his Senior Instructor Brian Cooper since 1991
I have had the privelege of studying with bruce over the last 8 years. Bruce is a true treasure of Taoism in the west. His teachings have been essential in my developing an understanding and practical ability in the internal martial arts, healing and meditation. He helped me understand how they function and how they interrelate. He really gets this stuff, and he helps others to really get it, too."Richard Shapiro, Two Trees Internal Arts
I enjoy the very detailed information shared by you! I think the little details are making the big difference to other teachers. Further I like that every detail presented in all your teachings has been reviewed and experienced by yourself. Therefore you don´t teach stuff you don´t know in detail. Thank´s for sharing your deep experiences."Gerhard K.
I have really enjoyed having a clear set of exercises to help me build my practice. I am really grateful for the sessions being divided into beginner and intermediate practices which means it is something i can keep coming back too and learning more from. To see how to progress and integrate elements. I have also really enjoyed the q&a sessions."Oskar M.
The in depth teaching on forms such as single whip and wave hands like clouds--material here that I never found elsewhere. Like having the student demonstrators--when you correct them it helps me understand the material better. The insights into how to energize and work with the two lower dan tiens has been transformative for me both in doing qigong and in meditation. Because I can go back to replay material time after time, I can master it at my own pace."Geoff L.
The EA Training Circle material is top notch, with Bruce sharing beginning, intermediate, and advanced material in impressive detail. I have an active Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation practice, and the Training Circle has really helped me take it to a higher level. I especially appreciated the Wu Style Cloud Hands instruction, as I am at that point in the Long Form. Bruce instruction was immensely helpful."Chris C.
Bruce's gives in depth detailed descriptions of movements, function, and effects combined with the scientific view based on Taoist methodology."John G.
The meditation and tai chi sections are really excellent. I've made a lot of progress with my sitting and form during the training circle."Mathew N.
I get an opportunity to learn internal aspects of tai chi otherwise not explained or available. I've practiced the Yang form taught by Bruce for over 10 years but it became stagnant. Also something not listed above that I very much enjoy is exposure to Taoist philosophy as it relates to tai chi."Jacob G.
"What I've enjoyed most is the detail that is expressed in most of the lessons. For instance, I was listening to some of the Breathing Event videos of Module 4 and the explanations of what to work on next, drew from what I've already worked on, but took things just far enough that I felt really comfortable moving forward."James G.
I have found the background that Bruce gives as he is teaching very useful to put things in context. It satisfies my intellectual curiosity as to why not only on how. Also, it is interesting at how the different sections are linked. I have been doing the Qigong and breathing but I make sure I watch the other sections because there is always some insights that are relevant."Jim B.
"I see these videos as an opportunity to fill in gaps in knowledge and be able to figure out the foundations in my own body. The Circle has been very useful."Ania S.
The thoughtful planning of this course is allowing me to fill in missing gaps in previous training. And as learning is not linear, the intermediate and advanced teachings are providing me with plenty of ‘Aha moments’. I greatly appreciate everything that has been shared. I listen to all parts, and my practice time has increased. Thank you again. I have been hungry for this information, and have not been able to afford travel/study time."Linda S.
It's been great to be able to get a good grounding in the basics, as the live trainings are usually on a particular subject, and you can miss foundation practices that were covered well in the circle. seeing the similarities in how to progress in the different paths has also been useful."Richard S.
Learning about how to move chi. I am most interested in the qigong portion. Right now I am trying to absorb this and spiraling."Pat T.
I am an intermediate student in my fifth year…hearing Bruce explain the concepts provides extremely valuable information and explanation about the specific techniques and larger concepts."David W.
It has been great to have a recap and overview of the whole system…this has helped me get more online with things like cloud hands and bagua walking. I have enjoyed Live retreat and the live classes in particular. Also having the regular Q&A audio has also been really valuable."Chris G.