How to Spot Bad Qigong and Tai Chi Teachers

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binoculars2“My teacher is the best!”
“Really? How do you know?”
“Because he said so!”

This happens all the time in the world of Qigong and Tai Chi.  Actually, it happens with pretty much any art that comes from the East, whether it’s Yoga or Karate.

Students love thinking that their teacher is the best, and teachers love to encourage this. Sometimes it’s true.  But more often, it’s not. How can you tell the difference?

Luckily, there’s a simple set of criteria that you can use to gauge teachers of any meditative art.  If you use these criteria, then you’ll get good at spotting bad teachers.  And as you weed out the bad teachers, you’ll get closer and closer to finding a good, or even a great teacher.

[Edit: I use the general pronoun “he” in this article, but of course, this refers equally to men and women.]

Do You Value Good Teaching?

First, before you look at the teacher, look at yourself.  Do you appreciate good teaching?  Do you value it?  If you’re reading this article, then you probably do.  But be honest with yourself about just HOW MUCH you value good teaching.

I value good teaching.  I traveled 10,000 miles to learn these arts.  At the time, I was living in NYC, which is home to many good Qigong and Tai Chi teachers (and many bad ones).  But I ended up in Malaysia because I wanted not just a good teacher, but a GREAT teacher.  And I was willing to do whatever it took to learn from one.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” – Zen Adage

I’m not saying that you need to travel 10,000 miles. But if you don’t value good teaching, then you probably won’t even travel 1 mile.  You’ll just order a few videos, and be done with it.  Until you change your own attitude toward teaching, you’re not going to find a good teacher.  And until you find a good teacher, you’re not going to get the results that you deserve.

How Does He Look?

It amazes me how may so-called “Sifus” look absolutely terrible.  Their skin is pale, their eyes are dull, their posture is awful, their voice is weak, and they have no pep in their step.  Why would you want to learn from someone like this?  Qigong and Tai Chi are supposed to be self-healing arts!

Look at your teacher.  Does he look healthy?  Be honest with yourself!  It doesn’t matter what certifications or titles he has.  It doesn’t even matter who his teacher is.   If he looks unhealthy, then he’s not a good role model for self-healing arts.

If your teacher has overcome some sort of major illness, then that’s even better.  But it’s not required.

Does He Get Results?

qigong-day-worshipping-buddhaThe teacher should get good results not just on himself, but with his students. They should be showing clear signs that they are benefiting from these amazing self-healing arts.  A good teacher produces successful students.  Simple.

And there should be more than a few of these students.  I once met a teacher who constantly referred to the same success story over and over.  Just that one story.  No other success stories were ever mentioned. And when I asked other students about the woman from the success story, no one had actually met her.

Compare that to my studio (or any good studio).  If you throw a shoe in any direction in one of my classes, you’re going to hit someone who has gotten amazing results.  They are everywhere.  (But I recommend that you simply ask them rather than throwing things at them.)

Not every teacher will have as many students as I do.   But even if a teacher only has a handful of students, there should be several success stories.  Those stories should be impressive, and they should be about real people who you can meet in the flesh.

Can He Teach?

There are people out there who are highly skillful in their art, but they can’t teach worth a damn.  If you’re an advanced student, then you may be able to learn from this kind of teacher.  Maybe.  But if you are a beginner, forget it.

Back in my violin days, I studied with a world-class violinist for several months.  He was, without a doubt, the best violin player I ever studied with.  But he was also, without a doubt, the worst teacher.  Because I had already learned from good teachers for over 15 years, I was able to learn a bit from watching him and listening.  But if I had been a beginner, it would have been a disaster.

If your teacher can’t teach, and if you’re a relative beginner, then you should find a new one EVEN if he is highly skillful.  (If he’s not skillful and he’s also a bad teacher, then what the heck are you doing?  Get out of there!)

Does He Hurt People?

Emergency_roomYou’d be surprised how many students are physically hurt by bad Qigong and Tai Chi instructors. I’ve seen students end up in the hospital as a result of being taught inappropriate Qigong exercises! Don’t let this scare you away from Qigong and Tai Chi, but DO let it scare you away from bad teachers!

Make sure to account for what we call “growing pains”.  Even during my 3-hour beginner’s workshop, students start to see results.  And as they see results, they often experience various growing pains, like a burning sensation in their feet, or a dull ache in an old injury, or even mild nausea.  These are good signs, and they are temporary.  They indicate that the energy is flowing.  A good teacher will address these “growing pains”, and explain them in a way that makes perfect sense.

But if students are constantly getting dizzy, having palpitations, or feeling severe nausea in class, and if the teacher typically dismisses or ignores these problems — then you’ve got a problem.  Move on.

Can He Answer Questions?

A teacher needs to be able to answer a wide variety of questions, and do so intelligently.  The answer should leave you satisfied, like a good meal.  If the answers leaves you hungry, or nauseous, then you’ve probably spotted a bad teacher.

There’s a lot of BS in the world of Eastern arts.  A lot of it.  And part of the problem is that students allow the teacher to stand up in front of the class and spout BS.  Don’t be one of them.  Don’t allow it.

I once taught a workshop in a major metropolitan city.  During the workshop, there was a gentleman who kept grilling me with difficult questions.  It was obvious that he was skeptical.  (I actually love skeptics because they ask interesting questions).   I patiently answered all of his questions, and by the end of the workshop, he was totally convinced.  (He even invited me out to dinner.)

What I didn’t know at the time was that he was the vice-president of a prestigious medical center.  Later, the host for the course (who had known that the gentleman was a doctor) told me that he was amazed at how confident I was in answering the questions.  “I’m well trained, I’ve gotten great results in myself, and I’ve helped thousands to get great results for themselves,” I said.  “Why wouldn’t I be confident?”

Good teachers can answer questions because they are confident in what they do.  That kind of confidence is gained over YEARS, not months.  This brings us to the next criteria…

How Much Training Does He Have?

miyagi-teachingForget about certifications.  Forget about black belts (which are absolutely not traditional in Qigong and Tai Chi).  Forget about shiny suits.  Just find out one thing about the teacher.

–How long has he been training?

It’s shocking how many teachers out there are “certified” after only 9 months. There is no way anyone can be a good teacher after 9 months. It’s madness.  It takes 3 years just to become a good student!

If your teacher has less than 1 year of total experience, go find a new one.  Immediately.   He may be a nice person, but he’s a student, not a teacher.

If your teacher has less than 3 years of total experience, then it’s acceptable, but only  IF he’s an assistant. For example, in my studio, good students with no less than 3 years of experience  can become assistant instructors.  They are assistants because they help me to teach MY students.  They do not have their own students.

But if someone with less than 3 years of experience is acting as a full-fledged Sifu, if there isn’t another, experienced teacher in the school, then it’s a bad sign.  Hit the road.

Does He Understand Chinese Medicine?

chinese-medicine-herbsWhen it comes to Qigong, a teacher should really know something about Chinese medicine.  After all, Qigong a branch of Chinese medicine (and arguably the most powerful branch). If your teacher doesn’t know a thing about Chinese medicine, then that’s not a good sign.

Students are often surprised at how extensive my medical knowledge is.  They shouldn’t be.   I have over 1500 hours of training in Chinese and Western medicine from an accredited acupuncture college.  I also have hundreds of hours of medical training from Grandmaster Wong.  So I had better know something!

Not every teacher will know as much as I do.  And many teachers will know more than I do.  But if they are teaching a self-healing art based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, then they had better know something!

How Does He Handle Problems?

Problems arise.  It’s inevitable.  A good teacher will be able to confidently and professionally handle those problems.  A bad teacher will stumble.

For example, let’s say that a student suddenly has a negative reaction to a powerful Qigong exercise.  She starts getting palpitations, and she’s noticeably nervous.   Meanwhile, there are 30 other people in the class.

A good teacher can handle this situation in less than 2 minutes.  I’ve done this myself many times. Because I’m well trained, and because I have a lot of experience, I’m confident in what I do. And because I’m so confident, the student can sense that she will be well taken care of.  Both her and I know that everything is going to be fine.  If necessary,  I’ll open some acupuncture points to help clear the Qi blockage.  Within a few minutes, everything is back to normal.

A bad teacher will handle the situation differently.  He’ll probably just ignore or dismiss what the student is experiencing.  Of course, he’ll try to remain confident, but underneath the surface, you can tell that he’s faking it.   In the end, you know something’s wrong because the students leave the class feeling worse, not better.

Of course, a teacher with only a few months of experience also doesn’t have the energy or the skill required to open energy points or transmit Qi.  Anyone who says otherwise is full of BS.

Does He Inspire You?

Sifu-Anthony-TeachingWhen you go to class, do you feel uplifted just by being near your teacher?  Does he inspire you with his experience, his results, his energy, and his confidence?  Does he always know the perfect thing to say to help get you back on track?   Then you probably have a good teacher.

Bad teachers have trouble inspiring their students  because they aren’t inspired themselves.  So they can’t lead by example.  If you aren’t healthy, how can you inspire students to become healthy?  If you haven’t practiced daily for decades, then how can you inspire students to practice regularly?

You can’t.

Is He Morally Grounded?

A teacher should have a high moral standard.  There should be telltale signs of generosity, kindness, courage, sincerity, and honesty.  A bad teacher may also have many of these qualities too. Bad teachers aren’t necessarily bad people.

But if someone lacks these qualities, then he simply cannot be a good teacher.    A bad person cannot be a good teacher.  Period.

But be careful.  Teachers are human.  Don’t expect them to be the Buddha.  For instance, years ago I saw a student judge my teacher for eating meat.  The student actually left the school over this issue!

This is totally unreasonable.  My teacher is not a monk, and has no obligation to be vegetarian.  (He’s Chinese, for crying out loud!  If you don’t know the joke, they say that the Chinese will eat anything that flies except an airplane, anything that swims except a boat, and anything with four legs except a table.)

This student, because he was unreasonable, missed a golden opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best teachers.  Don’t make that mistake.

Summing Up

Spotting a bad teacher will save you time and money.  In some cases, it could save your life. I’d probably be dead if I hadn’t taken the time to search for a good teacher.  I read countless books, visited dozens of schools all over the country, and then finally made a trip all the way to Malaysia.  Had I settle on a bad teacher, where would I be?  Would I have overcome my depression, or would I have succumb to suicide?

Even if your life doesn’t hang in the balance, it’s worth finding a good teacher.  Take the time, put in the energy, and spend the necessary money to find one.  Even if you have to travel 10,000 miles like I did, you will save time, energy, and money in the long run.  You deserve it.

I should mention that I absolutely encourage my own students, and prospective students, to judge me by my own criteria.  That’s only fair, right?  If you don’t think that I pass my own test, then you should absolutely find another teacher.  I say that for your own benefit because ultimately, you need to find a teacher that YOU are comfortable with.

Drop me a comment below if you have questions. Really, it’s easy. Or if you haven’t already gotten your free Ebooks and free lesson, then make sure to grab them here.

Zenfully yours,
Sifu Anthony

I'm Anthony Korahais and I help people young and old to discover the healing powers of Qigong and Tai Chi. I believe that in order to change the world, we must first change ourselves. I love sharing these amazing arts, especially with people who are fed up with conventional treatments that just aren't working.
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31 Responses to How to Spot Bad Qigong and Tai Chi Teachers

  1. Fred Chu January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    While I’m very lucky to never have had a bad teacher, and in fact they were all competent in their own ways, my past sifu’s did not have students with amazing results. Strangely, when I asked my old Yang Taijiquan sifu about self-defense applications, he said I was “better off learning anything but Taiji for self-defense.” Good thing I’ve since learnt from Sifu and Sigung, that sort of thing was pretty discouraging to hear at the time! I’ve visited a few kung fu schools since learning from Sifu and Sigung, and there just isn’t any comparison in the vitality of the masters, the skills of the students, or, well, anything, really.

  2. Lauren Michelle January 25, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    This is a really great article. I’ve come across people who have given up these arts because they had a bad teacher – but they blame the arts rather than the teacher. It is unfortunate when people who come across these arts are unable to experience the real depth and healing they’re intended for and even more when they were unable to recognize it was because they didn’t have a good teacher. I’m pretty lucky, I didnt have to go through all that many until I found you. Thanks Sifu – I will definitely be sharing this article!

    • Sifu Anthony January 25, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      The teacher and the art are inseparable. People often make the mistake of looking for a particular art, like Tai Chi or Bagua. Instead, they should look for a good teacher, and just learn whatever art he or she has to offer.

  3. Amy Morrow January 25, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    I knew before reading this article that I have the best teacher. This just confirmed it. I’m so thankful someone recommended Sifu Anthony to me!!!

    • Sifu Anthony January 25, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      You forgot to mention that he’s also very handsome, not to mention funny! :)

  4. Rich Marantz May 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    I am a 25 year Tai chi and Qigong practitioner and a teacher for the last 15. This is a very well written article with sound advice. Nicely done.

    • lindsay July 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      is a shaolin monk a good teacher?

      • Sifu Anthony Korahais July 1, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

        Hi Lindsay. Sadly, no, you can’t assume that just because someone calls himself a “Shaolin Monk” that he is necessarily a good teacher. First of all, he may or may not be a real monk. Second of all, even if he is a real monk, he may or may not be a good teacher. I think you’re better of judging teachers by the criteria in this article rather than by titles or accolades.

  5. Mujah Tai Chi July 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hi Sifu Anthony,
    I have studied and Taught Tai Chi for some time. If I experience a situation with a student that I’m not sure of, I simply get on the phone or visit a Sifu or Eastern Doctor and ask questions or I send the student directly to the Eastern doctor for treatment.
    Thank you for the article.
    My studies continue and I hope to attain more knowledge on the internal healing of this great art.

    Mujah, Lao Shi

  6. Charlene Vartanian September 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Hello! I thoroughly enjoyed your article. I am a new qigong student, but have been practicing CranioSacral Therapy for 13 years. I find that these two practices intersect and the qigong gives me understanding for my CranioSacral practice. I look forward to being connected with you and receiving your ebook and lessons!.

  7. Ronald December 4, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    very nice and priceless and unvaluable article in what refers to how to find a good or great teacher of kung-fu. there isn’t any other article that explains so well what are the principals points to take in count when searching for a good kung-fu teacher..

    Im from Barranquilla, Colombia, been practicing martial arts for over a year (started with taekwondo) but quited it because of it’s high differences with other martial arts, and because of the teacher. who wanted to charge me $40 for and hour of self-defense lesson when in fact in kung-fu i can learn chin-na, i can learn sweeps. projections, and much more of “self-defense” for $40 a month.. christ.. $40 for and hour… so, if i pay $400 for 10 hours would i be an expert in the street right..?… and not to mention taekwondo does teach this, but anyway the teacher ( a good person by the way) wanted to get more money for his new byke..

    anyway i started researching in new arts ( i wanted and art that fullfilled what i wanted, not only learning fighthing and self-defense techniques but also meditation , herbal techniques., or other things that improve longevity…) and watched karate shoryn ryu, hapkido, aikido, jet kune do, and some others..

    until i found kung-fu, very nice and excellent art fullfilling what i expected and more, only one problem.. kung-fu in my country is rare.. there are teachers, but not how i wanted.. imposiblle to find a shaolin-monk style teacher here,, so i never expected that, but i still expected a good-level teacher, not perfect. but good.

    in my city there are only 2 schools, the “sitai-gung” doesnt have and school, because ( his words) ” my studends became sad after competitions where over and i told them that the kung-fu was not only to compete but to other things, so i closed the school)… so now he is teaching private lessons in a park of my city for $75 the month… that is a high rate here…. i mean he had good things ( taking in count that he is the only one teaching “traditional kung-fu in my city”) i have received good feedback from his old students but still it doens’t convince me, not because of the price of the money, its just because he seems to be on the teaching only for money. thats all. and he claims to be the best.. heck i dont know what to think….

    i founded what i thing is a good teacher of a kung-fu hua quan flowery fist teacher, in a city 1.000 milles away from mine… teacher chin-na , chi-sao, traditional chinese medicine, shuai-jiao, and tradiionatl weapons…

    but isnt just that, its the whole way he speak ( in just one class i took i realized how would it be my training if i choose that teacher for the next 6-7 years) , the class is very demanding, he starts class on time ( whoeveer arrives late some push-ups gifts for him) , he encourages students to better themselvs, and i myself saw a student almost faint-out ( also his first class like i said very demanding), he himself took him hey lay down you are not ok, and he lift his legs up and push them towards his head, ( i guess something for nauseas), i mean, i mention this, because all this details make one realize who a good teacher should be.

    what make more realize that was a very good teacher was that he was very attentive with students while doing some chin-na techniques, he corrected them, and he was all the time paying attention to what we do, this were things i never notice in the shaoling 5 animals “sitai-gung” on my city….

    regarding the money.. he told me ” this is not a business ” its and art, i charge only $30 for month, and no more charges, not even for promotions or seminars.., i guess some people are just in it for the money. or maybe the need to eat and get good things such as normal people do.. but maybe they could study a profession and get the money from it and not from the kung-fu…

    don’t know what to think, its very hard decision for me to travel to another city, leave my family, brother father mother, and even a daughter, to go another place learn and art for 6-7 years ( if that person where on my town i would be training by now and forever, but, i can’t stay forever on that other city, i have a family here..)… its a hard decision…

    why i wasn’t born on china, on henan or in wudang..?? only gods know…. will do what my hearts tell me.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais December 4, 2013 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Ronald. Regarding being born in China — don’t make the mistake of thinking that all the good teachers are in China. Most of the good teachers fled China before or during the Cultural Revolution. You’ll find far more good teachers in SE Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US than you will in mainland China.

      Regarding money — it a big subject. Should one teach these arts as a business, or not? I am a professional teacher, which means that I teach for money, just like a music teacher, a university professor, or a dance teacher. If I don’t charge money, then I can’t keep my beautiful studio open.

      In the past, I had a full time job, and taught Kung Fu and Qigong on the side. But now that I am a professional Qigong and Kung Fu instructor, I have much more time to devote to teaching, practicing, and promoting these arts. You yourself just benefited from this. If I weren’t a professional, I wouldn’t have time to write blog posts like this one and share them freely.

      Of course, if someone is only teaching for the money, and not to help people, then that’s different. But for me, the best way for me to help people is to be a professional teacher. :)

  8. Ronald December 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Yep. that’s exatly what i expect from a teacher when being taught by him, to be attentive and help me achieve what i want. as i said it’s not a matter of money. i understand its a profession just like any other and you as teachers have needs and the same aspirations as a normal person. which requires money.

    the problem lays on the approach. if that person is teaching only to gain money, and has no interest of forming the student as a martial artist. and i really understand that kind of people, actually, its very difficult to find a person REALLY REALLY interested in learning in depth such things as chi-kung, The TCM, or internal arts, so they just want to get some “exercise” or to “loss weight” but hey why would i want to do this in a kung-fu class?, kung-fu must be to learn real defense and not to ” hey can you teach me to fly like jackie chan here”??? …. so people want to get what they pay for, and this is the ilussion that they know kung-fu in just 2 months or 3 months of training and then quit… so by this point of view, i really understand that teachers that charge highly, and dont seem to have any real interest on teaching, with such studends.. why would i waste energy in somebody that only looks this as a ” bruce lee” fashion..?

    not to sound angry, but it really piss me off some people disrespect to these arts, they simply dont understand what they are all about. they don´t realize about the really good benefits that this could brings to their lives, the only interest here on barranquilla is either football or baseball..

    i really take my time to research and ask question to a teacher , speccially because i don´t want to realize after 2 or 3 years of training that he didnt´t actually receive the proper training from his teacher.. i would like to add someting here to your article that i think its very important ( with your permission) and its what you said, it doesnt matter the torunaments that the master won, all the success stories, or even that he have been training…. i mean, for one of the more important thing is:

    – How long did the train with his teacher..?, was it consistently.? during that time did he quit training for some time?..

    some teachers say i have been training, by 20 years now, but was it 19 years training with your teacher and 1 by yourself, or 19 by yourself and 1 with your teacher.. what would have a person that trained 1 year possibly learn..?, and the other 19 years teaching something he doesn´t master….

    so i think this is very important…nothing more to add. thanks for the space to post here.

  9. Miramanni January 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

    Sifu, I have had a terrible time finding even a decent teacher (you and Master Wong raised the bar high! but so many seem to miss the very point of it) and I miss my practices. I love the patterns and wonder if you can suggest a basic pattern that I can practice to keep myself in Kung Fu? And a resource where I can watch from time to time? I am LOVING the online class- its so helpful to get back into a more zen qigong mind set and feel more motivated and less isolated in my practice. Will you be offering kung fu online as well? Best to you and Simu <3

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais January 22, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Mira. Finding a teacher is always hard. That’s why they online academy, plus periodic live workshops, is so helpful. It’s the way of the future!

      As for Kung Fu (including Tai Chi), there will be some exercises in the online course that will be good for you to practice. For now, just gain momentum in your Qigong practice.

  10. Yadi Alamin March 22, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    I love this article, brother.
    Of course, I’m a teacher, and THESE are the exact things I tell people.
    I’ve had several teachers in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Gung Fu and QiGong, and you hit the nail on the head!
    Results, Experience and Sincerity are the biggest selling points, yet they are not something you can buy!
    My three main teachers insisted that I learn acupuncture, TuiNa, herbs and martial arts/medical QiGong. Students who train with me tend to stay with me for years.
    I’m almost 39, with 14 years experience (4 hours of training per day), and thousands of hours in personal practice.
    I love to see my brothers and sisters of the art doing this service for mankind.
    Of course, I never ask anyone to call me “Sifu”. I am content with being called Yadi.

    Be Well

    Yadi Alamin

  11. Erik April 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    What do you think of using your surroundings and God as a teacher? I have never had a qigong instructor per se, I have had many in many forms. For example, I learned not to worry too much about physical forms in my qigong amd tai chi exercises. I learn pieces from many martial arts and experience and even seemingly unrelated areas of study.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais April 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

      Hi Erik.

      Sure, learning from the Cosmos is wonderful! Many great artists spoke about something similar. But if you study history — whether it’s the history of martial arts, music, or poetry — you’ll find that most of those artists also had a solid foundation. In other words, they were open to learning from the Cosmos, but they also learned from a teacher, and practiced diligently, for many years.

      All the best,
      Sifu Anthony

  12. Robin Schapiro May 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    My Sifu makes me smile … and he can even do it in an audio! Which is what inspired me to make a small journey to meet you. :)

  13. Janice North May 4, 2014 at 5:09 am #

    I have been studying Qigong with an excellent and well trained Sifu for a year and a half. It has changed my life. I am currently in a middle eastern country and have been asked to share how I have healed myself. I will point them to your website as well as share the beginner basics. I feel I can trust you for 2 reasons. 1. You have said the same thing as my Sifu regarding bad teachers and 2. I have read Master Wong Kew Kit’s writings and you studied with him.
    Thank you for a resource I can give to those who want to learn. I am still just learning and very cautious about teaching others. However, in a place where medicine is not available or affordable I cannot allow someone to suffer who might be helped by the basic exercises. Maybe when I return I will have more to share with them.

  14. Diane May 14, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Thank you for this article, which confirmed my Sifu with over 30 years experience is an AWESOME teacher! He motivates me and makes Tai Chi fun and it is something I so look forward to doing every day. Your articles are great, so glad I found your site!

  15. Terence May 25, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    There are quality issues in the Yoga world right now, mainly due to the fact that teaching certificates are being handed out after a one month crash course, to trainees with little or no experience.

    Its correct to say, always check in on a teachers experience as a practitioner.

  16. Michael Labant July 10, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Sifu Anthony,
    Wonderful article. As a practitioner of Chen & Yang style TaiJi, and Qi Gong, for over 25 years I can relate. You are wise and sincere. You write with reverence. In reading your article, you can feel your sincerity. I wish you were closer, would love to met and perhaps attend one or several of your classes. I do not respond to articles, in fact this is the first time ever. Clearly you moved me. After all the time I have studied all the publications I have consumed and the studying and training with 7 different teachers, Instructors and Sifu, I feel I’m barley scratching the surface of the vast world of knowledge in the wonderful modality of Qi Gong. I’m currently awaiting my certification of acceptance from the NQA and hope to soon become an instructor. Interestingly enough, just this very afternoon my teacher sent me a similar article. So much to know and so little time in life to learn it!
    I wish you happy Qi and a spirited thank you for this article.
    My very best to you.

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais July 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Thank you, Michael, for your wonderful comment. Maybe we’ll meet some day! Good luck with your NQA certification! I should probably look into that myself. After 22 years of teaching and practicing, I should probably go about getting some sort of certificate! :)

      With Happy Qi,

      • Bob Carpenter January 9, 2015 at 10:15 am #

        I wouldn’t worry about getting accredited too much. Typically, such things just mean that you can toe the party line. I know people with accreditations galore, but with no practical experience. That makes them dangerous.

        Still, poorly trained Shi fu are dangerous as well. My favorite sports are dying because of lawyers and insurance companies. Poor instructors cause dangerous accidents.

        Your article helps. Thank you.

  17. Kella January 11, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    Do you know if any good qigong and/or tai chi instructors/classes in the St. Louis, MO area?

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais January 15, 2015 at 11:40 am #

      I’ll be offering live online classes in the near future. Keep an eye on my newsletter for details. In the meantime, you might try Spring Forest Qigong. I’ve never met the master, Chunyi Lin, and I don’t agree with all of his methods, but many people like him a lot.

  18. william March 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm #

    I can honestly say that not a lesson from a bad tai chi teacher can often point you in the right way also how can u truly tell a good from a bad more thing i have also study tai chi so i am also wondering what a true style or form of tai chi looks like the only reason i say that is because my lotus style has three diffirent forms i know two of which i speak of

    • Sifu Anthony Korahais March 21, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      William, that’s a good point. Having a bad teacher sometimes helps you to appreciate a good one!

      There is no “true” style of tai chi. There are many styles, including Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun, and Hao. But even these styles have started to blend and merge over the past 100 or so years. I have never heard of Lotus style. It’s possible that it’s a modern blend of some sort.

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