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Hello,
I am trying to find information on "Chi Deviations" as well as "Energetic Healing" and "Energetic First Aid".  I have been searching alot on the internet but I must not be searching correctly because I am finding little if any information.  Can you point me in the right direction, or can you give me some information on these subjects.  Thank you for your help!

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Hi Tom,
All I can do is give you my opinion. I'm a Tai Chi instructor, I've studied acupuncture, and I have practiced chi kung since 1987. I just celebrated my 40th anniversary of studying and practicing martial arts.

There is no such thing as energetic healing. In my opinion, it is a scam. Likewise, energetic first aid.

You see, I apply the same critical thinking skills to the subject of chi that I apply to religious claims of invisible beings. And from all the evidence, both are the realm of fantasy.

That's why no credible, double-blind, independently verifiable studies have ever shown that chi is real or chi healing is real.

Chi Kung works because you ease stress. But it only improves the health as much as relieving stress does. When you ease stress and calm down, and center yourself, your health improves. Otherwise, humans always create elaborate schemes and rituals to make it all seem real, and people who we think are figures of authority tell us it is so. But it isn't.

I would pursue healing techniques that are backed up by real science.

Good luck. Please ask more questions if you have them.

Ken  

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I am a senior level (black sash) instructor in the American Tao System of Internal Arts. We study and practice the internal arts of Chen Tai Chi, Hsing-I Chuan, and Baguazhang. I also study and teach Chi Kung (Qigong) and Chin-Na. I began studying martial arts in 1973. I was 20 years old, a college student, and was inspired by Bruce Lee and the Kung-Fu TV show. My first teacher was Grandmaster Sin The in Lexington, Kentucky. I studied Shaolin with him. During the 1970's I also studied Taekwondo with Master Randy Chambliss. In the early 80's, I studied Tien Shan Pai Kung-Fu (wushu) with Karen Vaughn in Cincinnati. I met Sifu Phillip Starr in 1987 when I moved to Omaha, and earned a black sash in his Yiliquan system. He taught me the basics of Hsing-I, Tai Chi and Bagua. In 1998, I began studying Chen Tai Chi with Jim and Angela Criscimagna. They are indoor disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. I've also learned from Grandmaster Chen and his brother, Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, the head of tai chi training in the Chen village, Henan Province. Their ancestor, Chen Wangting, created tai chi about 350 years ago. I have also learned from Mike Sigman and other very good instructors. I have a website, www.internalfightingarts.com, where I teach all three internal arts online to students around the world. The site is very video intense. Eastern philosophy, especially Zen and Taoism, are very important to me. I am developing a means of explaining these philosophies to Americans in plain English so they can apply them to daily life in the 21st Century USA. I call it American Tao. I am 55 years old and enjoy competing in tournaments, often sparring young black belts (and even winning occasionally). I can answer questions about the internal arts, chi kung, tournament competition, philosophy, and keeping fit after the age of 40 or 50.

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Winner of two gold medals at the 1990 AAU Kung Fu Nationals. Continue to compete. My students also are very successful in tournaments. Becoming a teacher and winning the respect and frienship of my students. Teaching chi kung (qigong) and centering techniques that have helped many students deal with stress and illness.

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