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Animal movements to internal vitality

Shauna Farnell

FRISCO – Learning how to integrate the mind, body and spirit is the goal of a free qigong lecture in the Mount Royal Room of the County Commons in Frisco tonight.

Qigong is a an ancient oriental practice that encompasses such martial arts as Tai Chi, taijquan and shaolin gongfu. The lecture will be conducted by Joel Proctor, founder of the Mystic Warrior School of Integrative Arts, which conducts several martial arts classes every week in the Frisco Mall dance studio.

“It’s a basic training to improve your life in general,” Proctor said about qigong. “It’s got philosophical roots from Taoist and Buddhist traditions. The roots are indigenous. The indigenous way of living was serving natural cycles of the natural world – observing the earth and sky. Every martial style has qigong. First you learn the internal connections, then you move into outside strength, power and speed.”

Proctor is certified in acupuncture and has a Masters of Science in Oriental medicine. He is also certified in medical qigong and Chinese herbology.

The discussion tonight will touch on all the ways in which qigong increases the body’s vital energy and how qigong sets are based upon animal movements.

“The first thing you have to learn is how to train and sharpen your mind,” Proctor said. “The idea is to get really deep inside your internal body, to feel the way your joints are aligned, the way your posture is, if you’re relaxed or not. Today, martial qigong is thought to be athletic training. Some of the karate and Japanese martial arts you see seem hard and external with no internal development. But, even those guys figure out that the way to get more speed and power is through more relaxation and internal awareness. You learn to strengthen the whole body to strike as one, instead of just a simple kick. We say you are relaxed, but like a cat. Or, relaxed, but full of energy and vitality.”

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The free lecture on exploring the internal aspects of qigong is 7-8:30 p.m. tonight in the Mount Royal Room of the Frisco County Commons. A two-day workshop on crane style qigong will take place July 27-28 through the Mystic Warrior School. For more information, call (970) 453-1846, or Email qifuegoes@hotmail.com.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.


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