onsdag 2 december 2015

Första boken om ofrivillig barnlöshet och akupunktur på svenska snart ute! Förboka ditt exemplar här, och se julerbjudandet till julen 2015!




Den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin har effektiva behandlingar för att hjälpa till vid ofrivillig barnlöshet, infertilitet och genom hela IVF-processen. Detta är förstås uråldrigt i Kina och nu mycket vanligt i USA och England. De gångna åren har behandlingarna börjat spridas allt mer till Sverige. Idag finns det ett snabbt växande intresse för den effektiva hjälpen specialister på fertilitet inom akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin kan ge under ofrivillig barnlöshet och IVF.

Nu kommer första boken om ofrivillig barnlöshet och akupunktur ut på svenska till julen 2015! Ofrivillig Barnlöshet och Akupunktur – Barnlängtan, IVF och Hjälpen från Kinesisk Medicin skriven av Daniel Skyle, som är akupunktör med kliniker i Malmö och Kristianstad och bland annat specialiserad på behandlingar med äkta akupunktur för ofrivillig barnlöshet och IVF. Hans kliniksida för bokning är på Small Change Akupunktur, Daniel Skyle akupunkturkliniker och bokningar
  Han behandlar också folk från hela Sverige och internationellt som kommer för behandlingar inom ofrivillig barnlöshet och IVF. Han föreläser om ämnet, både för allmänheten och i samarbete med organisationer som Barnlängtan. Du hittar deras engagerade arbete här: http://www.barnlangtan.com/.Vi kan även rekommendera arbetet hos Längtan, som arbetar politiskt med fokus på rättigheter inom ämnet: Kampanjen Längtan och Ofrivillig Barnlöshet.

Boken är skriven för att vara lättläst och lättillgänglig, med så lite facktermer som möjligt. Istället har den med ett lugn och många praktiska tips för hur du själv kan se fertilitet i ditt liv och förbättra den. Här nedan kan du för första gången läsa en översikt över innehållet i den!

Du kan beställa boken för förköp direkt på mejlen nedan, eller ringa oss. Då blir du en av de första som får tryckta ex garanterade innan jul! Nu har vi dessutom ett julerbjudande som inkluderar boken när du vill ge den till någon av dina nära och kära! Läs mer om det nedan.


Boken innehåller bland annat hjälp till dig om följande ämnen:

  • Fertilitet i Kinesisk medicin
  • Behandlingar för gynekologi i Kinesisk medicin
  • Akupunktur för ofrivillig barnlöshet – statistik och lite översikt
  • Behandling med akupunktur för naturlig fertilitet
  • Behandlingar med akupunktur för endometrios och PCOS
  • Behandlingar med akupunktur under IVF, steg för steg
  • Behandlingar med akupunktur inför isättning av embryo och mot ett graviditetstest
  • Tips från Kinesisk Medicin för att förbättra fertilitet
  • Samarbete med västerländsk medicin under IVF: de Två Flyglarna
  • Behandlingar för manlig fertilitet och ICSI ihop med IVF med äkta akupunktur
  • Akupunktur efter ett negativt eller positivt graviditetstest
  • Behandling med akupunktur i kinesisk medicin efter missfall
  • Akupunktur för att stabilisera känslor under resans gång
  • Familjebehandlingar: att göra familjens väv avslappnad och lysande
  • Akupunktur som hjälper dig under graviditeten
  • Akupunktur när barnet är fött, både för föräldrarna och barnet
  • Vad behandlar den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin?
  • Fallbeskrivningar
  • Tipsar dig om resurser och kontakter om akupunktur för ofrivillig barnlöshet och IVF

Beställ boken här!

Ofrivillig Barnlöshet och Akupunktur kostar 220 SEK plus frakt inom Sverige (runt 50 kronor). Du kan förbeställa den på acu@smallchange.se eller ringa oss och beställa den direkt på 0702/23 28 95. Frakt brukar bara ta några dagar, men kan ta lite längre tid innan jul, så tänk på att förköpa boken i tid.


Boka föreläsning om ofrivillig barnlöshet och akupunktur

Om du är nyfiken på att få veta mer genom en föreläsning så bara kontakta oss. Daniel Skyle är professionell föreläsare inom ämnena, och har föreläst om dem sedan 1990-talet, både för allmänheten, företag, sjukvård och universitet. Du når oss på acu@smallchange.se för föreläsningar, eller direkt på 0702/23 28 95.


Julerbjudande för julen 2015!

Förra året gav vi ut den första boken om Taoismen på svenska, Taoismen – Förändringens Tradition: schamaner, bergseremiter och meditationsmästare, och det är den första boken på svenska som går igenom den levande traditionen av Taoismen med dess meditationskunskaper, texter, och uråldriga visdom och hur den har genomsyrat Kinas kultur. Den inkluderar också ett kapitel om Kinesisk Medicin, där vi har med kunskap från vår lärare i Peking, Dr Wang Juyi, som varit akupunkturläkare i Peking i 53 år.

Den ihop med Ofrivillig Barnlöshet och Akupunktur kostar i vanliga fall 490 SEK tillsammans, men med julerbjudandet får du båda böckerna för endast 420 SEK! Frakten tillkommer. Med julerbjudandet har du chansen att ge bort en spännande och bra översikt över ämnena till någon i jul!

#akupunkturivfmalmö #akupunkturivfkristianstad #ivfakupunktur #malmöakupunkturivf #kristianstadakupunkturivf #akupunkturivfskåne 



fredag 27 november 2015

Longyearbyen Visiting Acupuncture Clinic – January 15th and Christmas Package and Early Bird discounts!

We were very happy to be in the magical surroundings of Longyearbyen on Svalbard when we did a first visit helping and treating people there this November! You can see pictures of some of the treatments and happy patients here. All our acupuncture treatments are completely painless: when someone is skilled at needling, it is always pain free.
 



...and also the treatments with moxa, which makes the body warm and relaxed inside even when you go out into the winter cold in Longyearbyen, here. You can read about moxa for humans and dogs further down in this text.

And a big thank you to the people at Gjestehuse 102 for all their kind help! You can follow their updates here: https://www.facebook.com/gjestehuset102.no/

Our next visit to Longyearbyen is booked for January 15th! We will have the visiting clinic there for five days. We are now taking pre-bookings for that visit. Remember, there are a limited number of places, so book yours in advance to be sure of treatment and help while we are in Longyearbyen.

We put up a separate page on our website for Longyearbyen Visiting Clinic. On it, you can read more about the treatments, and see a list of some of the wide range of problems and illnessess we can help you and your family with:  Longyearbyen Visiting Acupuncture Clinic.

If you want to see the same list of all the problems and illnessess we can help out with but in Swedish, you can find it here: Vad vi behandlar och hjälper till med på våra kliniker med den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin.

För dig som vill läsa om de djupare behandlingarna för känslor, livskriser och vårt liv som finns i den Klassiska Kinesiska Medicinen som är den äldsta sortens Kinesisk Medicin, så hittar du en beskrivning av dem här: Djupare behandlingar för känslor, livskriser och vårt liv.
To celebrate the start of the visiting acupuncture clinic in Longyearbyen we have added some discounts – Christmas Package and Early Bird prices! You can also find a Healthy 2016 Package, if you want to give your present any time during 2016! For those of us who love our dog, we are offering a Dog Moxa Package, giving them better health and warmth through moxa treatments.


Christmas Package and gift card

The Christmas Package is a great christmas present, and comes with a gift card and nice christmas wrapping. The price is 700 NOK/treatment normally, but with the Christmas Package you buy four treatments for 2400 NOK total instead of 2800!

Acupuncture in Chinese Medicine works the best with several treatments that slowly go deeper in our body and mind and help them to gently become healthier and more free. With several treatments our mind also becomes lighter and happier, and more relaxed inside us. One treatment helps a little, but only several more treatments help to make the change more permanent. This package of four treatments makes sure of a good start to that. A great christmas gift to help the health of those you love.

The Christmas Package is personal and can only be used for the visit from Small Change Acupuncture Visiting Clinic in January 2016. If you want to give more gifts that can be used during our visits for all of 2016, look at the Healthy 2016 Package below!




Early Bird bookings

Early Bird bookings are for those who want to be sure they have places when the clinic is visiting Longyearbyen.

Early Bird Bookings offer six treatments booked at a discount: instead of 4200 you pay only 3700! Six treatments during the time we are visiting make sure that the treatment really has the chance to gently open the person´s system and go deeper, stabilizing the effect to last longer. They are personal and valid for the time they are booked. If you want something that is valid for the whole of 2016, look at the next offer!


Healthy 2016 Package

The Healthy 2016 Package offers a full set of six treatments for the price of five, which means the help and treatment really has a chance to go deeper in your system and become more permanent. Long-time illnessess need more time than this to be affected since they have been around for a long time, but six treatments make a big and noticeable difference to the better for the person´s physical and emotional health.

The Healthy 2016 Package can be used anytime during 2016, and tailored as a gift or birthday present. If you tell us what kind of card or message you want, we will make one and send to you by post. The Healthy 2016 Package is for one individual.


Dog Moxa Package

Moxa uses a herb that is dried and pressed and then lit, giving a gentle warmth as it´s held above the body and acupuncture points. It is used both for humans and animals, and among other things it treats pain, stiffness, joint pain and coldness inside, or a fear of cold outside.

It is a great help for dogs too, especially those who are stiffer, have stiff joints or pain, or to help heal a wounded dog faster. It makes the dog warmer and more relaxed – they usually react like they are lying happily in front of a warm fire!

Treatments for dogs are 350 NOK. With the Dog Moxa Package you give your dog a great gift in healing and feeling warmer in the cold, with four treatments for 1200 instead of 1400!

You can see an example of moxa treatment on a human, here. Moxa treatments are painless, like all the acupuncture we do. Moxa just gives a gentle warmth going deeper into our body and healing us.




Moxa treatments are very helpful for helping dogs heal faster if they have been injured. Older dogs who have become stiff or have joints that ache become softer and warmer with moxa treatments, looking younger and with easier movement again.


Booking details

If you book the Christmas Package with gift card (christmas-wrapped and sent to you before Christmas) please remember to have booked and paid for it by 8/12. Then the post will have time to send your card. Otherwise you can still book a Christmas Package until the 15/12!
The Christmas Package costs 2400 for four treatments instead of 2800, and is individual.

You can book the Early Bird discount up until the 5/1 2016 by which time the money has to be in account. It´s only 3700 for six treatments instead of 4200! The Early Bird Booking is individual.

Healthy 2016 Package can be booked from now and during anytime over 2016. It is also valid during the entire year for our coming visits in 2016. It has to be booked and money in the account at the latest ten days before our visit to Longyearbyen. Remember – you can ask for this as a birthday present too! Just tell us what you want and we will make a gift card adapted for the gift you are giving and send it to you by post!

As we are travelling up to Longyearbyen from the south of Sweden for the visiting clinic, there are no refunds.

Dog Moxa Package is 1200 for four treatments instead of 1400. It is individual for that dog, and has to be booked and paid into the account at the latest ten days before our visit to Longyearbyen – on the 5/1 2016 for this first visit.





Book now!

Just book on acu@smallchange.se or call me at 0046 702 23 28 95. If you want to give a gift of health to your loved ones with a card, remember to book in time so we can send it up to you!

Welcome in to Small Change Visiting Clinic in Longyearbyen!


söndag 25 oktober 2015

Föreläsning om ADHD, ADD och DAMP – hur den äkta akupunkturen inom Kinesisk Medicin behandlar och hjälper till med dem



Föreläsning 3 av 4 i föreläsningsserien på Café Kjugekull 2015

I årets sista föreläsning i serien från oss på Small Change Akupunkturklinik i Kristianstad och Malmö ska vi titta på hur den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin behandlar och hjälper till vid ADHD, ADD, DAMP samt problem med länkar till neurologiska funktionsnedsättningar. Det är behandlingar vi har gjort en hel del, och sett den bra effekten och hur viktig den hjälpen är i vårt samhälle.


Vi kommer bland annat att titta på följande:
  • Kort introduktion till hur den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk Medicin arbetar
  • Hur Kinesisk Medicin ser ADHD och ADD
  • Hur man hjälper till att stabilisera och lugna ner problemen hos vuxna, ungdomar och barn – behandlingarna skräddarsys alltid efter individen, men det varierar också beroende på vilken åldersgrupp patienten är i
  • Tips från Kinesisk Medicin om hur man tidigt motverkar ADHD-liknande symptom hos barn i vårt samhälle idag
  • Foton från akupunktursjukhus och kliniker i Kina


Föreläsningen hålls på Café Kjugekull (Se Café Kjugekull på Facebook för detaljer och menyer: https://www.facebook.com/cafekjugekull?fref=ts). Caféet kommer att vara öppet och servera fantastiskt goda ekologiska kakor och gott kaffe 1230-1330. Serveringen stänger 1330 inför föreläsningen.

Datum: Lördag 14/11 2015

Tid: 14.00-16.00. Gratis inträde.

Föreläsare: Daniel Skyle, akupunkturläkare, föreläsare, journalist och författare. Han skrev den första boken om Taoismen och Kinesisk Medicin på svenska – Taoismen: Förändringens Tradition, som kommer att gå att köpa på föreläsningen. Daniel Skyle har en akupunkturklinik i Kristianstad och en i Malmö. Kliniksidan är www.smallchange.se
. Han håller just nu på att skriva den första boken om akupunktur och ofrivillig barnlöshet och IVF, som borde vara ute till julen 2015. Du kan läsa mer om det här, på Facebook.

Kontakt: 0702/23 28 95 eller kontakta oss direkt på acu@smallchange.se. Begränsat antal platser, så anmäl dig gärna i förväg om du vill vara säker på din plats!

För dig som är nyfiken på att läsa mer på engelska, kan vi rekommendera den här korta översikten över ämnet:http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/07/28/treating-adhd-acupuncture.

Välkommen in på föreläsningen!

måndag 28 september 2015

Föreläsning om hur du läker jobbstress och utbrändhet genom akupunktur

 


Akupunkturen i Kinesisk medicin kan åter bygga upp reserverna i oss som stress har tömt

På Small Change Akupunktur i Kristianstad är vi specialister på hur man behandlar jobbstress och utbrändhet med akupunktur. I den här föreläsningen ska vi titta på hur jobbstress och utbrändhet fungerar och påverkar vår hälsa, och få lite tips på hur man kan lösa det.

Den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk medicin behandlar många olika sjukdomar och problem. Bland annat kan den åter bygga upp vårt system när vi har blivit utbrända – och hjälpa oss att undvika det genom att behandla i tid.

Du kommer även att höra berättelser från patienter som har läkt sina gamla problem med jobbstress och utbrändhet tack vare den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk medicin.

Det är dags att starta en öppen diskussion i samhället om hur jobbstress och utbrändhet faktiskt påverkar folk: följ med oss när vi påbörjar den.


Ta hand om dig och läk med äkta akupunktur – Small Changes patientnära akupunkturkliniker i Kristianstad och Malmö!



Datum: 11/10

Tid: 14.00-16.00. Caféet stänger sin försäljning 13.30 inför föreläsningen

Plats: Café Kjugekull utanför Fjälkinge. Se Café Kjugekull på Facebook för karta. Här kan du även läsa om deras goda ekologiska lunchpajer och morotskaka!

Pris: Gratis. Tänk på att förbok om du vill ha en garanterad plats på föreläsningen. Bara förboka på mejlen eller ring på numret nedan

Kontakt: acu@smallchange eller ring oss för att boka tid på 0702/23 28 95. Vi behandlar alla möjliga sjukdomar och problem, från stress till ofrivillig barnlöshet och vid IVF, ryggproblem, smärta, hjälp att åter få glädje i livet, etc. Välkommen in på klinikerna!

#akupunkturstress #akupunkturstressmalmö #akupunkturstresskristianstad #akupunkturutbrändhet #akupunkturstressbehandling #akupunkturmalmöstress #akupunkturkristianstadstress

onsdag 19 augusti 2015

Ny grupp inom Barnlängtan med råd för ofrivillig barnlöshet i Blekinge





Som del av organisationen Barnlängtan i Sverige startar nu en ny grupp i Blekinge för dig som vill ha råd och stöd runt barnlöshet. Det är den första i Blekinge, och första mötet kommer att hållas den 29/8 i Ronneby. http://www.barnlangtan.com/kalender/

Om du dessutom vill ha hjälp av den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk medicin, så finns det en sluten Facebookgrupp med folk i samma situation som kan ge dig råd och stöd runt det, och du hittar den här: https://www.facebook.com/groups/401650363371163/

Den öppna informationssidan för gruppen, med artiklar och statistik, hittar du här: https://www.facebook.com/akupunkturvidivfsverige

Du kan också läsa den första fördjupningsartikeln om fertilitet, IVF och barnlöshet och hur den äkta akupunkturen i Kinesisk medicin hjälper till med det här: http://www.acupractitioner21.blogspot.se/2015/08/akupunktur-i-kinesisk-medicin-for.html

Du kan bli medlem i Barnlängtan om du vill, och få hjälp och råd om ofrivillig barnlöshet, och stöd från många andra som håller på med samma resa. Deras hemsida är www.barnlangtan.com.

#akupunkturivfmalmö #akupunkturivfkristianstad #ivfakupunktur #malmöakupunkturivf #kristianstadakupunkturivf #akupunkturivfskåne 

Välkommen in på mötet i Ronneby!


lördag 15 augusti 2015

The Evolution of a Kung-Fu Master: talking to master Ma Baoguo

                                                      Daniel Skyle © 2005. Use with permission only.

The evolution of practice over a lifetime is something I have been thinking about for many years, as I have seen different long-time practitioners and what they make of their training in the long run. This spring, I again had the chance to interview one of my teachers, Master Ma Baoguo, and get an overview of his evolution of the material. This is after his more than 50 years of intense practice and research into the external and internal martial arts and qigong, under highly skilled long-time practitioners in China.
In which direction do people go, as they practice?

Daniel Skyle © 2014. Use with permission only.

Master Ma Baoguo began training when he was seven. He has had several very skilled teachers over a lifetime of practice in the Internal Martial Arts and qigong. I thought we would follow his journey in meeting them, what he learned from them, and how he has kept evolving his own practice from what they taught.
  We will also look at the principles he uses in his own system: how he emphasizes that the first and most important thing is to cultivate one´s own heart and integrity – xiude, xiuxin – to become a good person, and then to use the energy and strength from the training to always help others.

The practice of internal martial arts, qigong, and meditation continues to evolve over the life-time of the practitioner. It has done, for a very long time. So many others have walked the same path as us, living their life, evolving themselves, and helping others through the increased clarity and energy and good heart they got from their training.

It is a warm day in April in Shanghai when we sit in Master Ma´s apartment before class, and begin to talk.


Family Kung Fu: Beginnings

My family had it´s own Shaolin-system. This is where I started to learn.” This is quite common in China, just like in Chinese medicine, where many middle- and upper-class families already have quite a lot of knowledge in Chinese medicine before they begin apprenticing or going to university to become acupuncture doctors.

Formal training began at age seven, and Master Ma has taught his own son the same way. Yet there is also the factor that since he was born, he was surrounded by people who practiced, people whose movements were percolated through by practice and who talked in ways infused by it.

My father was a soldier in the army in 1942,” Ma continues. ”He fought the Japanese, and he was famous for special missions behind enemy lines thanks to his skills in gongfu. After the war, he became a police officer and continued to use his skills to catch criminals.”
   In 1970, Master Ma himself joined up. Here he was taught more gongfu-skills based on military usage, and he kept up training intensely on the side throughout his service. He was also taught more advanced gong fu-training for special missions, just like his father.

                                                   Daniel Skyle © 2005. Use with permission only.


Discovering Internal Martial Arts – finding Xingyiquan and Master Shang Ji

In 1982, Master Ma went to university again. But this time, he tells me over the tea, he had the good fortune to meet Dr Shang Ji, a famous Xingyi-master.
  Shang Ji is a lineage holder in Hebei Xingyiquan – 94 years old as of this article and still training every day – and is the third generation from Guo Yunshen through his teacher Ma Litang. Master Shang also studied for other skilled teachers, including Chen Fake of Chen Taiji.

Master Ma had good fighting skills by now, but Shang Ji could easily beat him. This made Ma realize that there might be something to this Xingyi. He began an apprenticeship with intense training that lasted for the three years of his university course.
   He was taught Hebei Xingyi Five Elements, the Twelve Animals, Xingyi spear and a lot of pure fighting skills in how to actually use the system.

Since then, he has kept training for master Shang Ji, and still is.



Here you can see Master Ma Baoguo showing his own version of the Hunyuan Chen Taiji form, where he has added components and intent from the Daoist martial arts and teachings of Guo Shenghai. He can do it as the standard version too, just as with Hebei Xingyi and standard Chen, but prefers to focus on the work that has opened up with the skills of master Guo.

Deepening the Internal Martial Arts: a meeting with master Guo of Wudang and Emei gongfu

Then, in 1987, he met another of his important teachers: master Guo Shenghai, a Daoist monk who had been trained in the skills of Wudang and Emei martial arts.
   Guo Shenghai was born in 1916. He had been left in a temple on Emei Mountain when he was three years old, to be raised as a monk. Trained deeply in the martial systems of Wudangshan and Emeishan, he also knew many of the really old gongfu skills that are lost now.

When master Ma met him, Guo could easily beat him despite all his previous practice, so master Ma began training for him. Guo charged a lot of money for private lessons; 40 yuan for an hour, the same as the monthly wage for a skilled worker at the time, and master Ma had to save up money for class. In the beginning he could still only afford 15 minutes, but he kept on training.

One day, master Guo suddenly said it costs 800 yuan instead. He could teach master Ma the secret skills of point-attacking from Emeishan, but it would cost that much. The older gongfu master said this tentatively – 800 yuan was a fortune. Master Ma realized that his teacher was in some kind of financial trouble but didn´t want to ask outright to avoid losing face. As real students should also help their teacher, Ma borrowed from friends and saved money for this, and took that single lesson at that price.

Later, the old master ended up in jail due to a misunderstanding. Thanks to his own contacts, master Ma managed to help him get out of jail and then took care of him for a month in his own home, where he helped Guo heal after the beatings he suffered in prison. After this, master Guo taught him for free. The daoist master started to spend several weeks at a time in his home, teaching him all his knowledge.

Today, it is master Guo´s Daoist martial teachings and knowledge that is most deeply ingrained in master Ma´s entire system – all his teaching is based on bianhua, the study of change, and on principles set out in the Daodejing. He has also studied the Yijing deeply, both with master Shang and Guo, and on his own.
                                                      Daniel Skyle © 2005. Use with permission only.


The subtle skills of Chen Taijiquan – Wang Changhai, student of Chen Zhaokui and Feng Zhiqiang

Master Ma´s training-journey took another step forward in 1997, when he met Wang Changhai, a master of Chen Taijiquan. Wang was a disciple of the famous Chen Zhaokui, and after his death he kept on studying as a disciple of master Feng Zhiqiang. Feng himself was a disciple of Chen Zhaokui´s father, the legendary Chen Fake.

Feng Zhiqiang was a master of Chen Taiji and created the Hunyuan Taiji system. Now Master Ma began learning them both from master Wang Changhai.
   Earlier in his training Guo Shenghai had introduced him to push hands, but never the deeper skills of Taiji. With Master Wang he finally started to learn how to use a small force to overpower a much larger force.

Both he and his son trained with master Wang, just like they had with master Guo and master Shang Ji, and they still practice with him today. One thing that also stands out concerning master Wang is his good heart and generosity towards others, and he is always careful to show students just enough to make them understand the power but never actually hurt them.


And here you can see a more recent clip, showing his continual research evolving, and the energetics and work becoming even more internal than it already was.

Qigong-skills: first from family, then from each teacher
With master Wang, I also learned more qigong, but this time from the Hunyuan Qigong-system that master Feng created.”
   Master Ma had been taught qigong ever since he was in his teens – this was when he was taught the family qigong-system by his grandfather and his grandfather´s brother.

My grandfather´s younger brother was very good at both martial arts and qigong. He was able to crack concrete slabs through hitting them with his forearm.”

The family qigong-system was deepened both with material from Shang Ji and then, much more, from the Daoist skills of Guo Shenghai.
   Now master Ma added the repertoire of the Daoist-based Hunyuan Qigong-system to this, and began creating his own version of them.

                                                      Daniel Skyle © 2005. Use with permission only.

The road-map for your practice – whose map are you using, and for what roads?

It is interesting to think on where we want to go. What intent do we have with our practice? What are the actual goals we want to reach? And when do we know that we have reached them?
   I still remember a great description written by well-known IMA-teacher Sam Masich: ”One difference I saw between how Chinese and Westerners practiced, was that the Westerners went into the practice looking for something; the Chinese all knew they only refined something that was already there.”

Another one of my teachers, Alex Kozma, uses the phrase, ”Whose map are you following?” So, which practitioner´s map are you using for your own journey? This is a good place to start. And how is that map-holder as a person? Do they have a good heart? Do they manifest their life and practice in a positive, ethical way for others, and for society? Do they walk their spiritual talk? It is interesting to look at where their map has landed them: is their map positive for other beings?
   You always want to look at the teacher´s senior students; they are the litmus-test of the teacher and his/her ways of teaching. Are the senior students compassionate, balanced, and skilled at whatever the teacher is teaching? If not, you already there have knowledge of how that teacher´s map works for others.

Master Ma´s story also illustrates something important. Many of the really skilled Chinese practitioners were taught like he was, from seven and onwards. The material they teach is usually adapted for that kind of body and background, where solid basic training might already be done by age 15... It is rare that they adapt their material for Western bodies and the learning curve they might need. Is the teacher adapting their material for Westerners?
   And what intent does the teacher have with his or her own practice? Do they adapt this safely for their students? If someone is a hermit, or practices six hours a day, do they adapt the material they teach for a student with a more normal life in the West?

Master Ma Baoguo has kept researching and evolving his own practice, continously, all through his life. The past few years he began distilling the knowledge from his teachers and training into his own system: the Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Men.


This is a short, improvised sequence where he shows Xingyi.

Teaching change: a system based on the Daodejing

Now, after all his training, his system is based on different ways to teach the core Daoist concept of bianhua, change.
   ”Each sequence in the system was created from principles in the Daodejing,” master Ma continues. Daodejing is the Daoist practice manual, The Book of the Way and the Power. ”The sentence that sums it up is this:”

The Way gave birth to the One;
The One gave birth to the Two;
The Two gave birth to the Three;
And the Three gave birth to the Ten Thousand Beings.
                                       – Daodejing chapter 42, Mawangdui version,
                                          Lao-Tzu Te-Tao Ching, Henricks, Ballantine 1989

His son, Ma Xiaoyang, is sitting at the end of the table, and he adds, ”All the practices in the system are studies in bianhua, change.”

Each of the 12 Qigongs and forms have three levels of increasing difficulty and complexity, all of which are focused both on creating good health and very effective fighting ability. Even the first level is quite complicated, however, and the system is not practical for practitioners who lack good basics or who don´t have a previous, very stable practice going.

Over the past few years, with the generous help of master Shang Ji, master Ma and his son Ma Xiaoyang have put together a new form for the Hunyuan Xingyi Taiji Men. This has the same three levels and is taught after the twelve qigongs. In class in his apartment here in Shanghai, there is a strong focus on applying the form using close-range and abrupt application practices.

                                                      Daniel Skyle © 2005. Use with permission only.

Eight principles of practice – and nourishing the heart and integrity

When class is over, we move into the room next to the training-hall for dinner and continue the interview there. ”What are the keys to your system?”
   ”Eight points.” Ma lists them easily, and it´s obvious that his evolution physically and energetically also has been built on a strong system of theory.

1) Practice your heart. And practice to become a good person. You must nourish your xin, your heart, to create a good heart inside you. You must also practice your de, your virtue and integrity, which is part of the phrase wude, ”Martial Ethics”.

This point is the most important, and the principle is called xiuxin, xiude: ”Cultivating your heart and cultivating your virtue”.
   ”When you practice gongfu,” Master Ma leans forward towards me to emphasize, ” you always need to think about how to use your energy, strength, and good heart from the practice to help others, and how to help society.”

(Very reminiscent of what a Daoist monk said when I interviewed him in the White Cloud Temple in Beijing: ”We need to become good people before we can become people of Dao!”)

2) Respect the teacher and his teaching, study diligently and train hard

3) Practice qigong first, then martial arts. You first need to get your health good and get a strong body before continuing with martial practices

4) First you need to know single movements in depth and very well, only after that can you learn forms


5) You need to learn the details in the movements of how to change the direction of force, and genuinely research this and understand it well. Why this way, why that way? How does it work in real fighting? And how can you change it, while in a real fight?
6) Your practice should include both good health, good heart, and the ability to use your skills in actual fighting and combat

7) The practice is good for intelligence, and should bring out your natural intelligence and enhance it

8) You cannot separate fighting ability in real life from health-care. If your practice has them separate, it is not really Chinese gongfu.


                                                                                                                                    Daniel Skyle © 2014






(You can read an earlier interview with master Ma Baoguo here: http://www.levandestillhet.se/artiklar/ma_baoguo. Both articles were published in Tai Chi Chuan Magazine in the UK, 2005 and 2014.)


Master Ma or teachers teaching his system can be contacted at http://www.hunyuantaiji.co.uk. Master Ma is soon publishing a book on his training-life and the styles he has learnt on the way. Daniel Skyle is an inner door student of Ma Baoguo. He is also a writer and a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine and acupuncture at his two clinics in Sweden. His blog in (mostly) English can be found at www.acupractitioner21.blogspot.se and you can find this article and others in English at www.levandestillhet.se/artiklar. He is currently publishing the first book on Daoism in Swedish, which includes interviews with Daoist monks and a go-through of classical Daoist and chinese medical texts and their training principles. It will be translated into English in 2016. Books to follow in the same series include one with essays on spirituality based on Daoist practices, and one with interviews with hermits in the mountains of China. He has recently begun a doctoral thesis on Chinese medicine in medical anthropology, based on interviews he is doing while studying Chinese medicine in China.