About Dragon Kenpo Karate
15 September 2009: Medical Qi Gong
"Qigong (also spelled Qi gong, Chi Kung) is a system of self-healing that has been used in China for thousands of years to achieve health and longevity. These gentle yet powerful Qigong exercises combine three elements: abdominal breathing, slow movement, and visualization - to harmonize the body, mind and spirit. The dance-like movements (similar to Tai Chi) are both relaxing and invigorating." --- Deborah Davis, L.Ac., The Spirit of Qi Gong, a DVD that is designed for men and women.
In This Issue
Opening Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer: A Year Gone By
Featured Article: The Spirit of Qi Gong Product Review by Steve Amoia
Health Benefits of Tai Chi by Harvard Health Publications
Qi Gong Can Help Cancer Patients Live Longer
World Dragon Kenpo Featured in Walworth County Sunday Edition
Self-Defense and Tai Chi Classes Begin in October at University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Closing Comments by Coach Ron Pfeiffer
by Coach Ron Pfeiffer, Jr.
On 22 September 2009, Coach Pfeiffer was promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt by Mr. Rodney Lacey of the Defensive Arts Academy. Congratulations to Coach Pfeiffer on his latest achievement that demonstrates his perpetual commitment to the Art.
For those of you who may have been wondering what else is going on here's a brief outline. On September 26th, we will be holding 3rd quarter exams and a potluck dinner for all the members and families of our school. The University of WI at Parkside in Kenosha has once again renewed our contract for 6 week sessions in DK and TC which will start in Oct. This has been acting as a feeder program to our programs in Burlington and at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie.
As many of you know, this past June Jill and I were married on Atlantic Beach, NC. Thanks to everyone for their cards and best wishes. I have since moved to Pleasant Prairie. My son Ron has joined Jill and I and my two stepchildren here as well, and is back in training! It has been quite an adjustment, but we are all doing well in our new situation. Also while in NC, it was my pleasure to meet up with our good friend, Ed DellaCroce. His exam and well earned promotion to 3rd Degree Black Belt made our trip all the more memorial. Ed's mastery of technique and constant ability to adapt during his test was impressive.
Finally, let me welcome our new students, both online and in our local programs. What you will gain from the training is in direct proportion to your efforts. Recently, some new students were brought to my school by their mother. We spoke about events in the news and in their own lives which show us clearly that we need to prepare for whatever may come our way. Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. Then give 100% to achieve the results you desire.
Coach Ron Pfeiffer
by Steve Amoia
Qi Gong (Life force + Work or Purpose) is an ancient self-healing art from China that promotes Dan Tien abdominal breathing, graceful movements, and meditation. The practice of Qi Gong maintains health, prevents illness, and potentially increases our longevity.
Deborah Davis, L.Ac. received her Masters from Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the Medical Board of the State of California, the National Commission of Certification of Acupuncturists, and the Oregon Board of Examiners. She is the author of "Women's Qi Gong for Health and Longevity."
The Spirit of Qi Gong is a self-paced distance learning program designed for men and women. It is based upon the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with the healing sounds of nature. The DVD is 62 minutes in length, and was produced in 1999. It is sold via her web site, and also at Amazon.com.
Benefits of Qi Gong
- Slow aging
- Stimulate sexual vitality
- Balance hormones
- Reduce stress
- Enhance memory
My first impression of the contents was the beautiful images, sounds, and natural surroundings. The imagery helps to enhance the emotional and physical benefits of Qi Gong. In my opinion, the different environments that she uses to demonstrate exercises and healing sounds are extremely tranquilizing in and of themselves. They help to prepare your mind and body for optimum results from the various movements. The exercises and movements have a dance-like quality, and I found them to be very enjoyable.
Ms. Davis has a soothing voice, and is a very patient teacher. While she is the principal instructor, all of the movements feature students to provide a different perspective. She stresses the importance of the basics of qi gong, along with warm-ups. For example, the proper stance, along with Dan Tien (sea of Chi point) rhythmic abdominal breathing. Proper inhalation is a key component for all of the exercises and movements. Each movement, which are executed by six repetitions, is associated with a specific healing sound. For example, "shh..." (similar to the sound of the wind) for the lungs, and "who" for the spleen.
Five Chinese Elements
Metal: Lungs and Large Intestine. Season of Autumn.
Water: Kidneys and Bladder. Season of Winter.
Wood: Liver and Gallbladder: Season of Spring.
Fire: Heart and Small Intestine: Season of Summer.
Earth: Spleen, Pancreas, and Stomach: Season of Indian Summer.
One thing that I found very educational was her demonstration of various acupuncture meridians. This helps you to understand the reason for a specific movement, and also teaches you some of the more prominent meridians. Such as the lung, kidney, spleen, and heart, respectively. If you take a look at the bottom of this blog, you can view detailed diagrams of acupuncture meridians.
Complement to Dragon Kenpo and Tai Chi
The slower motions and movements of Qi Gong would be a good complement to the study of Kenpo or other harder (Yang) arts. If you have studied any of the Tai Chi modules by Dr. Paul Lam, you will find these Qi Gong exercises and forms easier to execute. But mastery is another matter. Qi Gong has to be practiced daily. Much like herbal medicine, it acts as a tonic to keep us in balance, flexible, and flowing.
My Rating: Five stars. *****
by Harvard Health Publications
The Harvard Medical School Health Publications newsletter had an interesting feature in May on Tai Chi. In fact, Harvard has a special division called the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program. Mainstream acceptance of alternative health programs is a key development. When promoted by an institution such as Harvard, a foundation is put into place for potential acceptance of Tai Chi as a necessary addition to our health care regimen.
Here are a few excerpts from their newsletter:
"Tai chi is often described as 'meditation in motion,' but it might well be called 'medication in motion.' There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age," says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard Medical School's Osher Research Center.
Muscle strength. In a 2006 study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Stanford University researchers reported benefits of tai chi in 39 women and men, average age 66, with below-average fitness and at least one cardiovascular risk factor. After taking 36 tai chi classes in 12 weeks, they showed improvement in both lower-body strength (measured by the number of times they could rise from a chair in 30 seconds) and upper-body strength (measured by their ability to do arm curls).
Flexibility. Women in the 2006 Stanford study significantly boosted upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.Source: The Health Benefits of Tai Chi: Harvard Health Publications, May 2009.
Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one's body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments.
Eastway.com, which is based in Shanghai, China, had an interesting article that appeared in August about the effects of Qi Gong on cancer.
Here are a few excerpts:
"With funding from the United States-based National Cancer Institute, experts from University of Illinois and Shanghai University of Sport studied 80 members of Shanghai Cancer Rehabilitation Club.
The researchers found those who regularly practice qigong are in better physical and mental health and have a lower rate of cancer reoccurrence than those who don't. They did not provide numbers.
The 80 people, who have all survived cancer for more than 10 years, were divided into two groups of 40. One group was composed of qigong practitioners while the other group's members did not do qigong. The two groups were of similar ages and had survived cancer for similar lengths of time."
To learn more, please click here.
Walworth County Sunday Edition
Coach Ron was interviewed for a feature about Internet technology in the Walworth County Sunday publication on 02 August 2009 by Margaret Plevak.
Also featured in the image below are WDK members Nick Angelici and Mike Sokolski. Coach Ron can be seen in the background.
To read the article in full, please click the image or here.
at University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Coach Ron will teach two classes that begin in October. The information below is courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Fall 2009 Mini Course Brochure. I am certain that you will agree that the fee is very reasonable. I would urge local residents to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about self-defense and Tai Chi. Please forward this newsletter and/or the link below to your friends.
If you have further questions, please contact Coach Ron or click here to view the brochure online. The courses are listed in the Mind & Body section on page 7.
You can register online at www.uwp.edu. Please use the keyword: tickets.
Tai Chi For Health
6 Fridays, begins October 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Simple movements in Sun Style Tai Chi
as taught by Dr. Paul Lam beginning with
the Six Basic Movements. Tragically, large
numbers of people in modern society have
back problems (in fact, lower back pain is the
number two reason people miss work!). Tai
Chi practice leads to more flexibility in the
spine and better overall movement which can
improve sports performance (baseball, golf,
tennis etc.) As we age, our balance slowly
and insidiously worsens until one day, we
fall. A quarter of all older people who break
hips are dead within a year. Better balance
comes from daily practice. Use it or... lose it.
Additionally Tai Chi is extremely effective
in reducing stress and increasing vitality.
The slow, powerful movements, combined
with deep re-vitalizing breathing produces
relaxation almost immediately. Limit 15.
Instructor: Ron Pfeiffer
6 Fridays, begins October 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
You will learn:
• Laws governing self-defense (what you can
and can’t do!)
• How to defend yourself against armed
• Develop the skills to recognize an attacker
prior to an actual assault
This course is designed for adults of all fitness
levels and ages. The techniques learned are
simple, yet very effective. No complicated
routines; just successful, proven skills that
could save your life! Elite military, counter
terrorism and law enforcement personnel
around the world use the techniques
taught here. This training provides an
integrated approach of effective striking/
joint locks/pressure points combined with
an understanding of the law regarding self-defense.
Online access to lessons. Limit 15.
Instructor: Ron Pfeiffer
by Coach Ron Pfeiffer
Important Notice To All Members
All Student/Instructor members are reminded that advancement and promotion are not automatic. Contact Coach Pfeiffer or your local instructor if you have questions or to request advancement information.
Please remember to keep your information updated so that the World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self-Defense can serve you in the best way possible! The articles within this newsletter are the views of the writer and not necessarily the views of World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self-Defense.