August 31, 2010
March 14, 2010
To find a good teacher - or at least a teacher who seems to meet your individual needs as a student - there are probably several factors to consider.
One of the more obvious (yet often overlooked) ones is simply : 'do I like the person',
'do I warm to him/her as a person?'
Other, perhaps more conventional, factors to consider are to find out whether the students of that teacher are learning a complete system of any particular style, which would seem to be of fundamental importance in learning the internal methods of the martial arts in particular. You might also wish to ask to attend a training session (if appropriate) to get a feel for the dynamics of the school.
Another insightful way to determine a particular schools suitability for your needs as a student (keeping in mind, however, that these needs will change) is to look at and meet with the more senior students of the school - this is often a very insightful and helpful thing to do.
Such things as the 'lineage' of the school (and the teacher), and its association with other schools are also important to consider sometimes, yet it is not uncommon these days for schools (and teachers) to trade off this, 'talking the talk without having walked the walk', so the prospective student needs to keep this in mind.
Finally, I might add that not only should you as a student be considering what you can get from a school, but also what you can give to it.
February 12, 2010
Dear Dr. Roy Jenzen, as I'm planning to participate in one of your upcoming workshops of your school, I would like to know: For beginner students - what amount of time would you suggest to put into internal martial arts training a week?
Dear beginning student,
it depends on what your reasons are for doing this work -- if you want to simply improve your health, and maybe expand your life possibilities and potential, then an hour or so of (correct) practise every second day will usually be enough for you.
If, however, you want to go more deeply into the Daoist work and enter into the more demanding martial arts side of things as well, then it is generally best to have some kind of daily practise, so that the work you do today builds upon the work you did yesterday, and this 'informs' the work you will do tomorrow ...
February 10, 2010
Hi Mr. Roy Jenzen, your next workshop (May 1-3 Brighton, UK for beginners Qigong seems to be fully booked. Do you plan to offer another one in the near future in Europe?
Yes, due to big demands we have just posted the date for a second workshop in UK from May 28-30 Brighton, UK. (Beginner’s Qigong workshop, suitable for all levels). I would appreciate you to take part, all further infos are available on http://internalintent.com/wordpress