Description of Five Animal Play Qi Gong Online Learning Program
An incredible Qi Gong system based on imitating the natural movements of animals!
Five Animal Play is one of the oldest forms of Qi Gong. As early as 300 BCE, Daoist Immortals performed shamanic dances that imitated animals. Hua Tuo, the legendary physician of the late Han Dynasty learned these dances and created Five Animal Play.
Ancient immortals practiced “bear-hanging” and “turning the head like an owl” to stretch and relax the waist, body and joints in pursuit of longevity. I have a technique called the Five Animal Play based on the tiger, deer, bear, ape and bird -Hua Tuo
In this very unique version of Five Animal Play, each animal has a unique walking step that activates different organ and meridian systems, and each modulates the movement of the Qi in specific ways.
The Power of Imitating the Gait of Animals
The health and physical capabilities of human beings can be greatly enhanced by moving like specific animals, and in particular, by imitating the way different animals walked. Walking is one of our most primal movements. Walking contains inherent rhythms, a product of internal movements created by the external movements coupled with the Mind-Intention. In Five Animal Play, different modes of walking create specific patterns of internal vibrations, pulsations, and waves that move through the body’s largely fluid composition, each homing to and affecting different organs, meridians, and physical structures.
When practicing Five Animal Play we are not just imitating the external physical movements of the animals, we are also engaging with the power and potency of each animal – the spirit and the innate internal power dynamic particular to each animal. Benefit from and experience: the slow, stable gait of the Bear, the lightness and flexibility of the bird, the Deer’s relaxed limberness, the Tiger’s power and strength, and the agility and liveliness of the Monkey.
This program is also a must for Xing Yi Quan enthusiasts who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Xing Yi footwork and the Twelve Xing Yi Animals.
About Tom Bisio
Renowned internationally as a martial artist, Chinese medical practitioner, educator and author, Tom Bisio has taught martial arts since 1979. A licensed practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, from 1990-2015 Tom Bisio founded and directed a busy acupuncture clinic in New York City, specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine, and orthopedic conditions. In 2015 Tom took a sabbatical from clinical practice in order to write, teach and create online learning programs in martial arts, Qi Gong, and Chinese medicine.
Tom Bisio is founder of New York Internal Arts and Internal Arts International, which teach and promote the Chinese Internal Arts of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan and their connections to both Chinese medicine and the healing arts, and co-Founder of Zheng Gu Tui Na. In 2016 Tom created Practical Chinese Medicine, to teach courses in practical, hands-on Chinese medicine to hundreds of students across the United States, Canada and in Europe.
Tom Bisio began training in the martial arts at age 14, studying Isshin Kenpo Karate in high school, followed by intensive study of the Filipino martial arts, in Pekiti Tirsia Kali with Leo T. Gaje and Old Style Doce Pares (San Miguel Eskrima) with Filemon “Momoy” Canete. In 1979, Tom competed in full-contact stick fighting in Cebu, Philippines, where he was named Co-Champion in the Senior Instructor Division.
Beginning in 1984, Tom apprenticed in Chinese medicine and the internal styles of Chinese martial arts with Vince Black, and went on to apprentice with Chinese herbalists and experts in acupuncture, Qi Gong, Tui Na and Zheng Gu methods. Tom made numerous trips to China and South East Asia where he studied both medicine and martial arts with many different masters, including Li Gui Chang, Wang Shi Tong and Zhang Hua Sen, and his current teachers, Gao Ji Wu (Ba Gua Zhang), Zhao Da Yuan (Qin Na) and Song Zhi Yong (Xing Yi Quan).
Author of the popular book, A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors (Simon and Schuster), Tom has written numerous books on Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Qi Gong and meditation.
Tom Bisio has also collaborated with Chinese masters on a number of books, including The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang (2007) and The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang (2010) with Master Gao Ji Wu. Tu Na Si Ba (2014) and The Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang (2017) with Master Song Zhi Yong, and Practical Qin Na Volume 1 (2015) and Volume 2 (2016) with Master Zhao Da Yuan. In addition, Tom is co-author with Frank Butler on Zheng Gu Tui Na: A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook.
Tom’s most recent book is A Pearl From the Dragon’s Neck: Secret Revival Methods & Vital Points for Injury, Healing and Health from the Great Martial Arts Masters.
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