Here's his hard-won advice for what it's worth after teaching groups and privately for over thirty years:
- If any teacher, anywhere, insists that they have the secrets that no one else does... run, don't walk away from his or her over-priced classes. If the classes aren't over-priced, you will still have to pay either in blind loyalty or, as they used to say in less politically-correct times "on your back".
- Having found someone competent and reasonably honorable -- then learn attentively from that person for a long time. Becoming an eventual "master" is built on your own talent [if you have any, not everyone does] but it is also built on the technical skills earned by first copying someone who knows what they are doing;
- Sadly the corollary of that last statement is that you can't tell increasing levels of competence in other potential teachers until you have developed some on your own!
- Don't confuse solo training and qigong with martial training. The former does support the skills of the latter but the latter requires training with a variety of good partners along with aches, pains and the occasional bruise/minor injury to have ANY validity;
- learn to enjoy the training for its own sake and to change your priorities and training methods to suit your abilities as you age.
Good luck and I hope that you can enjoy and profit from your training whether it lasts a year or half a century as mine has.
Copyright Asserted Michael A. Babin ©2020