Gordon Faulkner is the principal instructor at the Chanquanshu School of Daoist Arts.
He is a closed door student of Professor Zhang Guangde, the founder of the modern
Daoyin Yangsheng system taught at Beijing Sports University.
The type of qigong taught in this book is the Daoyin Yangsheng which is a modern
healthcare system created by Professor Zhang Guangde. Professor Zhang created a comprehensive
system based on his study of traditional Daoyin, traditional Chinese Medicine and
a family system of “Exercises for Chronic Diseases” passed down to him by his maternal
grandfather. He developed the system when he became severely ill himself.
The forms in this book were created by Gordon Faulkner but based upon his knowledge
of the Daoyin Yangsheng system. The book includes stress relief and stress prevention
routines. Both routines have a standing and a sitting version for those who have
difficulty with the former.
The stress relief routine is the Yang half of the system. It’s more physically demanding
and is designed to work with the “fight and flight” reaction. The stress prevention
routine is the Yin half of the system and is designed to work with the stage 1 psychological
The routines themselves are very precisely described in the four sections dealing
with them. I was very impressed with the level of detail which is often lacking
in some qigong books. Unfortunately, as often is the case with qigong books, the
loose clothes worn by the models conceal the precise positions of the body somewhat
rather than make them crystal clear. It might look very aesthetic but I would have
thought that showing precise positions is more important.
It would be very useful to have a DVD of the forms to see the movement in actions.
It would make learning the forms a lot easier. Especially, if you are a beginner
to qigong, I wouldn’t recommend starting out by trying to learn a form from a book.
After the practice sections, there is a very illuminating chapter called “Principles
of Action” which explains the principles behind all the movements. This qigong system
is very soundly based in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. The relationship of
the movements to qi meridians and acupoints.
I can say that as a result of reading this book, I have been inspired to learn more
about this particular qigong system and to learn these particular forms.