This traditional energy cultivation system has
five primary levels of training. Three of these trainings (Golden
Shield, Pillars, Brushes) are stand alone, meaning any of them can
be done separately and need not be done in any particular order.
The other two are built upon the abdominal level of training (Golden
Bell, Crown). Should one complete all five levels of training and
wish to continue there are advanced levels of training. Thus Golden
Shield Qi Gong can be a stand-alone 6-8 month intensive training
or a multi-year evolutionary process.
Level I- Golden Shield: The Abdomen
Perhaps the best suited training for busy Americans, Golden Shield
rapidly enhances one’s energy production, circulation, and
storage. By stimulating the function of the digestive organs and
drawing one’s energy into their “center” students
begin to feel more centered and vital. Golden Shield is an extremely
wise investment in one’s health and longevity.
Level II- Golden Bell: The Torso
In Chinese Medicine all the meridians of the body go through the
torso region of the body. Through a wide variety of training tools
this training overhauls the entire region, opening the meridians,
enhancing the strength of bone in the spine and ribcage, and vibrating
the internal organs. Internal herbs are used in this level to support
the body’s intense energetic development. This training takes
roughly 1 – 2 years to complete.
III- Golden Crown: The Head
Golden Crown is the favorite training of most students. This intense
and exhilarating training enhances mental functioning, strengthens
the bones of the skull and spine and serves to integrate the head
and the body. Evolution of this area is accomplished through the
use of meditations, physical stimulation, and internal herbal formulas.
This training takes roughly 10 months to complete.
Golden Brushes-The Hands: Golden Brushes is an
intensive training system designed to improve the health strength,
flexibility, and resilience of ones arms hands and wrists. By combining
physical/energetic training, meditations/visualizations, and herbal
soaks, the muscles, tendons and bones of the arms and hands are
completely revitalized. This training can be very helpful for those
that depend on the agility and health of their hands for their profession,
or anyone wishing to keep their hands/arms/wrists functioning well.
Golden Pillars-The Legs: Golden Pillars is a dynamic
seven-month intensive training system designed to improve the health
strength, flexibility, and resilience of ones arms feet, ankles
and knees. This training can be very helpful for those who feel
their legs/knees weakening, for athletes who want to enhance their
performance, or for anyone wishing to develop this region of the
For all levels, the training entails two classes per month (four
in Santa Cruz, any of which can be attended by Palo Alto and Monterey
students), and 3/4 -3 hours (depending on the training) of self
initiated training per week. Each training level is also accompanied
by external or internal herbal formulas that have been passed down
with each generation of practitioners.
In each level we apply progressively challenging physical stimulation,
giving each area of the body a reason or need to grow. This enhances
overall energy production, storage and circulation. Each level of
training also includes moving and sitting meditations to compliment
the physical training and enhance mind/body/energy connection. The
result is the transformation of the entire energetic system and
greatly enhanced levels of health. See Benefits of Training page for more details.
1 Person Bat Level of Golden Bell
Tile Breaking at the End of Golden Brushes
Moving Meditaion of Golden Brushes