I have seen your articles in the martial arts magazines and would like to get your opinion on Qigong training. First off I took up Qigong when I went to New York, because I had a bad wrist injury from doing Muay Thai. I broke it three years ago and didn't realise at the time it was broken so kept training. A few months went by and I knew it was injured but didn't realise how badly until finally it got so painful that I went to an acupuncturist who told me to get it x-rayed. I went and did that and the doctor told me that it had been broken for the last few months. I broke the scaphoid and shut off all the circulation over those months.
So I then had surgery and got a screw fixed to heal the break. I then had surgery again later that year to remove the screw but it was unsuccessful and the screw is there to stay. I have bad flexibility and my wrist is very weak. I went back to Muay Thai but it gets very painful boxing with it. I did the first basic Qigong form with Shi-Goulin, a Shaolin monk based in New York. After about three months, it started to help my wrist and I could punch again without pain. However, I hurt it again and I keep breaking ligaments. Now, I would like to continue and advance in Qigong and I was hoping to get your advice on what you think. Is there a certain type of Qigong I would benefit from and do you think its possible to get my wrist really strong again? Your advice will be greatly appreciated. M, UK
Whenever anything is damaged, we must take care and let it recover. You may even find you cannot continue to do see my uncle who was a bonesetter. I then began training Wing Chun with him until his death some years later. The Siu Lim Tao training in Wing Chun helped the Qi to flow more strongly in my body and so helped to heal my wrist. Now, I have no problem. However, I gave it time to recover and did not use force on it. Because you have had surgery and have a steel pin fixed there, it is more difficult for the Qi to flow in its natural path. So it needs to create a new way and this will take time.
If you have had good results with the Qigong you have learned, then why not continue? No matter what style of Qigong you do, you must practise so the body can recover itself. If you do decide to learn another style, it should be you who decides as it will be you that must practise. However, if you do this, it is best that you do not mix the styles up and do not practise them at the same time. You never know what results may occur as you do not have enough experience yet. It is like eating and sleeping. You should not eat when you sleep, otherwise you may choke. I am sure you will find what is right for you and be able to help your
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