Studying with Lotus Nei Gong

Study within there Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts aims to take students through a classical and yet systematic process. Though there is much freedom within the way that we present our system, there is also the space for students to work through our teachings in a step-by-step fashion. In this manner, those who wish to move deep into the practice of Daoism can be sure that they are building the necessary foundations at each stage in their training. We achieve this by presenting the material within our school in several ways:

  • Through public courses
  • Through private events
  • Through courses levelled according to their complexity
  • Through structured two and half year long programs

It took Damo many years of teaching to understand exactly how to best present the material within our school. His difficulty was that he did not wish to water-down the practices as so often happens in the modern world. Students must still put in the effort to understand what are often quite complicated principles. At the same time as though there was also the challenge of ensuring that each student entering the school had the opportunity to fully grasp the material. The result of this is our teaching structure which aims to enable the diligent student to move in a structured manner deep into the internal processes of the Daoist tradition.

These structured syllabuses cover the arts of Nei Gong, Nei Dan, Taijiquan and Baguazhang. For more information on each of these arts and how to study them, please click on each of the links below:

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Nei Gong Syllabus

The practice of Nei Gong involves moving systematically through the internal process of change which Damo Mitchell has been training in for many years. Beginning with the conditioning of the body and the awakening of the energy system a person will be led in a step-by-step fashion into the more alchemical aspects of Daoist study. The tools which we use to move through this process are Dao Yin movements, Qi Gong exercises and meditative training.

Our system is divided into three main levels which represent the various stages of development which are emphasised at each stage of training. These levels can be viewed in the table to the right.

Different tools in the form of Dao Yin and Qi Gong training are utilised at each stage of development in order to help students understand and move through the Nei Gong process. These exercises, along with the process itself, are taught on various courses around the world and in classes by teachers trained by Damo Mitchell and his senior team.

Our courses are each labelled with a level number which indicates the level of difficulty involved in the exercises being taught.

Our site lists students who have been trained in Qi Gong and Nei Gong with us. Anybody not listed on our site as having been recognised as a teacher within our school is not qualified under us.

Note that our syllabus focuses largely upon conditioning of the physical body and transforming of its structure. This is because we use the physical body and its transformations as a way of telling when a person is ready to move on in their development. All internal changes bring tangible physical adjustments and so there are clear signs of when a person has reached a certain stage in their practice. We also teach the energetics and Qi manipulations alongside this syllabus, it is just that we dont specify the stages within the chart.

Baguazhang Syllabus

Our Baguazhang syllabus is from the Cheng tradition and alongside this we teach Hebei Xingyiquan as a supporting art. We teach with an equal emphasis upon form work, internal conditioning and partner exercises.

In order to help people move steadily through the syllabus we have divided the practice of Baguazhang/Xingyiquan into three main levels of difficulty, each building on the previous level. Each of these levels of study consists of nine parts and these elements of practice can be seen in the chart to the right.

For a student to progress steadily through each stage it generally takes around 2-3 years of study at each level. This is for those who are prepared to engage in a regular daily practice of the material. This amount of time is required to fully integrate and understand the information contained within each element of the art.

We teach classes and courses on the art of Baguazhang/Xingyiquan in various places around Europe. For more information on where this training takes place and who is registered with us to teach this material, please refer to the events section of this site as well as the classes page.

Only those people clearly named on this website have been qualified through us to teach our syllabus. Each of these teachers has been through rigorous training to ensure that they are at a high standard of practice.

Yang Taijiquan

Our Taijiquan syllabus is from the Yang family line though it incorporates many of master Huang’s technical variations. We teach with an equal emphasis upon form work, internal conditioning and partner exercises.

In order to help people move steadily through the syllabus we have divided the practice of Taijiquan into three main levels of difficulty, each building on the previous level. Each of these levels of study consists of nine parts and these elements of practice can be seen within the chart to the left.

For a student to progress steadily through each stage it generally takes around 2-3 years of study at each level. This is for those who are prepared to engage in a regular daily practice of the material. This amount of time is required to fully integrate and understand the information contained within each element of the art.

We teach classes and courses on the art of Taijiquan in various places around Europe. For more information on where this training takes place and who is registered with us to teach this material, please refer to the events section of this site as well as the classes page.

Only those people clearly named on this website have been qualified through us to teach our syllabus. Each of these teachers has been through rigorous training to ensure that they are at a high standard of practice.

Note that the syllabus begins with a focus upon correct structure and training but then by level 2 moves more into the martial and internal skills of the system.

Becoming a Part of the Teaching Team

The teachers within our school have all gone through intensive structured training and been thoroughly tested. Our standards are high and we have no wish to churn out countless unskilled practitioners. Many of our Qi Gong and Nei Gong teachers have completed lengthy training over a period of several years. During this time they have trained under the supervision of Damo and his senior teachers. In the case of martial arts teachers, all of them have studied for a number of years with Damo and undertaken lengthy retreats away from their normal lives in order to fully immerse themselves in the material.

There are several options for becoming a teacher within our school:

1 – Complete a QGC course

We regularly run Qi Gong certificate courses around the world. Those who join us on this training must attend a number of events over the course of two and half years. These events follow on from one another in order to develop a solid level of skill in the student. These courses include access to regular theoretical lectures and homework which must be completed in order to ensure that our standards are met.

These courses cover the level 1 material from within our Nei Gong syllabus which serves to build a strong foundation within our teachers in the basic level material within our school. Those who have showed the most commitment and skill development during this time are then allowed to undertake advanced Nei Gong training after this time.

2 – Regular training and development

There are also other teachers who have trained regularly in our material for a number of years on our public events. These students did not partake in our structured training programme but they maintained a regular practice and reached the desired skill level. These students are then told by Damo that they may teach within our school if they wish.

3 – Retreat training

Some of our teachers, and in particular the teachers of martial arts, have studied on prolonged retreats away from their normal lives. These students underwent very hard training in order to develop their skills. During these retreats students are watched for not only their skill level but also their character development, mental focus and ability to ‘keep going’ in the face of adversity. This is the only way to develop classical levels of ‘Gong Fu’