In the early 1990s, I felt I needed to improve my physical and mental
well-being, and decided to study Taiji (Tai Chi). I eventually joined a
Wushu Academy where I studied Wushu, a traditional Chinese Kung Fu, and
Qigong. Qigong is a form of traditional Chinese exercise that cultivates
Qi (vital energy) to improve fitness and health.
In early 1997, I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome in both wrists, which is a nightmare for most musicians. I
consulted my doctor and was told that I would need surgery to correct
the problem. Since I didnít want to undergo surgery, I decided to try
alternative methods of treatment. First I tried acupuncture, which
relieved some of the pain but would require many treatments and would
take a long time. Friends at the Wushu Academy recommended practicing
Qigong with one of their relatives, a Qigong Master who was well-known
in North America.
After practicing her Qigong for about four months, the pain in my wrists
disappeared. Impressed with the results, I began researching other
Qigongs. In the spring of 1998, I journeyed to China to learn more about
Qigong and to talk with various Qigong masters. While in China I
repeatedly heard about a new and very popular Qigong called Falun Gong.
Arriving in Taian one morning, I went to a park near my hotel to watch
the morning exercises of the various Qigong groups that were practicing
that day. There were a lot of groups practicing but only one interested
me. The music and movements were intriguing and I decided to join the
group and try the movements on the following day.
I awoke the next morning to find an extremely windy day; but
nevertheless went to the park to see if any of the groups were
practicing. Most Qigong masters advise against practicing outdoors in
windy or stormy weather as these conditions impede the proper flow of
energy. The only group that was practicing that day was the group that I
was interested in! I did the Falun Standing Stance exercise, one of five
exercises, that I will talk about later. The energy I felt that morning
was truly intense. Later on, I learned that the group was practicing
After returning to Canada in June 1998, I began to study with two Qigong
masters. Even so, I was still not satisfied that I had found the system
for me. Then destiny intervened. I located an English translation of the
book China Falun Gong. Totally impressed by what I read in the
book, I vowed to learn about and study Falun Dafa on my next trip to
China. At this point, I had no idea anyone was practicing locally; my
residence is just outside of Ottawa, Canada. Destiny came knocking again
when a local health magazine advertised Falun Gong classes at a high
school near me. I joined the group in early November 1998. Shortly after
practicing Falun Gong on a regular basis I stopped doing all other
Qigong systems, Taiji, and Wushu. I also gave away or sold my collection
of Qigong books.
I have been practicing Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) since then
and find that it offers me all that I looked for in a Qigong system. The
physical, mental, and spiritual benefits are outstanding. Put simply, I
feel the best I have ever felt.
In October 2001, no less than Zalnikor
Zundorum (he let us call him David Bohatyretz, coz it was easier to
pronounce, but only just...) himself came to visit our old Frimley base.
He was responsible for some fascinating improv music with both Jaws Of
The Flying Carpet and the international co-operative that is The Rotton
Kidz. While he was with us, I became quite intrigued with the strange
routine of 'exercises' he went through religiously every morning. So, I
asked him to write a little essay on his belief in Falun Gong for the
website I was planning "soon" (ahem). Having sat on the resulting
article for over a decade, I've recently returned it to David for
review. Et voila...
Part One: The Discovery
Greetings everyone. My name is David Bohatyretz, leader of Jaws of the
Flying Carpet, an improvisational-style band and co-founder of the group
Rotton Kidz. My good friend Mick Magic asked me to write an article
about Falun Dafa for his new website, so here it is.