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Shaolin Neigong for Health and Self Defense Seminars and Classes

Learn Rare Life Preserving and Health Enhancing Qigong Exercises
for Your Physical and Mental Health and Vitality
- Also Greatly Improve Your Martial Arts and Sports Skills and Abilities

If you are interested in:

Then, you can learn Natural Traditional Chinese Qi Gong and Martial Arts for Health and Self Defense, thousands of years old material that can directly benefit you today! As reported by doctors, hospitals, research studies, and students around the world, Qigong practice is very beneficial to the quality of your life. The famous Dr. Oz, Oprah's medical guru, on his television program also espoused qigong as a way to “add years to your life” and reduce stress.

Material taught will be fit to your needs and condition - can be done by anyone of any age.

What is Qigong? (pronounced CHEE Gong; also known as Chi Gong / Gung or Nei Gong or even Chinese Yoga)

Qigong is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of energy within the human body, and enhance a practitioner's overall health. Qigong's gentle movements, meditation, and breathing techniques cleanse and strengthen the immune system and Life Energy (Qi). The ideas and movements originated thousands of years ago in China. There are also many forms of Qigong that are done with little or no movement at all, in standing, sitting and supine positions; likewise, not all forms of Qigong use breath control techniques. There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods.

Why practice Qigong?

There are three main reasons why people practice Qigong:
1) To gain strength, improve health, or reverse a disease
2) To gain skill working with qi, so as to become a healer
3) To become more connected with the "Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit", for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe.

Who should learn Natural Traditional Chinese Qigong and Martial Arts?

Any person considering a start or an improvement in physical skills (golf, tennis, baseball, football, wrestling, contact sports of all types), self discipline, unity of mind and body, weight control, confidence, stress control, self motivation, and overall physical fitness should seriously consider learning Natural Traditional Chinese Qi Gong. This program provides excellent physical training and is recommended to all persons regardless of age, sex, or size. These specially designed exercises and proper breathing techniques will greatly increase one's cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, motor coordination, reflexes, and self control. In addition, one has the opportunity to learn a fascinating art while learning very practical health enhancement and self defense techniques.

Men find the study of Natural Traditional Chinese Qi Gong an excellent way to maintain physical fitness, relieve daily pressures, and increase self confidence in the areas of daily problem solving.

Women find the Natural Traditional Chinese Qi Gong system to be an amazing way to keep in shape, lose weight, and tone the muscles while developing peace of mind and tranquility.

Even children benefit immensely from learning Natural Traditional Chinese Qi Gong. Through the practice of forms and techniques, children will develop great motor coordination, sharpen their reflexes, improve memory and concentration, and at the same time have fun while developing self confidence, self discipline, and self defense techniques - A MUST IN TODAY'S WORLD.

Shaolin Neigong for Health and Self Defense Seminar material:

This is the ONLY seminar in the world that shows both the health benefits AND the HIDDEN self defense aspects of the Shaolin Qigong / Neigong set movements. No other seminar teaches the long hidden self defense aspects of neigong!

The seminar material will be teaching the true ancient core body mechanics, body alignments, internal energy movement, healing benefits, and core techniques of the pre-modern times Shaolin Qigong and Neigong, which date back a few thousand years.

Most importantly, instruction will be given in HOW to feel the movements by using the deeper muscles, correct body mechanics, correct body alignment, and correct rooting.

Second, during the seminar, origin and history information will be covered, including:

During the seminar, information will prove why these methods work best for self defense; show how they are done this way; and show some applications to the movements.

Also shown will be how this Shaolin material is the link between Shuai Jiao / Tong Bei and Shaolin Long Fist, and how this Shaolin material is the true origin of and lays the proper foundation for a deeper understanding of Tai Ji Quan, Xinyi Quan / Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang internal styles. Without this true learning of the most ancient methods and body mechanics, one can attempt to practice internal martial arts for many decades but will never be able to generate any internal energy for healing and self defense.

As a foundation to the Shaolin material, the following Qi Gong sets are taught that are part of the Shaolin Rou Gong (Soft or Supple Exercises) system:

After learning and MASTERING all 3 sets, the student will be able to have the CORRECT body mechanics and internal energy development and movement necessary to truly understand and perform the most ancient and traditional methods of Shaolin Long Fist and support a strong foundation for mastering the other internal arts of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi, and Ba Gua.

If interested in private and or public classes and seminars, please contact the instructor, Mr. Salvatore Canzonieri via email: or as shown on the Contact Page.

Background Information on Qigong and Neigong:

A few thousand years ago, esoteric Chinese Taoists developed physical exercises, breathing methods, and meditation methods that worked the inside of the body to increase one’s health and spiritual well being. This “internal” work was called “Neigong”. Neigong emphasized coordinating body movements with breathing techniques, which was called “Qigong” (i.e., ‘Breathing / Energy Skills’), in specific ways to develop internal strength by ‘harmonizing inner and outer energy’. Internal strength was designed to amplify the effect of physical actions while reducing the effort involved in doing them. Emphasis was placed on the elasticity of the body, the mobility of the joints, the support of the skeletal structure, the twisting and stretching of the organs and connective tissue, and the proper alignment of the body’s parts in order to move as a unified whole. Indian “Yoga” is a better known art that was also developed and practiced to benefit one’s body and inner spirit in a similar fashion.

Qigong originated through the Chinese philosophy of  Taoism with its first recorded history in the I Ching (Book of Changes). Qigong has subsequently been influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and medical beliefs. Currently, it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture and herbal remedies. Its basic premise is to treat the origin of disease in the whole person – body, mind/emotions, spirit – by looking at the imbalance of the entire human system.

It does this through a system of energy pathways, also used in acupuncture, known as meridians. Qigong exercises are designed to clear blocked energy in different body organs. It is acupuncture without needles, exercises you can do yourself that induce self-healing.

Some of the basic principles of Neigong are: the traditional Chinese belief that the body has something that might be described as an “energy field” generated and maintained by the natural respiration of the body, known as “qi”; the belief that this ‘qi’ (i.e., the life energy inside a person) flows and moves though the body and is assisted by the internal organs; the release of external and internal tension; the letting go of muscular strength to perform specific techniques and postures; a heightened self awareness of internal body structure and posture; the development of ‘root’ by lowering the body’s center of gravity, whereby the origin of movement is lowered within the body, which is believed to cause a sinking of ‘qi’ or internal energy; combining the normally separated areas of the body into one integrated, unified, and powerful whole; the coordination of specific breathing methods with bodily movements, and the development of an internal peace or calm emotional state.

Neigong practices cause the whole body to move in a continuously stretching, expanding and contracting, opening and closing motion. Eventually the body is fluid enough to move very quickly as needed with an absence of central nervous system reaction lag time; great power can be issued with little movement. This twisting of the body causes the organs to twist as well, which activates the organs to have a detoxification reaction, whereby the liver, intestines, and other organs release toxins that were stored deep in the body so that they can be flushed out. The ultimate aim of this neigong practice was to make the practitioner one with nature, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Class and Seminar Instructor: Salvatore Canzonieri

Mr. Canzonieri has a BA degree in Behavioral Science from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Mr. Canzonieri has been practicing traditional Chinese martial arts since 1975 in such styles as Shuai Jiao (Chinese art of takedowns), Tong Bei, Shaolin, Xing Yi, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Qua, and others. He has been conducting research in the history of traditional Chinese martial arts styles for over 20 years and is most known for his history based articles in various martial arts magazines, such as “Kung Fu Qi Gung” magazine, Han Wei magazine,  and other publications all over the world (translated in Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese languages). Mr. Canzonieri has also judged routines for 5 years during the 1990s at the Han Wei Martial Arts Tournaments. He also taught classes for the Diversity Program, at Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, on ancient Shaolin methods of Qi Gung, Self Defense, and empty hand sets. In the year 2000, Mr. Canzonieri won a Theodore Vail Award (for saving person's life using his Neigong knowledge). Currently, Mr. Canzonieri has been the chief instructor of The Whippany Kung Fu Club (over 20 years), residing in New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Canzonieri, is now accepting new students for a weekly evening program featuring Natural Traditional Chinese Qigong and Martial Arts, which includes Qi Gung energy exercises ("Chinese yoga") for health and relaxation, stretching and conditioning, self defense, sports skills improvement, and more.

He also is available for Qigong and Self Defense seminars in the USA and overseas. Mr. Canzonieri taught Shaolin Neigong and Self Defense seminars in Valencia Spain in 2008 and 2009; he has taught Qigong in Alia, Sicily from 2000 to 2005; and many private classes and seminars in New York City, New Jersey, California, and Texas in the USA. Seminars and Private lessons are available, please contact:


Following are some responses to Shaolin Qigong Seminars given in 2008 and 2009 - Valencia Spain:

My name is Victor Santiago. For many years of my life I was training Judo, and today I am a Taichi trainer under instructions from Johan Duquet, a year and a half more or less. During may 23, may 24 and may 25 of the current year, I attended the Nei Gong seminar conducted by Salvatore Canzonieri.

At the end of the course, I remain very surprised about the ignorance, which some practitioners of any martial art, have about the origin of the same regarding to internal control and breathing. As conclusion, and about this ancient discipline, it was a very interesting experience, both from a cultural point of view as practical.

All of us noted that, the experience and knowledge of Salvatore Canzonieri are infinite, as well as his dedication and humility submitted to teach the course. Only to say that, in the future, I will attend to all seminars that Salvatore Canzonieri teach and that I recommend to anyone who is interested in these subjects. To congratulate both the professor Salvatore Canzonieri, as the organizer of the same Johan Duquet.

Thank you.

from Victor Santiago - Junio 2008


El contenido del seminario me ha permitido mejorar la fluidez y velocidad de respuesta de mi técnica, gracias al aprendizaje de algunas de las técnicas internas básicas, que permiten responder a gran cantidad de situaciones a partir de movimientos (aparentemente) sencillos. Salvatore puso a nuestra disposición y sin reservas, sus extensos conocimientos no sólo del kung fu tradicional, sino de otros estilos y artes marciales.

"The contents of the seminar has permitted me to improve the flow and reaction time of my techniques, thanks to learning some of the basic internal techniques, that allow responding to whole myriad of situations starting from some (to the eye) simple movements. Salvatore did not only reveal without holding anything back his extensive knowledge on traditional kungfu but also on other styles and martial arts."

from Juan Guillermo Jordan Aldásoro

"The classes that Salvatore Canzonieri gave at the University of Valencia have been really useful for me to understand how to improve my gongfu technique by using adequate respiration and positioning. Additionally, Salvatore Canzonieri shared with us his great knowledge of martial arts history, and Shaolin history more specifically, with insight in many martial arts styles and interconnections."

from Yves JULIEN

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