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Why Choose Spirit Dragon Institute?
Authentic Direct Transmission of Traditional Arts
Our Online Lessons allow you to learn Authentic Traditions without moving half way around the world or breaking your bank account to travel and take seminars. You can develop a close long term relationship with a traditional teacher and learn authentic material in a modern and convenient way!
We Have Been Offering Online Lessons Since 2010!
A lot of people are offering online lessons now. But do they really know what they are doing? Do you really want to waste your money and time to find out? You can rest assured that at Spirit Dragon Institute we have been doing this for a long time and we know what we are doing.
Our Founder and Head Instructor
Sifu Franklin Fick
Sifu Fick has spend his entire life studying, training, and teaching traditional Chinese Kung Fu. His journey has taken him around the world, with over a decade spent living in Asia. In addition to martial arts, as a teenager his teachers also introduced him to Qigong and Energy Healing. And, he went on to earn a degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
He has studied with some very distinguished teachers. Some have been direct linage holders, Taoist priests, and inheritors of rare and closed door material. Because of his hard work and sincerity, his teachers accepted him and taught him thoroughly. The knowledge that he has gained over the years is both rare and precious.
Over the years he has seen what happens when his own teachers have retired or passed on. Usually the transmission of knowledge to future generations becomes broken. In his own experience teaching since 1993, most students, even when interested in studying an art, are limited by geography and time (fitting lessons into their busy schedule).
He saw the internet as a tool to help overcome these obstacles and started teaching online classes in 2010. The goal was to use modern technology to help preserve and pass on these precious arts so that future generations may continue to study and benefit from them. Over the years the school has evolved and changed to better meet these goals. Today we can say that we are very proud of what we have accomplished and invite anyone who is interested to join and take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn.
"All the knowledge shared here is impressive!"
"Your presence comes through so beautifully on the videos... "
"The instruction videos are good. It is almost as good as when I had classes with you in person."
We believe that training should be used to cultivate and transform the body and mind. If we were only concerned about the long history of the arts we practice the subject would be very interesting but we are after much more. The experiences and methods of cultivation and practice have been past down for us to practice, benefit from, and pass on to the next generation.
The Chinese view the body as a complex interconnected organism that has the capability to evolve. The body is not just composed of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood but also energy pathways, energy reservoirs, and spirit. The methods used to cultivate and change the body work from the most gross and physical level and proceed to the more subtle and immaterial. The process can be compared to building a house. The most important part is the foundation. This is what supports all further components and work.
A strong foundation is built in the physical level by strengthening the body, opening the joints, relaxing tension, improving alignment, and freeing energy blockages. These are not goals that can be achieved but instead are refinements that are made through continual practice over time. As the body is refined the health naturally improves. Further cultivation brings about unity of the body, mind, and spirit.