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The Kaizen Sensei Speaks About Pain

As a baby boomer, I’m writing this blog to address a subject matter that is intimate to us, people our ages.

 It is relentless.

It is undeniable.

It is bothersome.

It is that four letter word: PAIN.

I realize that pain attacks us in so many ways, more specifically, psychological, but today I’m  about how it affects our body, How we are reminded each and every freaking morning when we wake up. I apologize, but for the past 20 years, I’ve lived with it and, I’m sure, many of you will agree, it sucks.

I have already gone through the regimen of consulting doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, taking over-the-counter drugs and herbs and supplements and the dangerous prescription pain medication, that I’ve chosen not to take, participated in various exercises that included Pilates, gym training, Qigong, Tai Chi, and yoga.

I’ve changed my diet and lost weight, which I’ve gained back, drank gallons of water, rubbed ointments, and practiced mindful meditation.

What I’ve found out is that, in my age (mid-60’s, class of 1971, whoooo whoooo), pain does not go away. The doctor suggests surgery, but after hearing about the success and failure rates, I’m not confident that it’s an option until such time it becomes a “no option” decision.  Right now, I have a choice.

So, I’ve got this wild hair to look into what we’re doing to deal with this. I’m going go through my own personal research and data mine facts and myth. I’m not going to say it’s anything near scientific, but it’s a journey I’m going to take, record and document.

Be forewarned, I’m going to take a “far out” hippie approach, review ideas and options like aroma therapy, sound and vibrations, affirmations, biofeedback, gut flushing, religion, spiritual, healing votices in Sedona,  Macchu Picchu and San Francisco’s Tenderloin (kidding about SF), and last but not least, cannabis and hemp.

So stay tuned.  The series begin when the Baby Boomer Sensei Speaks!

Tai Chi for Humanity

Recently, I was recognized for my volunteer work teaching Qigong and Tai Chi at a local Cancer Center.  I was both humbled and appreciative and thank my teachers and mentors who helped me be a vessel of their wisdom and contributions.

What Is Tai Chi / Qigong?

People think Tai Chi is about elderly Asians in a park, moving slowly like astronauts on the moon.  

I even had a friend ask me if it was one of those expensive coffee house drinks; I told him, "No, that drink would be "chai tea.”

A fast growing exercise with about 85 million training it daily internationally (source:, there's more than just Asians or old folks making it part of their lives, with or without tea.

Practicing Tai Chi helps improve respiratory function in patients with COPD

The following is a newly published article that I think will benefit people who suffer from COPD.  

April 4, 2018, Elsevier

Finding ways to help patients with COPD improve their functional status is an area of interest for pulmonary healthcare providers. Currently, pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is used where available to improve exercise capacity and quality of life, but the treatment requires access to trained staff and specialized facilities. A new study in the journal CHEST looked at Tai Chi as a lower cost, more easily accessed treatment option. Investigators found that this slow, methodical form of exercise is equivalent to PR for improving respiratory function in patients with COPD.

To read full article click here

Supporting data can be found at CHEST

Tai Chi Beats Aerobics for Fibromyalgia Pain

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from fibromyalgia, new research suggests tai chi might do more than aerobic exercise to ease your chronic pain.

"Tai chi mind-body treatment results in similar or greater improvement in symptoms than aerobic exercise, the current most commonly prescribed nondrug treatment, for a variety of outcomes for patients with fibromyalgia," the study authors wrote.

To read the rest of the article, go to:

Tai Chi Beats Aerobics for Fibromyalgia Pain

My Tai Chi Story

My Tai Chi Story

I’ve practiced Tai Chi for over 40 years, learned and experienced the tremendous benefits, how it’s kept me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (translated means “grand ultimate fist”) is an internal martial art created about 300 years ago, when a Buddhist monk observed movements between a snake and crane fighting.  The monk emulated these movements and created a method of martial arts.  Years passed and this exercise was developed into what we know now is Tai Chi and Kung fu.  

Benefits of Tai Chi Energy: Healing and Staying Healthy

By Sensei Domi

Staying fit and healthy are things we seniors or baby boomers think about all the time.  As soon as we wake up and roll out of bed, the aches and pains remind us of our ages.

My wife and I were at a friend's house, sharing wine and conversation.  Aside from talking about grandchildren, retirement, and fixed incomes, we talked about our health, how once vibrant and athletic we were, now reduced to taking handfuls of pills --  our bane: arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure; in essence, taking synthetic prescription medication to stretch the inevitable.

Gotta stay alive, right?  But is pill taking our only option?

Anti-Aging, DHEA and Qigong

By Sensei Domi

As a long time martial artist who now trains Taijiquan and Qigong every day, I’ve definitely enjoyed some of the neat benefits, one of them is appearing youthful, years younger than what my nearly 60 years on this earth presents.  Everyone who I meet with ask me what my secret is, I tell them that I eat right, avoid stress, enjoy life and most importantly, exercise daily, more specifically qigong and taijiguan, you may know it more as Tai Chi.

Qi Gong: Anti-Aging Tool Article Reprint from

By Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT

Qi gong is one of the most powerful tools for staying young and nourishing longevity. How does it work?

Builds Internal Strength and Suppleness

Unlike other forms of traditional western exercise, qi gong trains the energy of the body to invigorate internal organs to promote balanced health and prolong youthful appearance.

Tai Chi for Cancer Patients and Survivors

I decided that it's time I help cancer patients and survivors with my skills.  If I can, in a small way, provide hope and inspiration, then it's all worth it.  Wednesday morning 10 to 11.  See calendar below.

Tai Chi Can Ease PTSD in Vets

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The Incredible Story of Guolin: Cancer Survivor

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This is the  story of Guolin. I'm sure many of you have no idea who she is.  But for those of you who have or have had cancer, this is a story, I’m sure, you'll like.

Ms. Guo Lin taught traditional Chinese painting and, at 43, was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  She had her uterus removed in 1949 while in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, it spread to her bladder and, in 1960, had half of it removed.  After four additional operations, the doctors gave up and, in 1964, told her she had months to live.

Not one to give up hope, she searched for options. Then by chance, she found, while cleaning her home, ancient Qigong texts left to her by her late grandfather (a Taoist priest).  Without a sifu or instructor, she self-taught herself these forms.  Incredible as this sounds, in after six months, Guolin’s cancer went into remission.

Mindfulness of Normal

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Recently, I revisited the practice of mindful meditation. For those who aren't aware, it’s simply the ability the focus on the moment.

Now think about it?  How many of us can focus on one thing; for example, a job to be done without distraction; multitasking, listening to headsets while cooking, watching television while texting, or thinking about a multitude of things while walking to work.  

David Dorian Ross' 16 Step Yang Style Form

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The 70% Rule

Summer, late 1960’s, I earned college money by working in the Delano grape fields.  My Filipino co-workers were in their 60’s and 70’s, including my dad, who worked and moved about with ease and efficiency. 

Those of you who had the pleasure of doing this kind of work appreciated the conditions and methodologies needed to get through a decent ten-hour day (at the time 10-hour days were the norm).

As I struggled to keep up with this back breaking work, my dad would tell me to “take my time, but hurry up.”

I was young, strong and athletically fit.  Hurrying up was not problem.  Doing it efficiently like my dad and his compatriots was not possible.  I didn’t have the wherewithal to “take my time.”

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70 Percent Rule

People Who Practice Tai Chi Stay Mentally Sharp

As I surf the web, I do my share of reading and, in doing so, discovered this recent article (July 10, 2015) that supports the theory that those who practice tai chi regularly stay mentally sharp.  Well, that's good for me as I can attest my pencil isn't as sharp as it used to be and wonder how much dull it would be had I not practice, faithfully, my daily and early morning tai chi.  I'm going to be one to lead the charge on this, validated or not.  These articles and studies give me credence on why I promote this exercise and martial arts.  So click on the link below and get yourself practicing tai chi everyday.  It ain't no worse than taking those prescription pills every morning!!!

New Study Links Long-Term Tai Chi Mind-Body Exercise to Improved Cognitive Function in Older Adults Study Published in the July 2015 Issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine