Martial Arts and Medicine Talk: Justin Flinner, L.Ac., M.Ac. in Washington D.C.

Justin Flinner is a champion level martial artist, veteran competitor in both Modern Wushu and Traditional Fu Style Gong Fu. I caught up with him at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine where he was teaching Qigong. His practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine is in Washington D.C.

Clinic: http://www.mymetromedicine.com

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Our interview VIDEO here: (Pardon the air traffic: planes and helicopters)

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1. Briefly list your martial arts history.
My martial arts career began with me practicing Taekwondo from Master Ron Mager in western PA. After going off to college, I began studying Chinese Wushu from Master Nick Gracenin. Sometime later, I became an indoor student (Tu Di) of his and was accepted into the Peng FeiWushu Association, for which he is the director. Under his tutelage, I studied Nan Quan, Chang Quan, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Ji Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Ying Zhao Quan (Eagle Claw), Drunken Boxing &Sword, Tang Lang Quan (Praying Mantis), weapons training (staff, broadsword, straightsword, spear, double and single 9-section whips, three-section staff, rope dart, and several others), martial Qi Gong, and many other styles.

Justin doing Double Whip Chain, “World Tai Chi Day” at the Washington Mall.

2. What competition awards do you have/accomplishments.
2005 was a big year for me in the martial arts circuit: I was U.S. Men’s National Champion in Internal Martial Arts at the U.S. Wushu Union Nationals in Las Vegas; Grand Champion at the U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Championhips in Winchester, VA; and Grand Champion and Black Belt Champion at Midland Martial Arts Tournament in Midland, Michigan. Also, from 2005-2006, I was selected to be a team member of the U.S. Wushu Union National team. During my career as a martial artist, I have competed in numerous martial arts tournaments and have been fortunate enough to have received dozens of awards and medals over the years.

Fu Zhen Song: Creator of Fu style gong fu
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more about Fu Zhen Song

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3. List some of the teachers and favorite seminars/teachers you have attended.
I have been extremely fortunate to have such great martial arts teachers throughout the years. Undoubtedly, the teacher who has had the most impact on me to this day is my current teacher and Shi Fu; Master Nick Gracenin. While under his instruction, I have had the opportunity to learn from other great masters such as Master Liang Shou Yu, Master Yang Jwing Ming, Master An Tian Rong,
Master Tony Yang, Master Fu Sheng Long, Master Sun De Yao, in addition to many others.

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4. Education background
My education began with learning Electrical Engineering, but I later switched and received my Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Rehabilitative Science. In 2013, I received my Master’s Degree in Acupuncture. Also, from 2005-2006, I lived in Nanjing, China studying Chinese language at Nanjing University and Nanjing Normal University.

Justin trained in Oriental Medicine at Maryland School:
Maryland Institute of Health
http://www.muih.edu/

Justin also teaches Oriental Medicine at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine
http://www.vuom.edu/

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5. How do tai chi principles help you in daily life?
The principles of Tai Ji are embedded in every human being. We just have to awaken them. Studying the principles deeply (i.e. Yin and Yang) without ever assuming that I ever understand its full meaning has opened doors for me every single day of my life. I have been fortunate enough to be in good health most of my martial arts career, and I certainly can tell the difference physically and mentally when I am not practicing. Overall, my life has benefited greatly from practicing martial arts and from keeping an open mind when studying the theories and philosophies of which it is grounded in.

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6. What do you like the most about chinese medicine and favorite techniques?
I particularly enjoy seeing patients thrive. Sometimes, I never have to insert a single needle because the conversation provides a lot of answers they are searching for already. In general, most people just want to be listened to. I usually spend up to one hour or more with each patient as they deserve my absolute attention during every visit. Every word can act like a needle, but when I do have to break out the “big guns”, I use techniques that depend on the patient’s condition as well as his or her character and constitution. I have studied a lot of Five Element Style acupuncture, and I have also studied techniques revolving around the eight principles, Korean Acupuncture (i.e. Saam, Hand Acupuncture), and various other methods as well. I would say that my favorite technique is whichever one I am using in the moment of treatment, even if it turns out to be ineffective.

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A Fu Style Master: Liang Qiang Ya
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Liang Qiang Ya: Fu style Bagua push hands

Coach Nick Gracenin: Liang I Quan

7. Last thoughts and message to your audience?
Martial Arts and Oriental Medicine are two practices that have shaped my life and led me to where I am today. I will always practice these arts and continue to keep an open mind in order to see what doors they allow me to open in the future. However, because these are two things that have worked for me, it does not mean they will, or should, work for anyone else. It is of utmost importance that you, martial artist or medicine practitioner, never assume that you know what is best or worst for another person. Do not force your thoughts and beliefs on another individual, especially Oriental Medicine. The first thing you should do is “listen”. (Especially to children!)If you want others to be interested in what you have to share or say, you must first be interested in them. Just as my Shi Fu always reminds me, “the teacher opens the door; the student is the one who must walk through it.” Live your life this way and you will thrive, without a doubt.

Justin Flinner’s Youtube Tai Chi playlist

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Taijiquan 4 Family Jibengong Training: Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun

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Training 4 Family Styles of Taijiquan Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun. Linear and angular Tao Lu Jibengong (Basics) forms.

Idea here is to train the repetitive basics forms over and over:
1. Brush knee
2. Cloud Hands
3. Repulse Monkey
4. Separate foot
5. Part horse mane
and More!

The old saying: “You are only as good as your Basics” so drill your basics deeply!!

Combined style in boxer’s sauna suit (get a light sweat, fighting a cold).

Chronology of where and why I studied each style:

Yang Taijiquan (85 Long form of FZW): Grandmaster Weiqi He. (Disciple of Fu Zhong Wen (FZW)). Heavy emphasis on basics. 1991. My first Form: “37 Yang short form” was made famous in USA by Cheng Man Ching. Larry Mann, a Ben Lo student, suggested learning the Yang long form where Cheng Man Ching’s form came from.

Wu Taijiquan (37 Wu Form): Odessa Brooks, her influences were Wu Yinghua and Sophia Delza, 1993. Dr. Li Li (disciple of Ma Yueh Liang)in Shanghai China park. 1996. Wu style is often considered the standard ‘Small Circle Yang” Taijiquan and learning it will help you understand the earlier generation forms of Yang 2nd and 3rd generations.

Sun Taijiquan (73 competition form): Madame Wong Seminar AToC. Zhou Jianhua in Richmond Va (student of Cai Longyun and Madame Wong Jurong). 1995. Often called open-close active step taijiquan, I was interested in this with some personal background with Hebei Xingyiquan and Cheng Baguazhang. Sun Taijiquan, I often practiced after Xingyi and Bagua training.

Chen Taijiquan (Lao jia Yi Lu, Xian Jia Er Lu, Competition forms 36, 56): Xia Bai Hua, Madame Xu Ru, Chen Xiao Wong, Chen Zhen Lei, Zhu Tain Cai, starting in 1996-2001. Yang Luchan, 1st generation Yang Taijiquan trained in the Taijiquan of Chen Taijiquan of Chen Chang Xing in Chen village. This is the original “Old yang” taijiquan comes from.

拦雀尾 Grasp Bird Tail, 单鞭 Single Whip

右搂膝拗步, 左搂膝拗步 Brush Knee

左倒撵猴, 右倒撵猴 Step Back Monkey Left and right.

云手 Cloud Hands

右分脚, 左分脚 Seperation kick jibengong:

右野马分鬃, 左野马分鬃 Part horse Mane Left and Right:

玉女穿梭 Working the Shuttles jibengong:

下势 Snake Creep Down:

左金鸡独立, 右金鸡独立 Rooster jibengong

转身摆莲, 弯弓射虎 Turn body, Swing over lotus, Bend bow, Shoot tiger.

进步搬拦捶 Step forward parry, block, and Punch.

拦雀尾 Grasp Bird Tail.
单鞭 Single Whip.
右搂膝拗步, 左搂膝拗步 Brush Knee left,right.
左倒撵猴, 右倒撵猴 Step Back Monkey Left and right.
云手 Cloud Hands.
右分脚, 左分脚 Separation kick :
右野马分鬃, 左野马分鬃 Part horse Mane Left and Right.
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左金鸡独立, 右金鸡独立 Rooster
转身摆莲, 弯弓射虎 Turn body, Swing over lotus, Bend bow, Shoot tiger.
进步搬拦捶 Step forward parry, block, and Punch.

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Pediatric Tui-Na Massage for Infants and Children

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This is some notes I’ve gathered from school along with our text book and other special books of Traditional Chinese Medicine and helping infants. This is a very special topic as I have a infant son and find myself using massage as a useful mode to relieve problems. Acupuncture is not recommended for infants until the age of 5. the view is that the internal organs and elements of the body have not settles and are moving and active. Though I have also seen direct moxa and quick needling acupuncture used before. Most cases are for emergency as well like prick-bleeding Erjian on the ear to relieve fever.

Many of these points I was aware of from years as a massage therapist. Some are points specific children.

Infant Massage session should take 20 minutes to complete. While the method is called Tui-na (push and grasp), the actual way of doing the massage is more An-Mo in nature since it uses a more press/rubbing method.

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Pediatric Tui-Na
Head and Neck Region

Tian Ma (Gate to Heaven) Technique: 30-60x massage UP ONLY from yintang to hairline with thumbs.
Indications: External invasion headache, fever, mental depression, anxiety, panic.

Kan Gong (Water palace) Technique: 20-30x Push with thumbs apart from medial eyebrow to lateral eyebrow.
Indications: Headache due to external invasion.

Tai Yang (Great yang) Technique: 30-50x kneading in circular motion at temples.
Indications: External invasion headache.

Standard: Above three must be done Reason: Calm spirit of infant to prep for other more specific points.

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Shen Gen (Mountain Root) Technique: 3 to 5 taps with fingernail on bridge of nose below yin tang.
Indications: Infantile convulsions and spasms.

Ren zhong (Center of Man) Technique: Du 26, Not common point, only used for First aid.
Indications: Convulsions and Spasms.

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Feng chi (wind Pond) Technique: 5-10x press GB 20 inferior to occiput.
Indications: Headache, Fever, neck rigidity.

Tian Zhu Gu (Heavenly pillar bone) Technique: 100-500x push with thumb massage down from C1 to C7
Indications: High fever, sore throat, vomiting.

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Shan zhong (Penetrating Organ) Technique: Ren 17: On sternum between nipples: (3) 1. spread part 2. circular motion, or 3. pushing toward Xypoid process 50-100x
Indication: Asthma, infant phlegmy, stuffy chest, vomiting milk, bronchitis.

Zhong Wan (Middle of Abdomen) Technique: Ren 12: rubbing 100x or 5 minutes, between xyphoid process and umbilicus.
Indication: vomiting, diarrhea, invigorate SP/ST. (add Zusanli)

FU (abdomen) Technique: Rubbing 100-200x around abdomen counterclock wise (tonify) or clockwise (disperse).
Indication: Abdominal pain, Indigestion, vomiting. (add Zusanli).

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Umblicius w/ ST25 Technique: 100-300x immediate area at navel, massage in circles around umblicus.
Indication: Abdomen pain, Diarrhea.

Dan tien (Elixer field) Technique: 50-100x or 5 minute circular kneading.
Indication: Abdominal pain, bedwetting, Yuan qi, diarrhea.

Du Jiao (corner of Abdomen) Technique: **Use if area feels Cold. 2 to 5 presses.
Indication: Abdominal pain, diarrhea.

Tian Tu (Heavenly Process) Technique: Ren 22: knead with middle finger 10x
Indication: Cough with difficult muscous, first aid to induce vomiting.

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Back and Spine

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Jain Jing (Shoulder Well) Technique: GB 21: 5-10x grasp/pinch or press
Indication: Improve Qi and Blood circulation.

Feng men (Wind gate) Technique: BL 12: 20-30x Kneading
Indication: Common cold, asthma, Repiratory disease.

Fei Shu (Lung shu) Technique: BL 13 at T-3: push apart 100-300x
Indication: Lung Deficiency, Cough, respiratory issues.

Pi shu (Spleen Shu) Technique: BL 20 at T-11: 50-100x Kneading
Indication: Vomit, diarrhea, infantile malnutrition, Spleen deficiency.

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Shen Shu (Kidney shu) Technique: BL 23 at L2: 50-100x kneading
Indication: Enuresis, morning diarrhea, weak limbs.

Ji Zhu (spinal column) Technique: C-7 to Sacrum: Push down 100-300x, or pinch/roll up 3x
Indication: Fever, convulsions.

Qi Jie Gu (Sacrum) Technique: L-4 to sacrum: 100-300x push up: diarrhea or down: constipation
Indication: Diarrhea, constipation (see technique).

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Legs, Feet, other special points

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Bai Hui (meeting of 100) Technique: Du 20 at vertex: 100x kneading
Indication: Restlessness, crying, irritability, insomnia.

Da Zhui Technique: First aid: emergency prick with high fever
Indication: see above.

Qu Chi Technique: LI 11: kneading 100x
Indication: Skin issues, reduce high fevers.

He gu Technique: LI 4: kneading 100x
Indication: Strengthen weiqi, headache, Qi and blood circulation, face: jaw, teeth, allergy.

Kwei Wei (turtle Tail) Technique: Tip of coccyx: 100x kneading
Indication: diarrhea.

Zu San Li Technique: ST 36: 100x kneading (tonifying) pushing increases perstalisis.
Indication: Diarrhea, vomiting, food stagnation, loss of appetite.

San Yin Jiao Technique: SP 6: 100x kneading
Indication: Convulsion and bed wetting.

Yong Quan Technique: KD 1: kneading 100x
Indication: Tonfigy Kidney, sore throat, Cooling body temperature.

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Infant hand: (Yin) Unilateral: Male: left hand, Female: right hand

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Pi jing (Spleen) Technique: Palmar surface distal thumb. 100 to 500x distal to proximal pushing.
Indication: Reduce ST/LI fever, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation.

Gan jing (Liver) Technique: Palmar pad of distal index finger. 100 to 500x distal to proximal pushing.
Indication: Convulsion due to Liver wind, red eyes, sore thorat.

Xin jing (Heart) Technique: Palmar pad to distal middle finger: 100-500x distal to proximal pushing.
Indication: High fever, eruptions of mouth and tongue.

Fei Jing (Lung) Technique: Palmar pad distal ring finger. 100-500x distal to proximal pushing.
Indication: Asthma, cough, Cold, Fever, chest pain.

Shen Jing (Kidney) Technique: Palmar pad distal little finger. 100-500x distal to proximal pushing.
Indication: Euresis, KD def. diarrhea.

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Other: Unilateral: Male: left hand, Female: right hand

Lao gong Technique: PC 8: center of palm 100-500x kneading.
Indication: Excess heat, heat in mouth.

Wei lao gong Technique: Finger knead 100-500x
Indication: Exogenous disease.

Er shan men (2 doors) Technique: 100-500x press/knead. Dorsal side of hand 1st knuckle middle finger.
Indication: Febrile disease without sweating, heat symptoms.

Wei Guan Technique: TB 5: 100-500x kneading massage
Indication: Headache, alternating fever and chills.

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Infant hand (Yang) Unilateral: Male: left hand, Female: right hand

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Da Chang Jing (Large Intestine) Technique: 100-500x massage from radial side of index finger to webbing.
Indication: Diarrhea, constipation.

Xiao chang jing (Small intestine) Technique: 100-300x massage from Ulnar side of little finger to webbing.
Indication: Scanty urine, Anuria, Enuresis.

Wei jing (Stomach) Technique: 100-300x massage proximal phlange on ventral surface of thumb.
Indication: Vomiting, hiccup, thirst, poor appetite, Stomach fire.

Dan Jin (Gall Bladder) Technique: 100x Second phlangne on index finger
Indication: Ear ache, Shao yang syndrome.

Ban men (Wood Gate) Technique: Kneading greater thenar eminence.
Indication: Vomiting, indigestion, shortness of breath, diarrhea.

Shi Xuan Technique: Digging method with finger nail 3-5x each finger.
Indication: High Fever.

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San guan (3 gates) Technique: 100-300x massage from ventral surface of forearm, radial side wrist to elbow.
Indication: Def. of Qi and Blood, weak constitution, weakness after illness, yang Def, cold limbs.

Liu fu (6 bowels) Technique: 100-300x ventral surface of forewarm, ulnar side from elbow to wrist.
Indication: High Fever, irritability, sore throat, constipation, dry stool.

Tian he Shui (Celestrial River) Technique: 100-300x midline of ventral surce from wrist to elbow.
Indication: Yin Def. heat.

Xiao Tian Xin (Small heaven heart) Technique: 100x kneading Root of palm
Indication: Restlessness, Anxious, teething, night crying, nightmares.

Yin yang (LU9 and HT7) Technique: 100x towards or away from each other LU9 HT7 at wrist
Indication: Towards: Fever. Away: Open chest.

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Text books:
Foundations of Chinese Medicine: Giovanni Maciocia

Chinese Nutritional Therapy: Joerg Kastner

Turtle Tail and other Tender Mercies: Bob Flaws

Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Cheng Xinnong

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Gallery 2016 Images from Traditonal Chinese Medicine

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Herbal Formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This is the beginning of formula study for 2016 for students. Now that all the herbs have been covered, they are to be combined with other herbs to create balance and produce specific effects for the body to restore health. This is for students and licensed practitioners of TCM. WARNING: DO NOT SELF PRESCRIBE HERBAL FORMULAS WITHOUT GUIDANCE FROM QUALIFIED PRACTITIONER.

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Got to know Diet first: 3 links are here: Our Dietary therapy Info

Herbs part 1 study guide

Herbs part 2 study guide

Study sheet: download . Right click “Save As”.
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References/recommended reading: Chinese Herbal Medicine: Formulas and Strategies. Sneid, Bensky, Ellis, and Barolet.

8 Principles:
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Flavors:
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Nature:
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Formulas that Release Exterior: Wind-Cold, Wind-Heat

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Formulas that Clear Heat:

Formulas that Clear Heat at Qi level

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Formulas that clear heat at Ying level and cool blood:

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Formulas that clear heat at Qi and Blood level simultaneously:

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Formulas that Clear heat from Organs

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Formulas that Clear Summer Heat

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Formulas that Clear Heat from Deficiency

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Formulas that Warm the Interior
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to be continued (there are hundreds of herbal formulas to be added)

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