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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (21 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848192266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848192263
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Damo Mitchell began his studies of the martial arts at the age of 4 under his mother and father.
These studies have continued throughout his life and taken him across the planet in search of authentic teachers of the way.
He currently spends his time researching and training in the Eastern arts as well as writing about his experiences gleaned from over 25 years of intense study.

Below is a complete Biography of his studies:

Laoshr Damo (Damien) Mitchell was born into a family of martial artists in Devon, England. He began his studies in 1984 under his mother and father who instructed him in traditional Shotokan Karate and Hatha Yoga. As well as the empty hand, Damo studied the Bo staff and various combative techniques with his father and other teachers including Yoshinobu Ohta and Kenosuke Enoeda. These studies continued into his late teens and branched out into various other Japanese systems including Kendo and Iaido under Sensei Yamada and two different schools of Aikido.

In his early teens Damo began to study the Chinese systems and in particular The Zhen Manqing system of Yang family Taijiquan. These studies were again within his family under his father, Paul Mitchell and Phil James, his uncle, a long time student of Shen Hongxun. Damo has continued to develop, practice and teach this system of Taijiquan since this time and also studied with Shen as well as his daughter Shen Jin. Here he began to delve deeper into the various aspects of the internal arts and he continued in this manner for several years until he had gained a sufficient understanding of the nature of the human energy system.

Whilst studying at university Damo began to learn from various other teachers and gained a thorough grounding in Chang Quan and Tang Lang Quan as well as San Da and various other aspects of the external Chinese styles. From Wang Haitao Damo learnt the Hebei system of Xingyiquan as well as various aspects of Baguazhang. This system of Xingyiquan is based around the development of Jin through consistent practice of the Wu Xing Quan and places less emphasis on the twelve animal techniques than some other Xingyi systems. Surprisingly it was the Xingyiquan rather than the Taijiquan which helped Damo to repair a badly damaged shoulder which had been causing him a lot of pain for some time.

Damo's travels in search of authentic teachings have taken him across the East where he returns regularly. His studies have taken him to Shandong province where he studied the Hunyuan system of grandmaster Feng over a period of several years. He lived and studied with master Ni when in Northern China and also studied the system with other teachers such as Qi Zhaoling and Chen Xiu. The Qi Gong system studied here also formed a large part of Lotus Nei Gong's Nei Gong syllabus. Whilst staying on Zitong Shan Damo also studied various forms of Wushu and Chinese wrestling with the excellent coach Peng.

By this time Damo had been studying various forms of meditation, both Daoist and Buddhist for many years. It was the logical step to go in search of an authentic master teacher and this is what initially brought Damo to Wudang Shan and the school of Hu Xuezhi. Damo stayed and studied internal alchemy with master Hu who managed to put many of the pieces of theory into place with the teachings of the ancient Daoist classics. Since this time Damo has regularly revisited Wudang Shan as well as countless other Daoist mountains and monasteries across China researching their arts. He has studied various martial styles from different Daoist sects.

Damo's travels have taken him across South East Asia where he studied Theravadan Buddhism in various monasteries. The monks of South East Asia base much of their teachings around breath control and these practices can be directly transferred into Daoist internal exercises. Various trips to South East Asia (including nine months in Thailand) enabled Damo to further his studies of meditation and various forms of Yoga. Many teachings of Buddhism are directly transferable into the Daoist arts and so Lotus Nei Gong includes many practices and principles from South East Asian Buddhism.

As well as his martial arts, Yoga and meditation, Damo has also studied various forms of energetic medicine, Qi Gong therapy, Anmo, Tui-Na and Chinese medicine as well as having a degree in Social Work and a diploma in health and psychology. He is also a qualified instructor in Wing Chun boxing under Andy Chrysostomou and Andy Newman of the Wing Chun Boxing Collective although he does not currently teach Wing Chun. Damo is an advanced level instructor member of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Damo has taught since 2005. He is a professional martial arts teacher who spends his time travelling, teaching and writing. He currently lives between the UK, China and Southern Sweden where he is in the middle of building a Daoist retreat centre which will be the main location from which he teaches as of 2013.


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The Four Dragons completes a trilogy of plain English Daoist Nei Gong titles setting out a methodology which has proven so successful at Damo Mitchell's courses in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Damo's structured approach to physical health and energetic purging has connected a current generation of students to the energetic realm and prepared them for the next proposition in the Daoist Arts - nei dan. --Steve Galloway, practising Nei Gong teacher and owner of www.taiji-online.co.uk

The Four Dragons brilliantly conveys, with ease, clarity, and a refreshing sense of humor, ancient Daoist principles and teachings of Qi Gong, Dao Yin and Nei Dan. Until now this information has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy, behind monastery walls, for millennia. With practice, both the beginner and the advanced student will benefit greatly by the reading of this book, experiencing rapid improvements in health and wellbeing. One who cultivates further will be guided to the deepest levels of inner consciousness. --Barbara Abrams, L.Ac., Acupuncturist, and Faculty, Maryland University of Integrative Health

About the Author

Damo Mitchell has studied the martial, medical and spiritual arts of Asia since the age of four. His studies have taken him across the planet in search of authentic masters. He is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, and teaches Nei Gong in the UK, Sweden and the USA. He is the author of Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei Gong and Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change, also published by Singing Dragon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew DJ on 18 April 2015
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This is the first of Mr Mitchell's books that I have read, and I am blown away by the sheer depth of it's contents. As a student of Qigong, I found that a lot of the information within helped to broaden my understanding of things I already practice and after only a short while my training has improved significantly.

The Dao Yin exercises consist of 4 different walking methods. Each is explained with the help of nicely done line drawings and is reasonably easy to follow. The fundamentals and concepts are all well covered and the book builds on itself from start to finish. The exercises are given in 3 stages, from beginner up to advanced level practice, making them easier to learn and build upon.

I was massively impressed by the last chapter in particular as much of the information is often kept as a closely guarded secret. I read a lot of books, and this is the best I have read on internal work. I would highly recommend this to any student of the internal arts.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ami on 6 Mar. 2015
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Good diagrams and explanations. Would suit a beginner as well as someone who has practices Tai Chi, Qi Gong etc for years.
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By NT Kerwin on 4 May 2015
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Well written and clearly articulated. I like the explanations of difference between chi kung and tao yin. It is useful to me as a practitioner of tai chi for over 30 years, so cannot comment on absolute beginners, but it does seem very clear and understandable for newbies.
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