A Tribute to the Qigong Master Geoff Pike

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qigong master geoff pike

A testimony to the Qigong Master Geoff Pike. And how Geoff Pike taught my 2 year old how to do the Eight pieces of Brocade…

In Celebration of Geoff Pike

Geoff Pike is one of most influential qigong practitioners and authors in my life. I have never met him, but his two books ‘Ch’i: The Power Within‘ and ‘The Power of Ch’i‘ are two of the most interesting and honest accounts of qigong I have come across.

I have learnt a lot from his writings. I first chanced across an old copy of one of his books in a second-hand English bookshop in Tokyo. After flicking through a few pages, I knew I had to buy it. I have had a copy ever since.

Geoff’s books are up there along with master Lam’s ‘The Way of Energy‘ as some of the best and simplest qigong books around.

Pa Tuan Tsin videos on YouTube

Out of curiosity, I typed his name into YouTube to see what came up. Fortunately his Pa Tuan Tsin videos, showing his variation of the Eight pieces of Brocade are preserved there for people to benefit from in the future. They are short and simple and get straight to the practice, with no unnecessary talking. You could easily put them on every day for 20 minutes and practice along.

Here is one the videos. The rest can be found on this playlist.

I couldn’t help but be impressed by Geoff’s physique. He had just turned 50 at the time of making these videos, and not long before had recovered from cancer of the larynx using a combination of radiotherapy, daily qigong practice and a ‘quota of guinness’ You can read about this experience in his book ‘ The Power of Ch’i‘.

Teaching my son Qigong

I was watching his videos by streaming YouTube through our TV set. And then suddenly,  my 2-year-old son starting repeating some of the movements. He raised his arms to lift the qi to the sky and then brought them back down to the dantian. It was an interesting sight to see.

I know that these days, toddlers seem to be tech-savvy and know how to use smartphones and tablets. My son does too. But practicing qigong? I mean, it took me 25 years before I learnt qigong, yet my son started at 2 years old.

Easy to follow

It also goes to show how simple and easy to follow Geoff’s exercises are. Because if a 2 year can follow, then adults can to.

And in fact, after my son started practicing the Pa Taun Tsin exercises, my wife started following the movements too. She doesn’t even have much interest in qigong.

It was a curious thing to see my son and wife in synch practicing Geoff’s qigong lesson.

Tribute to Geoff Pike

This is also a blog post to celebrate the life of Geoff Pike. I believe he may have passed away this year in March, 2018.

Earlier this year, I visited his website, whilst researching another piece of writing work. He also goes under the name of Pai Kit Fai. His website was active then.

However, when I recently looked for it, it was gone. This is always an onimous sign and shows the transitory nature of the internet. At some point, my website will be gone too and all of my work.

I did find this twitter feed, which suggests he passed away. Here is a PDF copy of an online Geoff Pike Memorial. I have preserved it in case that also disappears somewhere in cyber space.

However, there is nothing else about him on the internet so I cannot confirm for sure if he has passed, short of contacting his family, which would be inappropriate. However, he was 89 years, which is a pretty ripe age to get to, so it should not be too much of a surprise.

Jack of many trades

Just to add, Geoff Pike had a  variety of occupations in his life, from deckboy in the British navy, Sergeant in the British army, lumberjack, cartoonist, advertising executive, author and qigong practitioner. The twitter memorial doesn’t fully list all his occupations and experiences. I am sure he did much more.

Following your heart

In some ways I am jealous. It seems to me, he knew what he wanted to do early in life. He had a desire to practice his creativity and work at it, so he did that by becoming a cartoonist and author. Apparently, he was drawing and writing from an early age, so he was in touch with his creative side. It strikes me that Geoff followed his heart, even when he did work that seemed to take him away from that. He did not look like a sensitive type, but I wonder if he may well have been.

In my life, it is only recently, that I have unlocked that desire and to start following my heart. I would have liked to have unleashed it fully much earlier, maybe even started earlier at making a living from it. This is not to say, I don’t appreciate what I have done already. It is just that there has always been this creative side of me screaming to fully indulge it. Let me out!

I wonder if any readers have felt the same way?

Long legacy

If Geoff has passed, I believe his work will continue to reach many people. I also believe, his videos and books will continue to teach and guide new generations of budding qigong students in the generations to come.

Unfortunately, his books are out of print, but it is possible to pick up second-hand copies. I would highly recommend that you check out these books.

These books are not just for people interested in Qigong. They have lots of pragmatic advice and common-sense ideas about fitness and health in general. Yet it is amazing how many people do not know or apply these lessons in life.

Also his life was truly fascinating and it is worth checking out his books just to read about his experiences.


By the way, if any reader has a copy of one of his (out of print /out of stock) books – ‘The Power is You‘, I would really like to read a copy.

This is one of the problems with copyright. Out-of-prints books by old masters disappear. Yet in this era of PDFs, eBooks and the internet, it is really quite ridiculous that this occurs.

For example, if there were no copyright issues, his books could be formatted into Kindle versions and made available. I could do it in a week if I had the file and permission. The digital Millennial generation are going to be a large consumer of Kindle material than printed. And as for the generation after that, who knows? So his books need to be updated and re-released.

Lost in copyright

But because these books sit behind copyright, they become lost. The book I mentioned above – ‘The Power of You’ is one good example. There are probably a few copies on some dusty bookshelf somewhere, but what a waste. No doubt it took the author and editor a lot of work to publish it. So why throw that away?

I would love the chance to turn it into a PDF or eBook and make it available for free, just so a new generation of readers could read and be inspired by his work.

An open offer

So perhaps, if a family member of Geoff Pike ever reads this blog, why not take me up on my offer. I’ll turn it into a kindle book and any proceeds will be donated to a charity of your choice. Or I can make it a PDF document, and make it available for free on the internet. The latter, would be the easiest and quickest option and would reach more people.

To conclude, I would like to show my respects for a true qigong master with an interesting life to boot.

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8 thoughts on “A Tribute to the Qigong Master Geoff Pike

  1. Hi John, really useful link to Geoff, how cool is that, for 1981!

    I’m going to be teaching qi gong, hopefully in the near future, after studying it almost as long as you, and watching Geoff’s helpful videos reminded me of the qi gong I very first studied. Should I begin teaching this stuff, which looks pretty neat, esp by the sea!?

    I realise one thing I have appreciation for now, that I never even considered when starting out, or maybe it was just not relevant at the time nor taught, I’m not sure, were matters surrounding the Dao / Tao.

    Tell me, could introducing the Tao to newcomers to qi gong be a help in appreciation of qi gong, or simply way over the head? Do you think it would be better to focus on the exercise without all that other stuff, and get down to the eight pieces and similar stuff, without going all daoy.

    How’s the Tao fitting with where you’ve got to just now? Is it for more advanced students, or should it’s study be fundimental for all beginners?

    Appreciate any reflections from your end.

    Best, and hope the family doing good and wife recovers speedy.


    1. Thanks for the question Botanic. I think it’s great you will be teaching qigong. You have the experience. Now is a good time to share it

      I am not a qigong teacher so I can’t really answer your question as I haven’t had to consider these questions you brought up. I’m still a student.

      All I can offer is the perspective as a student. And even this is only from my own unique perspective. It may be right for me, but not others. I have attended classes, which I didn’t enjoy because I found them too complex. On the other hand, other students loved those same classes and regularly attended. So you may not be able to please everyone.

      I think just bring yourself, your presence and all your experience. Be aware of the difference in levels. What is a beginner type level for you, could be very challenging to some of your new students.

      Assume your students know nothing and build on that. Guide and encourage.

      The basic pieces of brocade or variation are a simple cornerstone exercise to teach so students so they can learn and start to practice by themselves at home. Many systems seem to utilise a variation of this set such as Geoff Pike’s Pa Tsu Tsin, Falun Gong, Genkiko (Japanese Qigong system), Master Lam and other teachers I have studied with. Then you have the option to build or add exercises to that that. It also gives you a basic structure unless you have a programme or set of objectives for what you want to achieve.

      Be supportive and encourage a good welcoming atmosphere in your class. Also express your knowledge and experience because you do have it.

      Like Huisen Chen, who I wrote about in one of my blog posts made an effort to travel early morning in the freezing snow to the park to practice with her teacher and class. I think one of the reasons is because she enjoyed the community of like minded people. With your personality I’m sure you can do that.

      Gauge your students – what is their starting point, what are their physical and mental limitations. Be aware of any disabilities and any potential ‘falling’ risks or red flags. For example any elderly patients or people that suffer with diseases like Parkinsons. Be adaptive, for example, incorporate seating exercises if necessary. Or make it ok for some students to have the option to use chairs if necessary.

      As regards introducing the Tao. Truthfully, I don’t know. I don’t even really know what the Tao is. Maybe someone else can provide an answer. I would only suggest you don’t blow their brains out with talk of the Tao or Universe or Qi at the beginning. Some people may think its all nonsense due to mental conditioning, but over time, that will gradually be broken down. Perhaps bring it up from time to time after you gauge your students level of interest in it.

      Here are some other points. I would suggest you don’t do any of these for the first class as it could be a bit strong:

      – Don’t grow a really long moustache or beard and look like Confucius
      – Don’t wear a karate or kung fu Gi.
      – Whenever a student asks you for advice, don’t refer to yourself in the 3rd person tense. For example, instead of saying “I”, you say “Master Botanic”.
      – Be careful about making any claims that qigong can cure diseases and avoid talk of supernatural stuff. Even the spontaneous qigong stuff, I’ve talked about in my website, is too advanced for beginners and will scare people away.
      – Don’t ever shout, swear or throw cups of water at your students because they can’t get the exercises right.

      Anyone else got some good pointers?


    2. Also remember just how deceptively challenging some of the qigong poses can be. For example, I remember how the hugging the tree pose was like murder for my thighs the first time I held it. It may be the same for beginners, so good idea to take it easy till they get used to it.


  2. Brilliant John. Thanks for your valued feedback and reflections on the issue of the Tao for beginners. I agree with your thoughts on difficulty in holding a posture, to build leg strength. I hated that one too, bit over macho for me.

    I’ll follow your advice on the Karate Gi as well, this time, thanks for reminding me.

    Best with your own and thanks again


  3. I used to own a copy but swoped it for another book many years ago, however i did photocopy the pages which contained the moves, basically part 6 of the book, would that be of any good?

    I think i was given a copy of the book by my brother as i was doing Karate at the time, now am a full time Qigong/Tai Chi tutor.



    1. Yes, I obtained a copy from Australia second hand. Also I was offered a copy afterwards by someone in UK, which I didn’t take because I already had a copy. Fortunately there are still a few copies around.


      1. I found a copy for sale in AUS. Is it redundant information from the other books or new information? Thanks!!!


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