What is Shaolin Chi Kung?
Chi Kung is an ancient Chinese therapy or art, involving physical movement and energy flow in a meditative state. It is a triple cultivation of physical, energy and mind to promote healing, mental clarity, vitality and spiritual joy thus enhancing the health and life of each individual who practises this art.
Are there other Chinese therapies?
Yes, there are. The most commonly known is acupuncture and chinese herbs but there is also Tui Na. Chi Kung transcends them all, it helps each individual heal holistically in the most natural way, allowing the individual to heal him/her self in chi flow without having to know where the energy blockage is. Shaolin Chi Kung also improves mental clarity, vitality and helps with physical and spiritual development.
What does ‘Shaolin’ mean?
The word ‘Shaolin’ means that our type of Chi Kung was first practised in the famous and renowned Shaolin Monastery in China. This monastery was known as the ‘foremost temple beneath Heaven’ and was revered by Emperor’s and the elite for its high level arts. The arts taught in the Shaolin monastery, Shaolin Chi Kung, Shaolin Kungfu and Zen meditation, transcend all other arts without compare.
When I think of a ‘class’ or ‘group’ learning Chi Kung, I think more of Yoga and Pilates or Tai Chi, what is the difference?
Chi Kung is very different to Yoga and Pilates, these arts focus more on the physical and not on energy flow. Chi Kung when practised correctly can help an individual overcome very severe chronic illness and even cancer. Not because of the physical form which people see but because of the energy flow and meditative state of mind. Tai Chi is often taught as a dance- like movement in some schools when in fact Tai Chi (its correct name being Tai Chi Chuan) is a martial art and should also combine physical movement, energy flow and meditation as well as self -defence. The movement in Tai Chi Chuan comes from the Dan Tian not waving one’s arms about
Chi Kung is the art of energy and mind, a high level art that will enhance every single area of your life, not just overcoming chronic illness, but making you the very best person you can be.
As Chi Kung is a therapy, why is it taught in a group? I would think that a ‘therapy’ would be more one to one?
Chi Kung can be taught one to one or in a group equally successfully. In a group it is usually called Medical Chi Kung. Different Chi Kung exercises and energy flow are transmitted to the group, so each individual becomes proficient in healing him/her self.
When it is one to one, we usually describe this as Chi Kung Therapy or Chi Kung Healing but can also be Medical Chi Kung. The therapist opens energy points for the individual to enable the energy to flow more easily and may also transmit energy to help clear the blockage. The individual is also taught how to practice for him/her self. When the therapist intervenes it is called Chi Kung Healing. When a student is taught Chi Kung without intervention it is usually called Medical Chi Kung.
Sifu Joan, where have you trained and are you a Master?
I have trained for almost 20 years with Shaolin Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Malaysia. Sifu (this is the respectful name which we as his students use) helped me to overcome a severe back and neck injury by teaching me Shaolin Chi Kung. Initially, I only met Sifu for three days in Malaysia, to overcome my problem, as I was told by Western medical consultants that I would eventually end up in a wheelchair. I overcame it in six months and one year later I founded a branch of the Grandmaster’s school in Ireland.
In January 2019 I opened my own school and continue helping people become the very best they can be. The spirit of Shaolin lives on.