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 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.
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.
Why are the courses so expensive?
If you suffer from a chronic illness and even Western medicine cannot help you overcome it but Chi Kung can, then it is, in fact, quite inexpensive. You learn a high level art that only the elite in the Shaolin monastery had access to and you have the art for life.
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. Personally, I only take very ill people one to one, people who need more help than what I could offer in a group and I see the individual every day or every second day depending on the illness and strength of the person. Very ill people need my help to keep the energy flowing every day for a while, especially stage four cancers.
Sifu Joan, where have you trained and are you a Master?
I am an inner chamber disciple of 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, 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, Sifu, very kindly and generously, invited me to become an instructor. In the Shaolin tradition, it is an enormous honour to be invited to train and teach. That was 17 years ago! It is also important to be healthy to help other people.
Yes, I am deeply honoured to be a Shaolin Chi Kung Master. Our Shaolin lineage dates back to the Shaolin monastery, which is astounding really!
Why is it important for people who suffer from chronic illness and pain to attend the year long course, would not a weekend be enough?
Many people practice well after a weekend but often only for a few weeks. Motivation is a key factor in daily practice, and not many people are highly motivated and most get distracted easily.
The year -long course will ensure that students are kept motivated and kept on track. They learn new techniques and deepen skills. Meeting like- minded people in the group and seeing the group progress over the year is highly motivational even for the laziest of students. They have weekly access to my knowledge and skill as a teacher and healer which benefits every single person in the group. There is also a social aspect and classes are very uplifting.