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First Children’s I Liq Chuan Grading in USA

Submitted by Yen on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:48

Congratulations Willa Sio, (10yrs) and Sofia Zigouras (7yrs)!! On May 11th, 2015, they became the first students to successfully pass their Children’s Level 1 test in the U.S.!! We are very proud of all of their hard work to build this skill and wish their continued success in I Liq Chuan! 

Since September of 2014, Instructors Richard Kelly and Carisa Borrello have been teaching I Liq Chuan classes for children at The Living Seed in New Paltz. The students attend twice a week, coming right off the bus from school, and their enthusiasm continues as they practice at home. Every class they practice footwork, spinning hands, throwing, kicking, stretching, games, and various other dynamic movement. Though this they are recognizing how to be mindful of their body, the moment, and use the principles of I Liq Chuan. By emphasizing fun, balanced exercises, that allow a blend of basic defensive skills with physical preparedness and conditioning, the instructors are guiding them to feel how to harmonize their actions, while incorporating I Liq Chuan’s 3 planes and 5 qualities of movement (5,4,4,3).

In January of 2015 the students were very excited to have a visit from Master Sam Chin. After observing some of their training, he shared tea with them and answered many questions. They were in awe, and very honored to be visited by, and speak with, the founder; this truly inspired and focused them!

Kids with Founder Master Sam F.S. Chin

Over the past 8 months the children have worked very hard and are proud to have participated in the first kid’s Level 1 I Liq Chuan grading in the United States.

Kids I Liq Chuan New Paltz, New York

To learn more about our Children's Program, please contact Instructor Carisa Borrello at or Instructor Rich Kelly at