Date(s) - 10/Apr/20 - 17/Apr/20
Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan and Mindfulness Retreat, UK 2020 – with Venerable Jiru and Grandmaster Sam Chin
- Dates: Arrival, registration and accommodation – Friday the 10th of April (all day)/End of retreat and departure – Friday the 17th of April after breakfast
- Times (Saturday the 11th till Thursday the 16th all day): Timetable to be updated!!!
- Location: The Boys Brigade, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead HP3 0BL, UK
We are very excited to invite you to participate in the 4th UK Retreat with Grandmaster Sam Chin in April 2020 – 10th till the 17th. This time we will also host a special guest, a great mindfulness teacher, monastic and GM Sam Chin’s close friend – Venerable Jiru, who will be guiding us through “Four Foundation of Mindfulness” meditation classes. For the first time in Europe, you will have an opportunity to experience the unique blend of martial arts and mindfulness teachings altogether!
Join us during Zhong Xin Dao Iliqchuan and Mindfulness UK Retreat in 2020 in Hemel Hempstead near London!
Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin (曾帆祥) is a Gate Keeper of I Liq Chuan and founder of its unique training method Zhong Xin Dao. He is the founder and President of Chin Family I Liq Chuan Association, as well as the creator of I Liq Chuan Grading System.
GM° Sam Chin trained martial arts since childhood by his father – the founder of I Liq Chuan, Chin Lik Keong. During the 1980’s, GM° Sam Chin won numerous competitions, as well as the state heavyweight kickboxing championships of Selangor (Malaysia) in 1978. He was also recognized by the USA Martial Arts Federation as a Hall of Fame Outstanding Master.
In August 2009, GM° Sam F.S. Chin is officially named the Gate Keeper / Lineage Holder of the art by his father, founder of I Liq Chuan, Chin Lik Keong.
In June 26th 2016, Master Sam Chin become ‘Vice President of Technical Committee’ of World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF) He was also was awarded with his 9th Grandmaster Dan Rank for his contribution to the Martial Arts community worldwide.
In November 2017 he became an honorary professor of State University of Plovdiv, fitting recognition for life dedicated to Zen and research into martial arts.
Today, GM° Sam F.S. Chin continues his teaching via workshops worldwide and resides in Pleasant Valley New York with his wife and four children.
Venerable Jiru (繼如法師) was originally born in Malaysia. He learnt and trained in martial arts and qigong from his grandfather since he was five years old. Ven. Jiru was also a student of I Liq Chuan founder, Great Grandmaster Lik-Keong Chin and was a training brother of Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan founder, Grandmaster Sam FS Chin during the 1970’s in Kuala Lumpur.
During his first trip to Thailand in 1980, Ven. Jiru (who was still a layperson at the time) was attracted by the Buddhist monastic lifestyle that he first encountered and felt a strong calling to join the monastics. He was later ordained in the Thai Theravada Buddhist tradition, from which he learnt and practiced Four Foundations of Mindfulness. His previous knowledge and practice in martial arts and Chinese Medicine were very helpful in deepening his understanding of the balance between mind and body, and the practice of meditation. He converted to Chinese Buddhism in 1986 and was trained under the late Buddhist Master Venerable Zhumo in Penang, Malaysia.
In 1992, Ven. Jiru traveled to the US to share the Dharma, and was later appointed abbot of the Temple of Enlightenment in NYC, and served there from 1992-1994, and again from 2002-2004. It was around this time that Grandmaster Sam Chin first came to the United States. With Ven. Jiru’s help, Grandmaster Sam Chin was able to stay as an employee in Chuang Yen Monastery where Ven. Jiru would serve as the abbot at the time, after which he retired to Augusta, MO full time to focus on building and developing MABA, a fully functioning Buddhist monastery. With the exception of a single existing structure, Ven. Jiru, along with the other monastics and laypersons, built MABA brick by brick into the amazing place it is today. In August 2017 upon Grandmaster Sam Chin’s request, Ven. Jiru agreed to host the first annual meditation retreat for I Liq Chuan students, guiding them in the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness”, using the four main postures of sitting, standing, walking and laying down. Ven. Jiru has a very unique and practical approach to teaching mindfulness. Although Zhong Xin Dao Iliqchuan is not specifically a “Buddhist” art, Grandmaster Sam Chin desired his students to receive deeper guidance in concentration and mindfulness practice from a true teacher like Ven. Jiru.
Full retreat price will be:
– £700 for CFILC Members with early register by February the 29th 2020. After deadline 10% will be added.
– £770 for non-members with early register by February the 29th 2020. After deadline 10% will be added.
– £580 available only for East European CFILC Members (living and working there) with early register by February the 29th 2020
Price includes tuition and training, basic accommodation (bunk bed) for full stay and three meals daily. There are only 26 bunk beds which will be reserved for those attending full retreat first. There are duvets & pillows in the bedrooms, linen will be provided as well.
For those who are not able to stay with us at Felden Lodge price will be the same.
Discount for your spouse (under condition that both of you will participate in full retreat)
Special bed arrangements upon request (additional fee apllies, priority for couples with limited availability) – please e-mail for details to hello@AwarenessAcademy.co.uk
FOR EARLY REGISTER AND TO SECURE YOUR SPOT PLEASE PAY £70 DEPOSIT (Deposit is non-refundable)
(Please use ‘pay as a friend option’. As a REFERENCE please state your food preferences MEAT/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) or
Domestic – Ireneusz Zareba, 04-00-75 21589100
International – Ireneusz Zareba, IBAN: GB48 REVO 0099 7010 7642 72 BIC:REVOGB21
(As a REFERENCE please state your food preferences MEAT/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN)
For any inquiry you might have please contact the organizer:
Ireneusz (Irek) Zareba
Mob: (+44) 07877044384
Do not miss the opportunity to train your mind and body intensively with Venerable Jiru and Grandmaster Sam Chin during the only visit in the UK in 2020!