Passing of Mr. Kong Siew Sun – First student of I Liq Chuan

Condolences to the Kong Family

We are sadden to receive news of the passing of Mr. Kong Siew Sun.

He played a crucial role in I Liq Chuan history as he was the first person who suggested and supported our late Founder, Chin Lik Keong to start sharing his skills. He was the key person in recruiting other members to begin learning the art in the early 1970’s and later along with Principal Wong and our late Founder helped name and register the name “I Liq Chuan” under the sports registry of Malaysia.

He was an incredible being, a great friend and kung fu brother to our late Founder, and one of the very first student of I Liq Chuan besides our current Gate Keeper Grandmaster Sam Chin. He was like an uncle to GM Sam as he’s watched him grow since teenage years.

Our Chin Family Zhong Xin Dao / I Liq Chuan martial art community is forever grateful for the contribution of the late Kong Siew Sun. There wouldn’t be the growth of I Liq Chuan without his effort and support in the early years. 

May we gather and offer our prayers and deepest condolences to the Kong family.


Late Kong Siew Sun 2nd from left. Photo of the original four, plus principal Wong. Late Kong Siew Sun invited Founder Chin Lik Keong to start sharing his skills in his living room. The original group started with only 3 practitioners including GM Sam Chin – starting from left : GM Sam Chin, Late Kong Siew Sun, Unknown, and Late founder Chin Lik Keong as the instructor. Principal Wong on the far right joined later.


Granting the Masters and Grandmaster title

From Student Level 9 and Instructor Level 4, it involves an overall demonstration of skillful applications. Upon achieving this level, the student is granted the title of “MASTER” in the art. The state of “mastery” in our family art recognizes a lifelong continuous learning process ahead. The seeker-mind within is to always put oneself as a learner mentality of “the more you know, the more you recognize that you don’t know.” At this point in the curriculum, the Master gives a good representation of the family art.
For this reason, Rich Kelly, Ashe Higgs, and Daria Sergeeva are acknowledged for their achievement and ability to demonstrate the art as a “Master”. In order to maintain the integrity and quality of student level 9 must be graded by the Chin family to be officially recognized.
At the 2023 Annual NY Intensive Gate Keeper GM Sam Chin granted the titles of “Grandmaster” and “Masters” in recognizing for their martial skill and lifelong contribution in spreading the are of Chin Family I Liq Chuan.
Congratulations to Alexander Skalozub for receiving the well deserved title of “Grandmaster” in the art of I Liq Chuan, while Rich Kelly, Ashe Higgs, and Daria Sergeeva were granted the title of “Master”.
CONGRATULATIONS to Grandmaster Skalozub, Master Kelly, Master Higgs, and Master Sergeeva!

ZXD Academic Approach : “Beginner Mind, Zen Mind, Observing Mind”

“Beginner Mind, Zen Mind, Observing Mind”
Certificates of Completion Awarded by Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin, Honorary Professor Emeritus to students at
Cabrini University / Radnor, PA USA. 12 December 2022

The ZXD Academic Approach Team (Nancy Watterson, Lan Tran, and Rich Kelly) has been busy this academic year 2022-2023!  

On December 12, 2022. Members of Cabrini University’s Balance Learning Community received certificates of successful completion of the global curriculum of the Martial Art of Awareness (Zhong Xin Dao / I Liq Chuan, specifically the new “Beginner’s Mind, Zen Mind, Observing Mind—Entry Level program” developed by Honorary Professor Emeritus: and Grandmaster Sam Chin.  They are the first students to complete this program in a university setting, studying the practice as part of their American Studies class “Conflict and Cooperation” co-taught by Lan Tran and Nancy Watterson, a fully-academic 3-credit course that also fulfills part of the general education core that addresses cultural dimension and civic engagement. Students explore their own values while integrating ZXD’s curriculum and movement-based kinesthetic learning as a tool for learning about awareness and the process of ‘learning how to learn’. in a university setting, in a course that fulfills the  general education requirement.

Inst. Rich Kelly guides students in skills-building activities that offer tangible practices for engaging with others respectfully—foundations for civic consciousness grounded in compassion.


To help the students prepare for the Entry-level program, Instructor Rich Kelly travelled to Cabrini University multiple times to work with first-year students as well as graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators from the Graduate School of Education. The Center for Global Learning, with support from PCCE grant-funding, also sponsored GM Sam Chin’s participation and a community-based workshop “Refining the Balance Point.”

By using martial arts as a tool for awareness, students—including senior citizens— practice simple solo exercises and safe cooperative partner activities.


Then, the team received a 2nd Civic Imagination grant from the PCCE, this one in conjunction with the International I Liq Chuan Association (501c3), collaborating on a series of diverse community-based events with Cabrini University and Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson. In addition to leading a graduate class at Bard, the team also sponsored a Qigong workshop for senior citizens, which was held March 18th at the Living Seed Yoga Center in New Paltz, NY (owned by our own fellow ZXD practitioner and instructor Carisa Borello).

The collaborative project, Applying Embodied Learning and Mindful Movement in Everyday Engagement builds on the initial phase of the project, Embodied Awareness & Cooperative Dialogue: Moving from Self-Observation to Social Compassion. The Academic ZXD Team, led by Master Rich Kelly, held workshops at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson on using clear references for recognizing how to be in the present moment and deal with changing conditions.  In April, the ZXD Academic Approach team was accepted to present an interactive workshop at Gannon University in early June.

Zhong Xin Dao / I Liq Chuan Course with San Marino University

Presented by instructor Alberto Benedusi, the sharing of Martial Art of Awareness to college students at the San Marino University has come to a completion. (Original Article)

Students of the course were novice to Chinese martial arts and in particular internal styles. They attended 9 courses and have reached the minimum hours required to perform the FORM 21 of the curriculum. Topics being covered includes CONCEPT OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY… QI GIONG SOFT AND HARD… MEDITATION ON STEPS … and the FORM 21.
Well done to all the participants and congratulations to those who completed the form part planned in the course!!

Elements of Kung Fu

I Liq Chuan®, known as “The Martial Art of Awareness”, is a style of Chinese Kung Fu that cultivates consciousness based on the Tai Chi and Chan (Zen) principles of non-assertion, non-resistance, harmony of yin and yang, oneness and the present moment.

Zhong Xin Dao® (literally translated as Center-Heart-Path) is our unique approach to training and mastery. This innovative process, developed and refined over the last 20 years by Grandmaster Sam Chin, allows all practitioners to receive the “Xin Fa” (literally “Heart Transmission”) to gain the skills that were once reserved for family members and “indoor” disciples of the master.


Register for the 2023 Annual Intensive Retreat!

Have you registered for the 2023 Intensive Retreat happening this weekend?  Come train together with other ZXD / ILC practitioners and instructors under the guidance of GM Sam Chin himself as well as his son Master Hsin Chin!  Register now!

Date(s) – 17/Feb/23 – 20/Feb/23
All Day

Hotel Indigo Flushing

We will be conducting the Intensive Retreat for members this year right in the heart of Flushing, Queens NY at Hotel Indigo!

Conveniently located close to public transportations, restaurants, shopping centers and airports! 45 mins to Manhattan via subway, approximately 10 mins drive from LGA and 20 mins from JFK. Don’t miss this opportunity to train intensively under the guidance of GM Sam Chin and Master Hsin Chin, as well as other senior instructors! Great chance to connect with your fellow martial art brothers and sisters. Space is limited at this new location, register now to reserve your space! We look forward to having you join us! 


We are hosting the event at the Hotel Indigo

36-03 Prince Street, Flushing, NY 11354 United States
1 877 8 INDIGO (1 877-846-3446)
>>> BOOK HOTEL <<<
(Select date and room type, our group rate will auto generate)

Negotiated Group Rates per night / room, plus tax: 
King or Two Doubles at $179.00 + tax per room per night (breakfast not included). Overnight parking available for $30 a day, in and out permitted. 

Other options for parking is to park by nearby residential area and taking a short bus ride or Uber out to the hotel. 

If you do not need a roommate, feel free to contact the hotel directly to book your room.

  • Group name: Martial Art of Awareness
  • Group code : MAA
  • You may book directly at the hotel website using this LINK. Select your dates and room type and our group rate will auto generate. 
  • If you’re not a IHG rewards member and wont be collecting the points, we would appreciate it if you could use 276334292
  • Hotel group rate cuts off by January 20th, 2023

If you wish to be matched with a roommate, do not book your own room yet. We will be submitting a list to the hotel with names. Please indicate it in the RSVP FORM and we will try our best to match you with a roommate.    ​

Private group lessons after the retreat is conducted at the following address. Feel free to book nearby hotel or airbnb.  

25-55 126th St
Flushing, NY 11354

Q65 and Q25 will bring you nearby. 

Workshop rates in USD: 

  • $355 Full Workshop
  • $255 Two Days
  • $155 Single Day 
  • Discounts: If you are registered to participate at the Intensive for the full duration, your spouse will receive 50% discount if he/she also registered to participate for the full intensive.  

If you’re paying with currencies other than USD, we prefer using Revolut.  Referral link below – free to  download and setup. 


**Please write in Memo “NY Intensive 2023

Please be in full uniform for the entire duration of the Intensive.  We will have them available for sale at the event if you need. Please wear white uniform for group photos and gradings.


  • Friday to Sunday 10:00 to 6:00PM
    Lunch break from 1-3PM
  • Monday 9:30 to 1:00PM

Gradings will be conducted on Sunday night. Additional private training open after the intensive at GM Sam Chin’s Queens residence (5-8 mins drive from hotel).


  • LGA LaGuardia is the closest airport to Flushing. The hotel provides complimentary transfer to and from LGA.
  • JFK international airport  


Zhong Xin Dao / I Liq Chuan current members. 
Join or renew your membership to join us.

  • If you have not participated in this intensive before, please contact Yen prior to registering.  We will need to evaluate with your instructor to see if this is suitable for your training

Instructions for Registration:

  1. Everyone must complete the RSVP FORM
  2. Submit your deposit (or pay in full) by booking the event at the bottom of this page 
  3. If pay by check:
    a. Indicate in check notes that it’s for the “2023 Feb. Intensive”  
    b. Check payable to “Sam Chin” or “I Liq Chuan
    c. Mail to: 25-55 126th St, Flushing NY 11354
  4. If you would like to stay with the group, book your hotel room with Hotel Indigo Flushing follow this LINK to directly book under our group rate once you select the dates and room type. If you would like for us to arrange a roommate, please indicate it in the RSVP FORM. We will try our best to help you. 
  5. For any questions or concerns, please contact

This event is open to MEMBERS ONLY (Please either join or renew your membership at least 2 weeks prior to event to ensure that it is up to date). ALL levels are welcomed.

Feel free to direct any questions you may have to  We hope to see you at the retreat! 

Martial Art of Awareness at Confucius Institute of China in San Marino – Italy!

Thanks to the Confucius Institute of San Marino and University of San Marino, an after school evening course of ZXD / ILC curriculum is now being offered to the first year students at the University!  Presented by instructor Alberto Benedusi, this program started in November and will continue into February of 2023. 

All the lessons are divided in 4 parts
1) Qi gong
2) Biomechanics (13 points.. yin and yang muscles/tissues.. )
3) Philosophy principles applied to life and martial art
4) Martial movements and then the 21 form by meditating the alignment, the 9 solid and 1 empty, the flowing and the movements in the 3 planes.
ZXD / ILC Martial Art of Awareness is an philosophy based art where students are encouraged to reflect within and to observe the self instead of building habits and memorizing certain techniques.