Feb 2021 News

Help for earthquake shaken Banija – Raising Donations

Adriana Josipović (1980. Zagreb) is a Croatian performer, author, mentor and acting coach in numerous theatre performances in Croatia and abroad.  She is also a licensed body-oriented psychotherapist with special interest in somatic practices, trauma therapy, energetic work and body work. 

Meeting the Art of ZXD /  ILC has in many ways enriched her life as an integrating force, blending these approaches even more in her life, helping her to find a profound way to support people in their creative and healing processes.

Adriana: “I came in contact with ZXD / ILC and GM Sam Chin during a weekend workshop in 2018, in Zagreb, Croatia. I had just arrived home from an intense theatre residence program in France, when I got a call from a dear friend, tai chi teacher and workshop organizer Jasminko Miklec, who told me: ‘We have an extraordinary Master teaching and visiting this weekend! You have to meet him, his work and his Art!’

The workshop started with the Grandmaster’s lecture on present moment, change, the qualities and objectivity of the mind, awareness and what it means to really ‘SEE’ and understand Reality. What is a Center, Balance, Harmony? I was listening with such intensity, recognizing the same principles and same laws like we have in the Arts!  Hearing GM Sam Chin’s lecture was almost like hearing a continuation of the words of my two dearest theatre teachers! Only now, the teacher in front of me is a martial artist and we were about to establish, connect, link and bring the awareness of this universal LAW through the LAW OF BOD through separation and unification.  

Grandmaster was speaking so simply and patiently and with each of his words, all of my previous knowledge, experience, started to pulse, condensing into one point and echoing back and forth in widening circles. Immediately, I recognized, knew, realized: “How rare!  How beautiful!…..”

Adriana fell in love with the Art of ZXD / ILC and ever since and she has attended retreats in Poland, tUK and US, where she has been meeting and practicing with some of the finest and dearest people in the world.

On December 28th 2020, Croatia was hit by a devastating earthquake of magnitude 5.3 on the Richter scale with the epicenter near the city of Petrinja. A day later, on December 29th, Petrinja was hit by an even stronger earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale. The town of Petrinja was destroyed, and a large number of houses in Petrinja, Glina, Sisak and the surrounding area were completely destroyed; overall,  35,000 damaged buildings were reported, of which over 7,000 were assessed as unusable and life-threatening. The biggest tragedy is the 6 people who died in the earthquake on December 29th 2020.

Adriana witnessed with her own eyes the devastation and decided to volunteer at the frontline doing all that she can to help. Amongst the many in need, the Ivanić family of 3 stood out. An 80 year old couple with their severely injured son are struggling to get through the freezing winter after their home was marked unsafe to live in. They were given a small temporary container without heat or running water. Adriana knew that her ability to help them is limited and so has started a fundraising campaign to raise money for a 9,000 Euro mobile home. She is reaching out for help. 

Help for earthquake shaken BanijaDownload PDF

If you would like to contribute by making a donation, click the image to the right to download the full PDF with more details about the Ivanić family and details on how to make a donation via direct bank transfer.

Donations could also be accepted by PayPal account: barbaramajnaric@gmail.com. Phone number for PayPal account if it is necessary is +385989196954.  Note to “Help for earthquake shaken Banija – for Ivanić family”

We kindly request for you to select the “send money to a friend and family” option, so every penny donated goes directly to helping the family instead of paying PayPal fees. 

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Adriana Josipović at adriana.josipovic@gmail.com

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News From Germany

New Instructor Network in Germany

The German community has built a new instructor network, which consists of more than 20 instructors, group leaders and other people who plan to open a school in Germany. They work together closely to promote the development of our art in Germany. During the first two meetings they worked on a common vision and common goals for the German Zhong Xin Dao community. The general goal is to support each other in building new schools and study groups as well as spreading our art to more cities around the country.

If you are a group leader in Germany, or plan to be one, please contact Frederik Wahl or Dominique Brizin to join the network and become part of the instructor community.

Dates for regular meetings will be published on Facebook: Kampfkunst der Achtsamkeit – Martial Art of Awareness Germany https://www.facebook.com/KampfkunstderAchtsamkeit

News From Italy

The Martial Art of Awareness and UIKT Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale have teamed up to present the Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Project in Rome, Italy!

This 3-year program will present Student Levels 1-2-3 and Instructor Level 1 over 18 weekends!

Join Instructors Joshua Craig, Alberto Benedusi, and the UIKT Team in Rome on February 20-21, 2021! Masters and Instructors from across Italy will be training with you, as we delve deeper into the art of Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin!

The weekend will include 12 hours of training.

Day 1:

Philosophy, Concepts and Principles
Review and Q&A
Ten Horizontal Plane Exercises
Spin to open and close shoulders & kwa (while holding ball)
Horizontal Cycles 1-8
Vertical Rolling

Day 2:

Philosophy, Concepts and Principles
Review and Q&A
Ten Frontal Plane Exercises
Spinning while holding ball
Frontal Cycles 1-8
Upper Frontal Wipe

The training will continue on the following weekends – be sure to book your dates now!

April 24-25, 2021

Topics: Sagittal Plane, Incorporating the Three Dimensions, Condense-Expand, Macrocosmic Orbit, Condensed Breathing
June 5-6, 2021
** Join us for the International Martial Arts Day event in Rome. Hosted by the UIKT, this weekend is a festival that celebrates the benefits and diversity martial culture. We will be presenting along with dozens of master from various styles of martial arts!

June 19-20, 2021

Topics: North-East-South-West + Review of Basic Exercises 1-9

September 10-11, 2021

Topics: Review of Basic Exercises 1-10, Preparation + Examination

To register, or for questions in English, please email:
Joshua Craig (joshua.craig@iliqchuan.com)

News From The USA

Jan 23-24, 2021. Marked the launch of our continuing education for Licensed Instructors and Group Leaders. Thank you to each one of you. Your sincerity, passion and love for the art is one of our most valuable assets. We aim to provide the resources and training needed to help our instructors advance in their learning and teaching journey. Together we will change with the change and grow along the path!

Zhong Xin Dao Zoom screenshot of many members

Happy Chinese New Year!

This is year is the year of the “iron ox” which symbolizes diligence, honesty, reliability, stability, perseverance, power, stubbornness and excellence.! The Chin Family and the Community Team wishes everyone a prosperous New Year! 

GM Sam Chin and family - Chinese New Year 2021

 

“The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less static than last year and get moving again in the second half of the year.” – Hong Kong Feng Sui Master, Thierry Chow. [source]

Criteria of The Basic Exercises Disc 2, Part 3

Disc 2 Part Three Frontal From here that you want to propel one frontal: frontal from the sternum and dantien first; from here. One circle: one but hold the ball -let’s do this one up and down first. This up and down, up and down; absorb and project this, and side to side, plus this. […]

Heng & Ha

by Instructor Jeff Wong

During today’s members-only session with GM Sam Chin, we reviewed the Tu-Na Breathing exercise from our 15 Basics.

Tu Na, or 吐納, literally translated means “spit and collect”, is just a more literary term for “inhale-exhale” in Chinese.

GM Chin also brought in the reference of a related old Chinese word of “Heng Ha 哼哈”. There were some confusions by students regarding what those words mean, and how they apply in our Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan’s practice. So hopefully the following explanations can be helpful to all. There are actually three ways to interpret “Heng Ha”:

  1. The most famous cultural reference for “Heng” (pronounced similar to English word “hung”) and “Ha”, are the two generals guarding the heaven’s gate in Chinese mythology. (See photo 1.) General Heng can spit out a white beam or steam (depending on artistic interpretation) from his nose, and suck in the opponent’s spirit, while General Ha can project a yellow beam from his mouth to shatter an enemy’s soul. Most often you can find depictions of those two generals on paintings posted on many traditional house doors in China, or as statues guarding some monastery entrances. The myths aside, they are described using the two most visible human organs for breathing.
  2. The second, and more practical reference to “Heng Ha” are used in “Dao Yin” Qi Gong physical and breathing exercises originated from Daoist practices. (See picture 2 and also in Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daoyin). In that reference, the “Heng” is actually used for signaling inhale, while “Ha” is used for exhale. If you pronounce the word “Heng” (or “hung”) literally, it requires an exhale through the nose to make the sound, but in this case, it’s due to lack of any nasal characters in Chinese that is done with an inhale, so “Heng” is actually similar to the sound when one is gasping for air and sucking in deep in the nostrils, without the exaggerated noise.
  3. The third reference, as in our Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, and in many internal martial art styles that also incorporate Dao Yin methods, represent a short and a long exhale. Noting here that either Heng and Ha can be the short or long exhales depending on your movement coordination and the martial art stylistic philosophies. More commonly in ZXD, we can match “Heng Ha” as the 1-2/short-long releases similar to our Tu Na exercise when we say “puh!” to do the first quick punctured exhale followed by the longer exhale. Sometimes, Heng can be used with a longer/slower Fa-Jin, with Ha as the final jolting action to finish the force issuing.

As for the mechanics of diaphragmatic and abdominal breathing, there are numerous videos and text out there (like this one from Instructor Ashe Higgs), I won’t pretend to be a biology expert here. They are not in the scope of my explanation of the etymology of the word “Heng Ha”. 

Training With Nature | Sifu Says

Training with nature article image

Why Our Training Must Be Direct, Must Be With Nature

Training with nature article image

[This excerpt comes from the viewpoint talk, “Food for Thought: Philosophy, Concepts, Principles” presented by GM Sam Chin 21 March 2020.  The full talk is available in our on-demand video subscription library.]

Overview of The System

Let me give an overview of what the system is. Our system of Martial Art of Awareness (and Zhong Xin Dao approach to the I Liq Chuan curriculum) is based on the philosophy of Zen and Tao and given the Chinese acupuncture meridian points; it talks about the nature of things and about trying to understand what nature itself is. That is the philosophy we want to talk about.

What Is Nature?

First of all, to understand nature, what is the characteristic of nature?

The first is change–how nature itself is always changing. From this philosophy of understanding change, you must see what is happening, you must change with the change. The important thing here is how can you change with the change? You must be able to understand that to “be with” nature is “being with” the moment of change.

In Tao, yin and yang here must have one neutral point or line that both combines the two and separates the two. So the balance of the yin and yang is a complementary balance—it’s not balancing two of the same.

GM Sam Chin quote "You must be there to know"

How To Change

We talk about ‘keep on changing,” yes, but HOW can we do that? We say ‘keep on balancing with the moment’—in order not to change.

Do you understand this concept: “Change with the change to maintain not to change?” This is the moment. The present point. That means you’re continually changing [puts his 2 index fingers together and moves them around in space together]. We are moving, but the point where they meet–here–that doesn’t change. It maintains the same here even as it keeps on changing.

So, maintaining is connecting, being with the moment. So—all training is about connection. To connect, to be together, then can we get the right information, to listen to what is happening.

Sometimes we talk about this as DIRECT KNOWING.

Just to ‘know’ must come from this directness. When we talk about knowing we have two references: know from the past or know from the present. Our training must be direct—knowing the moment. But the hardest part is how can you know the moment when it keeps on changing?

You must be able to change with the change—to flow along with it. But, first of all, how can you flow along with it?



“You must be able to understand that to be with nature is being with the moment of change.”
~GM Sam Chin


Knowing From The Tao: Standing On Top of Change

The flowing along means it always has the point of contact. The point of contact—you must keep on balancing it. That means you keep on balancing it with the flow: Balancing the point that you meet, balancing the pressure that you hold. But in order to do the balancing, you need attention to be there first—that means you need concentration to be there: to meet, to hold over there first—to maintain there.

“Maintain” means you have to change with the change to maintain.

To hold, you have to change with the change to hold. From the training, you always have to stand on top of the very base of change first—to maintain not to change. That means you have to keep on balancing, every moment, every second, constant balancing to be the same. Here is the present moment. And with that point, it turns into a stillness point—the stillness point is a steady point, constantly adjusting.

Stillness As The Reference

With this stillness point as a reference, you’ll see the difference.

But what is the difference? Under the Tao, we can observe difference as just “difference” without labeling it. If you label the things, “ok—the difference is because it’s red or black, etc.”—that means you’ve already gone beyond the difference—that means you’ve gone into the difference of judgment. That means you’re going beyond that difference to reference past experience.

That is not the Tao. The Tao, we say ‘it cannot be named.’ But then how can you know? It’s only knowing through the difference; through observing difference you can see the relationship—it has a change; the cause and effect. Knowing here is one, two, and three: because of separations and unifications—they have differences.

Our training is based on this kind of attention and the skill to connect.

When we talk about “connecting”, the reference has to be using the center point! If you say a ‘center’, what is the characteristic and quality, and function of that one center point?

A center must have up-down, left-right, forward, and backward. It must have all these that go out from the center to the circumference and come back to the center in order for it to be considered as a center point, so one center point is able to manifest this directional energy. To understand this concept of “center” directly, you must understand six directions and three dimensions.

Of course, the first center point must come from the feet, gravity, then the mass, then the alignment that has the six directions and three dimensions.

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Disc 2, Part 2 Maintaining Horizontal Now, when they do the absorb and project from the opening from here, opening and close and absorb and project from here, they maintain the horizontal plane. Maintaining the horizontal plane is the wrist and elbow must be on the same plane. The student must be told that most […]

December 2020 News

GM Chin’s Recovery

GM Sam Chin total knee replacement therapy
GM Sam Chin undergoes therapy at a nearby clinic 2020

 

GM Chin strengthening his knee
GM Chin strengthening his knee 2020

Grandmaster Sam Chin’s recovery from his recent total knee replacement continues to go well.

He finished two weeks of in-house therapy, now he has to go out for intense rehab at a nearby clinic twice a week.

His leg is already stable enough to walk up and down the stairs, and when walking on flat ground he doesn’t need to use a cane anymore!

He has already started spinning hands with youngest son Hsin and eldest daughter Yen Lee as part of his daily exercise.

GM Chin and family want to express their gratitude to everyone who has been involved in this process, from the students who helped research the best possible doctors and facilities for the procedure to the fellow martial arts masters with extensive backgrounds in physiology and therapeutic modalities who called with recommendations to help speed his recovery.

Thank you to all of you for your love and support.

Members Only Livestreams

GM Sam Chin in front of his laptop
GM Sam Chin continues to spread his family art from home. 2020

The Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Grandmaster continues to guide students around the world despite not being able to travel due to the coronavirus epidemic, in the form of members only livestreams. 

GM Chin gives specific instructions to advance our students and instructors, along with demonstrations performed by senior instructor Rich Kelly of New York.  Currently, GM Sam Chin is giving an ongoing series on the basic exercises, giving detailed refinements.

These sessions are not open to the public and will not be added to our “video on demand” subscription library.  Currently they can only be watched live by our student members, is your student membership up to date?

Featured Article

Featured Article

GM Sam Chin on the cover of Martial Cultivation
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GM Sam Chin is featured in a full-length article by well know martial artists and author Alex Kozma in the May 2019 issue of the online journal “Martial Cultivation”.

“This month we have an in-depth report on the unique Zhong Xin Dao system of Grandmaster Sam Chin. His tireless efforts to pass his art on across the world have ensured that this school is one of the most popular amongst people serious about martial cultivation.”

If you would like to read the entire article, you can purchase the issue from Line of Intent Publishing here:

Martial Cultivation Journal Vol 1 No 5

Austria

German Language Online Classes

German language I Liq Chuan with Lubo Tzolov
German language I Liq Chuan online classes

Due to a renewed lockdown, the Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Austria school is offering online training via Zoom again. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. participants from the german speaking countries have the opportunity to dive into the Martial Art of Awareness.

Click here to see our available instructor lead online classes.

New Kids Classes!

young boy in Austria doing I Liq Chuan
Kung Fu kids classes in Vienna, Austria

Beginning in September 2020, Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Austria started a kids class for the first time. Seven boys and three girls in the age of 6 to 8 years explore the philosophy and principles of the Martial Art of Awareness through basic exercises and games.

The new kids’ classes have so far been held outdoors to practice safely during the pandemic and respect social distancing policies. 

Ukraine

Ukraine training hall

“Since the beginning of the year, our group has a new hall for training in the center of Kiev. We’re conducting ILC training on daily basis, in group and individual formats. In particular, everyday morning and evening training are done.”

 

“In November the System Guide, 3rd edition was printed in the Ukrainian language, so our students have an opportunity to buy and read it.”

“During fall of 2020 there were four student grading: Sergii Kravchuk (Student Level 3), Pavel Ksionda (Student Level 2), Artem Prytyka (Student Level 2), and Alexey Bratkov (Student Level 2). Also, we welcomed five new members to the ZXD ILC family.”

USA

New Grading!

Congratulations to Arizona students Barry B, Jeremy T, and Angela CJ on their new student level (4 and 3 respectively). Barry, Jeremy and Angela train in the Phoenix Metro area with Instructor Ashe Higgs.

 

Russia

New Grading!

I Liq Chuan students in Kazakhstan
Instructor Gado Mursaliyev with student in Atyrau

Kazakhstan branch (licensed instructor- Gadilbek Mursaliyev located in the city of Atyrau conducted a grading event and Marta Khaidarova successfully passed student level 1 exam. Another milestone achieved!

Instructor Gado began his I Liq Chuan training in London while living in the UK, under Instructor Eric Ling.

Upon returning to his native Kazakhstan, Gadilbeck continued his training under Chief Instructor of Russia, Alexander Skalozub, and began the first I Liq Chuan classes in the capital city of Atyrau.  

Congrats to both Gado and Marta!

We are very pleased to see Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan continue to grow and flourish around the world.

I Liq Chuan Rereat


On 30 AUG – 01 SEP 2020 at the Northern Kunsangar Buddhist center near Moscow, a retreat dedicated to the basic exercises of Zhong Xin Dao/ I Liq Chuan, 21 form practicing and preparation for instructor level 1 was held. This retreat takes place every few months under the guidance of three instructors: Marina Gubnitskaya – Instructor 2, Student 8, Andrey Araslanov – Instructor 1, Student 7, and Viktor Bashkeev – Instructor 1, Student 6.

The next retreat will take place on January 23-24, 2021. It will be dedicated to three-dimension movement, changing in three planes, and the spinning force of coordination. Contacts: maryam1701@gmail.com

Master Classes

Russian I Liq Chuan instructors Alexander Skalozub & Daria Sergeeva
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Special Moscow master-classes of Alex Skalozub and Daria Sergeeva will take place on January 8-10, 2021. It will be three days of training, each day different levels.

Space is limited to 10-12 pupils in the gym at one time due to the pandemic and social distancing guidelines. Later you can watch the video of classes off-line.

Sifu Says – Natural Power

Selections transcribed from “Refinement of Basic Exercises”

presented by GM Sam Chin with Instructor Rich Kelly
21 November 2020; online

One kind of knowing is a direct knowing and another kind of knowing is from our memory–our past knowing.

In the moment of action, of responding, we want to have a direct knowing: a direct knowing of the moment itself. The direct moment itself is based on spacing and timing. When we talk about spacing and timing that means you must be able to move freely, move efficiently, and move with ease and also with power.

The right power means they’ve got to do it with the right angle of movement, but sometimes we just phrase it through the reference of being ‘relaxed.’

So, “relaxed” must have all these conditions, the advantage of movement. Practically you can say that it’s all about power, limits, understanding limits, or understanding power based on the timing, spacing, and angles of movement.

But overall there must be one reference that is the most important part and that is about the center of gravity and the center of mass. This is the main reference for where the power comes from and where the balance comes from.



“In the moment of action, of responding: we want to have a direct knowing; a direct knowing of the moment itself.”
~GM Sam Chin


Gravity Power & “Natural Power”

When we talk about the center of mass and the center of gravity that is called the gravity power: that means how to hold on to the gravity power. There are certain kinds of power: gravity power is the first one, but there is also the point of contact power.

The point of contact power we sometimes call it the “natural power “and natural power means that on point of contact it has “the circle with center” of 90 degrees. Now, the center of mass and the center of gravity is also 90 degrees–that is the center of gravity power.

That 90 degree doesn’t change; it always must be maintained in order to be with the center of gravity. The natural power and point of contact, do change – from different angles–as long as the point of contact is 90 degrees.

Hold on to the point with that 90 degrees in order to connect; this is the first main point. To review: all movements must be based on these two things: One is the center of gravity power and one is natural power on point of contact that is 90 degrees.

Do you understand what I’m saying here?

You see, now, when we have these angles, or any slight change of angle, as long as it’s 90 degrees to the point of contact, that is the natural power of 90 degrees. Later on, that mass has a relationship with the center of gravity.

Balancing To Connect

In order to have that center of gravity, that one line, and also the natural power in different angles, there is a lot of balancing to connect because there is a lot of separation and unification.

So, through our joints, from our ankle, knee, the hip, the spine, the shoulder, elbow, and the wrist–all these joints. Here, itself, is how we need to balance in order to meet the 90 degrees. That is one thing.

Another thing of movement — that movement of angles– sometimes we call it Shun Li Bei Li (順力背力), that is, “accordingly”, it’s natural. [Shun Li refers to going along the (path/flow of the natural) power; Be Li – going against the (path/flow of that) power.]

But there are also forces that are against–when you use more force to do one little thing, that is called ‘against.’ Shun Li means that you use a minimum force and have the things done–that is called appropriate force. That kind of knowledge is based on understanding the body structure, how your ligaments, tendons, and muscles work: recognizing how it works so that you create power.

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November 2020 I Liq Chuan News

New Developments In Italy

Thanks to our cooperation with the UIKT (Italian Union of Traditional Kung Fu) Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan is now certified by OPES (The Organization for Sport Education) and registered with CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee)! 

CONI, acting under the authority of the IOC (International Olympic Committee), is responsible for the regulation and management of all national sports activities in Italy. While not an official Olympic sport, Traditional Kung Fu is recognized as an Associate Sport Discipline, under the category of “Wushu Kung Fu”.

In order to teach professionally in Italy martial arts instructors must be included in CONI’s register, and through our new association with the UIKT and OPES, our instructors will now be registered, and will receive a number of benefits, including instructor and student insurance!

Congratulations to Instructor Alberto Benedusi for being the first Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan recipient of this nationally recognized diploma!

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On Oct 23rd, GM Sam Chin presented a special donation-based 2 hours online workshop in coordination with Penn State. 

By Nikolay Dokholyan (3rd level student/1st level instructor)

October Workshop with Prof. GM Sam Chin at Penn State University

On October 23, Grand Master Sam F.S. Chin led an online workshop “The Balance Point for Unifying Mind and Body” about how to be mindful in order to understand the relationship between the mind and the body.

GM Sam Chin focused on the philosophy of Zhong Xin Dao (ZXD), the Martial Art of Awareness, and the context of mindfulness, or awareness of the present moment, in Chinese martial arts.

Unlike many domains of knowledge, mindfulness cannot be learned but only cultivated.

GM Sam Chin explained approaches to cultivate awareness by following the curriculum he created, The Martial Art of Awareness. He also explained the relationship between the martial aspect of ZXD and how it serves as a tool to develop practices that unify mental and physical components.

Specifically, the practitioner focuses on remaining neutral, responding to the ever-changing conditions of the environment. Because martial practice does offer direct feedback on the qualities of attention quality and, thus, provides an outstanding practice tool to recognize when one is balanced in body and mind.

GM Sam Chin’s lecture was followed by Qi Gong exercises that are part of the ZXD curriculum, led by US senior student, Instructor Richard Kelly (student level 9, instructor level 4); these included stretching and breathing exercises for health. This event was sponsored by the 2021 Wellness Mini-Grant from the Office of the Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs, the Office of Faculty and Professional Development, and Penn State Health Human Resources.

Did You Know

Did you know that GM Sam Chin underwent surgery for a total knee replacement on 04 Nov? After many years of dealing with a very bad knee, GM Chin was finally able to receive the much-needed surgery.

His knees were in such bad shape, the doctors were amazed he could even walk after reviewing the Xrays! Can you imagine? GM Chin has been teaching us for so many years with stage 4 arthritis in both knees.

The long layoff from his busy teaching and traveling schedule due to the coronavirus outbreak has given GM Sam Chin the opportunity to recover at home while spending time with his family, including his five-month-old grandson, Kai.

The surgery was a success and GM Chin is undergoing rehabilitation.

October 2020 I Liq Chuan News

Zhong Xin Dao in Italy

Instructor Alberto Benedusi and Study Group Leader Dino Fiaschi have been working hard and representing Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan in Italy with great success!

This past month the CFILCA sent Instructor Joshua Craig to assist them in their work in spreading our art throughout Italy. Instructor Alberto Benedusi joined Joshua, and together they presented Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan in several cities. It was a fruitful journey with many exciting events and connections! A big thank you goes out to Alberto for making this all possible.

Of special note was the signing of the agreement, on September 12th, between the CFILCA and the UIKT (Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale), officially launching the new 3-year Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Instructor Training Project in Rome!

The Chin Family wishes to send a special thank you to UIKT President Alessandro Colonnese for the invitation, and to Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini for all of his help in coordinating the agreement between the CFILCA and the UIKT!

It is a great beginning, and we look forward to much more to come!

September 6, 2020

Grading Workshop in San Marino with nine people achieving Student Level 1! Congratulations to everyone!

Level 1: Daniel Giuliani, Giulia Chiara Staffa, Pietro Nicolaus Roselli Lorenzini, Nicola Albatici, Simone Amadei, Maurizio Corona, Costantino Fiori, Marco Agnoletti, Laura Dolce

September 10, 2020

Introductory Workshop hosted by Marco Macelloni at Shin Yama Arashi Martial Arts Center in Pontedera.

September 11, 2020

Level 3 Grading for Dino Fiaschi! Great work Dino!

 

September 11, 2020

A great meeting with Instructor Stefano Agostini and his son, Ken Michele Agostini!

 

September 12, 2020

The CFILCA signed a 3-year agreement with the UIKT!


Instructor Alberto Benedusi, UIKT President Alessandro Colonnese, Instructor Joshua Craig


Instructor Joshua Craig signing the contract on behalf of CFILCA.


The CFILCA presented all of the UIKT Board Members with a copy of the new Italian translation of the System Guide, 3rd Edition.

September 12-13, 2020

At the UIKT International Martial Arts Day event we offered a series of four seminars, and many of the participants have registered for our Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Project in Rome!

September 19, 2020

Introductory Workshop hosted by Paolo Dilisio and Stefania Mengoni at Wing Chun Scuola Nei Gong in Latina.


Sifu Stefania Megoni, Instructor Alberto Benedusi, Sifu Paolo Dilisio, Instructor Joshua Craig


The Gang!

September 20, 2020

Introductory Workshop for the UIKT Board Members.


Paolo Dilisio, Pietro Roselli, Alberto Benedusi, Joshua Craig, Stefano Rosati, Claudio Fabbricatore

October 3-4, 2020

Instructor Alberto Benedusi lead a workshop in Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia. This was the first time the people of Sardinia were exposed to Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, and our reception was great! Alberto will soon return for the next workshop!

October 10-11, 2020

Instructors Joshua Craig and Alberto Benedusi presented the first weekend of our 3-year Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Instructor Training Project in Rome, Italy! The participants included instructors and martial arts masters from various styles and communities, all getting together on the mat to train in the true spirit of martial arts. This intensive 12-hour event was an amazing time of openness, passion and camaraderie! At the end of the workshop, Grandmaster Sam Chin spoke to the participants via video call from New York, both welcoming and congratulating them!

October 10-12, 2020
Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan Martial Art of Awareness met with UIKT Unione Italiana Kung Fu Tradizionale Board Members to discuss and train in preparation for the December 19-20, 2020 course in Rome, Italy – be sure not to miss it!

Weekend 2: December 19-20, 2020 Level 1: Please confirm your participation by sending an email to: Francesca Ranucci (info@uikt.it)
Weekend 3: February 20-21, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 4: April 24-25, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 5: June 19-20, 2021 Level 1
Weekend 6: September 10-11, 2021 Level 2

This program is the ideal introduction to Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, taking you step-by-step through our curriculum until Instructor Level 1.

Zhong Xin Dao in Germany

10 of our members passed their Student Level 1 examination and 4 of them passed their Student Level 2 examinations in Germany!

Hamburg

Instructor Frederik Wahl held a Level 1 Examination! Congratulations to Sascha Vukovic, Hans-Joachim Kühne and Janina Peter. Leefke Bohde also assisted at the grading!

Darmstadt

Study Group Leader Dominic Brizin invited Instructor Joshua Craig to conduct a Level 1 Grading Workshop and Examination! Fellow Instructor Frederik Wahl was also invited as a guest. Congratulations to Benjamin Schwartz, Murat Cobanoglu, Sebastian Riedel, Ruben Bamberger, Tom-Tom Steiner, Andreas Towstoles and Dominik Lorenz!

Hamburg

Instructor Frederik Wahl held a Level 2 Examination! Congratulations to Thorsten Bernstein, Michael Rath, Sascha Vukovic, and Udo Eimers. Marvin Sadrinna also assisted at the grading!