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]