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Great Turnout for Experience Shaolin on Saturday March 3!

admin | 06 March 2012 | STQI Toronto | | 0 Comments   

What a fantastic turnout as over 20 people came out to participate in the Experience Shaolin event on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 from 2pm to 5pm.

Beginning with Sitting Meditation, the participants tackled the seemingly easy but most difficult activity of the day. Many of the participants have tried meditation in one form or another and found the activity difficult. One even commented, “my focus with [Shaolin Sitting] Meditation was difficult to control”. Indeed, trying the clear our minds by thinking of absolutely nothing for even 5 seconds is an incredible challenge.

Many found the ‘moving meditation’ aspects of Shaolin Chi Kung (Qi Gong) much easier and perhaps more rewarding. Participants were treated to a complete system of healthy activity, from stretching, to abdominal breathing exercises, and use of qi for simple movements. Indeed, Shaolin Qi Gong is a great intermediary step towards meditation, and more importantly, an effective system for enabling one’s body to heal at higher capabilities.

Most of the participants continued to stay on for the third class of the day: Shaolin Kung Fu Fitness! Instructor Dao explains that the usual Kung Fu program has been split into two parts: 1) Fitness and 2) Practical. Students must first take a term for fitness before progressing to practical lessons as the two classes are taken back to back in almost 2 hours.

Participants did an outstanding job following instructions from stretching, to warm up drills, to kicks and punches, and to combination drills.

At the end of the event, the participants were treated to a surprise performance by Instructor Shi Chang Dao who performed the Shaolin hand form called Xiao Hong Quan (Small River Fist), as well as fellow kung fu brother Shi Chang Zhi who performed Tong Bei Quan.

More photos of the kung fu class will be posted in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, please enjoy the photo gallery of the Shaolin Qi Gong class here:
Experience Shaolin March 3, 2012 Qi Gong Photo Gallery