The late Grandmaster Sam Lee was a firm believer in the healing aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. For the Dublin Lunar New Year 2023 – Year of the Rabbit – his students will run a demonstration of his style. You can join in and reconnect with your body in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.
Originally derived from martial arts, the slow graceful movements of Tai Chi reflect the natural movements of animals and birds, as symbols or “pictures” designed to focus the mind and breathing through a complex series of executions. Although it retains applications in the martial arts, Tai Chi is commonly practised for improving ones health, concentration and mind/body co-ordination.
Qi Gong is a practice that originated in China and has been rapidly gaining popularity in the West. It is essentially a moving meditation. The “Qi” in Qi Gong is the same as the “Chi” in Tai Chi. That Qi is the foundation of Chinese Medicine.
Illness is seen as a breakdown in or an inhibition of the natural functioning of Qi. Within the human being, Qi is like the life force or energy which governs all aspects of our being. Everything is Qi and Qi is everything – i.e. the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the universe around us. Humans are a very concentrated form of Qi, air on the other hand is more ethereal and less condensed.
Through Qi Gong we start to become aware of the relationship between our consciousness (the self) and the Qi that gives us physical form and animates us. Through precise conscious movement we move Qi through channels in our body (often referred to as acupuncture meridians or Jing Luo) and encourage a more free and fluid flow of this energy through our body.
The late Grandmaster Sam Lee’s education in the martial arts started at the age of six in Hong Kong with Wu-style Tai Chi, followed by Hung Gar (Kung Fu) then Hung Sing Choy Lay Fut (Buddha-style Kung Fu).
He was granted 9th Dan status by the Chin Wu Traditional Martial Arts Association, China and also “Grandmaster” status, by the International Kenpo Karate Association. Grandmaster Lee achieved a level 3 coaching award under the Irish Sports Council as part of the National Development Programme and held the advanced certificate of Sports Tutor awarded by Coaching Ireland.
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