Qi Gong & Kung Fu Retreat
4th - 11th August 2023
The Summer Retreat takes place in the ancient forest of the island of Samothraki in Greece. Surrounded by enormous trees and magnificent granite rock we will be inspired to discover our grounding, our stability and resilience.
The training/ retreat will follow the teaching style of the Nam Yang school which is based on traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and the Tiger Crane Kung Fu style.
The retreat will include classes on Qi Gong (Chi Kung), Shuang Yang – the Internal White Crane Shaolin Form, Pushing Hands & Sticky Hands, Traditional Fighting, Kung Fu drills, Shaolin Weapons, Theory and Meditation.
The practice is beginner friendly and appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. The group will be divided in beginners and experienced students with the help of an assistant teacher to allow for advanced training.
We will be using a high-quality air-conditioned seminar space for our practice, while also using locations in nature for different sessions.
During free time participants can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Samothraki, which include waterfalls and lagoons in close proximity, hot springs, ancient temples and traditional villages and many beautiful beaches.
The retreat will focus on one of the key elements of Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu of the Nam Yang Kung Fu School : Grounding.
Stability in Kung Fu is crucial.
Any movement or technique will come from the ground. If the connection with the ground isn’t strong then the technique will not be either.
During this week we will look at all the Nam Yang Arts from a rooting perspective and try to imitate the ancient trees that have deep roots !
Building Kung Fu from the ground up.
The retreat offers you 5 full days of training (6 hours of active practice + 1.5 hours of theory per day) and one day-off where you can sleep-in, rest, relax and explore the beautiful surroundings. It is the perfect combination of Vacation and Training. We will also have an evening session on the day of arrival and an early morning session on the day of departure.
Daily Schedule – General Outline
3-hour Morning Practice starting with Qi Gong at Sunrise, Shuang Yang and Kung Fu
Free Time – Breakfast
1.5-hour Mid-day session : Theory
Free Time – Lunch
3-hour Evening Practice : Kung Fu Training and Fighting Applications
Free Time – Dinner
What you will be learning and practicing in the Retreat:
Chi Kung for Health and Longevity. ‘Chi’ (Qi) is a natural energy which pervades all things. Chi Kung is the practice of charging the body with fresh, balanced Chi, eliminating stale Chi and circulating Chi through all of the meridians and to every cell of the body.
Shuang Yang - the Internal Art of the Shaolin White Crane Kung Fu, a rarely taught soft form. This is a very relaxed, fluid art which develops suppleness, mobility, calmness and balance
Sitting, Standing and Walking Meditation of the Buddhist tradition. Meditation supports our training by calming our minds, relaxing our bodies, circulating our Chi and enhancing our awareness.
Tiger- Crane Combination Kung Fu, the Classic Fukienese Kung Fu. The Tiger-Crane Combination art is a close-range art using mostly hand techniques including striking and seizing.
"Sum Chien", the original Shaolin internal power training exercise.
Chi Kung for Internal Power, also known as Hard Chi Kung or Martial Chi Kung
Pushing Hands/ Sticky Hands, touch sensitivity drills that provide direct, hands on contact and train speed, reactions and strategy while remaining safe.
Shaolin Weapons. In this retreat we will mostly focus on the Tan taw (Chinese broadsword)
There will also be sessions of Workouts, Stretching and Relaxation to aid and better develop our physical fitness. Massage treatments are available upon request.