Soft Chi Kung Team

Many of us are vaguely aware of the great benefits of Chi Kung meditation to our health and longevity but don’t really understand how it works. Here is an overview:

  • Chi circulates around our bodies, in a daily cycle, mainly but not entirely through pathways called meridians and vessels.
  • Chi is stored in energy centres / reservoirs called Tan Tiens.
  • The two main sources of chi are the Earth (Yin Chi) and the sky (Yang Chi).
  • When the Chi in our bodies is circulating freely and is balanced between Yin and Yang, we will enjoy good health.
  • Opening the meridians through stretching exercises and guiding Chi through them facilitates strong, smooth circulation of the Chi.
  • Drawing in fresh Chi from the earth and sky keeps our Chi plentiful and allows us to balance Yin and Yang.
  • Expelling stale or excess Chi keeps our Chi fresh and prevents it from becoming excessively strong.


By its nature, Chi Kung (also known as 'Qi Gong' or 'Ki Gung') is simple and easy, yet amazingly effective.  Anyone can practice it successfully, regardless of age or fitness.  The essential requirements are a properly trained instructor and good, fresh air.

The basic Chi Kung system that we teach is Tong Ling (clearing and circulating) Chi Kung. The system can be learned in one month - less with intensive private tuition - but takes time to practice. However, benefits can be felt immediately.

"Regular practice of Chi Kung has lowered my blood pressure, increased my flexibility and given me a great boost in confidence." - Marilyn

A brief note on pronunciation:
The words Chi (energy) and Kung (sustained work) are pronounced differently in different Chinese dialects. Most writers follow their teacher’s pronunciation hence you may see the term Chi Kung written as Qi Gung, Qi Gong, Ki Gung or Ki Gong!

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The retreat is located – not by chance – in an harmonious place that fills you with its peaceful glow and even a sea dependent, who grew up by the coast and can’t spend one week without longing for the sounds and smell of the ocean (only people raised by the seaside know what I mean), feels completely at peace there! This truly is a life sanctuary that will replenish you with a magical vibration attuned to all living things! There aren’t many places with this vibe. I felt this in the Pacific Islands, especially Rapa Nui and Bora Bora, and both the Pacific and Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat were the only two times in my life when I felt like crying when leaving a place…

(Read more) Natália C. – 3 March 2018


While they suggest staying for a week or more my boyfriend and I were only able to stay for 2 days. They welcomed us in even for this short stay and made us feel just as important as students who were there for months. The training was well rounded, and the instructors were knowledgeable, patient, and all spoke fluent English. Training starts at dawn and is almost all day long which made our two days feel like a week on our body. We felt like we were at a true Kung Fu training camp with bamboo structures, great nutritional food, amazing mountain scenery, and incredible instructors. Everything was better than we expected…

(Read more) Kockununa – 9 February 2018


A most satisfied student here....after learning 'Chi Gong' in UK by authentic Chinese masters I practiced this arts teachings for many years, benefiting in all it has to offer to prepare for Kungfu. What I quickly realised in Nam Yang is that I was doing many incorrect postures causing me pain in the long term. Learning 'Chi Kung' from Master Ian and his team was without question what I needed to truly learn this ancient art. All the team individually helped me fine tune key areas of my life physical, mental and spiritul…

(Read more) Serksta – 1 February 2018


I booked initially for 1 week but extended twice, until I had to return to my country. I never thought i would have such an interesting time. The combination between qi kung, kung fu, strong warm ups, meditations, strechings, weapons, sanda... makes the experience so complete for body, mind and spirit, as they say. It’s a healing place, in any sense, physical or mental. The instructors are one of the most remarkable things of the retreat: since they love the kung fu as a way of life, that feeling is transmitted on the trainings. They are serious with their job, and friendly on the treatment, patient and strict at the same time. The way of teaching is based on explaining the reason why of every movement, so everything makes sense. You find easily the motivation for learning and enjoying, and wanting more…

(Read more) Lara A. – 10 November 2017


Master Iain and his instructors cater for all types of students at differing levels and grades of either internal or external kung fu. I am mid forties and fairly fit yet the retreat in Pai made me feel healthier and rejuvenated in such a small space of time without the usual 'thrashing' or 'beasting' you may have faced in other martial arts / boxing .. why? It was down too the good balance of hard / soft training that was conducted in a mature and intelligent manner - all of which is built on respect for each and every person at the retreat...

(Read more) Chris – 15 February 2018

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