Berlin, Germany | October 5-6 2019

Explosive power from within!

The mark of real Shaolin Kung Fu is explosive power generated from within.  Without this it is not real Kung Fu – just empty movements! Explosive Kung Fu power has character, spirit and intensity.  It is the essence which brings otherwise empty movements to life. Indeed it was the opinion of most old Kung Fu masters that without springy internal power it just wasn’t Kung Fu!

This is a chance to:

  • Learn in depth about Shaolin internal power form Master Iain Armstrong who learned from the best Chinese masters and has spent his life studying its fine points.

  • Connect with other kung fu enthusiasts from around Europe and make new friendships.

  • Experience the famous city of Berlin and train in a beautiful pre-war sports hall with attached courtyard.

For those already studying with Nam Yang there will be an optional grading after the course. 

This course will cover: 

  • Sum Chien (called sanchin by the Japanese): the internal power training routine of Hokkien Kung Fu.
  • Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.
  • Channeling energy through the whole body.
  • Understanding the role of the fascia in internal power generation.
  • Storing energy in the spine.
  • Storing energy in the belt chanel.
  • Packing chi into the internal organs.
  • Developing power without the need for equipment.

For full details please see below.

TEACHERS

This course will be taught personally by Master Iain.

He is a Kung Fu philosopher and author with 36 years of living Kung Fu.  Trained personally by Grand Master Tan Soh Tin in Singapore, he’s a two-time world champion and veteran of real street battles.  Famous for his high-quality Kung Fu teaching, his instructional films and magazine articles, and for his demonstrations of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Master Iain is a mine of information but retains a very practical, down to earth, and realistic approach. Most people who meet him are struck by his air of calm, patience, and wisdom.

TEACHERS

This course will be taught personally by Master Iain.

He is a Kung Fu philosopher and author with 36 years of living Kung Fu.  Trained personally by Grand Master Tan Soh Tin in Singapore, he’s a two-time world champion and veteran of real street battles.  Famous for his high-quality Kung Fu teaching, his instructional films and magazine articles, and for his demonstrations of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Master Iain is a mine of information but retains a very practical, down to earth, and realistic approach. Most people who meet him are struck by his air of calm, patience, and wisdom.

VENUE

ATV Turnhalle, Baruther Strasse 20 in 10961 Berlin, Kreuzberg

http://www.atv-berlin.de/service/trainingsstaetten/sportzentrum-baruther-halle/

DIRECTIONS

ATV Turnhalle is situated in the center of a triangle of three underground stations:

Hallesches Tor, Gneisenaustraße and Mehringdamm.

Also a lot of bus stops are very close.

From airport Tegel:

Take Bus X9 (direction „Zoologischer Garten“) – 2 stops – off at „S&U Jungfernheide“ –

then take the U7 (subway/direction „Rudow”) – 15 stops – off and out at „Mehringdamm“ –

take pedestrian exit: „Mehringdamm/Gneisenaustraße“ – walk (about 550m)

From airport Schönefeld:

Bus X7 (direction „Rudow“) – 1 stop – off at „U Rudow“ – take U7 (direction „Rathaus Spandau“) – 13 stops – off and out at „U Gneisenaustraße“ – walk (about 500m)

From Main Railway Station:

Bus M41 (dir „Sonnnenallee/Baumschulenweg“) – 7 stops – off at „Blücherstraße“ – walk (about 270m)

ACCOMODATIONS

Near the hall is the Bergmannkiez, a very nice district of Berlin.  Finding accommodation here is recommended if you prefer a really pleasant environment.

We recommend the following accommodation:

Hotels:

Hermannplatz Days Inn and Ludwig von Beethoven Hotel

AirBnb:

There are a lot of AirBnB accomodations in the area as well 

EATING ARRANGEMENTS

Group dinner, Saturday evening.

We will eat out together on Saturday night, likely at a Chinese restaurant as we are training Chinese Kung Fu.  🙂 This is an entirely optional arrangement but gives a nice opportunity to socialise after a hard day’s training.  Details to follow.

Lunches.  We will arrange for lunches to be available at the sports hall.  Cost will be just a 3 Euros per day. Vegetarian / vegan friendly.  

Breakfast.  Please make sure to have eaten before arriving in the mornings.

WHAT TO BRING

No need to bring anything special!  A note book and camera (phone) will be useful.  Appropriate clothing for Kung Fu training. That is all.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Sincere thanks to Sifu Johannes Isenberg and Christian Reitz for their help in making this event possible. 

PAYMENT

The course cost is 190 Euros in advance, 210 Euros on the day.  

ITINERARY

Saturday, October 5
  • 10.00 Introductions etc.
  • 10.15 What is springy internal power?
    • Introductory talk with demonstrations. 
    • Importance of strength penetrating into an opponent.
    • Relevance of this type of strength to close range fighting.  
  • 10.45 Understanding fascia and its role in springy power.
    • What is fascia?
    • What is the fascial web?
    • How can we train our fascia?  Strength, elongation, elasticity.
    • How to train the fascia for elasticity.
    • List of methods to rain elasticity into the fascia.
  • 11.10 approx.  Short break for Chinese tea.
  • 11.30 Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung as an example of how to train the fascia.
    • Benefits
    • Underlying theory
    • Eliminating weak spots
    • Natural abdominal breathing
    • Lower body movement
    • The exercises
    • Summary
    • Questions and answers.
  • 12.30 Lunch
  • 1.30 Structure: stance, back, shoulders.
    • Theoretical explanation of our structure and how strength and energy are transmitted through it.
    • Relevance of stance in old style kung fu training.
    • Thousand pound stance compared to walking stance.
    • Practical: practise forming the body posture and performing basic moves in this posture.
    • Test with staves or similar.
  • 2.30 Core compression: channelling energy through the core, storing energy in the core.
    • Reverse abdominal breathing.  Chi packing etc.
    • Explain theory then practise in isolation then in the context of Sum Chien.
  • 3.45 Short break for Chinese tea.
  • 4.05 Storing energy in the spine.
    • Demonstration, explanation, practise.
    • Double bows.
    • Forward flexion.
    • Backward flexion.
    • Large vs small movements.
    • Practise example movements from Sum Chien.
  • 4.30 Storing energy in the belt channel.
    • Demonstration, explanation, practise.
    • Practise examples from the sum chien and then Shaolin punches.
    • The ‘yao’
  • 4.50 Short break.
  • 5.05 Learning Sum Chien – the Hokkien Internal Power training routine.
  • 5.50 Discussion and feedback.
  • 6.00 Finish.  Get ready for dinner.
Sunday, October 6
  • 9.00 Welcome.  Questions and answers from Saturday.
  • 9.20 Perform Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 9.40 Building a wave of energy that travels from the feet to the hands.
    • Demonstration, explanation then practise via the movements of Sum Chien.
    • Practise striking focus mitts.
  • 10.20 Short break for Chinese tea.
  • 10.40 Relaxed delivery: allowing energy to travel into the target.
    • Demonstration, explanation then practise via the movements of Sum Chien.
    • Practise striking focus mitts.
    • Practise 0” punch with a partner.
  • 11.10 Applying the Zen mind: use the body as a co-ordinated whole, not as a set of different parts.
    • Demonstration, explanation, practise.
    • Importance of maintaining good structure, keeping all of the joints loose and maintaining a firm core so that energy is transmitted efficiently without restriction or dissipation (through wobble).
  • 12.00 Lunch
  • 1.00 Questions and answers.
  • 1.20 Using the eyes:
    • Staring to infinity to generate stronger intention.
    • Demonstration, explanation, practise.
    • Defocusing eyes to maintain zen mind, relaxed body.
    • Theory.  Explain defocussing of the eyes.
    • Practise in context of Shaolin punch, ‘double dragons emerging from the sea’ and Sum Chien.
  • 2.20 Short break for Chinese tea.
  • 2.40 Mind in the lower tan tien.
    • Discussion of different types of thinking.
    • Centring chi / mind in different places.
  • 3.10 Putting it all together.
    • Practise through Sum Chien and Vein Tendon Chi Kung.
  • 3.40 Brief history of Sum Chien and the martial arts of Min Nan.
  • 4.00 Questions and answers.
  • 4.20 Striking pads with springy internal power.
  • 4.35 Sum Chien practise.
  • 4.50 Discussion and feedback.
  • 5.00 Finish.
Contact us for further information:

For information in german language or regarding arrangements in berlin: 

[email protected]