Portugal | October 12-19

Understanding the depth of our arts: essence, character, spirit.

THE TRUE CHARACTER OF OUR ARTS

Our first European training camp will focus on the true character of our arts in terms of movement, energy, mindset and spirit.

CONNECTING PEOPLE

We will also emphasise connecting our people from different countries in the spirit of a true Kung Fu family.  We are expecting people from many parts of Europe and beyond.

RAISING STANDARDS

Our aim is to push up your standards as far as possible and give you plenty to work on for many months to come.

BEGINNERS

Since we have had a lot of interest from people new to our arts we will have a team of 3 instructors and run a special beginners program alongside the more advanced program.

EXCURSIONS

As part of the program we will include two afternoon excursions and an optional evening out in Monchique town.  Monchique has a long history of spirituality. Many Romans came to bathe in its springs which are credited with powerful healing properties.  The name Monchique derives from its Arabic name which means ‘Sacred Mountain’. The excursions will take in some of the key spiritual sites where we will practise some Chi Kung and meditation.

SCHEDULE

Our daily training program will cover:

  •         Tong Ling Chi Kung
  •         Shuang Yang
  •         Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung
  •         Sum Chien
  •         Internal power training.
  •         The Tiger – Crane art
  •         Pushing hands / sticky hands
  •         Stretching

Themes for the week are:

  •         Shaolin internal power
  •         Stretching effectively

We will also include in depth sessions on:

  •         History, philosophy and ethics
  •         Chi manipulation

Detailed itinerary below.

TEACHERS

The course will be led by Master Iain, two times world Kung Fu champion and Founder / Chief instructor of the Kung Fu Retreat, Thailand.

Master Iain will be supported by:

Steve Keen.  Lead instructor at Nam Yang’s UK headquarters, English kickboxing champion, Nam yang’s most successful ever competition fighter.  Trained with Master Iain for 20 years already, starting at age 6.

Craig French.  Senior instructor at the Kung Fu Retreat, Thailand, where he is rated as one of the best instructors.

VENUE & FOOD

The course will be hosted at the Karuna Retreat Centre, a truly beautiful meditation retreat with inspiring grounds and wonderful views across the Serra de Monchique mountains to Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic ocean.  Serra de Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes.

We offer both residential and non residential options for this course but the residential option is very much recommended.  Rooms are shared between two or occasionally more. Other than in the case of couples we will never ask females to share with males.  As well as accommodation it includes 3 meals daily prepared with fresh, organic local vegetables. Vegetarian or vegan.

EXCURSIONS

As part of the program we will include two afternoon excursions and an optional evening out in Monchique town.  Monchique has a long history of spirituality. Many Romans came to bathe in its springs which are credited with powerful healing properties.  The name Monchique derives from its Arabic name which means ‘Sacred Mountain’. The excursions will take in some of the key spiritual sites where we will practise some Chi Kung and meditation.

SCHEDULE

Our daily training program will cover:

  •         Tong Ling Chi Kung
  •         Shuang Yang
  •         Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung
  •         Sum Chien
  •         Internal power training.
  •         The Tiger – Crane art
  •         Pushing hands / sticky hands
  •         Stretching

Themes for the week are:

  •         Shaolin internal power
  •         Stretching effectively

We will also include in depth sessions on:

  •         History, philosophy and ethics
  •         Chi manipulation

Detailed itinerary below.

TEACHERS

The course will be led by Master Iain, two times world Kung Fu champion and Founder / Chief instructor of the Kung Fu Retreat, Thailand.

Master Iain will be supported by:

Steve Keen.  Lead instructor at Nam Yang’s UK headquarters, English kickboxing champion, Nam yang’s most successful ever competition fighter.  Trained with Master Iain for 20 years already, starting at age 6.

Craig French.  Senior instructor at the Kung Fu Retreat, Thailand, where he is rated as one of the best instructors.

VENUE & FOOD

The course will be hosted at the Karuna Retreat Centre, a truly beautiful meditation retreat with inspiring grounds and wonderful views across the Serra de Monchique mountains to Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic ocean.  Serra de Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes.

We offer both residential and non residential options for this course but the residential option is very much recommended.  Rooms are shared between two or occasionally more. Other than in the case of couples we will never ask females to share with males.  As well as accommodation it includes 3 meals daily prepared with fresh, organic local vegetables. Vegetarian or vegan.

WHAT TO BRING

(Suggestions Only)

  • Comfortable clothing which allows for full range of movement.
  • Reusable water bottle.
  • Towel.
  • Camera.
  • Whatever electronic devices you choose.
PRICE

Course cost €499.

Residential package: 7 nights accommodation, meals €245.

Please note that for the course we will invoice in US Dollars for the equivalent of €499.  The €245 residential fee should be paid in cash, Euros only please, on arrival.

Costs associated with our optional excursions are not included in this price.  The main cost will be splitting the price of a minibus.

TRAVEL

By Air:

Fly to Faro.

From Faro the options are:

  1.           take a bus to Portimao (need to go to the Info desk at airport and ask about specific timetables, as they change all the time), and from Portimao take a taxi to Monchique (about 30 euros).
  2.           take a taxi to Monchique (about 70 euros one way)
  3.           rent a car

By Car to:

Centro de Retiros Karuna

Monchique, Portugal

Google Maps: Karuna Monchique

GPS location: 37.301188, -8.520400

ITINERARY

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Tong Ling followed by Vein Tendon.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.

1.00 – 2.30   Lunch followed by a break.

2.30 – 3.45   Stretching.  Theory and practise.

Break

4.00 – 5.15   Pushing hands and sticky hands.

Break

5.30 – 6.15   Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.

6.15              Dinner then rest.  Early nights recommended!  

DETAILED DAILY SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 12

5.00pm.        Arrive at Karuna Centre.  Settle in and pay accommodation cost.

6.15pm         Dinner followed by introductory talk over tea.

Sunday, October 13

6.00 – 7.00   Tong Ling Chi Kung.  Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 1.  Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung – feedback and correction by Master Iain – then perform Bodhidharma’s Vein Tendon Chi Kung.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on stance stability, stepping, breathing and moving your chi.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power.  Detailed explanation by Master Iain.  Fundamental exercises for developing internal power.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Talk by Master Iain on the place of Sum Chien Training in our arts.  Beginners’ group learns the steps of the Sum Chien routine. Advanced group practises Sum Chien.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Beginners’ group continues learning the steps of the Sum Chien routine.  Advanced group practise their Tiger – Crane routines. Teachers give feedback.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Principle philosophies behind Chinese Kung Fu.

1.00 – 2.30   Lunch followed by a break.

2.30 – 3.45   Stretching.  General theory on how to stretch followed by warm up then lower body stretch.

Break

4.00 – 5.15   Pushing hands and sticky hands.

Break

5.30 – 6.45   Detailed lesson by Master Iain on Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.

6.45 Dinner then rest.  Early night recommended!

Monday, October 14

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 2.  Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung then Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on movement of the spine and torso.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.  Theory: body structure – stance, back shoulders.  Core compression: channelling energy through the core, storing energy in the core.  Practise: shaolin punching, basic moves.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Body structure in Sum Chien. Stance, back shoulders, elbows, wrists.  Training individually and with a partner.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Beginners’ group continues learning the steps of the Sum Chien routine.  Advanced group practise their Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves. Emphasise correct body structure, core compression and channelling energy through the core.  Teachers check over grading moves.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Embodied philosophy: flow, bamboo mentality.  How this applies to training the Shuang Yang, Sum Chien and Tiger Crane art.

1.00 – 2.30   Lunch followed by a break.

2.30 – 3.45   Stretching.  Stretching tips part 1 followed by upper body warm up and stretch.

Break

4.00 – 5.15   Pushing hands and sticky hands.

Break

5.30 – 6.15   Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Taoism and how it appears in Kung Fu.

6.15              Either:

  1. Dinner then rest.  
  2. Evening in Monchique town: dinner at a restaurant serving very good local specialities followed by a walk around the town.   

* May need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable. Travel costs not included in course cost.

Tuesday, October 15

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Beginners’ group: Tong Ling Chi Kung lesson 3.  Advanced group: perform Tong Ling Chi Kung then Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 1 – 17.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.  Storing energy in the spine. Storing energy in the belt channel.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Channelling energy through the core. Firing out energy from spine and belt channel.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves firing energy out through the stance, core, belt channel and spine.

12.30 – 1.00 Questions and answers with Master Iain over Chinese tea.

1.00 – 2.00   Lunch followed by a break.

2.00              Optional excursion: sacred spring, mountain top, old monastery above Monchique town.   * Excursion may need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable. Travel costs not included in course cost.

6.45              Dinner then rest.  Early nights recommended!  😊

Wednesday, October 16

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.  One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 18 – 39.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.  Building a wave of energy that travels from the feet to the hands.  Relaxed delivery: allowing energy to travel into the target.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Reverse abdominal breathing.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves whilst staying relaxed and letting energy move freely through the whole body.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Kung Fu psychology.

1.00 – 2.30   Lunch followed by a break.

2.30 – 3.45   Stretching.  Stretching tips part 2 followed by lower body warm up and stretch.

Break

4.00 – 5.15   Pushing hands and sticky hands.

Break

5.30 – 6.15   Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Buddhism and how it appears in Kung Fu.

6.15              Dinner then rest.  Early nights recommended!  😊

Thursday, October 17

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.  One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 40 – 50.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.  Using the eyes:

  •         Staring to infinity to generate stronger intention.
  •         Defocusing eyes to maintain zen mind, relaxed body.

Applying the Zen mind: use the body as a co-ordinated whole, not as a set of different parts.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Advanced Sum Chien training: sum chien face, training the senses, training the emotions.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Mini demonstration by teachers and students.  Then practise both Tiger – Crane routines and grading moves concentrating on generating strong intention by staring to infinity.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea. The Zen mind and its place in Kung Fu.

1.00 – 2.00   Lunch followed by a break.

2.00              Optional excursion: sacred healing spring popular since Roman times followed by Silves, a town dominated by castle built during the time of the Arab occupation of Algarve.   * Excursion may need to be rescheduled if weather is not favourable.  Travel costs not included in course cost.

6.45              Dinner then rest.  Early nights recommended!  😊

Friday, October 18

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.  One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.

7.00 – 8.00   7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang lesson.  Talk by Master Iain on fine points and applications of steps 51 – 66.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break.

9.30 – 10.15 Internal power: theory and practise.  Centring the mind in the lower tan tien.  Gut thinking. Moving as a whole.

Break

10.30 – 11.20  Sum Chien: the heart of Shaolin Kung Fu.  Posture, confidence, moving from the lower tan tien.

Break

11.35 – 12.30  The Tiger – Crane art.  Prepare routines and moves ready for grading on Saturday.

12.30 – 1.00 Talk by Master Iain over Chinese tea.  Confucianism and how it appears in Kung Fu.

1.00 – 2.30   Lunch followed by a break.

2.30 – 3.45   Stretching.  Stretching tips part 3 followed by upper lower body warm up and stretch.

Break

4.00 – 5.15   Pushing hands and sticky hands.

Break

5.30 – 6.15   Questions and answers over Chinese tea.

6.15              Dinner then rest.  Early nights recommended!  😊

Saturday, October 19

6.00 – 7.00   Chi Kung.  Practise through the whole Tong Ling Chi Kung routine followed by Bodhidharma’s Vein – Tendon Chi Kung.  One instructor observes and gives feedback / correction.

7.00 – 8.00   Shuang Yang.  Elasticity, flow, grounding.  Making Shuang Yang practise a mindful meditation.

8.00 – 9.30   Breakfast then short break during which rooms should be cleared, belongings packed.

9.30 – 11.30 Grading

Break

12.00 – 1.00 Learning next routine.

1.00 – 2.00   Lunch.   

2.00 – 3.00   Group photographs, discussion and feedback, future plans.

3.00              Leave Karuna Centre.

Afterparty.  😊

For those interested we will be organising a small party on the afternoon evening of Saturday 19th to celebrate the completion of the course and also Master Iain’s birthday.  This is entirely optional and not part of the course.