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Courses and Regular Classes
 
The second Qigong Foundation Course will be held in May 2009 (and there is unlikely to be another qigong course this year for beginners). Please see the details below and on this page.  Please apply using the form at our "Contact Us" page if you wish to be join this course. (Registration is now closed for the second course).
Your instructor
 
Christopher Choi (or Wuji as he is known to the Shaolin Wahnam family)
 
Wuji has practised Shaolin Cosmos Qigong, Shaolinquan and Wahnam Taijiquan as a disciple of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. He is currently the only instructor for Shaolin Wahnam Singapore, although he hopes that will change soon.
 
What’s the difference between courses and regular classes?
 
Courses are of a fixed duration, with a prescribed set of contents to be completed within that duration. Courses are intended to be stand-alone modules, and usually for those who prefer to learn the basic skills to practice on their own, rather than be tied to a regular class timetable.
 
Regular classes are ongoing, with a view to deepening and upgrading skills learnt in the courses. Students may not be able to follow a regular class unless they have first taken a course with Shaolin Wahnam and practised sufficiently on their own.
 
About Shaolin Wahnam Qigong (Chi Kung)
Grandmaster Wong says:
Although we do not have an official syllabus for Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung (Qigong) like the ones we have for Shaolin Kungfu and Wahnam Taijiquan, we do have some structural guidelines for our chi kung courses.
There are two categories of chi kung lessons we offer -- regular classes taught by certified Shaolin Wahnam instructors and short courses taught by me.
The type of chi kung taught by our certified instructors is "Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Hands", which is a set of chi kung dynamic patterns first taught by the great Bodhidharma at the Shaolin Temple. These eighteen Lohan Hands are taught in two parts:
  1. Eighteen Lohan Hands Part 1, which is taught in three months
  2. Eighteen Lohan Hands Part 2, which is also taught in three months
Regular classes are held twice a week. But if conditions warrant it, like when an instructor has to travel over great distance to teach a class, the time-table may be modified.
Short courses taught by me are of two main types:
  1. regional courses
  2. intensive courses
Regional courses are offered in various countries and are announced over my website as well as the Shaolin Wahnam website of the respective country. The following courses are available.
  1. Generating Energy Flow.
  2. Massaging Intenal Organs.
  3. Cosmic Shower.
  4. Internal Force.
  5. Cosmic Breathing (Dan Tian Breathing)
  6. Merging with the Cosmos (Sinew Metamorphosis).
Except for the first course, Generating Energy Flow, whcih is completed in six hours, each of the above courses is completed in 5 or less hours in one or two days.
In addition, the following two courses are also available:
  1. Eighteen Lohan Hands.
  2. Eighteen Chi Kung Exercises of Shaolin Wahnam
Each of the above two courses is completed in about 10 hours in two days.
Intensive Chi Kung Courses are held in Malaysia, usually in Sungai Petani but also in Sabah. It is proposed that from next year some of the Intensive Chi Kung Courses may be held in Penang.
It is significant to note that while Generating Energy Flow is the lowest of the courses offered, and Intensive Chi Kung Course the highest in terms of skills, the same three chi kung exercises are used in both courses. These three exercises are "Lifting the Sky", "Pushing Mountains" and "Carrying the Moon".
As the name tells, in Generating Energy Flow we use the three exercises to generate an energy flow. In an Intensive Chi Kung Course we use the three exercises to acquire many other skills, including tapping energy from the Cosmos, building a ball of energy, having a cosmic shower, building internal force, directing chi to flow to where we desire, massaging internal organs, clearing blockages, expanding the mind and merging with the Cosmos. In fact, taking an Intensive Chi Kung Course is like taking all the regional courses together.
It is also significant to note that when we say that our Generating Energy Flow is our lowest course, we are speaking relatively to our other courses. Compared to what most other people practice, this course is of a very high level. Again, many people not exposed to our arts will think that we are boastful. But we are only being courageous to speak the truth. Considering the fact that generating energy flow is the essence of chi kung, and less than 20% of those who practice chi kung today can generate an energy flow and they can do it only after many months, if not years, being able to generate a vigorous energy flow in just one day is certainly high level.
Why is generating an energy flow the essence of chi kung? It is because if you can't generate an energy flow, you would not get the core benefits of chi kung like overcoming illness, enjoying good health, having vitality and ensuring longevity. Indeed, without generating energy flow, one only practice chi kung patterns as gentle physical exercise.
Shaolin Wahnam Singapore note: Grandmaster Wong’s answer above sets out the general guidelines for the qigong courses (Chi Kung courses) conducted by Shaolin Wahnam instructors all over the world. There may be modifications to suit the local environment.
In addition, qigong courses other than those stated above (that is, the Eighteen Lohan Hands) may be offered. Qigong classes in Singapore include the Eighteen Lohan Hands, the Eighteen Qigong (Chi Kung) Exercises of Shaolin Wahnam, self-manifested qi exercises (zifa gong) and other intermediate to advanced courses. However, all prospective students must first take the Qigong Foundation Course if they wish to attend a Shaolin Wahnam qigong course or class in Singapore (unless they have already attended an intensive qigong course with Grandmaster Wong or a basic qigong course with any other Shaolin Wahnam instructor).
Grandmaster Wong also offers intensive qigong courses occasionally. Please visit his website at http://wongkk.com for details. Meanwhile, you may like to read what others have asked about Grandmaster Wong's intensive classes and his answers:
 
Question
I hope you will not find this question impertinent. Please ignore it if you find it unsuitable. Did your Sifus charge you a lot for your training? Why do you charge such a large sum for training (US$ 1,000 for 4 days)?
Michael, Malaysia -- Aug (1) 1998

Answer
The question is not impertinent. In fact I like your question as it provides me an opportunity to explain my fees although I do not need to give any justification.
My sifus did not charge me a lot for my training. Uncle Righteousness taught me free of charge; Sifu Ho Fatt Nam charged me only a nominal fee.
If I have to pay, I would never have paid enough. This is not an exaggeration. They taught me not just the best Shaolin kungfu, chi kung and Zen, but how to lead a rewarding life for myself, my family and other people, according to the highest ideals in the Shaolin philosophy. To put in a nutshell, I have learnt and practiced righteousness from Uncle Righteousness, and impeccable morality from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam.
Then, why do I charge others US$1000 for 4 days of intensive training? [Note as of September 2008: a course with Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is 1000 Euros for 3 days of intensive training]
My fees, depending on how you look at them, can be very expensive or very cheap. Compared to some instructors who charge US$10 for as long as you want to practice, or even the more expensive ones who charge US$50 for three months, charging 1000 for four days is certainly very expensive.
If you have been looking for genuine kungfu or chi kung, and have expressed that you would give anything to learn it, and you learn it in four days what others, if they are lucky to have the opportunity to learn genuine kungfu or chi kung, take twenty years to acquire, paying US$1000 is very cheap.
For someone who has been suffering from asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, cancer or any other chronic degenerative diseases, which he knows conventional treatment gives him little chance of recovery, and for which medical tests merely to confirm the illness is present, will cost him (or his insurance company) thousands of dollars, paying US$1000 to learn an art in just four days, an art which according to statictics gives him at least 60% chance of recovery if he continues to practice it for a few months, is very cheap.
Intending students would have the following three legitimate questions
  1. How do I know the kungfu or chi kung I learn is genuine? After all every one who teaches, believes or says his art is genuine, if not the best.
  2. How can I be sure that I can recover from my illness?
  3. Can I learn it in four days? I thought kungfu or chi kung takes years to master.
The answers are as follows.
  1. Find out from reliable, established sources what genuine kungfu or chi kung is, and compare what I teach with what you have found out. Also find out from those who have learned from me before, whether they are satisfied with my teaching, and whether they get the results promised.
  2. No one, including I or the best doctor, can guarantee that his patients will recover, because recovery depends on other factors besides treatment. But I can say that at least 60% (actually closer to 80%) of those who suffered from so-called incurable diseases, regain good health after learning and practicing chi kung from me. I would not provide names because I respect the privacy of my students, but those genuinely concerned should have no difficulty finding out for themselves if they take some trouble to ask around.
  3. Yes, you can learn the necessary skills and techniques in four days. Some of the skills are quite fantastic, such as tapping cosmic energy, and channelling the energy down your body to clear energy blockage! Students do not have to pay me any fees if they are not satisfied that the course objectives, which are clearly set out, have been fulfilled. If someone thinks that he should have a longer time learning, he should know that I charge for efficiency and benefits acquired, not time spent. If I take four weeks to give him the same benefits which I can do in four days, I deserve a lower, not a higher, fee.
The intensive course is not meant to make you a master. Its purpose is to equip you with fundamental skills and techniques so that you can competently practice on your own after the course. You need to practice for at least a few months before you can have lasting good results. For example, after the course you will know how to generate your internal energy flow, but you have to practice this for a few months before your internal energy flow can effectively clear your energy blockage and restore your good health.
 
There are two good reasons, among others, why I charge a high fee. It is a practical way to ensure that a great art is taught to deserving students, and it ensures that they value the art and will practice it. In the past I used to teach some very good kungfu and chi kung to students for free. Because they did not pay for the training, they did not value it and stopped half-way. They each saved a thousand dollars but lost an invaluable art, and some lost the opportunity to recover from their so-called incurable disease.
 
A person with serious kidney problems went on a local newspaper to appeal for public donation to buy a dialysis machine. I offered to teach him free, and a reporter who knew of my good records in helping kidney patients recover, spoke to him. He replied that it was too troublesome to practice chi kung.
 
Some time ago there was frequent public comment on the high cost of maintaining dialysis treatment for kidney patients (which actually does not overcome the kidney problem, but prevents the patients from dying). I wrote to the secretary of a kidney patients' association and offered my free service to any of his members interested. He did not even acknowledge my letter, but a few months later he said they were not interested.
 
Many people claim that they would sacrifice anything to learn a great art. But when it rains, they would not turn up for training. This doesn't happen when students pay a high fee. On the other hand, some people even think they are doing their teachers a service when they pay a small fee to learn. But if the fee is high, they value the art and subsequently derive good benefits from their practice. It is not just that they want to get back their money's worth; rather it is often the other way round, i.e. they already value the art in the first place, as evident from their readiness to pay a high fee to learn.
 
The tenth Shaolin Law dictates that the Shaolin arts are to be taught only to deserving students. In the past a student stayed with and served the master for a few years, during which time the master observed and tested the student to see if he was deserving. Such a method of screening students is not feasible in today's world. Willingness to make sacrifice to an equivalent value of US$1000 is a modern, albeit poor, alternative.
 
Of course there are many other factors contributing to make a student deserving. Hence, it does not mean that anyone willing to pay US$1000 will be taught. But as a working guideline, I would consider that anyone who thinks my art is worth less than US$1000 to learn, does not deserve the teaching.

US$1000 is a comparatively small sum to pay for the benefits one gets in my intensive courses. Ask kungfu students in general how many of them have internal force and can effectively use their kungfu techniques for self-defence, or ask chi kung students how many of them can tap cosmic energy and generate internal energy flow. Less than 20% will answer positively, and they probably have taken many years to acquire these skills. Yet, my students learn the skills in four days, and through daily practice for six months will attain a level these lucky 20% attain in 10 years.

(Reference: Grandmaster Wong's answers to readers' questions)

 
The Foundation Course
 
The first class ever to be conducted by Shaolin Wahnam Singapore, the Foundation Course (as it name implies) is the fundamental course for your own development and future courses (if you wish to continue taking classes from Shaolin Wahnam Singapore). The Foundation Course will commence in May 2009. Just email us quickly to let us know of your interest, and we will be in touch.
 
This course is also self-contained, which means that you do not need to take any subsequent courses or classes with Shaolin Wahnam Singapore. You can, of course, choose to join our regular classes or more advanced classes but the Foundation Course is designed to be a stand-alone class for those seeking the health benefits that Shaolin Cosmos Qigong can bring. Bear in mind, though, that there can be no end to the learning and practice of the Shaolin arts. Everyone in Shaolin Wahnam continue to upgrade themselves, either by going for new classes with our Grandmaster, or by deeper practice.
 
Course contents:
 
1) The philosophy of qigong and an elementary discourse on Chinese medical theory
2) How to relax
 
3) Eight of the best patterns from the Shaolin 18 Luohan Hands and Shaolin Cosmos Qigong
(Please see http://wongkk.com/chikung/lohan.html for an overview of the Shaolin 18 Luohan Hands)
 
  • Lifting the Sky,
  • Pushing Mountains,
  • Carrying the Moon,

 

  • Three Levels to the Earth,
  • Dancing Crane,
  • Nourishing Kidneys,
  • Dancing Butterfly
  • Turning Head
(The last 5 patterns may be substituted with other patterns from our repertoire, depending on the needs of the students)
 
Duration and Frequency:
 
The second Foundation Course will be conducted over 10 weeks, and classes are on every weekend on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The timing will be confirmed with the participants who are accepted for the course.
 
A session is about 1 to 1.5 hours long. Typically, if there are additional questions not directly related to the session, they will be dealt with after the class ends, but most students stay to listen to the exchange.
 
Each lesson will be built on the earlier lessons. But if you miss a couple of lessons, do not fret. Each class will begin with a revision of the earlier patterns taught. This is in line with our school’s philosophy of “Progress without retrogress”. If necessary, you can stay behind after the class for the instructor to bring you up to speed. Don’t let missing an occasional class be a reason for not trying this course.
 
Venue:
 
For the first or second class, the lessons may be conducted in a seminar room at an appropriate location (such as a clubhouse or sports facility) or at an outdoor location. Details will be confirmed separately with registered applicants (you may register here) Part of the lesson will be devoted to the relevant theory of what you learn and practice. However, the basic tenet of our training is actual practice, not theory.
 
The subsequent classes will always be held at one of the national parks in Singapore. Practising in the open, natural surroundings will enhance your benefits immeasurably. Even people who do not practice any qigong or physical exercise benefit enormously from taking a stroll among flowers and trees.
 
For each course, the specific venue will vary depending on the residential location of most of the students. There are, however, some locations at which we will not train even if they are rural areas, such as areas near army camps, telephone towers or any places emitting powerful electromagnetic signals, cemeteries and dumpfills.
 
Class size:
 
This will vary from course to course, but as a rule, bigger is better than smaller.
 
Contrary to popular belief, a larger class size for qigong training may be more ideal than a smaller class size. In schools and tuition classes, it is assumed that a small student-to- teacher ratio would make for better learning.
 
When it comes to qigong classes, this may not be the case. When students practice qigong in close proximity, they have an effect (sometimes quite noticeable) on one another as their energy fields overlap (don’t worry if you don’t understand this yet).
It may mean that the class may take a little longer to end as there are more students to supervise, but this also means that each student will have more individual practice time during the class.
Also, more students usually mean more questions and our experience is that students have many questions they don’t dare to ask and are often grateful when someone else who is more vocal voices them.
 
Cost:
 
The course fee for the Foundation Course is S$400, and is payable at the beginning of the course.
 
The fee is higher than what you pay for qigong classes at community clubs. Many qigong instructors also offer free classes in housing estates.
We also have a satisfaction guarantee. You can read about it below.
 
But we have saved the best for last: those who register for and are accepted into the first Foundation Course will be given a whopping discount of 50% off the regular course fee of $400. Not only that, the 50% discount will apply for all future courses and classes you take with Shaolin Wahnam Singapore. In other words, you will always be paying half-price, for as long as you are a part of us. [Note: This 50% discount was only applicable for students of the first Foundation Course. We have kept this paragraph here to for nostalgic reasons]
  
Course objectives:
 
What benefits can I expect from the course?
 
Please read the article at this link for a general overview of how to get the benefits of correct qigong practice.
As for this course, you will learn some of the best available qigong patterns for health and vitality. But more important than learning techniques, you should expect to learn how to use these techniques to help you to relax and increase your energy levels. Many students have reported that their ailments (such as neck and back pain, insomnia, and high blood pressure) were cured after practising our Shaolin qigong.
We cannot promise that all your illnesses will be healed after a course, but you will probably be very surprised at what you can achieve. You may also like to read more about qigong in our Articles page.
 
Conditions:
 
The complete terms and conditions will be sent to you when you apply for the course, but the most salient conditions are reproduced here. Please familiarise yourself with the conditions below before you apply for any course or class.
 
1) Before you apply for any course or class, as well as during and after the course or class, you must agree to (and actually) abide by the Ten Shaolin Laws as laid down by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. Please refer to this link for the full text of the Ten Shaolin Laws. You should take note of Law Number 1 in particular - to respect the Master, and in the context of a course with Shaolin Wahnam Singapore, your instructor. This includes following all instructors given by your instructor.
 
2) Following instructions is crucial in our courses, which deal with the energy of your body and the powers of your mind. For example, you will be told to relax and breathing gently. If you insist on tensing your muscles when practising, this is not following instructions. For your own good, you may also be asked to slow down or reduce your practice time if your progress is rapid. If you disregard such instructions because you want to progress faster, this may affect your health and subsequent development. As such, you should always follow instructions respectfully.
 
3) You should practice everyday, not just during the course but also for as long as you want the benefits of the Shaolin arts. You should also be prepared to make certain lifestyle changes if you wish to benefit fully from the course.
 
4) Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn. This is not to say you should be gullible and accept blindly what the instructor is teaching you. One should always be discerning, but not overly cynical or be a smart alec. The experience of our Grandmaster, our instructors the world over, and indeed, all teachers of these arts, is that a student with a humble heart will reap great rewards from his or her practice.
 
5) The instructor has the sole and absolute discretion to tell an undeserving student to leave the class immediately, without giving any reasons. A refund will be given to a student who has told to leave.
 
6) You understand that applying or registering for a course or class with Shaolin Wahnam Singapore does not mean that you will be accepted. Any instructor has the sole and absolute discretion to reject an application from any prospective student, without giving any reasons.
 
7) You agree and accept that the methods and materials taught in a Shaolin Wahnam course is meant to be complementary and not meant to substitute any medical advice or treatment you are currently receiving, intend to receive, or may receive from or as advised by your health care professional. If you are currently undergoing any special medical treatment as prescribed by your health care professional, you should continue with the treatment until its conclusion. While many students of Shaolin Wahnam have successfully treated themselves and recovered from a variety of health problems, we make no guarantee that you can do the same. We do not guarantee that you can be cured of or prevent any illness, injury, ailment, or other health care issues you may have, simply by taking a course with Shaolin Wahnam Singapore. There are many factors in the success of applying the skills taught, including regular correct practice, following the instructions given by your instructor and leading a healthy lifestyle. Also, each person progresses at a different rate and manner. You should always consult with your instructor and your healthcare professional when in any doubt. However, we do guarantee your satisfaction or we refund your course fee in full.
 
 
 
At any time during the course, and up to the last day of the course, you can ask for a refund of your course fees. There will be no questions asked as to why you want a refund. All you need to say is that you are not satisfied and want a refund, and a refund will be given to you immediately without any questions asked.
 
We believe in being upfront with our prospective family members (for once you join our classes, you become one of us). While there are no conditions for a refund, once the refund is given, you will not be accepted into any other classes or courses with Shaolin Wahnam.