Phoenix, AZ, March 12, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- With the mounting evidence from the medical community of the mental and physical benefits for traditional Asian practices like Tai Chi, the wisdom and skills of men like Master Sam F.S. Chin are in high demand. Master Chin has hundreds of students in over 12 countries around the world, and in advance of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, will return to the Valley the weekend of April 17th and 18th to share his family's martial art of I Liq Chun (pronounced ee-lee-chen) with the public.
Master Sam Chin trained in martial arts since childhood under his father, Chin, Lik, Keong, the founder of I Liq Chuan. In his twenties Master Chin was an awe-inspiring fighter, defeating all comers in the rough and tumble competitions of the South East Asian country of Malaysia. In 1976 he won the
Selengore State heavyweight kickboxing title, earning him the nick name “The Tiger of Malaysia”. His longest fight that year lasted a mere 40 seconds.
These days Master Chin spends most of his time sharing the gentler side of his family's art, which he often calls “the martial art of awareness”, helping people around the world improve their health, relieve stress and find inner peace.
Master Chin explains, "My art is based on Tai Chi and Zen principles, so you can say that it has it's roots in Taoism and Buddhism. It is based on non-assertion, non-resistance and an understanding of yin and yang. The training is being mindful, neutral, formless and in the present, to become fully aware. Action and reaction are based on mindfulness."
In 1992 Master Chin began living and working at the Buddhist monastery of Chuang Yen in Carmel, New York. During his ten years at the temple, he was profoundly influenced by the many enlightened monks who visited. A breakthrough occurred while attending a dynamic meditation retreat emphasizing mindfulness and awareness. Master Sam Chin developed the ability to observe how the mind and physical body are constantly changing. With this penetrating clarity, he introduced Zen philosophy into his family art.
Master Sam Chin later spent several years structuring a system he could use as a teaching method to fully pass down the art emphasizing awareness.
Since the first class of I Liq Chuan was taught at Chuang Yen Monastery with no more than 10 students, the art has now spread throughout the world with thousands of practitioners under the leadership and contribution of Master Sam F.S. Chin, as well as the devotion of his students, certified instructors and disciples.
The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held at the APSK Academy, located at 1058 N Higley Rd. Mesa, AZ, 85205.
Master Chin will be available for interviews upon request.