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What is a Martial Art â€” Marcus Santer
Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam England
The following discussion by Marcus Santer
is reproduced from the thread What is a Martial Art? in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum
on 20th February 2005.
When I first began my martial arts training I went from being "beaten up" once in my life time to being beaten up twice a week!
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I don't always see eye-to-eye with Shaolin Qigong instructor and author Marcus Santer.
As a matter of fact, I disagree with him on a number of key issues in teaching Chi training.
takes a very traditional approach to teaching Qigong
And it's no wonder.
Trained by a 4th Generation Shaolin Grandmaster, Marcus is the former chief instructor of the U.K. branch of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute and the author of books and his own online course on Shaolin Qigong.
I on the other hand - well, if you are reading this blog, you know me. Despite my traditional background, I go out of my way to be non-traditional, even iconoclastic.
and I don't agree on the role of Qigong
stated that his
goal is to make Qigong
as popular as Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation.
I on the other hand don't try to make my teaching popular, or make Chi training in general popular.
Instead, I focus on finding only the people that are ready for my particular style and my approach, and don't worry about the rest.
There are lots of other differences, too.
But here's another big one: Marcus
and I don't even agree on a definition of Chi!
Despite our differences, or maybe because of them, I sometimes recommend Marcus's courses to my students and instructors.
I think it's always good for you to see the traditional roots that gave birth to the wild stuff I teach.
But I have to admit, because of these differences, I was a little surprised a few months back when Marcus
emailed me and asked me to peer-review a few section of the book he
I'd get the polite "thank you" email from Marcus
, and that would be the end of it.
asked me to endorse his
book, I said yes immediately.
I wrote a short blurb for the back cover of the book, and agreed to let Marcus
use my name and comments to promote the book.
offered me a free copy of his
book, but I even declined that.
I bought my own copy.
I endorsed his
book because even though we disagree on some of it, an openhearted guy like Marcus
has earned my respect and support.
Of course, once you read the book, it's no surprise that Marcus
book is even called Smiling From The Heart (click here).
The book focuses on Qigong healing techniques for emotional well-being.
Inside this book you will find 29 simple Qigong healing techniques and Non-Qigong tools that you can use to overcome mild to moderate depression, anxiety, worry and fear.
They also promote healthy self-esteem, and increase your resistance to the stresses and strains of modern life.
says in the book,
agreed to let me offer some of his
latest printing to our students, instructors, and blog readers.
is privately publishing this book, and has only a limited number of copies.
first printing sold out in only THREE days.
So don't delay on this.
To help you understand what the book is about and see if it's right for you, Marcus
has put together a web page about it.
This web page is ONLY for my students, instructors, and blog readers.
You can find it here: "Smiling From The Heart: A Special Message to Al's Blog Readers" by Marcus Santer
I admire both you, Al, and Marcus
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