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Shaolin Wahnam England
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What is a Martial Art â€” Marcus Santer
Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam England Marcus Santer Marcus Santer 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! Marcus Santer Marcus Santer Shaolin Wahnam Institute - UK
Marcus Sifu Marcus Santer - Chief Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam UK
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Shaolin Qigong Instructor and Author Marcus Santer
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. Marcus 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 Marcus and I don't agree on the role of Qigong. He 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 was writing. I'd get the polite "thank you" email from Marcus, and that would be the end of it. When Marcus 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. Marcus 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 is openhearted. His 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. As Marcus says in the book, Marcus agreed to let me offer some of his latest printing to our students, instructors, and blog readers. Note: Marcus is privately publishing this book, and has only a limited number of copies. His 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 (click here). I admire both you, Al, and Marcus.
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Marcus Sifu Marcus Santer - Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam England