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You are invited to join our 1 week training camp in picturesque Monchique, Algarve, Portugal. Taught personally by Master Iain Armstrong and 2 more of his Instructors, This course will have a special beginners program alongside the more advanced program. This course is designed for people who are searching to focus on the true character of our arts in terms of movement, energy, mindset and spirit. Our aim is to push up your standards as far as possible and give you plenty to work on for many months to come. Emphasising connection to our people from different countries in the spirit of a true Kung Fu Family.
Rooms are shared between two or occasionally three. Other than in the case of couples, female participants are never asked to share with males.
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.
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.
Master Iain is a Kung Fu philosopher and author with 36 years of living Kung Fu. Trained personally by Grand Master Tan Soh Tin in Singapore, he’s a two-time world champion and veteran of real street battles. Famous for his high-quality Kung Fu teaching, his instructional films and magazine articles, and for his demonstrations of Iron Shirt Qigong, Master Iain is a mine of information but retains a very practical, down to earth, and realistic approach. Most people who meet him are struck by his air of calm, patience, and wisdom.
Craig is a very easy going, popular teacher who can make complex movements seem easy. He is naturally very athletic and keeps up a high level of physical fitness. He has a flair for weapons training and teaches our weapons classes twice a week. He is also interested in San Da (Chinese boxing). He has a deep wish to focus properly on learning and understanding our arts and likes living in the mountains and forests of Northern Thailand with its mix of cultures and ethnicities. Craig is usually present from September to April.
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.
The Karuna Retreat Centre is 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.
The retreat itself offers a stunning view over Portugal's southern coast. It remains amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in the area, isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion, and peace!
3 meals daily prepared with fresh, organic local vegetables. Vegetarian or vegan. All meals are made from fresh and organic local products. Whenever it is possible, fresh products from Karuna's vegetable garden will be used.
There is a large meditation hall with wooden floors and a view over the Atlantic Ocean. The meditation hall can sit up to 200 people and over 30 people can practice yoga simultaneously. There is also a small meditation hall for those who would like some quietness and a smaller space for meditation. You won't want also miss the lake at the retreat center to refresh your days during spring and summer times.
Transfer not provided
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