Discover your Qi energy and connect mind and body with your breath! This is a beginner's course, designed especially for those people who have not been taught the Tong Ling Chi Kung system before. This course will open the door to more advanced training and it's a perfect opportunity to gain a stronger and healthier body. During this short weekend training, you will get to a calmer state of mind and personal happiness.
During this training, students will be staying at Villa Esthela, a hostel at the edge of beautiful Antigua, Guatemala. All rooms are shared between two and six people and utilize shared bathrooms at convenient locations throughout the hostel. As all rooms are conveniently located onsite, the training area based on the rooftop terrace is just up the stairs.
Villa Esthela also has a kitchen located onsite where meals (breakfast and dinner) will be cooked for students. Outside of training times, students will also have full access to the kitchen for cooking, and access to the fridge to keep food fresh. In addition to the rooms, purified drinking water, as well as coffee, and tea will be provided in the kitchen at your convenience.
This course will be taught personally by Master Iain Armstrong, author of Get Your Health Back Fast With Chinese Chi Kung, chief instructor at the Nam Yang Mountain Retreat, Thailand. By taking positive action and beginning to practice chi kung, you will be joining an expanding Kung Fu - Chi Kung community, making new friends and steering your life in a better direction. More sophisticated courses and events will follow.
If you believe that you fall into one or more of these groups, you should join these three days of working constructively with your self.
Meditation practice includes seating position, posture, breathing, tongue positioning, calming the mind, not letting it wander, sinking the Chi, and counting breaths.
Is a residential martial arts school, offering Kung Fu for combat and self-defense and Chi kung and meditation for health. Nam Yang teaches Southern Shaolin Martial Arts styles, including Tiger-Crane Kung Fu and Shaolin Weapons systems, Hard and Soft Chi Kung, Lion and Dragon Dancing, and Shuang Yang Pei Ho or the Sun and Frost White Crane Soft Internal Art. Nam Yang has trained students to become world-ranked martial artists and the Lion and Dragon Dance teams perform around the world.
Master Iain Armstrong
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 Chi Kung, 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.
Michael is an enthusiastic teacher whilst at the same time maintaining a very relaxed attitude. He first came to the Kung Fu Retreat in 2015 and loved what he found so much that he returned home and worked hard until he had saved enough money to return and join the instructor training program. He intends in the future to open his own Kung Fu school. Although he has lived most of his life in the US, Michael is originally from Guatemala and speaks Spanish as well as English.
This training will take place in Antigua, Guatemala, in a beautiful valley surrounded by three volcanoes (two of them active), the mountains, and fresh mountain air. The sunrise, which students will be able to witness during morning training, is truly breathtaking. The sunset is equally majestic and after that, if students are lucky, they’ll get to see the lava spewing out of Volcan De Fuego, a truly unique experience.
Suffice it to say that the view from the rooftop, at any time of day or night, is something to behold. Students will leave with a collection of amazing photographs! Learning Kung Fu and Chi Kung in such a beautiful setting will be a truly unique experience.
The warm people of Guatemala, the near perfect weather year round, make Guatemala a perfect vacation spot. Guatemala is known as the land of eternal spring, the fresh mountain air, and beginning the lifelong journey that is Kung fu come together to make this a truly life-changing experience. Guatemala is a very beautiful country with very warm, happy, and welcoming people. Antigua itself is a Unesco world heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is easily walkable and convenient.
While speaking Spanish helps, English is becoming more and more common and students will have no trouble finding what they need in either language. Antigua is famous for its incredibly well preserved Spanish Baroque architecture, many ruins, and colonial churches. Students will have the opportunity to walk the cobblestone streets as much as they looked hundreds of years ago while encountering markets, street musicians, and some of the best coffee in the world.
Breakfast and dinner will be provided on all training days. For lunches, students are encouraged to try some of the local cuisines in town. There are many restaurants in Antigua and can satisfy any appetite. Whether it’s French, Italian, Indian, Thai or traditional Guatemalan cuisine, Antigua has something for everyone.
The food that will be prepared for meals on training days will always be fresh and healthy, coming from the large local farmers market on the other side of town. This is a good way to support local families and local farmers as well as eat the healthiest food for the best price.
Meals will always be prepared with a Kung Fu lifestyle in mind, both healthy and beneficial for body and mind. There will always be rice and black beans, two staples of the Guatemalan diet, which will provide the majority of the proteins and carbohydrates needed for a full training day. You will also have fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance.
Most dishes will be vegetarian, but there will be meat served as well. Vegan options are also available. Hot tea will be provided twice per day, usually, a quality Chinese tea coinciding with the Kung Fu lifestyle, or a more herbal tea for general health.
Both Master Iain and Michael will eat every breakfast and dinner with the students, providing an ideal time for Kung Fu related questions and discussion. Please note that special diets can be catered only if you provide notice to Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat in advance.
Antigua owns its Colonial Heritage leaving those who visit with its cobblestoned charm and laid-back atmosphere. The city is filled with friendly bars, cheap restaurants, plazas, and busy street markets that you can visit. It's ordered street numbers can leave you wandering into the most breathtaking sites and experiences:
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat highly recommends that students take the hostel shuttle service and be driven to Villa Esthela, located in Antigua. You need to notify your arrival time so you can be picked up from the airport.
Taxis are also available at the airport. Otherwise, it is popular to get a taxi by Taxi's Amarillo (yellow cabs). These cannot be hailed down, so you must call the service prior.
Don't miss our special promotions, exclusive offers, new destinations and inspirational stories!
We respect your privacy. We will not publish or share your email address in any way.