Introduction to Taichi and Chi Gung – with Master of Kung Fu and Music Ustad Muhammad Munawwar
Taichi or Taiji Chuan is an ancient Martial Art (Wushu), Meditation System and Health Practice from China. It is used by most Kung Fu practitioners in the world to complement and enhance their skills. In Mandarin Chinese language ‘Taiji’ refers to the Supreme Oneness of Being from which the twin forces of Yin and Yang originate. ‘Chuan’ means ‘Fist’ or ‘Boxing’.
Chi Gung (Chi Kung) is a holistic system of coordinated body movement, breath, stretching and meditation used for Preventive Medicine, Self-Healing and Self-Cultivation. ‘Chi’ refers to the ‘Life Energy’ and ‘Gung’ or ‘Kung’ means ‘Cultivation’.
Though it can equally be used as an effective fighting style, the primary purpose of Taichi and Chi Gung is self-cultivation and awareness in every aspect of one’s life. As such it is as beneficial for small children as it is for elderly people. Indeed the benefits of Taichi and Chi Gung have proved to reverse the effects of most physical and mental ailments in the human body, and its practice is encouraged around the world as a highly effective form of alternate and preventive medicine.
Master Muhammad Munawwar Shamroz is the senior most practitioner of Taichi and Chi Gung in Pakistan, who started training Kung Fu from the age of 10 from Chinese Master Zen Bo in Karachi. Nest he studied Taichi and Chi Gung under Master Chen Shun Hua of the renowned Chen school of Taichi Chuan. His third and present teacher is Master Peter Chan (relative of Jackie Chan), who sometimes visits Pakistan and teaches both Taichi and Wing Chun. Wing Chun is another style of Chinese Kung Fu developed around three hundred years ago by Buddhist Nun, Ng Mui, who was one of the Five Elders – survivors of the destruction of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing Dynasty.
Master Munawwar himself hails from the renowned Rajasthani musical family of Pakistan and is son of Ustad Anwar Hussain, and a relative of the legendary Ghazal singer Ustad Mehdi Hassan. His two passions in life are Kung Fu and music. Master Munawwar has won numerous martial arts competitions and is one of the most respected Kung Fu practitioners of Karachi. He is the senior most master of Rainbow Taichi and Chi Gung style of Kung Fu in Pakistan and has been teaching his art for the last 30 years.
Date: Tuesday, 6th November 2018
Time: 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Place: Faraar Gallery, T2F
Entry: Free, It’s your donations that keep us going!