Shaolin Wahnam Ireland



Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit and Sifu Joan Browne.

This is the official website for the Shaolin Wahnam Ireland school founded in 2001 by Sifu Joan Browne.

Sifu Joan is an inner chamber disciple of World renowned Shaolin Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Malaysia who was awarded 1997 'Chi Kung Master of Year'.

The school is one of many Shaolin Wahnam schools all over the world, the original founded by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit in Malaysia.

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is fourth generation successor of monk Jiang Nan of the Shaolin Monastery in China. He has practiced and taught the Shaolin arts for more than 40 years. He has over 60,000 students worldwide and has helped thousands of people overcome chronic and degenerative disease including cancer. Grandmaster Wong has written many books on Shaolin Chi Kung, Shaolin Kungfu, Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese Medicine, Zen and The Western Paradise. He visits Ireland once a year in February for the Valentine's Festival usually held in the beautiful Brehon hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry. His website is

The Grandmaster will be back again in February 2019. Details of courses will be announced in August 2018.

Shaolin Wahnam Ireland was founded by Sifu Joan to help spread the Shaolin Arts to deserving students in her home country after she overcame a serious back and neck injury by practicing Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung, taught to her in Malaysia by the Grandmaster in January 2000. You can read her story below. She is also the Chief Instructor in Ireland and has helped hundreds of individuals overcome chronic and degenerative illness here in Ireland. She has also taught internationally in London, Manchester, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

Shaolin Wahnam Ireland and Shaolin Wahnam schools worldwide encompass:

1) Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung

2) Shaolin Kungfu

3) Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan ( an internal martial art and specialisation of Kungfu)

4) Zen Meditation.

You can find a list of Shaolin Wahnam schools worldwide on Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit's website

The list of Ceritifed Irish Instructors within the Shaolin Wahnam School are:

1) Sifu Joan Browne, Founder,  Chief Instructor and Organiser of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit's courses in Ireland since 2001 and inner chamber disciple of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

2) Sifu Kevin Barry who teaches in Dublin- Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung and Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan 087 94202482

3) Sifu Mark Hartnett who teaches in Macroom, Co Cork- Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung and Shaolin Kungfu 085 1109353

More recent Irish Instructors who have been appointed are:
Sifu Gregg Hartnett who teaches in Dublin- Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung and Shaolin Kungfu
Sifu Dominic Roche who will begin his teaching of Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan in Tralee and Limerick area in September 2018
Sifu Brendan Darcy who will also begin teaching Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan in the near future in Galway
Sifu John Lee who will begin teaching Shaolin Kungfu in the Cork area in the near future.

Sifu Joan's has a few more students who have been appointed to teach this year:
Sifu Ryan Sheridan in LA, USA- Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan
Sifu Peter Clayton in Poland - Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan
We also wish to congratulate Santiago  from Spain on his promotion. Santiago was part of our Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan community here for a few years and one of The Six Harmonies.


 Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung:

Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung is a profound and ancient system of holistic energy and mind healing. Individuals are taught either in the clinic or through group classes how to generate the energy flow for themselves, so it is constantly flowing not just every time a visit is made to a therapist. This way the meridian system is always being cleansed and nourished with good energy which in turn helps individuals to become healthy, pain free and deal with stress.
There are very few schools in the world teaching Chi Kung at this high level, most teach Chi Kung as a  physical exercise and often as a warm up to a Tai Chi class. Chi Kung which means Energy Art, enables the individual to become the very best person that he/she can become. It not only helps overcome health problems e.g chronic pain and degenerative conditions but it enhances vitality, mental focus and being calm in times of stress. It is a wonderful way to relax, to sleep better at night and have a zest for life and attain spiritual fulfillment. Shaolin Chi Kung originated in the Shaolin Temple in China when Bodhidharma taught it to the monks in 527 AD. We are very blessed to have direct lineage as Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is 4th generation successor.

Shaolin Kungfu:

Shaolin Kungfu is a classical Chinese internal martial art. It can be divided into Form, Force, Application and Philosophy. The original aim was spiritual development, irrespective of the practitioners' religious conviction or lack of it. The other benefits include excellent health and fitness, vitality, mental clarity, self defence in business and daily life and character training. As Grandmaster Wong mentions in 'The Art of Shaolin Kungfu' 'For great Kungfu skills like Shaolin and Taijiquan, we can add
another two- mind expansion and spiritual development'. Shaolin Kungfu was taught in the famous Shaolin Temple in China.

Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan:

Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan is also an internal martial art, with the same benefits as Shaolin Kungfu. It's Patriarch is Zhang San Feng and we honour Zhang San Feng by practicing Tai Chi Chuan as it was always meant to be. It is also divided into Form, Force, Application and Philosophy. Its benefits are excellent health and fitness, vitality, mental clarity, self defence in business and daily life as well as character training and personal development.

Sifu Joan's story:

'I wish to acknowledge  the tremendous ability and generosity of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. In 2000 he gave me back my life......not just gave me back my life ---but changed my life for the better in every possible way. When you learn how to Smile from the Heart and Generate an Energy Flow, the world is a nicer place and life flows more smoothly. I suffered from chronic back and neck pain,and was told by western professionals that they could not do anything about my problem. I was advised to live with the chronic pain as best as I could and that I would probably end up in a wheel chair in due course, never to work again. I was not able to continue working as a Nurse anymore and was on 12 painkillers/anti inflammatory tablets a day as well as home traction, attending an osteopath and physiotherapy.


One day I bought a book in Tralee, called Chi Kung for Health and Vitality, I was drawn to it because it was jutting off the bookshelf and also because the cover depicted a man in a kungfu suit doing an exercise that I was familiar with. I had been doing Chi Kung for 3 years and while I loved the class it still had not done anything for my back. After reading the book, I emailed the author, something I was not in the habit of doing, luckily we had just got dial up internet at the time. This was 1999. The author very kindly wrote back and assured me that Chi Kung can help overcome chronic pain. He was holding a course the following January (2000) and I plucked up all the courage that I could muster and went to Malaysia for that course. After the very first session I knew the difference between what I had been practicing and what this wonderful teacher was teaching. It was Chi Flow. It was Chi Kung with energy and mind training. We did the exercises in a meditative state but had chi flow afterwards. Well.......the rest is history. I came home after only 3 days, practiced diligently every single day and was completely cured in 8 months.! I am deeply grateful to Grandmaster Wong who was the author of that book which changed my life so completely and so profoundly.'


'Our deepest appreciation to Sifu and to all the past Shaolin Masters, we deeply appreciate your knowledge, hope, inspiration, teaching and rare legacy.' Sifu Joan

Sifu Joan Browne

Joan (referred to as Sifu by her students and clients) is an inner chamber disciple of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, therefore 5th generation successor with direct lineage to the Shaolin temple. She is a qualified Psychiatric nurse now preferring to help people increase their natural healing ability in overcoming illness both chronic and degenerative as well as enhancing every area of ones life. She runs her training centre and clinic in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry but also teaches in Killarney, Ennis, Cork and Dublin. Her specialties are Shaolin Chi Kung and Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan as well as Chi Kung Healing. See the courses page for more details and shortly with particular reference to 2018 courses.

This year she was a finalist in the Health and Wellness category of Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards.


Please also note the following philosophy of our school:  Not teach what has been learned to other family members, friends or others, you are still a student. Please understand that from our Institute's philosophy, it is both immoral and unethical to teach if you are not fully qualified to do so.  (This is also mentioned in the Code of Conduct on the Courses page). A full Instructor training programme has been taken by all Instructors of Shaolin Wahnam worldwide with Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, only then are we authorised to teach. This is also for the safety of the student. 




Carrying the Moon an excellent energy exercise for back and kidney problems as well as looking youthful. While many schools may teach this exercies as a physical exercise, in Shaolin Wahnam all Chi Kung exercises are energy exercises promoting a flow of chi through the meridians which in turn leads to spontaneous energy flow. Without this 'energy flow'. Chi Kung is reduced to physical exercise which may not be strong enough to overcome chronic and degenerative illness.




PLEASE NOTE: All courses run by The Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Ireland are Satisfaction Guaranteed. If at the end of any course you feel that the Aims and Objections have not been met, please mention it and your fee will be returned in full. This pertains only to the end of each course and not a week, month or year later. You really have nothing to lose and all to gain.  Joan Browne  Founder/Chief Instructor Shaolin Wahnam Ireland


What is a Shaolin disciple?
A Shaolin disciple, is trained to be courteous and considerate, brave and righteous, assess problems and situations with calmness and clarity, and attend to duties with zest and loyalty. While the philosophy of many martial arts mainly focuses on how to be stoic and hurt the opponent, Shaolin philosophy teaches gentleness and a love for life. The twin pillars of Shaolin philosophy are compassion and wisdom


The Interview and chi transmission on OPENHOUSE RTE 1 Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit and Joan Browne

Contact Sifu Joan:


Phone: 087 12 12 249 please see the courses page before contact if possible.