Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit and Sifu (teacher) Joan Browne
Welcome to Smile from the Heart, one of the basic but profound teachings in our school, where you can find information on Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kungfu and courses with Joan Browne, the Irish certified instructors ( Sifu Kevin Barry, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan) (Sifu Padraig Shanahan, Shaolin Kungfu) ( Sifu Mark Hartnett, Shaolin Kungfu) and with Shaolin Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit.
Smiling from the Heart is one of the fundamental aspects of our training and teaching, in fact, it is essential to our everyday life!! You will appreciate this more after taking a course.
I extend a big warm welcome and failte to you and hope that you enjoy the information and photos which have been included.
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.
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 practising and what this wonderful teacher was teaching. It was Chi Flow. 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, practised diligently every single day and was completely cured in 8 months.! I am deeply indepted to Grandmaster Wong who was the author of that book which changed my life so completely.
As an inner chamber disciple of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, I founded the Shaolin Wahnam Ireland school in 2001 after successfullly healing my own back and neck injury using just Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung. It has been an incredible adventure since!
I have taught in many areas of Ireland, Dublin, Galway, Athlone, Letterkenny, Cork, Tralee, Killarney and currently in Kilgarvan. I have also taught internationally in London, Manchester, Tokyo and Tel Aviv. Grandmaster Wong and I were featured on OPENHOUSE in 2006 which was very exciting!
I now mainly teach in Kilgarvan/Kenmare and in Dublin.
There are three main courses for Beginners:
2 day Weekend Shaolin Chi Kung for Complete Beginners
3 day Comprehensive indepth course 'The Touch of the Master's Hand 1' for overcoming chronic pain.
3 day Comprehensive indepth course 'The Touch of the Master's Hand 2' for overcoming chronic illness.
Information on the above can be found on the Courses page.
There are many courses available for Intermediate and Advanced students.
Chi Kung can be divided into three aspects:
Shaolin Cosmos Medical Chi Kung (which is taught in a group situation)
Shaolin Therapy (one to one private consultation). There are different programmes depending on the client's needs. Please email Sifu Joan for more details.
Shaolin Therapy for overcoming cancer, a very special one year programme.
Shaolin Cosmos Medical Chi Kung and Shaolin Therapy are excellent arts to help with chronic pain and illness, to reduce stress, promote sound sleep, increase natural immunity, a youthful joy, a zest for life, increased mental clarity, longevity and inner peace.
As well as classes and courses I offer private consultation on Shaolin Therapy and Specialist Cancer Treatment. Sometimes people balk at the idea of somebody being able to heal themselves of cancer, but if you look at it from the Chinese Medical perspective, it too is an energy blockage, often coming from blocked negative emotions, and once cleared the body becomes healthy again. It is a fact that people have already overcome this condition in my clinic and in the International schools.
Shaolin Cosmos Medical Chi Kung is taught in a group situation, Weekly or Weekend courses.
Shaolin Therapy is one to one private consultation. A unique therapy where the therapist releases energy blockages and then teaches the client how to do this for themselves. Minimum 3 sessions, depending on each situation. www.qigongprivateclinic.com
Specialist Cancer Treatment is for 12 months (or until the cancer has been cured using Western medical testing). Please see www.specialistcancerhealing.com for more information.
My deepest appreciation to Sifu and to all the past Shaolin Masters, we deeply appreciate your knowledge, hope, inspiration, teaching and rare legacy.
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit is a genuine Shaolin Grandmaster teaching Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung, Shaolin Kungfu and Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan. He is fourth generation successor, with direct lineage to the Shaolin temple through the Venerable Jiang Nan. He has helped many many people overcome chronic and degenerative illness through his profound teachings. His website is www.shaolin.org
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 through the Venerable Jiang Nan. 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 from Kilgarvan, Co Kerry. A private clinic will open in Dublin shortly.
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.
Smile from the Heart and Enjoy!
Courses and Classes:
All courses and classes on Shaolin Chi Kung and Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan with Sifu Joan will take place in the coming year in
1)Next Shaolin Chi Kung weekend for Beginners is June 29th & 30th 2013. This course will be held in the beautiful Brehon Hotel in Killarney and is NOW BOOKING. A €100.00 deposit is required. Application Form More details on the courses page.
2) Level 2 for current Dublin students in the Marine Hotel, Sutton on July 6th 2013. Details have been sent out by email if you have not received yours and you have attended a Level 1 Chi Kung course with me, please email me your request for attendance.
3) Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit generously returns next February 2014 for the Shaolin Valentine's Festival in beautiful Killarney, Co Kerry. Page will be updated shortly but in brief the courses are as follows:
18 Jewels of Shaolin Chi Kung, Dan Tian Breathing, Cosmic Shower, 108 pattern Yang style set in Tai Chi Chuan. Sifu will also teach a selection of the Thrity six strategies which is incredible, enhancing the scholar warrior ideal.
4) Following the success of the 4 day courses, it has been decided to make this a yearly event on the June bank holiday weekend each year. The dates for next year are: 30th May, 31st May, 1st June and 2nd June from 9.30am -4.30pm. Next Years courses will include Shaolin 18 Chi Kung Techniques, Internal Force, Cosmic Shower and Massaging Internal Organs. Fee is €500.00. This course is for those who have already taken a Beginners weekend and have been practising for at least six months.
5) The Touch of the Master's Hand 1- Three Day Comprehensive Course for overcoming chronic pain will be held on August 8th, 9th & 10th 2013 (please see further details on the Courses page) Kenmare/Killarney, Co Kerry.
6) The Touch of the Master's Hand 2 - Three Day Comprehensive Course for overcoming chronic illness will be held on21st, 22nd & 23rd June 2013. (please see further details on the Courses page) Kenmare/Killarney, Co Kerry.
7) A very special Pushing Hands weekend will be held on 7th & 8 September 2013. This will include stance training, pushing hands and combat application. It will also include Personal Development using Pushing hands and application in daily life. Fee is €300.00. The Shaolin centre in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry
8) A very special course on Internal force will take place on Internal Force Training on August 3rd & 4th 2013. Training will include different methods of force training including Lifting Water, Three Circle Stance, Horse Stance, Golden Bridge, Lifting the Sun and Moon and Grasping Sparrows tail. 9.30am -4.30pm Fee €300.00 The Shaolin Centre in Kilgarvan.Co Kerry.
9) Many students have requested a special weekend for all of the Shaolin Wahnam Chi Kung students in Ireland to gather together. Details are being put together at present. The dates will be 25th, 26th and 27th October 2013. There will be some very special courses with Sifu Joan including Sinew Metamorphosis and 18 Jewels. This will be held in Killarney.
Inspiring stories from the Irish students:
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.
Shaolin Chi Kung is taught in Ireland by Joan Browne, inner chamber disciple of Shaolin Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. Here is what some students who have attended the courses have to say. Please note that all students/clients are willing to be contacted for verification and in an effort to help spread good health, compassion and hope for humanity.
Overcoming Tinnitus and Hyperacusis- Kevin Barry published in The Irish Times 8th May 2012
Weekend Course November 2011:
Hi Sifu Joan just a quick word to thank you for a wonderful weekend of chi and laughter. Exercises going well and feeling a lot more energetic.Pain in neck & shoulders reduced by 90% Many thanks and no doubt you will see me again still buzzing.
Dear Joan Thanks a million for a fab fab day. It was brilliant, really really enjoyed it!
Dear Joan, Thank you for everything. Back home safe and sound I thought I might thank you again. It has been a great experience. Now it is my turn to make it continue and present in everyday life.
Bronchitis: Mark Nomember 2011
Each year in October for around a month, I would experience a reoccurring bout of Bronchitis, which I had from being a boy.
I would need to take a mild steroid inhaler on a temporary basis for the month, which kept the condition in check.
As well as the physical symptoms this caused a degree of emotional upset, frustration, as I researched and tried differing methods, some would control but none would remove the problem and also fear, as a few years ago I contracted pneumonia whilst Surfing in the winter months and felt my lungs were my weak spot, my Achilles heel !
I first took the Chi Kung Foundation course in 2007 with you Sifu and after a practicing for a year, the Bronchitis had reduced and the temporary medication I needed was around half, the frustration and fear I felt had also dissipated, the following year the medication needed was small, the next year the Bronchitis was gone and has never been back!
Interestingly this condition was not one of the reasons why I sought to learn Chi Kung but its cure, one of many wonderful benefits I have experienced by practicing !
I remain both grateful and thankful to yourself Sifu and Sigung.
Knee Pain Jean August 2010
I would like to thank you for your bit of 'therapy' you did on my damaged knee last month. As you know I fell and damaged the cartledge resulting in waiting for surgery to put it right again. Following an intense fornight of performing Chi Kung night and morning as recommended my I no longer wear my strap to keep the cartledge in place and in recent days I can bend and straighten my knee as normal. I don't fully understand how Chi Kung works but I would recommend anyone being in as much pain as I was to seek you out and get the remedy to full health as quickly as possible. Thank you Sifu Joan sincerely. Jean Clayton August 2010
Smiling from the Heart Kevin Cork
Dear Sifu Joan,
Thank you again for an excellent weekend of Chi Kung. I had some very
peaceful experiences over the two days and felt a genuine deepening of
my practice. Your smile from the heart advice, when stray thought
arise, proved to be quite effective yesterday and this morning.
Thoughts will probably arise in my mind for a long time to come but I
know now not to worry about them, but smile to them. Best wishes Kevin Barry
Fibromyalgia- Joanne Killarney
‘.I did your weekend course earlier in the year and boy have i seen a major difference since then ......... for the better of course. I haven’t a pain or an ache and am smiling from the heart . God Bless you. Joanne, Killarney.
Stress: Mark Dublin
‘Dear Sifu, -I am seeing situations, issues or opportunities clearly at their heart and being able to respond appropriately ,My practice let's me stay in the centre of situations without anxiety or stress over whelming me. I have found I am able to be still and even find humour in the most challenging business circumstance.’ Mark, Dublin
More Energy and a Feeling of Calm
Hi Joan Sam here - hope you are well.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for introducing Chi flow to us! When thinking about it, it has been so powerful without me knowing I have more energy, I'm calmer and my life is honestly flowing superbly! We both enjoy doing it so so much!. Sam, UK
Hiatus Hernia Peter Galway
‘The results said I had a small hiatus hernia.
Two months after my last class with Sifu and the symptoms seem to have vanished. I can eat whatever I choose without ill-effect.’ Peter, Galway
Lower Back Pain, Forgivness and Opening the Heart (Spirit)
For 11 years for reasons I cannot fully recall I have not spoken to my husband’s brother and partner. I have been resolute and stubborn that I would never make a move to have anything to do with them and those who know me fully appreciated that I could easily go to my grave without resolving anything. There were a lot of hurtful things said on both sides and it just didn’t seem possible to forgive and forget.
I first went to Sifu Joan on the recommendation of a friend for back problems and other issues, never mentioning anything about the situation with family members. I always assumed that my physical aches and pains were just that, physical, but I now know that a lot of symptoms were to do with the hurt and anger I carried around with me for 11 years.
After practising with Sifu Joan for almost a year and using Chi State of mind as much as I could it just came to me one morning after practice that it was time to make my peace with husbands’ brother. This was completely out of the blue and I was shocked at the very thought but the idea just grew and grew. The decision was made for me by me and when I told my husband there was no turning back. I mentioned it to Sifu Joan and she did recommend sending them blessings before speaking to them.
Last weekend at a family gathering the situation arose where they were both in my company and I did it, I apologised for my behaviour and asked them to join me in letting go of the hurt, anger and hate. I didn’t assume that they would just agree and was fully prepared to take whatever they wanted to throw at me but that was not the case. They were both so responsive and delighted and there were even tears, happy ones, to be finally rid of it all. For me it just fell like tightness around my heart has broken, my lower back is strangely comfortable and I have slept more deeply than I have in years for more than 2 nights in a row. I just know that things will only improve from here. I truly know that if I was not practising Chi Kung I would still be carrying that garbage around with me and I am deeply grateful to my friend who recommend Chi Kung to me, Sifu Joan for teaching it and Master Wong for teaching her. Smile from the heart. Emma, Killarney, June 2009
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/Director Shaolin Wahnam Ireland
MAN'S VITAL ENERGY
Professor Qian Xue Sen, a famous Chinese scientist believed that the greatest medical breakthrough of this century
would be made through Chi Kung, the understanding and practice of man's vital energy.
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
SHAOLIN WAHNAM IRELAND on RTE
The Interview and chi transmission on OPENHOUSE RTE 1 Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit and Joan Browne
Shaolin Wahnam Ireland websites:
www.smilefromtheheart.ie updates on courses and classes as well as Shaolin Valentine's Festival
www.chikungireland.com updates on Chi Kung only.
www.specialistcancerhealing.com information on Holistic cancer healing with Sifu Joan and what is required.
www.qigongprivateclinic.com information on chronic and degenerative conditions and what is required to attend the clinic with Sifu Joan.
www.scholarproject.net information on upcoming Scholar projects within the school e.g chinese chess, tours, flower arranging, cooking, history, marketing, Art of War, etc
www.taijiquanireland.com information on Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan following in the essence of Zhang San Feng.
Contact Sifu Joan: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 087 12 12 249
Enjoy your visit and if you wish to apply for acceptance on any course you will find an application form in the New Seminars section.
Smile from the Heart!