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Master Tek Siaw - Clarifying the Myths of Tai Chi and Qigong

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.

There are a lot of ambiguities, misunderstanding and misinterpretations in teaching and learning tai chi and qigong.

Master Tek, with his over 50-years experience in martial arts, tai chi and qigong and also their relative philosophies, will explain, clarify and simplify those terms and terminologies in layman's language.

Master Tek was born in Shanghai, China in 1947. When he was 8, he emigrated with his family from Hong Kong to Singapore, then later to Kuala Lumpur. At age 13, Tek learned Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) from Brother Lawrence Tung, a principle disciple of Master Wu Tu Nan in Beijing. Tek learned diligently with Brother Tung for 6 years, and as a result, Tek had laid down his martial art ground firmly. With the recommendation and encouragement from Brother Tung, Tek also learned Chi Kung (Qigong) Eight Brocades from Mr. Cheng, Hung Ga (a Southern Shaolin Kung Fu) from Master Song, Tan Tui (a Northern Shaolin Kicking Style) from Master Yip, Phoenix’s Eye Fists (a sub-branch of Southern Shaolin Kung Fu) from Sifu Soo. Throughout these early years, Tek was exposed to Taekwondo, Muaythai, Punjat Silat and Aikido as well. Spiritually wise, Tek was also a disciple of Venerable Paid Wan of Kuala Lumpur in Ch’an (Zen) Meditation for several years.

At the age of 33, Tek gave up all the physical fighting aspects of the martial arts. From then on, Tek has emphasized the skills of mental and spiritual fighting, rather than the physical fighting, in his day to day life.

In 1992 and 1993, Tek was elected the President of Canadian Taijiquan Federation and helped to set up the rules for Push-hand and Form Competitions of the years.

In 1995, Tek moved from Toronto to Victoria and founded the Hsin-I Tai Chi Institute. In 2001, Tek went to Singapore to teach tai chi, qigong, Liu He Ba fa and the related philosophies. Since then Tek split his teaching time between the two places. In 2016, Tek moved to Vancouver from Victoria and decided to devote his teaching exclusively for the benefits of the local communities.

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