The following is an English translation of an article (original in Spanish) that was published in a magazine from Maipo, Chile.

From the mountains of Kunming, China to the mountains of San Jose de Maipo Chile, our much loved Grand Master of Tai Chi, Sim Pooh Ho, 10th Dan Gold Belt1 is invited by his disciples

Sim Pooh Ho was born in Singapore, a country situated in the southeast of China. His beginnings in the martial arts began at the age of six. His first and Great Master was Rev Long Yin, a Shaolin monk who recieved the complete and rigorous training that is characteristic of that monastic order. He learned Kong Fu, movement and form, handling of traditional weapons, interior strength, Xingyi, Wuyao, Chi Kong, studying at the same time accupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine. In the year 1964, the Great Master Sim Pooh Ho founded the academy of Nam Wah Pai in Singapore. It currently has more than fifty branches throughout Asia, Oceana, Europe and South America of which the Great Master is president.

In 19762 Master Sim began his Tai Chi training with the Great Master Wu Tu Nam, who learned the secrets of Tai Chi Kong from his Master Yang Sao Hou, the oldest grandson of Master Yang Lu Chan. Master Yang Lu Chan was considered one of the greatest in this age old art, now a teasure of humanity. Of the different styles of Tai Chi that are practiced in the world, the style of Tai Chi Kong corresponds to the Line of Masters, which has been preserved through 1500 years if history, constantly passed on from master to disciple.

In 19803 The Great Master Sim Pooh Ho was elected as president of the World Association of Martial Arts4 in Singapore. This organization contained all of the martial arts known in the world. In the year 1988 The Grand Master Wu Tu Nam sent Master Sim traveling to The West and South America with the purpose of spreading the arts of Tai Chi Kong and Kong Fu. It is in this way that the Master arrived in Chile, beginning in that year classes, congregrating around him a group of people who worked with him continuously during the 4 years he lived in our country. In this time he formed a group of direct instructors and disciples who, after his return to China, have continued to teach in the School of Nam Wah Pai Chile.

The same group of instructors from this Chilean school were invited to the celebrations of the thirty six years of existence of the Nam Wah Pai academy in the year 2000. At that time they traveled to Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, representing Chile in the diverse demonstrations. At the same time they recieved new training and knowledge from their Master. In the year 2006 they were invited to Kunming, China to continue the direct teaching from master to disciple. His instructors-disciples now await his visit in February of 2008 in the mountains of San Jose de Maipo, in our country, a place he now considers home.

Introduction To Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an exercise of refined movements. The energy utilized in these kinds of movements is subtle and its sensation requires attention and softness in the body. As a channel of vital energy, it runs through the meridians of the body. Through these meridians it provides energetic nutrition to the organs and all the systems of the body. In this way it brings energy to every cell. The essence of this practice is the harmonization and unification of the three basic aspects of ourselves: Body, Breathing5 and Mind. The spread of this ancient art in the West and the enthusiasm of the day to day learning and practice is owed fundamentally to its high therapeutic value. Tai Chi is a path, a practice, a meditation, a connection and an art that can be practiced throughout a lifetime. In its highest levels it can produce a deep internal knowledge of the energies of the body, mind and spirit. This can bring the human being towards a renewed self-awareness.

Through the movements of Tai Chi the student learns to move his body in unity using Chi energy instead of muscular force. Simultaneously he learns how to use his own physical mass as a complementary force with gravity instead of an oppositional force. The result is to gain self knowledge and feel better through bodily movements and the unblocking of stuck energies. The Tai Chi student can also improve his concentration and coordination. Tai Chi is expression and exhalation of the organic continuation of man with nature. It is the entering of awareness at the same time the universe is in movement and in the transformation of Yin and Yang. Tai means "the grandest" and Chi means "without end".

Contact: Gualda Nogueira Norambuena, 09.8374628
Instructor-Disciple, Black Belt, 4th Dan (5th Dan after Feb 2008)

1Awarded jointly in 1986 by Singapore Karate Fedration, Judo Federation, Tae Kwon-Do Federation, Malay Silat Federation and the Indian Martial Arts Federation.
2He was officially accepted as disciple in 1978.
3He was the Founding President in 1978 and re-elected in 1980.
4Known in Singapore as the Singapore Martial Arts Instructors' Association
5Breathing here refers to Energetic Breathing, not merely breathing of air through nose and lungs. This is the constant flow and exchange of energy in all its forms between Self and the Universe. This is the meaning of Qi Gong (Energy Work) which is often inaccurately thought of as deep breathing exercise.

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