Qi Gong and Kung Fu—Rotunda Contemplative Practice Series S2019
Title: “Qi Gong and Kung Fu"
In this experiential workshop, we will explore the connections between Chinese internal energy work (Qi Gong) and Chinese martial arts (Kungfu). Participants will not only see how these arts relate to one another, but how they can positively impact physical and emotional well being. The session will also include experiencing these practices.
Chris Goodbar is the founder and chief instructor of the Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Academy. He began his martial arts training in 1994 at the age of 21 and has devoted his entire adult life to the study and promotion of these skills and values. His early training began in Western Massachusetts with Kokondo Karate and the Shaolin Five Animals style of Kung Fu. He studied Wah Lum until 2000 when he moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. In Charlottesville he began his study of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong, and continued his Kung Fu training in both traditional and contemporary Northern Shaolin Longfist styles. Chris also worked with a number of excellent instructors during the early and mid-2000’s, studying Northern Shaolin Longfist (changquan), another system of Praying Mantis Boxing, as well as the “internal” arts of Xingyiquan and Baguazhang.
In 2009, three years after the establishment of Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, Chris discovered the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute of Herndon, Virginia. Chris was both humbled and proud himself to be accepted as a student of Sifu Reza Momenan in 2009, and has felt honored ever since to receive training in the arts of Jow Ga Kuen, Shaolin Mizong Quan, Qingping Jian and Yang style T'ai Chi. In April of 2013, Laughing Dragon Kung Fu became formally affiliated with the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute, opening a new chapter in Chris Goodbar’s life. He is happy he's able to preserve and promote traditional Chinese martial arts styles in Charlottesville.