Special Seminars

Special seminars are our way of teaching and sharing a rich array of Chinese Martial arts and health practices that go beyond what’s learned in regular classes. Seminars can include Chi Kung, special Tai Chi forms, weapons, or self defense like Chin Na. Seminars are normally held on three Saturday mornings in a month from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Some are self contained and take only one month (3 classes) and some, like Tai Chi long forms are longer and can span over the course of 6 months or more.

Taoist (Water) Chi Kung

Taoist Chi Kung Water method uses a yin method of strengthening and balancing the body’s life force – Chi. This qigong method uses various practices to enhance the body’s chi as well as feel chi through the body as the practices are performed. This class will consist of a series of exercises/practices to assist students feeling and moving chi through the body. The Chi principals discussed and practiced in this class can be implemented in multiple martial arts practices including tai chi forms (primarily Yang and Wu styles); Ba Gua, and other types of Chi Kung/neigong practices. These practices will also enhance other external martial arts styles.

The Taoist Chi Kung Water method is also known for strengthening and balancing Chi to age gracefully, help maintain well-functioning joints (knees, hips, shoulders, etc.), massage the organs, open the energy gates and cavities of the body, help with strengthening the spine, increase brain function and provide self-healing practices.  The course will begin by focusing on the simple movements of tai chi circling hands. As time progresses we will continue to advance each subject matter to enhance your practice.

Each neigong practice works some internal component within the body to enhance chi and body functioning. Some of the neigong components we will be exploring are: opening and closing the joints of the body (also known as pulsing; lengthening the soft tissues of the body; feeling and enhancing the organs of the body; exploring the energy gates and cavities of the body; exploring the yin/yang surfaces of the body; reviewing the four energies – peng, lu, ji, an, and how they play a role in tai chi movements and neigong practices; etheric body awareness; and meditation in movement (later classes).

Marcy Pincus will be leading this class. She was trained in these practices by the founder of Energy Arts’ Bruce Frantzis. She has been a student of Master Frantzis since 2002. Master Frantzis spent 15 years in Asia including 10 years in China, of which three years practicing with Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh. He is a lineage holder in Taoist Chi Kung Water Method; Yang and Wu style tai chi; Hsingyi; Taoist meditation and Ba Gua. Grandmaster Liu was head of the original Ba Gua school in Beijing, and lived and studied with founder of the Wu style tai chi.  Liu was a lineage holder in tai chi (Yang and Wu styles), hsing-yi, and Ba Gua, as well as an adept in Taoist Chi Kung and meditation practices.

Taoist Chi Kung Water Method instruction is scheduled for three Saturdays in May 2022. Chi Kung seminars are offered on an every-other-month basis. All levels of experience are welcome! 

Where:  Lin’s Martial Arts Academy, Chinese Culture Center, 427 Adams SE, Albuquerque 87108


May 7th, 21st, 28th 9:15-11am

Using Chin Na for General Self Defense

TBA from 9 am to 11 am

Lin’s Martial Arts Academy is offering a three Saturday seminar on Chin Na, the art of seizing and grasping. The class will focus on basics for self-defense.  You will practice techniques which allow the smaller person to overcome a larger opponent.  No previous chin na training is required. 

Warm Ups will include stretching techniques with hand and wrist exercises for strength and flexibility. 

Techniques for defense against punches, grabs, clinches and headlocks will be presented.  Additional subjects to be covered include:

  • Elbow press (ikkyo in aikido)
  • Golden silk wraps wrist (nikkyo in aikido)

Where:  Lin’s Martial Arts Academy, Chinese Culture Center, 427 Adams SE, Albuquerque 87108


$70 for 3 classes