As you will find the majority of this webpage in Polish language, let us give you a short summary of who we are and what we are offering for your consideration. We are a school of I Liq Chuan, which translates as “Mental-Physical Martial Art”, based on Taiji principles and Zen philosophy. We are directly taught by the widely acclaimed master of the style, Sifu Sam F.S. Chin. For more information about the system we recommend that you check out his webpage. Master Sam Chin gives seminars in London once a year and there is a study group operating in London on a regular basis.
In close cooperation with the group and with Sifu Sam Chin’s encouragement, we are offering you weekend seminars in London with Bartek Samitowski, a certified ILC instructor in Warsaw, Poland, who comes to London every 2-3 months. The seminars are offered for the benefit of both ILC practitioners and those coming from other martial arts who are interested to try our art and/or find inspiration for their own training. All are welcome, both newbies and advanced players.
We’ve already had 4 seminars, 3 in 2011 and two in 2012. You are free to join at any time. Our next seminar will take place on Jun 30th – Jul 1st. Please send us an email to reserve your place.
Cost: 70 pounds for two days of intensive training
Both beginners, long-term practicioners and adepts of other martial arts are welcome!
Details will be given to participants. To reserve your place please write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 30th: 11 am – 5 pm with lunch break 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Sunday 1st: 11 am – 5 pm with lunch break 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Bartek Samitowski (b. 1980, 4th level ILC, 1st instructor level), a certified CFILCA (Chin Family I Liq Chuan Association) instructor has been learning Chinese martial arts since he was 10 years old. He trained Praying Mantis, White Crane, Long Fist, Yang Taijiquan and Chen Taijiquan. When he first met Sifu Sam Chin, he quickly understood his long years of search for a genuine gong fu teacher have finally ended and he would soon fully dedicate to I Liq Chuan. In 2010 he was allowed by Sam Chin to open an official ILC school in Warsaw. He also has a certificate of self-defence and recreational sports instructor competence issued by the Sports Coach Academy in Warsaw (WSTS). Apart from his dedicated interest in martial arts, he holds a degree in cultural anthropology and makes his living as an entrepreneur.
Reviews by attendants:
“Most of those attending had a background in Tai Ji. The seminar began with a short exposition of the I Liq Chuan system including amoungst other things yin and yang aspects of the body and how to work with the lower dan tien and ming men. This was followed by a quick muscle tendon and joint loosening exercise. After this Bartek demonstrated his skills, this naturally progressed to partner work.
The session gave me a greater understanding of might be called “inner geometry” and how this can be utilized to in an adversarial situation to control an opponent.
The seminar was fun, engaging, respectful and in moments profound, for example, becoming aware your own energy and then to become aware of your partners, the boundary between you, both physical and psychological seened to disperse, leaving the possibility for the seemingly impossible to occur.
If you are looking for a martial art that is respectful, transparent and generous in spirit, I would recommend Bartek and I Liq Chuan!”
“Big Thanks to Bartek for the I Liq Chuan seminar he taught in London last Sunday (06/11/2011).
Bartek has a deep knowledge of the fine details which make up this at once seemingly complex, yet effortless art. His hands on teaching clearly marries together the theory and physical manifestation of the principles involved, leaving one with a clear experience of what the required components are, how they interact within oneself and the opponent and how to refine and develop them in a solo and partner setting.
During this seminar, we had covered some of the principles of I Liq Chuan, with regards to stance, posture, nature of movement and how to combine these in motion and stillness for desired effect on oneself and others. Despite the seminar only being several hours long, I have taken away enough from it to easily practice and incorporate for a good year. Looking forward to the next seminar! ”
“Bartek was pleasantly surprised that we “backward” Londoners were able to introduce four new people to I Liq Chuan through his seminar yesterday, even more so when he discovered that they all had prior experience in martial arts (Chen taiji and jiujitsu). The ambience throughout the entire five hour afternoon session was as friendly and open as one could have wished for, and we soon found ourselves exploring the subtleties of the art, both through Bartek’s explanations and learning to feel and understand the structural dynamics of the art through partner training.
Some of the most interesting moments occurred when it became clear how effective I liq chuan is in suddenly disrupting and breaking what might look (and feel) like a stance of invincible strength and power. Though not everyone is interested in fighting, this is a primary goal of all martial strategies, and anyone interested in managing the challenges of both competition and street might do well to consider learning and applying at least the basic ideas of the system.”