About Shaolin Wahnam

The Shaolin Wahnam Institute

The Shaolin Wahnam Institute was established by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, The name “Wahnam” consists of meaningful Chinese characters from the names of Grandmaster Wong’s two masters: Ho Fatt Nam and Lai Chin Wah. The name “Shaolin Wahnam” was chosen to honour these two masters as well as all of the past masters in the Shaolin tradition.

Since its establishment, the Shaolin Wahnam Institute has expanded to an increasing number of countries, bringing the genuine Shaolin arts of Qigong, Shaolinquan and Zen to the world. A list of all the certified Shaolin Wahnam instructors all over the world (including Singapore) may be found at Grandmaster Wong’s at shaolin.org .

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit

Grandmaster Wong is the 4th generation successor from the southern Shaolin Monastery of China. He is a grandmaster of Shaolin Kungfu, Wahnam Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung. He received the “Qigong Master of the Year” award at the Second World Congress on Qigong held in San Francisco in November, 1997. He also holds an honours degree in humanities, and is one of the very few Chinese masters who speaks and writes excellent English.

Grandmaster Wong, born in 1944, started his life-long training of the Shaolin arts in 1954 when he began learning Shaolin Kungfu from the famous Shaolin master, Sifu Lai Chin Wah, who was popularly known as Uncle Righteousness. Grandmaster Wong became his best disciple.

To further his kungfu training, Sifu Wong later learnt from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor directly descended from the southern Shaolin Monastery when it was burned by the Manchurian army in China.

Sifu Wong also learned Wuzu Kungfu from Sifu Chee Kim Thong, and Wing Choon Kungfu from Sifu Choe Hoong Choy, who were patriarchs of their respective kungfu styles.

Sifu Wong has taught kungfu and chi kung for more than twenty five years, to more than twenty organizations. Regretting that many masters were withholding “secrets” of kungfu and chi kung with the result that these arts might lose their essence, in 1982 he founded the Shaolin Wahnam School of kungfu and chi kung, naming the school after the two teachers who had influenced him most, Sifu Lai Chin Wah and Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, with the aim of transmitting genuine Shaolin Kungfu, Shaolin Chi Kung and Shaolin philosophy.

Having won championships himself, Sifu Wong has trained champions in kungfu (demonstrations as well as all styles sparring) and lion dance competitions. But he has always insisted that while Shaolin Kungfu and Wahnam Taijiquan are exceedingly effective martial arts, their greatness lies in enriching our daily life and in spiritual development.

Since 1987 Sifu Wong has spent more time teaching chi kung than kungfu, because he believes that while kungfu serves as a fascinating hobby, chi kung serves an urgent public need, particularly in overcoming degenerative and chronic illness. Sifu Wong is one of the few masters who have generously introduced the once secretive Shaolin Chi Kung to the public, and has helped literally hundreds of people to be relieved of their so-called “incurable” diseases like hypertension, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, diabetics, migraine, gastritis, gall stones, kidney failure, depression, anxiety and even cancer.

Now he has devoted more time to writing and teaching overseas, having successfully taught in Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. He stresses the Shaolin philosophy of sharing goodness with all humanity, and is now dedicated to spreading the wonders and benefits of the Shaolin arts to more people irrespective of race, culture and religion.


About Shaolin Wahnam Singapore

Singapore is a small island-state just south of Malaysia, home to our school’s Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit. A highly urbanised country, Singapore has often been described as the West’s gateway to Asia, and is one of the most amazing successful stories in modern history.

Singapore – Garden City or city in a garden

We currently do not conduct regular classes but we do organise courses for Grandmaster Wong in Malaysia. If you are interested to attend a customised one-day course or longer course with Grandmaster Wong, please contact us at contact@shaolinwahnamsg.com.

As part of the international Shaolin Wahnam family (which spans every continent on Earth except the Antarctica), the members of Shaolin Wahnam Singapore interact with other family members during occasions such as weddings, and courses with Grandmaster Wong

Shaolin Wahnam Singapore was set up with the blessings of Grandmaster Wong in 2008. Singapore is home to several of Grandmaster Wong’s students (graduates of his intensive Qigong, Shaolinquan and Wahnam Taijiquan courses), but for far too long, there was no formal local presence of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute that would allow people living in Singapore to train together regularly or take classes. 

This website is a portal for the students of Grandmaster Wong and all sincere prospective students to learn and practice the Shaolin arts together.

Finding meaning during the COVID-19 (Singapore CB) period

The COVID-19 has disrupted the world in a way I would never have thought possible, and while the economy and jobs are being threatened, the benefits to nature, Mother Earth, have been tremendous. It took a crisis of this magnitude to force the consumer-crazy and industrial production-insane world to slow down, and allow the pollution to slow down just a fraction.

For practitioners of genuine qigong and other traditional arts like yoga, this has been an amazing time to practice. While many people have been experiencing withdrawal symptoms from not “going out”, getting drunk or mindlessly shopping, those who have always enjoyed solitude are revelling in the moment.

Shaolin disciples have never needed much space to practice. A famous mantra of Shaolin Kungfu practitioners is that practice can be done in the space where a buffalo lies. Unless you need to do very vigorous qi flow and run and jump around, your hallway or bedroom is more than sufficient for a complete session. The basic 3 patterns – Lifting the Sky, Pushing Mountains and Carrying the Moon – can all be practised without moving your feet, and the resultant qi flow can be the gentle Flowing Breeze and Swaying Willow.

If you are bored out of your mind, and want to do something else (one cannot practice our qigong for too long anyway), use the internal force generated from your qigong practice to do some other physical activity. Shaolin Kungfu and Taijiquan exponents have enough material to practice for hours a day, and for years. Other people can train their bodies using bodyweight exercises (calisthenics).

I am not advocating watching TV all day, staying glued to the home computer screen attending webinars or wasting entire afternoons and nights on Youtube videos. We already spend too much time on these activities. If you are not doing something physical, then consider cultivating your mind by reading those books you may have bought long ago and forgotten about (as a Kindle user, I have an unlimited supply of great books to read), or start with 1 minute of seated meditation or even lying down (as in the Corpse pose in yoga).

Qigong course with Grandmaster Wong from 22-23 June 2019

I will be leading a group of students to Penang, Malaysia, for a qigong course with Grandmaster Wong from 22-23 June June 2019. This course was organised on very short notice because of the urgent needs of some students.
Those who are interested in joining the course may contact Grandmaster Wong’s secretary at secretary@shaolin.org. Please see Grandmaster Wong’s website at https://shaolin.org/ for videos and articles about the qigong in general and the qigong courses, especially at these pages:




What is qigong (Chi Kung)

Qigong is made up of two words “Qi” and ‘Gong”. An incomplete definition of qi is “energy”.

Qi is invisible to most people, and it has for the most part been difficult to detect it using current detection instruments. When detected, qi shows up as electromagnetic waves, heat, particle flows or a force that propels other visible matter. When a person can actually feel qi in his body, he can feel a full range of sensations from tingling to imaginary ants crawling on the skin.

Many martial artists disdain Chinese kungfu or Japanese martial arts based on qi (or ki in Japanese), such as Aikido, saying qi cannot be seen. But to practitioners of genuine qigong or the internal arts, qi is as natural as life, and many would agree that qi is essential for life. Just because something cannot be seen with the naked eye or even scientific equipment does not mean it is not there. It may simply mean that the human body or the equipment has its limitations. The atom is not visible to the human eye or conventional microscopes. In fact, the atom was not even seen until a mere hundred years ago.

Qi is essentially the stuff which everything in the known universe is made from, from the tiniest particle to the vastness of space, including you and I.

As my teacher succinctly puts it:

“Chi” is simply the Chinese term for energy. There is nothing mystical or mysterious about it. People in both the East and the West have knowledge of energy, except that the knowledge in the East is more profound. This does not contradict my earlier statement that if you tried to explain chi to your friends, they would not understand you. The problem lies not with the complexity of chi, but with your friends’ lack of understanding.

If you tell your friends that chi is necessary for life, they would not understand you because they do not know what chi is. But if you tell them that energy is necessary for life, they would have no difficulty understanding.”

“Gong” is often mistranslated as “work” or “effort” by those who rely on bilingual dictionaries but have no idea of the cultural context of the words they translate.

“Gong” is provisionally translated here as “force”. Actually “gong” is much more than what the term “force” can suggest, but there is no suitable English term that can convey the complete concept of “gong”, and “force” is the nearest equivalent available, though it is in fact still very far off. The whole idea of kungfu (spelt as “gongfu” in Romanized Chinese) is the training and application of “gong”.

Besides force, “gong” includes aspects like accuracy of form, speed, fluidity of movement, temperament, mental clarity and freshness, spontaneity of reaction, and quick decision making. In some ways “skills” many be a better substitute than “force” for “gong”. but it may sometimes give a wrong connotation.

(Reference: https://shaolin.org/answers/sp-issues/horse-stance/fundamental.htmll