Shaolin Wahnam Institute

History

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit founded the Shaolin Wahnam Institute for Kung Fu and Chi Kung in 1990 to introduce the Shaolin arts to a wider audience. The Shaolin arts help to develop not only physical strength, but also mental and emotional strengths. Sifu Wong Kiew Kit named the institute after his two most influential teachers Lai Chin Wah and Ho Fatt Nam.

The first institute was founded in Malaysia, which was soon followed by others in various countries throughout the world. The institutes teach the three treasures of Shaolin: i.e. Zen, Chi Kung and Kung Fu. Each of these treasures play a decisive role in the development of the body (jing), the soul (shen) and internal force (chi).

Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, one of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kitís masters, described this in a simple sentence:

"If you want to soar to the heights and reach the depths of Kung Fu, you must practice Chi Kung; if you want to soar to the heights and reach the depths of Chi Kung, you must practice meditation."

These three treasures are taught in every Kung Fu class and every seminar in the Shaolin Wahnam Institute. There are also opportunities to study Chi Kung or meditation specifically.

The German headquarters of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute is located in Frankfurt am Main.

Please also visit the international website of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute at: www.shaolin.org

The origin of the logo

The design of the logo is red in color and the background yellow. These are the colors of our school. Red represents courage and righteousness, and yellow represents compassion and wisdom, manifesting the ideals of a scholar-warrior as well as the ideals of a warrior-monk.

The design of the trident and three-sectional soft-whip makes the letter W and N, indicating "Wah Nam", named after Grandmaster Lai Chin Wah and Grandmaster Ho Fatt Nam, the two sources from which our school developed.

The trident and soft-whip also represent "kong" ("gang" in Mandarin) and "yow" ("rou"), indicating both the "hard" and "soft" dimensions of our training.
The inner and the outer circles represent both the internal and external approaches of our cultivation, and also signify that we pay importance to both our mind as well as our body. The inner circle reminds us of the importance of internal unity, and the outer circle our universality, i.e. we spread our arts to deserving people irrespective of their race, culture and religion.

In addition, note that "Shaolin" is a Mandarin translation, whereas "Wahnam" is Cantonese. "Shaolin" was chosen over "Siu Lam" (which is in Cantonese) because it is universally known, whereas "Wahnam" was chosen over "Huanan" (in Mandarin) because the names of our grandmasters, "Lai Chin Wah" and "Ho Fatt Nam" are generally known in Cantonese.

This shows we can be both idealistic and practical at the same time - the non-dualistic characteristic of Zen. We are idealistic in our aspiration, but practical in our application. It also reflects that while our origin (Shaolin) was from the northern Shaolin Temple, our development (Wahnam) was from the Shaolin Temple in the south.

Sifu Joan Browne of Shaolin Wahnam Ireland points out that the number three, as suggested by the trident and the three sectional whip, is important. It reminds us of the three treasures of Shaolin, namely Chi Kung, Kung Fu and Zen, and that our training involves all the three dimensions of form, energy and mind.