ONE of the first things you’ll remember about Anthony Wee is that a double-decker bus weighing 9.36 tonnes was driven right over him when he was 45 years of age. Not just once, but twice in one day. That remarkable demonstration in Perth, Western Australia, (recorded for posterity by the local TV station) was a testament to his mental control and his ability to harness qi to withstand the killer weight.
He’s 62 now and his life is very different from the early days when he was a leading kung fu exponent in Singapore, easily knocking down his opponents with a deft stroke of his hand or a lightning- bolt kick. Back in those days his knowledge of qigong was for the sole purpose of enhancing his martial arts practice.
Today he is a full-fledged qigong healer, the well-respected founder of Chi Dynamics and it’s a role that many around the world believe to be his true calling. For Wee, the transition from warrior to healer was indeed a natural one, as health concerns became more important than shows of strength. But the real test of his commitment to healing began on a very personal note when his father was diagnosed with cancer of the bronchi and was given just six months to live by doctors.
With nothing to lose, Wee led his father through some intensive qigong breathing and meditation exercises five to seven times a day, each session lasting half-an-hour. His father only ate green vegetables, fish, brown rice, and drank only Chinese tea during that period. The meditation and breathing sessions allowed him to reduce his intake of painkillers to nil. Wee’s father gradually recovered and after 10 months there were no tumours to be found. It was this amazing recovery that clinched Wee’s transformation from warrior to healer.
Grand Master Wee or Sifu Anthony Wee as he is known to the thousands of Chi Dynamics participants, firmly believes that the power of healing lies within each individual. He explains: “The mind has incredible powers to either heal or destroy. If you are not well, your body has tremendous healing power. It’s just waiting for you to unleash it to heal yourself.”
He adds that healing is not about expending energy as some may think.
“To heal is to accumulate, to activate and to absorb energy. And that energy will be stored in the body’s reservoir of energy,” he explains. That energy reserve is what is known in qigong parlance as dantien. Wee explains that the mind can activate the stored energy but visualisation can only be effective after adequate energy accumulation.
Wee says his extensive study of Chinese martial arts and qigong over the years led him to conceive of Chi Dynamics, which is an amalgam of the Shaolin Internal System, the Wumei Internal neigong system and the self- healing meditation system.
Wee is adamant that everyone should be exposed to as many qigong schools as possible. “Masters should allow students to explore as many forms of the art as possible, only then can a person make an informed choice about which qigong to practise,” he emphasises.
At the core of Wee’s Chi Dynamics’s qigong exercise regime is the deep diaphragmatic method he calls Block Breathing.
“Block breathing increases oxygen intake, improves the immune system, keeps the body still and the mind focused,” Wee says. He claims the breathing method can immediately balance the pH level of the blood, thereby preventing chronic excess acidity which he says is a primary cause of many degenerative health conditions.
Wee says regular practitioners of Chi Dynamics qigong exercise and meditation should begin to see immediate benefits. He asserts: “With the increased intake of oxygen, you will become more alert and energised. Your blood circulation improves and aches and pains will subside. Furthermore, your muscles get more toned and your coordination becomes better.” Even so, Wee clarifies that the practice of Chi Dynamics shouldn’t be considered a substitute for professional medical treatment and advice.
He says practitioners should attend class with a Chi Dynamics’s instructor at least once or twice a week and practise half-an-hour a day to maintain good health. Instructors have to undergo a six- month training course to obtain certification. Once certified they are given a nominal honorarium, but Wee says many return this money because they prefer to volunteer their services.
Chi Dynamics’s simple and systematic regime has garnered solid support from thousands of people in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. This strong following, cross-cutting ethnicity, age and gender, probably has a lot to do with its English medium of instruction, affording access to many practitioners who are not Chinese educated. Currently, in the pipeline are new chapters in London and Bangkok to spread the Chi Dynamics’s mission of healing even farther across the globe.
And Wee’s parting words of wisdom ring loud and clear to all: “If you are in the best of health, don’t be over-confident, you must take care and maintain good health.” And for many around the world who believe in him, there’s no better way to do that than with the regular practise of Chi Dynamics’s qigong exercise and meditation regime. Sunday Mail; Kuala Lumpur, © 2002-2005 RedNova.com.