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Workshop in the ancient art of liuhebafa

Enthusiastic members participated in an international workshop in the ancient Taoist health art of Lok Hup Ba Fa (liuhebafa), at the Society's National Centre in Bayswater, Western Australia during 12-16 November 2008. A total of 123 members from Canada, USA, The Netherlands, and New Zealand, as well as many parts of Australia, attended the five-day event.

Similar in appearance to the more well-known art of Tai Chi, Lok Hup is a sequence of movements with its origins in the internal martial and health arts of the ancient Taoists in China.

"Lok Hup is noted for its elegant, spiral turning movements", says the Executive Director of the Society in Australia, Dr Peter Cook. "These movements produce a powerful kind of internal exercise which is very beneficial for health. For example the spine is mobilised and strengthened, and circulation really improves. The movements also have a meditative aspect so that both body and mind are cultivated."

Lok Hup Ba Fa is a Chinese phrase which translates as "the six harmonies and eight methods of mind and intention". The art of Lok Hup was created by a Taoist monk named Chen Hsi I about 1100 years ago in China.

The Lok Hup workshop was led by a visiting instructor from the USA, and was held at the National Centre of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia, 52 Railway Parade, Bayswater.

Click here to see the news report and photo of this event from the Eastern Reporter (community newspaper)