Three Cape Ann-ers are back from two weeks in China. Eli Jacobe, James Auditore and Elizabeth Enfield went to Beijing for training in Chinese health and fitness methods, which are called Chi Kung. They joined in with 15 other intrepid Westerners to get woken up at 6:30 AM for workouts before breakfast. Then there was a daily full schedule of instruction in traditional Chinese healing skills for oneself and others. The place was the Beijing Medical Exchange Center, an institute founded 20 years ago to preserve the traditional approach to Chinese medicine. The founding president, Professor Wan Su-Jian, M.D. is a four star general in the Chinese army’s medical department. Several times a year he holds courses for foreigners, providing translators and including some sightseeing in the program.
This coming week here in Gloucester, Eli and James are hosting two Open Houses about Chi Kung at Center Street Kung Fu Studio at One Center Street, 2nd floor. It’s directly above Passports restaurant. The free Open Houses are Wednesday evening the 16th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM and again Thursday morning the 17th from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. There’ll be lessons in Chi Kung movements and meditations. Plus, on a huge screen, lots of scenic video that Eli shot over there.
Here’s some photos from their expedition.