I have always been fond of martial arts, and had learnt hard-contact martial arts (Taekwondo) during my childhood years. But the yearning for a softer approach always kept fueling me. I had read about Tai-chi and was very curious to understand it better. I began my search on the world-wide-web and found Christopher Sir’s website – Sevangee. It was nice to see a grounded approach to Martial Arts. He was our personal trainer for Tai-chi. Tai-chi was not only a form of martial arts, but also a subtle dance form for my wife, which she loved instantly, being an artist. He would couple the theory and practice with such finesse that we did not realize that we had started learning Medical and Spiritual Qigong too. That is the humility of Chris Sir, that a novice will also feel at ease in learning. It sowed a seed to understand the inter-connection between different aspects of life like arts (dance), science (medicine) and emotional health. That’s another unique trait of Chris Sir, where he is able to show the inter-connection between things just like we talk about the Internet-of-Things these days.
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Sevangee is derived from the Sanskrit word ” seva+angee ” which means “body of work” or a regime. In this case a regimen of practice and training for the development of the self. Sevangee also corroborates with the concept of Yin & Yang, where “Seva” is yang and “angee” is yin.
Sevangee draws its ideology from a bamboo plant, though hollow in nature, but having tremendous potential – from being a weapon to a musical instrument, to being the basic foundation for shelter, and so on..!
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Christopher started his journey in the year 1975 in the field of internal body training as well as in the field of Chinese martial arts (Wushu, Hua Chuan-Kung Fu) and physical training. He trained under the late Lama Sevang Migyuar Nobu in both hard/external martial art (Hua Chuan Kung Fu) as well as soft/internal martial arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Nei Gong).
He completed his training in China where he became the first Indian to be trained in Wushu at the prestigious Beijing Institute of Physical Education. His list of achievements since then is extensive. Since then he has conducted numerous classes, seminars, and workshops across India. He is an expert in the use of a vast array of traditional weapons. He has authored and co-authored several books including ‘The Art of Kung Fu Wushu’, ‘The Art of Stick Fighting’, ‘Tai Chi Chuan: The Mantra for Health and Fitness’, and ‘The Art of Self Defense’.
From 1991 to 2004 he has researched on the ancient and fast disappearing field of traditional Indian physical training and martial arts, which has culminated in the publishing of his latest book, Vajramushti: Martial Arts of India,by Creative House International Press, Texas, USA. In addition, his study of Indian philosophy and physical training has allowed him to objectively identify the common points of origin of Indian and other traditional systems of thought and training. He is currently studying the parallels in eastern meditative experiences and high energy physics.
1. Tai Chi – move beyond yoga! – DNA (Daily News & Analysis)