Background Information on Instructor:

Mr. Salvatore (Sal) Canzonieri has a BA degree in Behavioral Science (triple major in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, with a Concentration (Thesis) on Subcultures and Societal Change) from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He also has a Masters Degree in Holistic Psychology from the American Institute of Holistic Health and Wellness.

Mr. Canzonieri has been practicing traditional Chinese martial arts since 1975 in such styles as Shuai Jiao (Chinese art of takedowns), Tong Bei, Shaolin, Taizu Chang Quan, Yue Jia Quan (Ba Fan Shou), Xing Yi, Tai Ji Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and others. He has als been practicing Chinese Qigong since 1980. he has also studied Zen with Sherpa Al Simon.

Has has been a certified since 1998 by the International Congress of Oriental Medicine and Martial Arts to represent the state of New Jersey in Chinese Qigong and Internal Martial Arts.

He has been conducting research in the history of traditional Chinese martial arts styles for over 35 years and is most known for his history based articles in various martial arts magazines, such as “Kung Fu Qi Gung” magazine, Han Wei magazine, and other publications all over the world (translated in Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese languages). Mr. Canzonieri has published a well aclaimed history book, "The Hidden History of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts", over 300 pages.

Mr. Canzonieri has also judged routines for 5 years during the 1990s at the Han Wei Martial Arts Tournaments. He also taught classes for the Diversity Program, at Lucent Technologies, on ancient Shaolin methods of Qi Gung, Self Defense, and empty hand sets.

In the year 2000, Mr. Canzonieri won a Theodore Vail Award (for saving person's life using his Neigong knowledge).

Mr. Canzonieri was the chief instructor of The Whippany Kung Fu Club (over 20 years), and resides in New Jersey, USA.

Mr. Canzonieri, is now accepting new students for a weekly evening program featuring Natural Traditional Chinese Qigong and Martial Arts, which includes Qi Gung energy exercises ("Chinese yoga") for health and relaxation, stretching and conditioning, self defense, sports skills improvement, and more.

He also is available for Qigong and Self Defense seminars in the USA and overseas. Mr. Canzonieri taught Shaolin Neigong and Self Defense seminars in Valencia Spain in 2008 and 2009; he has taught Qigong in Alia, Sicily from 2000 to 2005; and many private classes and seminars in New York City, New Jersey, and elsewhere in the USA.

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Shaolin Neigong for Health and Self Defense Seminar material:

This is the ONLY seminar in the world that shows both the health benefits AND the self defense benefits of the Shaolin Neigong set movements. No other seminar teaches the long hidden self defense aspects of neigong!

First, Mr. Canzonieri will be teaching the true ancient body mechanics, internal energy movement, healing benefits, and core body techniques of the pre-modern times Shaolin Qigong and Neigong, which date back to the Song Dynasty and perhaps further back to the Liang Dynasty. Most importantly, instruction will be given in HOW to feel the movements by using the deeper muscles, correct body mechanics, correct body alignment, and correct rooting.

Second, during the seminar, origin and history information will be covered, including who did these movements in ancient times and why, how the roots of the movements connect to ancient Tong Bei, how these movements also connect to the Staff, Double Sword, and Double Knives, how they are used for self defense, and most importantly, WHY the movements are done this way. Mr. Canzonieri will prove why these methods work best for self defense, show how they are done this way, and show some applications to the movements. Also shown will be how this Shaolin material is the link between Shuai Jiao / Tong Bei and Shaolin Long Fist, and how this Shaolin material is the true origin of and lays the proper foundation for a deeper understanding of Tai Ji Quan, Xinyi Quan / Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang internal styles. Without this true learning of the most ancient methods and body mechanics, one can attempt to practice internal martial arts for many decades but will never be able to generate any internal energy for healing and self defense.


Following are some responses to Shaolin Qigong Seminars given in 2008 and 2009 - Valencia Spain:

My name is Victor Santiago. For many years of my life I was training Judo, and today I am a Taichi trainer under instructions from Johan Duquet, a year and a half more or less. During may 23, may 24 and may 25 of the current year, I attended the Nei Gong seminar conducted by Salvatore Canzonieri.

At the end of the course, I remain very surprised about the ignorance, which some practitioners of any martial art, have about the origin of the same regarding to internal control and breathing. As conclusion, and about this ancient discipline, it was a very interesting experience, both from a cultural point of view as practical.

All of us noted that, the experience and knowledge of Salvatore Canzonieri are infinite, as well as his dedication and humility submitted to teach the course. Only to say that, in the future, I will attend to all seminars that Salvatore Canzonieri teach and that I recommend to anyone who is interested in these subjects. To congratulate both the professor Salvatore Canzonieri, as the organizer of the same Johan Duquet.

Thank you.

from Victor Santiago - Junio 2008


El contenido del seminario me ha permitido mejorar la fluidez y velocidad de respuesta de mi técnica, gracias al aprendizaje de algunas de las técnicas internas básicas, que permiten responder a gran cantidad de situaciones a partir de movimientos (aparentemente) sencillos. Salvatore puso a nuestra disposición y sin reservas, sus extensos conocimientos no sólo del kung fu tradicional, sino de otros estilos y artes marciales.

"The contents of the seminar has permitted me to improve the flow and reaction time of my techniques, thanks to learning some of the basic internal techniques, that allow responding to whole myriad of situations starting from some (to the eye) simple movements. Salvatore did not only reveal without holding anything back his extensive knowledge on traditional kungfu but also on other styles and martial arts."

from Juan Guillermo Jordan Aldásoro

"The classes that Salvatore Canzonieri gave at the University of Valencia have been really useful for me to understand how to improve my gongfu technique by using adequate respiration and positioning. Additionally, Salvatore Canzonieri shared with us his great knowledge of martial arts history, and Shaolin history more specifically, with insight in many martial arts styles and interconnections."

from Yves JULIEN


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