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Taoist internal arts demos slated at the Wo Hing Museum

By Staff | Mar 10, 2011

As a certified senior instructor of Energy Arts, Master Lee Burkins hopes to share his knowledge and help people to experience and recognize an inner connected depth of dynamic energy.

LAHAINA — On Friday, March 18, the Wo Hing Museum will host a one-hour energy arts demonstration with accomplished Taoist internal arts instructor Master Lee Burkins.

Demonstrations will take place on the museum’s lawn fronting the old Cookhouse Theater from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For nearly 50 years, Burkins has studied the martial, healing and meditative aspects of internal arts under a number of respected professors, masters and grand masters.

His practices cover a full range of Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation techniques with the ability to heal, generate internal power, mitigate and reverse the effects of aging and increase health and vitality.

Lee’s interest in health and healing stems from traumas of war. At age 19, Lee enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he eventually earned a Green Beret. He was trained in weapons, demolition, psychological operations and intelligence, hand-to-hand fighting and Shotokan karate.

Lee trained and led Indo-Burmese tribal warriors in guerilla warfare in Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War. This experience was responsible for triggering his renowned passion for the healing arts.

A fun and unique factor in Master Lee’s traditional teaching of the arts is his scientific background. From 1976-80, he attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he studied and majored in Physics. His education took him to work at the Department of Commerce conducting experiments into the nature of time and space.

The Wo Hing Museum is located at 858 Front St. Museum admission is $2 per person. Children 12 and under are free. Demonstrations are free with paid admission.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.