Guro/Sifu John Chow



Hong Kong 1998       Comic sketch by a student 1999

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Learning History of Tai Chi Chuan             Teaching History of martial arts        

Yang Style Tai Chi lineage tree of John Chow


Guro/Sifu John Chow is a teacher of Arnis, Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, healing and meditation.


His Arnis teachers include the very great and outstanding Grandmaster Antonio 'Tatang' Illustrisimo,  and masters Tony Diego, Romy Macapagal, Edgar Sulite, Rey Galang, Yuli Romo, Chris Ricketts, Raymond Floro, Bobby Taboada and Dan Inosanto, including his father Henry Chow. 


He is one of the few authorised teachers of  Kalis Ilustrisimo (Illustrisimo Kali) and Lameco Eskrima styles of eskrima in Australia.


Guro/Sifu John Chow is well versed in traditional Tai Chi Chuan,  which includes the martial arts applications, healing and spiritual cultivation.  He has been teaching Yang and Wu styles of Tai Chi Chuan since 1977. 


Guro/Sifu John Chow received martial arts training in the traditional way from childhood.  His training started long before the 'Bruce Lee fad' and the hippy 'Tai Chi fad'  and the 'Tai Chi/Chi Kung industry' began in the 1970s and 1980s.


For all his learning and experience,  Guro/Sifu John Chow always stressed to his student that he does not know much martial arts,  and is capable of only 1 technique so far.  “I know only 1 technique,  but that will do”. 


He is also a practising healer, meditation teacher, masseur (of traumatic/impact injuries),  and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs, acupuncture, massage, gua sha, cupping).

Sifu Chow created Amazing Qi Healing Therapy that includes Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, Qi Massage, Paida Fa (Patting and Hitting), La Jin Fa (Stretching the Tendons) and many other methods.


Guro/Sifu John Chow has studied many spiritual paths from the time he was a teenager.  He has studied ancient as well as modern New Age teachings,  and has taken teachings and initiations under notable masters such as HH Dalai Lama, HH Sakya Trizin, HH Karmapa Rangung Rigpe Dorje, HE Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, HH Drukchen Rinpoche, HH Chetsang Rinpoche, HE Shamar Rinpoche, HE Terchen Khordong Chimed Rigdzin, Bairo Tulku, HE Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, HE Gegen Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyalsay Rinpoche, Gen Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, Chagdud Tulku, Tulku Pema, Zazep Tulku, Lama Trijang, Lama Thubten Zopa, Changling Rinpoche, Tahn Acharn Booyarith Pandito, Ven. Dhammananda, Ven. Keng Ang, Ven. Boon Ti,  and many other teachers.  His Hindu lineage came from the line of the famous Kriya Yoga master Lahiri Mahasay.  His Taoist lineage came from the secret yoga tradition,  as well as the open tradition of Mantak Chia.  He has also studied Indonesian mysticism.  He is an authorized teacher of Yellow Bamboo,  a form of Balinese mysticism.  Most of all, he is a disciple of a secret teacher who does not seek publicity as a master, thereby deliberately remaining unknown.


Guro/Sifu John Chow was a founding member of the Monash University Buddhist Society in 1976,  and personally managed the society from 1976 to 1979.  During this time,  he founded the Monash University Tai Chi Club in 1977 and has remained the chief instructor and inspirational force behind this club to this day.  He also founded the short-lived Natural Healing Club at Monash University in 1977.  In addition,  after leaving Monash University,  on seeing the need for Chinese Buddhist movements at that time,  he founded the Chinese Buddhist Society in 1982 to cater for Chinese Buddhists.  This was later disbanded due to his busy schedule and the fact that other Buddhist societies have risen to cater for the same needs of the Chinese community.  It is Guro/Sifu John Chow’s wish to resurrect a centre in future to cater for special needs of the community  or  services that other societies have not yet provided. 


In spite of his extremely busy schedule,  Guro/Sifu John Chow was a temple drummer (Zhong Gu) at the Community Buddhist Temple in Abbotsford/Collingwood every Sunday from 2000 to 2004.


Sifu John Chow is now practicing as a spiritual healer, and teacher of Amazing Qi Healing Therapy and the Filipino martial art of Kalis Ilutrisimo.


Guro John Chow with some of his senior Arnis students 2002



The Vajra Elbow of Vajra Fist

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With Kim Fung of Hong Kong, disciple since 1998.




With His Eminence Beru Khyentse Rinpoche,  1st reunion in 2003 after 1979. 



His Holiness Sakya Trizin blessing Sifu John Chow during Vajrakilaya initiation.

Sakya Trizin blessing John Chow




Sifu John Chow standing with Chinese temple drum.



Guru John Chow with Pak Serengen,  founder of Yellow Bamboo,  in Bali.