Tam Qui Khi Kong Federation
The History of the beginning…
This method is rooted in great antiquity, in those times when human
life cost nothing. There was no time for sorting out relationship or
for competitions. In a combat the one who had survived continued
living. In those ancient times Vietnam waged constant wars with
China and within Vietnam there were never ending internecine
strives. It was impossible to survive being alone. That is why
people lived there making big families or clans, therefore withstood
continual dangers. There were certain methods of physical and
psychological trainings within every family. Such a training of
fighters began from the very early age. By the age of twenty a man
became a perfect fighter possessing the secret technique of the
Martial Arts. Those warriors alone could withstand lots of enemies.
Where was the secret? In what way such warriors were trained?
Vietnamese culture during many long centuries was influenced by two
great civilizations – Chinese and Indian. The appearance and
spreading of Chan Buddhism (Thien), the embodiment of assimilation
of these two cultures, served its crucial role in the developing of
Vietnamese ancient spiritual culture. Got such valuable heritage
from two ancient spiritual cultures ancestors of Vietnamese were
able to absorb all the best of the spiritual, medicinal and battle
systems and to transform these systems constructively taking into
account the national peculiar qualities of their region. Absolutely
new methods were occurred as a result, methods of the developing of
every aspect in human nature, starting with physiology, mentality,
energy finishing by spiritual essence of the human. Tam Qui Khi-Kong
is one of such methods.
Unfortunately, the name of the founder of the school was lost, the
only thing remained is a legend: “Long long time ago there was a
village. People in the village constantly worked to feed themselves.
In those times customs were wild, there were lots of bandits who
outrageously did violence to peaceful villagers. So, once some
bandits came to a village. The chieftain of the gang made the
villagers give him the whole harvest and the cattle. Villagers tried
to stand the bandits, but the forces were unequal. The only people
who survived in the whole village were an old man and a boy. The old
man called up the boy and told him: “Far away in the jungles a
deserted temple is. Go there, people say, this is a miraculous
place, you may find the answer of how we should live now”. The boy
roamed in the jungles for long while looking for the temple, used
roots for food, slept on trees not to be caught by wild animals. And
one day he saw that deserted temple twined around with lianas.
Absolute desolation was everywhere inside the temple, it seemed that
nobody had appeared here for a long time. He had to clean everything
out, to rake away garbage and dust until he saw beautiful images of
Arhats, majestic statues of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. He got carried
away by the work so much that he lost count of time. Perhaps, he was
dreaming but one day Arhats began to speak to him: “we know what’s
happened with you. You have a kind heart, and we will help you.
We’ll train you a wonderful technique of fight and teach you the
method by which you will be able to touch your inner nature. This
method is called Tam Qui (three jewels). Thanks to this method
you’ll be able to defeat bandits and train people to protect
themselves from enemies and evil spirits as well”. From that very
moment every night the boy got the magical knowledge from Arhats and
the whole following day carefully learnt everything by heart. After
a few years he changed into a warrior with supernatural abilities.
Then Arhats conveyed him the deepest essence of method: “there’s
nothing much better to keep body and soul together for reaching
longevity than discipline of the body. The secret of the curbing of
the body is in the concentration of the energy inside Khi-hai, the
place situated in the bottom of the stomach. When the vital energy
condenses in this point, an elixir appears. This elixir makes the
body appearance become solid and stronger and the spirit full and
rich. If the spirit is full and rich the life will be long. It
should be known that the elixir is placed nowhere but within your
body. The most crucial thing is to make vital energy of the heart
flow down into the lower part of the body in a way to fill the
elixir in Khi-hai centre. Oh, Worthy Man, if you follow hard this
teaching which we are giving you and never deviate from it, thus the
teaching will let you keep the strength and health during all your
life. And if you prove peculiar persistence you will be able to save
and even increase your abilities that you have gained from us”. His
strength was so great that only seeing him was enough and robbers
always ran away. He lived a long life, only chosen ones he taught
Tam Qui” That is the longstanding legend about the school.
The emblem of the school is a wheel with eight spokes that
symbolizes eightfold path:
1. Correct understanding, views, estimation and opinions.
2. Correct aims, motives, plans, argumentation and decisions.
3. Correct using of speech.
4. Correct behavior, deeds and acts.
5. Correct attitude to the living; fulfillment of the well-defined
role in life, which should be unselfish, sensitive and useful.
6. Correct efforts aimed at kind performances.
7. Correct intellectual activity: studying and teaching.
8. Correct contemplation following faithfully the fixation of the
mind, the contemplation, which let intuition and insight become
In the middle of the wheel there is three unity symbolizing three
treasures: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Such symbolism is typical in
the whole Buddhism for every country and time. Besides, the image of
this symbol can be met almost in every nation living on the Planet.
Tam Qui method places high emphasis on a person invigoration as well
as a battle aspect; this feature is typical for most of the
Vietnamese systems. It is considered that first of all the perfect
health is needed to become a magnificent warrior, and this idea is
rather difficult to dispute. Strengthening of viscera, tendon-
ligament apparatus and musculoskeletal system is of a great
importance. The same significant importance has mental and ethical
training of a student. Moral purity is the core of the successful
development of a strong person.