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Martial Arts Legend Leo Fong to Teach Stress Management Techniques at Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University

Oct. 18 ‘Warrior Healer’ seminar promotes mental & physical well-being; co-taught by Rockland Graduate Campus professor Thomas Nardi


Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Martial arts film star and director Leo Fong, a former student and training partner of Bruce Lee, will lead an all-day seminar in relaxation, focus and confrontation and stress management at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University on Saturday, Oct. 18.

The two-part seminar, “Warrior Healer,” will teach techniques and strategies drawn from Asian and European healing and martial traditions, as well as from modern cognitive-behavioral psychology. Students will learn special energy and breathing exercises combined with awareness and relaxation methods.

“In ancient days, the warrior healer was not only an accomplished martial artist but also a powerful healer,” said Fong, an author, ordained Methodist minister, 10th degree black belt and founder of Wei Kuen Do Kung Fu who has more than 60 years experience in the martial arts. “The warrior healer was one who epitomized strength -- physically, emotionally, energetically and mentally.”

The seminar, part of the Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning at Long Island University, will be taught in two parts. Wei Kuen Do, offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon, teaches students to unite mind and body for ultimate proficiency in dealing with confrontations and hostile situations. Chi Fung, offered from 2:30 to 5 p.m., is based on traditional Chinese longevity exercises and healing arts and offers simple mind/body exercises for reducing stress, achieving mental clarity and increasing joint flexibility.

Fong has a master's degree in theology from Southern Methodist University and another in social work from Sacramento State University. In addition to his career as a minister, he has appeared in more than 20 action and martial arts movies and published books about martial arts.

Both parts of the seminar will be taught by Fong and his colleague and student, Thomas J. Nardi, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of education at the Rockland Graduate Campus and licensed psychologist who has who has taught Asian healing arts for more than 25 years and is board certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork, as well as by the International Sports Science Association as a specialist in sports conditioning.

Students can enroll in one or both classes. No previous experience is needed and beginners are welcome. Enrollment is $60 per class and includes an invitation to the premiere screening of the documentary about Fong's life, “The Arkansas Dragon: Dreams to Ministry,” which will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at the Rockland Graduate Campus.

For more information or to register, call (845) 359-7200 ext. 5434.

The Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University is Rockland County's premier provider of master's degree programs for adults, with course offerings in business administration, education, pharmacy, health administration, public administration, gerontology, mental health counseling, school counseling and school leadership. Courses are offered in the late afternoons, evenings and on weekends to afford working students an opportunity to balance their educational objectives with family and business demands.

For more information visit or call (845) 359-7200, extension 5414.

Posted 10/02/2008

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