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Stacey Nemour is a black-belt in Kung Fu, a highly respected martial artist/ flexibility expert and energy healer with over 25 years experience. She has been featured in numerous publications such as, "Inside Kung Fu," "Masters of Kung Fu", "Self" magazine and Kung Fu Tai Chi" Magazine. Stacey coaches pro-athletes/ teams and has a popular DVD line out. Recently, The inventor of the StretchGym hired Stacey to perform in and create the stretching program in the DVD to go with the apparatus. She recently shot an updated version of "Secrets of Splits & Flexibility 1" for the European market, distributed by Body In Balance TV. She coached Ultimate Fighting Champion Vitor Belfort and the Carlson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Team for their triumphant championship fights on pay-per-view television. She also has been flexibility coach other world-class athletes including NBA player Jalen Rose and the Los Angeles Galaxy Soccer team. In addition to appearing on Fox Sports 11 News and guest starring in the popular TV show "Power Rangers," Stacey worked as a stunt coordinator and fight double for Cybil Shepard on the TV show "Cybil." She has performed in select video games and is working with elite athletes including synchronized swimmers, dancers & rhythmic gymnast preparing them for competition. Stacey's phone app "Flexibility Now" is now available on iTunes.
Her sixth DVD "Secrets of Splits & Flexibility 2" is now available. She has 5 other DVD's available on Amazon "Secrets of Splits & Flexibility",
"Anytime, Anywhere, Kung Fu, "Extreme Flexibility for Pro-Althetes & Teams &"For the Least Flexible People on the Planet" "Flexibility Fixes for Golfers & Tennis Players" For downloads of these titles and more information: www.staceynemour.com
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Entries by Stacey Nemour

The Zone: Use Breath, Posture and Passion to Get Into the Flow State

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 7:43 PM

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is famous for his theory on flow and as one of the pioneers of the scientific study of happiness. In his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990), he concluded that happiness is not a fixed state but can be developed as we learn...

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Flexibility: Answers to Dancers Most Asked Questions

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 12:51 PM

I have selected some of the most asked questions that I receive from dancers regularly. The following questions are also from two online dance magazines that I have recently done Q&As with. The answers to these questions can also easily apply to gymnasts, synchronized swimmers and martial artists.

1. Should...

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Secrets of Splits and Flexibility

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 4:30 PM

After I released my best-selling DVD Secrets of Splits & Flexibility, daily emails started coming in from all over the world with questions asking how one can become flexible enough to get flat into the splits.

Here are some important tips that I share with my clients and viewers...

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The Tao of Love, Sex and Anti-Aging: Part 9

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Many of us tell ourselves that we will allow ourselves to be happy when:

A. I have X amount of dollars in the bank.
B. I meet my true love/soulmate or when my partner finally wakes up and loves me the way he/she ought to.
C. When I...

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New Kung Fu Children's Book Helps Development of Mind, Body and Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The book Little Monk and the Mantis is a thrilling tale from Hollywood screenwriter John Fusco of one boy's search for self-expression, courage and the peaceful, non-violent teachings at the root of true martial arts. This book is accompanied by beautiful art illustration by Patrick Lugo, who is art director...

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Interviews on Merging Spirituality and Entertainment From The Gate 2 Event

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 2:42 PM

The spectacular Gate 2 was attended by more than 2,000 people at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, with standing room only.

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Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle, Gate 2 Audience. Photo by Michael Arden

The theme of "Only a New Seed Will Yield a New...

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Join Eckhart Tolle, Jim Carrey and John Raatz in Raising Consciousness Through Entertainment, Media and the Arts

(5) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 4:03 PM

It is said when the student is ready the teacher will appear. In this case, spiritually-aware people in entertainment and media have been waiting for a movement that will echo the awakening now happening around the world. And it has arrived, in the form of "GATE."

John Raatz is the...

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Flexibility Fixes for Golfers and Tennis Players

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 6:20 PM

Regularly playing a one-sided sport that for the most part uses a single side of the body, such as bowling, baseball and racket sports, can cause one set of muscles to become more developed than those on the side that is less used. This can create a serious imbalance in...

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11/11 Into 2012: Benefiting From Higher Energies

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 2:09 PM

There has been a lot of talk of doom and gloom around specific dates, lately 11/11/11 through 12/21/12. Most of it is fear-driven by the media. However, people have been saying for thousands of years that the world is going to end and yet we are still here. So, I...

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Shaolin Kung Fu: An Interview with Abbot Shi Yongxin

(5) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 9:36 AM

I had the great honor to sit down with his Holiness Venerable Master Abbott Shi Yongxin on this historical day called the "1st Shaolin Summit" in Los Angeles.

The Abbot and the Shaolin Warrior Monks shared the supernatural powers of Shaolin Kung Fu, which is the combination of Chan Buddhism,...

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Love, Shamanism and Safe Meditation

(5) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 7:15 PM

There are countless benefits that come from meditation. Scientific studies show meditation activates the part of the brain that helps one make better decisions. Other benefits are anti-aging, healing, enhanced abilities and feeling balanced, peaceful and centered.

Meditation has been an important part of my kung fu training and life...

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Abbot Shi Yongxin of China's Shaolin Temple Coming to L.A.

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Shi Yongxin, the abbot of the Shaolin Temple, is a tireless advocate for a wide array of measures toward the understanding, revival, preservation and sharing of the Shaolin legacy. He is considered a spiritual head to more than 400 million practitioners of Chan Buddhism and an estimated hundreds of millions...

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The Tao of Love, Sex and Anti-Aging: Part 8

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 1:00 AM

Just because someone is psychic, can move energy and do seemingly other-worldly feats does not necessarily mean they are truly spiritual, have integrity or your best interest at heart.

When someone is trying to seduce you, watch what they do more than what they say.

If most...

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Should Shaolin Monks Be Asian? Just Ask Abbot Shi Yan Fan of Shaolin Temple Los Angeles

(6) Comments | Posted March 17, 2011 | 2:44 PM


Should Shaolin monks only be Asian? Can a Westerner ascend to the exalted level of an abbot? Venerable Abbot Shi Yan Fan of Shaolin Temple Los Angeles can answer that. He became the first of only 43 monks in the world to receive the ancient Jieba branding marks at Shaolin Temple, China in 2007, and he is Italian!

Born in Brindisi, Italy, Franco Testini began his study of martial arts at the age of seven. He explains that when he was young, Shaolin training was a secret in the communist-dominated country. Franco loved action, and when his older brother gave him an old sketch manual about Shaolin Qi Energy, he realized that he had in his possession something special. Coming from a poor family of 10, Franco challenged other children in the neighborhood to martial arts contests in order to bring money and food home to help support the family. He was a natural, and winning competitions came easily.

The manual was filled with simple Chinese brush sketches of martial arts stances and movements. It promised that by practicing this discipline, you could gain strength, learn self-defense, have longevity, develop healing powers and even become super-human. Fascinated by the book, he took it everywhere with him and constantly studied the movements. The book explained that the process starts through connecting with nature. This was the perfect opportunity for Franco to apply the philosophy of nature to his everyday life, for at the time he was a young shepherd on his cousin's farm. From sunrise to sunset, Franco spent his day in the mountains with a flock of about 200 sheep. As the sheep grazed, Franco mimicked the movements in the book, teaching himself the basics of martial arts. Even though the book was written in Italian, Franco was still unsure what the captions under the sketches meant. It was his cousin who explained to him that the basic principle was that with this training, a human being is capable of powerful and amazing things.

After two years of practicing from the book, Franco began to feel more strength, both mentally and physically. During that time Franco and his cousin would also visit the nearby military base to give fresh cheeses and milk to the soldiers. That was when he was first introduced to a martial monk named Kim Wong Feng from Chi Ri temple in South Korea. Kim Wong Feng saw great potential in Franco and accepted him as his student, thus beginning his official martial arts training at age nine.

Franco dedicated much of his time training with his master. Eventually, he left home to begin competing in tournaments. By the age of 19, Franco had won many titles but also became aware of the emptiness of the senseless fighting. He noticed that many bets were placed on him to win fights, but he never saw any of the winnings that he fought for. Franco realized that this was not the lifestyle that he envisioned. With so much anger and resentment he harbored inside, his master guided him to enter the gates of Chi Ri temple to change his life. After two years and three months of living a monastic life in South Korea, Franco was alerted of his father's deteriorating health. One month after Franco left the temple to go back to Italy, his father passed away.

After a few years of trying to reestablish his life in Italy, he decided to set out on an adventure to America. In 1994 Franco came to Los Angeles to spread Buddhism and the practice of Shaolin medicine. He arrived with faith and excitement over his unfolding adventure the day after the Northridge earthquake. He had no money, no contacts, no transportation and spoke no English. He slept in abandoned cars, on the floor close to a gas station and even on the sands of Redondo Beach. Franco would continue to train every day, and passersby would stop to watch him. People stood entranced just watching his body flow with power and elegance. He welcomed everyone to join him, and eventually people started to give him donations for the training. Slowly, his clientele grew. Soon Franco and his students started training in various parks, community centers and dance studios.

By 2004 Franco went to pay his respects to the temple in China and trained with the monks. Abbot Shi Yongxin was so pleased with Franco's dedication and history that the following year, the monks arranged a ceremony for Franco to become a disciple of the abbot and officially named him Shi Yan Fan, which means "Powerful Sky." Shi Yan Fan also received official permission from the abbot to open Shaolin Temple Los Angeles. He chose Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks because Ventura, translated from Italian, means "adventure," and that is how he has viewed his entire life journey.

Then, in 2007, the Chinese government allowed the partial lifting of a 300-year-old ban of an ancient ceremony at the Northern Shaolin Temple. Shi Yan Fan was requested by the Chinese government to participate in the ancient, one-month-long ceremony.

Out of 800 monks who attended the ceremony, only 100 monks were schedule to receive "Jieba," a ritual that is extremely painful because nine sticks of incense are affixed to the top of the head with a paste. Then they light the incense and let it burn for five minutes. The last two minutes are the most excruciating because the fire burns down into the scalp. Each of the resulting burn marks represents one of the fundamental rules of conduct: remain celibate, don't lie, don't steal, don't drink, don't use drugs, don't eat meat, don't kill animals, and don't judge others. Some of the monks fainted, while others cried or ran out trying to leave because they could not go through with the Jieba. Out of the 100 monks chosen to receive the marks, only 43 actually went on to being branded. Shi Yan Fan was chosen by the abbot to be the first monk branded in the ceremony. Not only was he the first to be branded in 300 years, but he was also the first non-Asian to receive this honor at Shaolin Temple. Abbot Shi Yongxin wanted to open its gates to the rest of the world by showing that race does not matter and that Shaolin is for all to receive its unlimited benefits.

Now back in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Shifu Shi Yan Fan continues to spread the message of Shaolin and Chan Buddhism. Shaolin Temple Los Angeles welcomes all ages, nationalities, athletic abilities and genders. Shifu Shi Yan Fan and his students all helped build the temple from the ground up. Volunteers donated their time and talents to help replicate the ancient warrior paintings from the walls of the original Shaolin Temple in China. A Buddha alter was also built to pay respects to the ancient culture. Shaolin Temple Los Angeles offers more than just martial arts training. Every day they Dharma walk for meditation as the monks do in China. Authentic forms of Qi Gong and Tai Chi are also offered, as well as traditional Shaolin tea and philosophy sessions. Shifu Yan Fan wanted a place where people can train and get a small taste of what the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple is like.

Currently, Shifu Shi Yan Fan and the members of Shaolin Temple Los Angeles are looking to expand its facility and erect a replica of the famous Shaolin Temple on a grander scale. Abbot Shi Yongxin has approved the project. Shifu Shi Yan Fan envisions it as becoming a majestic Los Angeles landmark for travelers all over the world to visit. It will be built up in the hills of Los Angeles above Ventura Boulevard.

Shi Yan Fan's life mission now is to continue to spread the teachings of Shaolin. He has stressed to me the importance of maintaining the integrity and ancient traditions of Shaolin by teaching his students every aspect: Meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, martial arts, tea and philosophy, Chan Buddhism and much more.

There is also a biopic in development on Shi Yan Fan's life story, with the working title "Heart of Shaolin."

To read more I have an e-zine article on Shi Yan Fan coming in April at
www.kungfumagazine.com.

For information about Abbot Shi Yan Fan and Shaolin Temple Los Angeles, visit

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Get Flexible for Martial Arts Training

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 1:56 PM

The good news is that anyone at any age can change their flexibility level. Just start right from where you are now and build on it day by day. If you don't know how to start, it's best to take some private lessons with an instructor that can assist you...

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The Tao of Love, Sex and Anti-Aging Part: 7

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 9:05 AM

If you have been showing up for your relationship wholeheartedly and it seems to constantly take you to a place of not feeling good, then you need to do the inner-work that leads to self-growth by getting through to the other side. However, if you experience more waves of discomfort,...

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The Tao of Love, Sex and Anti-Aging: Part 6

(3) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 5:52 PM

When it comes to relationships, it helps to keep in mind that they can be fragile and should be handled with care. When we don't manage our emotions and allow ourselves to indulge in behavior that is of a low vibration, such as blame or cruelty, that can be the...

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The Tao of Love, Sex and Anti-Aging: Part 5

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 6:39 PM

All relationships are a mirror to the relationship with yourself, which is the most important one. The way people interact with us is a reflection of what we believe about ourselves and what we think we are worthy of.

To learn from and expand our relationships, we can get immediate...

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Inside the Life of a Shaolin Monk

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2010 | 3:36 PM

Most martial artists are familiar with the extraordinary powers of the Shaolin monks. They train in the use of 36 weapons, and each monk picks two animal movements and styles to specialize in. (See my previous article "The Transformative Powers of Kung Fu.") When I first watched the...

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Flexibility at Any Age: Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Some of my clients come to me for flexibility training because their sport requires it. Others come because their lack of flexibility has caused them to become injured, and they are unable to participate in their favorite sport.

Stretching should be a part of everyone's fitness program. Increased flexibility will...

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