My name is Anthony Korahais, and I was born on a small island called Manhattan. I got such amazing results from practicing Qigong and Tai Chi that I decided to quit my job as a network engineer in order to commit to teaching people to heal themselves. So in 2004, I moved to Florida to pursue a degree in acupuncture. It was there that I met my soul mate, my best friend, my partner in crime, and my wife — Dr. Akemi Borjas de Korahais, DOM.
Once upon a time, I suffered from a debilitating case of clinical depression. I vividly remember waking up each morning and wondering if “it” would still be there. Maybe the fog of despair had gone away during the night? I remember a sinking feeling in my heart as I felt the fog return each morning, engulfing me once again in its darkness. I remember many mornings where I just wanted to die.
It’s difficult for some people to understand a despair so deep that you will consider anything – any method, any treatment, any solution – to stop pain. With despair that deep, suicide actually feels like a logical choice. Imagine life completely devoid of all joy, and yet completely full of the worst case of the blues that you’ve ever experienced. Now imagine something ten times worse. That’s a mild case of clinical depression.
Today, I’m happier and healthier than I ever imagined possible, and utterly free from the grips of depression. (Click here to read more about Qigong and depression.) I was originally inspired to teach Flowing Zen because of the way that it transformed my own life. After I met my teacher, Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, in San Francisco in 1997, I was amazed. Actually, I wanted to scream it from the rooftops. (I still do!)
I traveled all the way to Malaysia for intensive study with my teacher. It was in Malaysia that I really came to understand the incredible healing power of Qigong and Tai Chi. When our energy systems are functioning optimally, we reach a state that the ancient Chinese masters called “harmony of yin and yang”. In other words, the energy that mobilizes and powers the immune system, produces the proper enzymes for digestion, repairs damaged cells, flushes away toxic waste, and balances the emotions — all of this energy is flowing harmoniously and thus keeping us happy and healthy. If this energy flow is blocked, illness or pain occurs. The specialty of Qigong is to restore harmonious energy flow, thus overcoming illness and pain regardless of the cause.
I come from a long line of masters who were also powerful healers. Flowing Zen is powerful medicine for the body, the heart, and the spirit. I truly believe that this is the future of medicine, that more and more people will be looking inside rather than outside for healing. I have seen with my own eyes not just one, not a few, but hundreds of miraculous cases of healing using Flowing Zen. I’ve seen the evidence in myself, my wife, my friends, my family, and my students. I am honored that I have already changed so many lives with Flowing Zen.
I am passionate about teaching. People kindly tell me that I was born to teach. But for me, the teaching is just a means to an end, a vehicle for me to change lives. These days, most people call me Sifu, which is a Chinese title that means “Teacher and Father”. And that is exactly how I feel about my students. I am part teacher, part father. My greatest joy comes from watching a student grow, whether it is by overcoming some sort of health problem, or by becoming a better person.
As someone who suffered deeply for years, I want to reach out to those who are still suffering – and not just from depression. I possess knowledge that can literally save lives, and I feel obligated to share it.
My mission is to help as many people as I can. There are so many people suffering, and I want to help. I want to bring the secrets of Flowing Zen out into the open for the benefit of humanity. My mission is to transform lives for the better. I want to empower people to heal their own bodies, their minds, and their spirits. Serving this mission fulfills my soul and inspires me to work harder to become a better and better teacher.