Oct 2018

Ilchi Lee Receives Republic of Korea Life Sports Promotion Award

Ilchi Lee attended the 56th Korea Sports Awards on October 15, 2018, an annual award ceremony by South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to honor those who have contributed to sports development and promotion. At the ceremony, he was given the Republic of Korea Life Sports Promotion Award for his contribution for the past 38 years to the improvement of the physical and mental health of the Korean people and the development of life sports. This year, Ilchi Lee was the only person given this award, which has a long tradition.

Ilchi Lee's long tradition began in 1980, when he started teaching exercises for free in a park in Anyang. These exercises that work your body, mind, and energy were based on an even older tradition, thousands of years old, called Sundo, a Korean Tao practice. The exercises became the basis of the many methods for health and self-development Ilchi Lee has created. 

One style, called Kookhak Kigong, is being freely taught in 5,000 community locations in Korea by members of the Kookhak Qigong Association and is practiced by about one million people. Kookhak Kigong is considered a Life Sport, as it is practiced by people of all ages and significantly contributes to their physical and mental health. In 2016, the Kookhak Qigong Association was named an official member organization of the Korean Olympic Committee.  

Ilchi Kookhak Kigong 6th Annual International Festival

Kookhak Kigong is also practiced in other countries where Ilchi Lee's methods have traveled, including Japan, China, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Belgium, and Qatar. For the past six years, Kookhak Kigong practitioners worldwide have gathered in Korea to show their skills at a Kookhak Kigong conference and competition. In October 2018, 10,000 people from 13 countries attended the event. 

6th Seoul International Kigong Sports Competition for All

American team at Kookhak Kigong competition

Lee took the stage to receive the Life Sports Promotion Award with winners of gold medals in the recent 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Ilchi Lee at 56th Korea Sports Awards

One of them was skeleton racing gold medalist Sungbin Yun.

Ilchi Lee and Yun Sungbin

Ilchi Lee congratulated all Kookhak Kigong instructors and practitioners, saying this award was for them as well. 

You can watch him receiving the award in this short video.


Ilchi Lee El Salvador

Last week, Ilchi Lee made his first trip to El Salvador, a small Central American nation that has been plagued by civil war, poverty, and gang violence, but that has been moving toward peace. One of the tools they are using to fashion healthier, more peaceful, and more hopeful lives for themselves and, especially, the next generation is Brain Education, the mind-body-spirit self-development method Ilchi Lee created. Through the efforts of the NGO IBREA Foundation and the support of the Salvadoran and South Korean governments and Ilchi Lee's Global Cyber University, the Brain Education program has been implemented in 25 percent of the public schools in the country. As a result, these schools, and the families and communities they influence, have become places where students and teachers work together in harmony, where people are not as afraid to come to school, and where academic achievement has improved.

Ilchi Lee meeting educators at El Salvador airport

Ilchi Lee meeting educators at El Salvador airport

The first part of Ilchi Lee's trip consisted of his meeting the people who have worked for and with the IBREA Foundation to implement Brain Education in schools there. One group greeted him at the airport and another was waiting at the hotel in San Salvador, the capital, where Ilchi Lee was going to stay. They thanked him for Brain Education and the complete change in their lives it has had and expressed their anticipation for the coming days' events.

Ilchi Lee with Laura Calderon in El Salvador

One of those people was Laura Calderon Toledo, who took part in the Brain Education pilot program in 2011 that the IBREA Foundation executed in the Centro Distrito Italia School on the northern outskirts of San Salvador. She gave him a bouquet and they shared a hug. 

Ilchi Lee with Grecia

Ilchi Lee also met Grecia Valenzuela Portillo, the current program manager of the IBREA Foundation's activities in El Salvador. Grecia went through the program herself in 2014.

Ilchi Lee receives presidential award

The next day, he received the national award, José Simeón Cañas Slave Liberator Order, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ilchi Lee with El Salvador President

He was also able to meet President Salvador Sánchez Cerén.

Ilchi Lee gives lecture to El Salavdor Educators

Beforehand, Ilchi Lee give a short lecture to about 220 public school principals.

Ilchi Lee on the morning news

On the third day, Ilchi Lee made an appearance on a national morning news show, where he was interviewed about the award, the activities of the IBREA Foundation, and the transformative effects of Brain Education. He was accompanied by one of the Program Directors of the IBREA Foundation, Isabel Pastor Gusman. 

Ilchi Lee gives book to news show host.

Afterward, he was able to give a copy of the Spanish edition of his latest book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation, to the news anchor.

Ilchi Lee at Pool for Peace Distrito Italia, El Salvador

Later that day, Ilchi Lee visited the Brain Education Swimming Pool for Peace, a community project supported by the IBREA Foundation in Distrito Italia at the first school that adopted Brain Education. The pool was made possible by donations from around the world, and many people in the community helped to build it. The pool serves as a place where children can relax and play safely and where the community can come together.

Ilchi Lee at El Salvador Pool for Peace

All of the students and staff created a heartwarming event with local foods, music, a dance performance, a swimming demonstration, and even a commemorative plaque.

 Ilchi Lee sign at Piscina por la paz

The sign for the pool left visitors with these words from Ilchi Lee:  “Discover their great intrinsic value and manifest that value in their lives. Only then can you create peace within yourselves, in your community, your country, and the world. Always be proud of your pioneering work in the school Distrito Italia for world peace.”

Ilchi Lee at pool for peace with Laura's grandmother and son

Ilchi Lee even met Laura's grandmother and son. Laura is now in college and helps to teach Brain Education in El Salvador and spread its use in various ways.

For people in this area, the Pool for Peace is not just a swimming pool, but a place where freedom and peace are allowed. Having this pool makes the children and community feel worthwhile.

Afterward, Ilchi Lee said, “It was a very moving time of great inspiration beyond my expectation. Now that I came to see it, my heart is filled with gratitude and deep emotion. Children looked at me with shining eyes, and I saw that Brain Education for these people is beyond training and education. I felt that Brain Education is their earnest desire for decent living, survival, value of life, and center of living. The people of El Salvador were pure, beautiful, earnest, and desperate. Their hearts deeply moved my heart, and I made a choice that I would establish the Brain Education Peace Institute in order to transform the Brain Education here to a Brain Education of peace and this nation to a nation of peace.

“Brain Education is not something that can be delivered just as a program. It’s the spirit behind it that gives it value. Delivering this spirit, this value, is the essence of Brain Education. This spirit can only be delivered by people. After all, wasn't it the spirit of the people who came here every day to teach Brain Education that brought these results and changed a country? This is something that anyone can do.”

Ilchi Lee El Salvador presidential award toast with educators

With the dedication of the IBREA Foundation staff and devoted educators in El Salvador, Brain Education is helping more and more people around the globe find peace, hope, and dreams, and the power to create them.

As the founder of Brain Education and the IBREA Foundation, Ilchi Lee, was given the highest national award for a foreigner, José Simeón Cañas Slave Liberator Order, at the El Salvador Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, September 12 at 10:30 AM local time. The award recognized the emotional resilience and culture of peace his Brain Education method brought to gang-violent schools throughout the country.

Ilchi Lee El Salvador National Award

In a speech before the main award ceremony, Ilchi Lee thanked the 250 public school principals in attendance for their tremendous support for Brain Education. He credits the event to their determined and unwavering efforts to bring peace and wellness to their students. More than 500 El Salvador teachers who directly experienced the effects and values of Brain Education recommended Ilchi Lee for the award.

Ilchi Lee speech to El Salvador public school principals

The José Simeón Cañas award honors its citizens and foreigners who have made great social, educational, scientific, and philanthropic contributions to humanity. It especially expresses national gratitude for the greatest acts of protection and protection of human dignity.

Afterward, Ilchi Lee commented, "I saw that Brain Education for these people is beyond the level of training and education. I felt that Brain Education is their earnest desire for decent living, survival, value of life, and center of living. Their hearts deeply moved my heart. I felt that it was the hunger and desperation they had within that made today's El Salvador. I offer my blessings and gratitude to all of the principals, teachers, and others here who have actualized the principle of the Brain Operating System (BOS): anything can be achieved if there is belief and spirit."

Ilchi Lee with El Salvador President Salvador Sánchez Cerén

Also as part of the event that day, Ilchi Lee met with Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and discussed Brain Education with him and also with ambassadors to El Salvador from Honduras, Panama, and Argentina. He showed the ambassadors the benefits of the Brain Education technique of Belly Button Healing and signed and gave them copies of the Spanish edition of his recent book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation.

Ilchi Lee with Ambassadors from Honduras, Panama, and Argentina

Brain Education was brought to El Salvador by the IBREA Foundation, an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC that was founded by Ilchi Lee. After attending an IBREA-led conference on Brain Education at the UN headquarters in New York City in 2011, the Ambassador of El Salvador asked IBREA to start a pilot project at a school in Distrito Italia, one of the most socio-politically violent neighborhoods situated just outside of the capital of San Salvador. The school was facing a rampant gang problem that was terrorizing the students and teachers.

The four-month project, which included a group of 39 students aged 14 to 16 and 20 teachers, initially met with much resistance from the students and staff. However, as the students and teachers gained a connection to their bodies and minds with the meditation techniques taught in Brain Education, their attitudes started to change positively. Absenteeism was cut in half, peer relationships improved, and peaceful dialogue increased over fighting. Improvements were also seen in health condition, energy level, stress management, motivation and focus.

Brain Education in El Salavdor schools - energy meditation

Brain Education in El Salvador Schools - plate balancing exercise with two hands

Soon, teachers, students, community members, and the government learned of the success of Brain Education in transforming what was deemed an “impossible” and “hopeless” school. In 2012, the Ministry of Education asked IBREA to expand the program to four more schools. With the help of the Ministry of Education of South Korea and the Global Cyber University in South Korea, the IBREA Foundation brought the program to 12 groups of teachers and students in four schools.

Joaquin Redezno Principal Gloria MüllerOne of these schools was a notoriously violent one: Joaquin Redezno. Gloria Müller, the school’s principal, said that after taking on the role of principal, “I was able to secure the safety of the students. But after that I did not know how to tell these kids how to live. At that time, Brain Education came to our school and taught the students how to live by utilizing their brain.”

After seeing similarly positive results in these schools as Distrito Italia, more school administrators and community members worked to spread Brain Education to other schools in El Salvador. By the next year, through a partnership with the Salvadorian Institute of Educator’s Wellbeing (ISBM), IBREA Foundation was providing the Brain Education program to 230 principals and teachers annually, as well as to medical doctors, psychologists and other staff who serve educators. It also certified educators as Brain Education trainers who helped to bring the program to other schools. Now, seven years after it was first brought to El Salvador, Brain Education has been implemented in 1,340, or approximately 25%, of all public schools in the country.

The Principal of Francisco Morazan School, Edis Margoth Cañas de Amaya, herself found relief through Brain Education. “I had witnessed my sister die from the hands of gang members, and a few days later, her daughter was decapitated. Needless to say, I was under immense stress and trauma, and Brain Education gave me the tools to overcome this horrible situation.”

Lee said, "I attended the United Nations Millennium World Peace Conference held in 2000 at the UN Headquarters and read the Prayer for Peace. At that time, rather than making peace through prayer alone, we made a commitment to return to the United Nations by creating tools and methods to practice peace. Brain Education is a tool for peace practice."

Ilchi Lee hopes that more schools in El Salvador can experience a peaceful change in their school environments through Brain Education and believes that El Salvador can become the symbol of peace in Central America

The educational website Ilchi Lee founded,, will hold its first online summit over the next three days, September 11-13, 2018. The site chose the theme, Energy Healing & Meditation, to expand on the topics of the many courses offered to Premium Members of the website. The keynote speaker, Ilchi Lee will give a talk addressing “Methods to Prolong Your Life” on Thursday, September 13th at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET.

A total of nine recorded talks will be streamed at specific dates and times on the site. Anyone can sign up the summit for free at Here you will also find the full summit schedule and speaker list. Once you sign up, you'll receive an email with instructions for accessing the summit.

The eight other energy healing and meditation experts were trained by Ilchi Lee and have years of experience in their respective specialties. The topics range from spiritual detox to meridian exercises to mindful muscle building to healing emotional trauma to connecting to one’s soul. All will give “deep insights and relatable, applicable methods to usher the practices and ideas into your own daily life.”

The energy healing and meditation practices covered in the talks are invaluable for both the novice and experienced practitioner. Included in the talks are tips and exercises that can make significant results possible for people living in today’s fast-paced world.

Connecting with Change Your Energy’s online summit can foster a deeper connection with yourself and the people in your life.


Ilchi Lee book wins Living Now Book Award

Last month, Ilchi Lee won his eighth Living Now Book Award. This 2018 Living Now Book Award was given to I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation as the best in Spirit, a special award for “exceptional stand-outs from the rest of the medalists.” Living Now gives three such awards, one each for best in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Ilchi Lee’s book, The Power Brain: Five Steps to Upgrading Your Brain Operating System, won the Mind award in 2017.

The Living Now Book Awards highlights books that better our world in some way. Entries promote healthy living, self-development, spirituality, and environmental sustainability. Given by Jenkins Group, a Traverse City, Michigan book packaging and marketing company, the awards have been recognizing “Books for Better Living” for the past ten years. This year’s awards encompassed thirty-four categories for which 109 awards were given.

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years has also won a 2017 Nautilus Book Award and received an Honorable Mention in the 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

This book is Ilchi Lee’s most recent and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats from major booksellers, both online and brick and mortar. In the United States, the book was recently published in Spanish by Best Life Media, the same publisher that produced the Engish version. It was also published in South Korea and Japan, with Italian and Chinese editions on the way.

To help readers digest the concepts in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years and apply its healthy living tips to their lives, Ilchi Lee also made the I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years Personal Workbook.

Information about the book is available on the book’s official website,


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