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Welcome to Taizu Mountain Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. This is the place you want to go to if you are seeking personal growth and excellent training in Kung Fu. Taizu is teaching students from around the world in all different styles of Chinese Kung Fu, and you will be exploring the forms while focusing on what you love most. At Taizu, you do not have to worry about coming in as a beginner; everyone comes with the same goal to improve fitness skills and grow stronger. The school owns an outstanding and well-qualified teaching group who will be more than happy to help you reach your fitness goals and improve your skills. You will find a home at Taizu, and make wonderful friends.
The students will stay at student rooms of the school. Each student room can accommodate one to three students depending on the room size and number of students at the time. Each room has one or two single beds with sheets and beddings. Extra blankets and heaters are provided for the students during the winter season, while fans are provided during the summer season.
All rooms have power sockets, desks, and wardrobes. There are also shared bathrooms with hot showers and laundry rooms for students to use for their washing purposes. All students staying at the school are also provided with healthy prepared meals.
06.00 - 07.00 Taichi & Qi Gong
07.00 - 08.30 Breakfast
08.30 - 10.00 Shaolin
10.20 - 11.30 Traditional forms
12.00 - 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 - 16.00 Sanda
16.20 - 17.30 Mantis forms
18.00 - 19.20 Dinner
19.20 - 20.30 Chinese mandarin
During the week, there are breaks in the day between training sessions. The students often take advantage of this time for resting or do some personal things, such as meditating, reading, going for a walk, or listening to music etc. At times, they can play chess by themselves or with the teachers.
On the weekends, there is no formal training, so students can get their own free time. Permitted by the masters, they can leave school to visit places neat by. For example, they can visit Chinese villages or climb the Taizu Mountain. If they want to visit some famous interest places, they may also ask for a period of holiday.
In a year, you will learn so much at Taizu. By the time you complete the program, you will know already by heart the Shaolin Kung Fu customs and ideas, authentic Shaolin health care Qi Gong, Ba Duan Jin, and Yi Jin Jing. You will also reach high achievements in flexibility, stability and endurance training. You will learn advanced traditional Shaolin forms selected from the famous Shaolin 18 types of weapons and 72 secret skills. In hard Qi Gong you can break an iron bar or steel board or throat withstand a spear.
Examples of the forms:
Mantis Palm-Blossom Fist
Spear or Chain-Whip or Three-Section Staff
The plans will be adjusted individually to personal body condition, preference, and improvements. You will learn and progress according to your condition and abilities. For example, if you like one type of weapon in particular you can learn more forms of that weapon during your stay at Taizu. After you have finished a set of movements or a form, masters will teach you all its practical applications in order to make you understand the underlying meaning of it. Kung Fu learning is an endless process. You are never too old and it is never too late to learn.
Shaolin Kung Fu is a symbol of Chinese martial arts
Zen Shaolin boxing alike due to the known world. "Fist to temple name, temple to boxing display." After generation of monks long practical experience and historical evolution of the formation of the unique martial arts system, which in plain hardness and softness, moves varied combat style spread so far. Kung Fu consists of a long history and includes many different disciplines and styles; all of which include a detailed structure of their own. Each variant of Kung Fu includes unique and multiple techniques for attack and defense applications.
Shaolin Kung Fu is a huge technological system rather than a general sense of sector boxing. According to the handed down Shaolin boxing record, there is a total of 708 sets of Shaolin Kung Fu, including 552 sets of boxing and equipment, and 156 sets of other types, including grappling, fighting, unloading bone, acupuncture, qigong etc. Now more than 200 units of Shaolin Kung Fu routines is handed down, of which more than 100 sets of boxing, more than 80 sets of equipment, training and other routines. These are, according to different categories and degrees of difficulty, organically combined into a huge and technological Kung Fu system.
Shaolin boxing is to highlight the characteristics of a 'hit' word, the body of the retractable step of advance and retreat, and out of the hand of the ups and downs, stretch synthesis technique is simple and clear. Routine completely from the actual combat, punch line, punch wau, a song without music, straight and not straight, get out roll. Offensive and echoed throughput consistency. Boxing as a meteor eyes like electricity, waist, such as race walking stick hunting.
Realms of practice
Shaolin Kungfu practice can be talked about in terms of three realms: In the primary realm, the practitioner practices their form and appearance. In the intermediate realm, there is the integration of mind and fist, changing the tangible into the intangible, turning the law into the lawless; obeying no rules, having no movement to follow, controlling the enemy in the intangible.
An ancient boxing manual reads, `defeat a person in the intangible or fail being seen`. Shaolin Kung Fu's highest realm is for all to be guided by the heart and to fight not just from form but from the formless. Buddhist practice is started in the mindful training of Kung Fu. It cultivates and entails the highest integrated wisdom of Buddhism and martial arts.
Shaolin Kung Fu training
Shaolin Temple is a Zen and the martial world, Shaolin monks martial arts is a practice, known as "Zen Wu", "Zen Wu unity." In the Shaolin Temple, the "Zen martial homologous, Zen boxing normalized," said. Zen is the Lord of Wu, Wu is Zen purposes. Wu is the performance that Zen is Zen life tangible; Zen martial spirit is the essence of Zen into the military, you can achieve the highest level of martial arts; martial Avenue that is Zen.
Shaolin Kung Fu is the essence of Zen martial art. Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, Zen to clear your heart, for the essence of Buddha enlightenment. In Buddhism the eyes, Zen is the right way, but Moji boxing Yong A, but by monks practicing martial arts to achieve win their hearts and convergence, screen consider meditation purposes.
Sanda as a central part of Chinese Wushu
Sanda, 'Chinese kickboxing' is also called Sanshou and had names such as Xiangbo, Shoubo and Jiji in ancient times. As an essential part of Chinese Wushu, Sanda is favored by its many supporters and through the years has spread and evolved into a Chinese national sport of unique character.
Sanda developed and grew through a long period of Chinese history. It began with the productive labor of labor and their struggles for survival to become transformed into a gem of cultural heritage.
People of primitive society learned through hunting how to defend themselves and hunt for animals. They developed simple skills of boxing, kicking, holding and throwing through observing the abilities of animals to hunt for food like catching cats, avoiding dogs, leaping tigers, and looping eagles etc.
Sanda, in simple words, is face-to-face fighting with bare hands between two people, consisting of offensive and defensive effect and requires kicking at distance, pouching at stride distance and take-down throws when close.
The movements of Sanshou remarkably reflect its specific inbeing- that of a fighting art, however it is distinct from fighting martial arts that cause injury and disabilities. Sanshou has strict rules to ensure the safety of the two fighters. Rules state that attacking the hindbrain, neck and crotch of the opponent is prohibited.
In Sanshou, it is also allowed to exercise the skills of different Wushu schools. The internal features of Sanshou determine that it is presented as a conflict - the essential form of Sanshou. After much training and having mastered the basic actions and skills and under the provision of the rules, both sides fight freely on the deciding factors of wisdom, bravery and skill.
After long-term training, having mastered Sanda skills an Sanda practitioner will be unhurried and do corresponding defensive and offensive actions at a very fast pace when attacked suddenly by the opponent. It is also much easier for him to hit someone who hasn't received the training.
In comparison to an ordinary person, a Sanda athlete has a much higher resisting ability. Sanda not only improves physical qualities such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensitivity but also develops peoples health both physically and mentally. Sticking to the training makes the body strong and strengthens bones and muscles.
Qigong for health maintenance purposes
All great Kung Fu makes use of energy training (chi kung) to develop internal force, without which it remains at the external, mechanical level, considered by Chinese martial artists as rather rough and inferior. Kung Fu training with Chi Kung enhances harmonious chi flow, thus promoting health, vitality and longevity.
"Chi Kung" is the accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word "Qigong", where "Qi" ("Chi" or "Ki") means "breath" (as a conceptual term, this refers to the energy in the human body, and, by extension, life force, dynamic energy or even cosmic breath) and "gong" ("Kung") means "achievement", "skill", work applied to a discipline or the resultant level of skill.
Qigong refers to a wide variety of traditional meditative cultivation practices that involve methods of accumulating, circulating, and working with Qi or energy within the body. Qigong is sometimes mistakenly said to be something that always involves movement and/or regulated breathing.
In fact, use of other special methods focusing on particular energy centers in and around the body are common in the higher levels or evolved forms of Qigong. Qigong is practiced for health maintenance purposes, as a therapeutic intervention, as a medical profession, a spiritual path and/or a component of Chinese Martial Arts.
There are three aspects in all types of chi kung, namely: form (Xing), energy (qi) and mind. If you practice only the form, without the energy and mind dimensions, you are merely performing physical exercise; strictly speaking not chi kung, for there is no training of energy. For an effective control of energy, you have to enter what is called in modern terms a Zen state of mind. In the past, this was called "entering Zen"(ru chan) or "entering silence"(ru ding).When you are in Zen or a meditative state of mind, you can, among other things, tap energy from the cosmos and direct that energy to flow into wherever you want in your body.
It is this mind aspect of chi kung, even more than its energy aspect, that enables chi kung masters to perform what lay people would think of as miraculous, or, depending on their attitude, fakery. Hard chi kung is to control the qi that has been accumulated, drive it to part of your body and make your body as tough as iron. To break bricks, staffs, steel bars, big marble boards, spear piercing through a throat all belong to this category. Soft chi kung has a more subtle focusing of qi. It aims to gain and collect chi in the Dantian (an energy core around the lower belly) to try to control and use it. Health care chi kung includes forms such as Ba Duan Jin and iron coat etc.
According to Chinese medical thought, practicing chi kung can cure as well as prevent all kinds of illness, including diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer which are generally considered "incurable" by conventional medicine. Practicing chi kung is also very effective for overcoming psychological problems. There are many wonderful benefits derived from practicing Shaolin Cosmos Chi Kung like curing illness and promoting health, enhancing vitality and developing internal force, promoting youthfulness and longevity, expanding the mind and the intellect, and spiritual cultivation.
Dynamic chi kung means to combine the body's moves with mind and to breathe to achieve a peaceful mind through a moving body. The usually practiced forms in the Shaolin Temple are Ba Duan Jin, Yi Jin Jing and Xi Sui Jing. Static chi kung is a kind of chi kung that uses standing, sitting and posing postures to combine the practicing mind, and high speed breathing.
The mind practices to gain, calculate, and control qi. This form of qigong can be practiced through meditating standing still, in the sitting lotus position or through a meditation in pose. Dynamic and static chi kung is based on static chi kung, to use qi and blood to drive the body to move or even jump high and fly.
Wudang martial arts has a long history, broad and profound. Yuan and Ming Wudang Taoist Zhang Sanfeng set the Dacheng, is honored as the originator of Wudang Wushu. Zhang Sanfeng will "book of changes" and "moral" of the essence and martial arts skillfully com., created an important health fitness value. After the generation of martial arts innovation, enrich, accumulation, the formation of a high school of Chinese martial arts, known as the "northern Shaolin, South Wudang respect," said. Wudang martial arts in practice attaches great importance to human essence, gas, God's practice, emphasizes the Lian refined gas, gas God, God to virtual.
Pet and the three (heart, breath, body) consistently always, everywhere is not violating medical health principle. No matter what the power law, foreign emphasis on hand, eye, body, method, step training, to emphasize the essence, God, gas, power, power, inside and outside two aspects have insisted, flat, circular, positive, loose, soft, static, live in, focus on the transformation of yin and Yang, arc twisted wire, a combination of static and dynamic, flexible with rigid, set up "to the public transport practice as the core, the main and collateral channels qi-blood-body fluid flow as the guide, ordering procedures to enhance the gonadal system functions as a focal point."
In one class, martial arts technique, using the human body joint, acupoint and vital weakness, using the lever principle and the theory of main and collateral channels, the joint action and focus on attacking each other weaknesses, make its produce physiological irresistible pain reaction, to take one and escape the effect.
The evolvement from the martial arts in the art of attack and defense, is what is called "fenjincuogu hand" in traditional martial arts, each school of martial arts are grappling martial arts, but these skills can be divided into tai chi moves and Shaolin martial arts moves two parts.
Tai chi moves are the main Chen Taijiquan 32 grasping hands, while the young's Taijiquan is Tai Chi heart and capture, acupuncture and other martial arts mastery. There was a called "wrapping moves very early" Kung Fu Shaolin martial arts.
There are 72 road and 32 Road small grappling moves, and 108 grasping hand. The system includes a kick to the testicles, left arm, wrist, arm stopped carrying small wound, wound, large end of the lamp, sheep, cross-legged, wrist, arm, Vol.
Tai Chi as characterized by the interaction of the energies of Yin and Yang
Taiji (the `supreme ultimate` school) was derived from Wuji ('emptiness'; the `non-ultimate` school) and composed of two different states (Liang Yi) Yin and Yang. From Liang Yi came sancai (the 'three components') and sixiang (the 'four kinds of appearances'). Bagua (Eight Symbols) also came from sixiang.
Tai Chi is often thought of as being quintessential of China, entailing the principles of Yin and Yang from the I Ching, (the Book of Changes), rooted in Chinese medicine (meridians and specific names of vessels), with the meditative aspect of its practice in focusing on the breath. Tai Chi is a comprehensive study and characterized by the interaction of the energies of Yin and Yang.
Its creation brought together an understanding of the laws of the human body with those of nature- alternating force and flexibility with swiftness and slowness. As force and flexibility are compatible within, Tai Chi can be used to defend, attack and strengthen body as well as prevent and help cure illness.
It is suited to people of any age, gender or body form. Tai Chi is widely practiced in China. Its history stretches back many years and its different schools have contributed to its widespread practice. Stories about the origination and spread of Tai Chi have always existed among martial artists and passed on from them in the oral tradition.
In the ancient Chinese text `Detailed Explanation on Postures of Taiji Sword and Tai Chi` written by the South Yue dynasty prime minister Wen Jinzhi , there is a written account on the origination of Tai Chi. The passage reads that there was a man named Zhang Sanfeng who was born in Yizhou in Liaodong province. He could run 1000 kilometers a day.
In the early years of HongWu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), he went to Shu (now Sichuan) Province to help build a road. In the 27th year of Hongwu, he came to Wudang mountain to recite lection. One day, a magpie flew into the yard and perched on the tree. He followed the sound he heard of the bird until through a window, Zhang saw the bird above and a snake below on the ground staring at each other, preparing to fight.
When the bird assaulted down on the snake, the bird and the snake were propelled into fierce action, but the snake moved its body with slight action and waved away the bird every time without being injured. Zhang was rather impressed and realized that changes can be conquered by immobility and that flexibility can overcome force. Former Tai Chi was known as Changquan (long-boxing), with 13 sets of posture.
Later, Wang Zongyue changed its name to Taiji, in accordance with the principles of Yin and Yang in the Books of Changes. Though the varying schools of Tai Chi differ from each other in their routines, hand pushing techniques and forms, they all provide equivalent benefit: stimulation to blood circulation, adjusting vitality distribution, nitrating internal organs and strengthening the body.
As one of the arts of boxing, Tai Chi was once called changqun (long boxing), mianquan (soft boxing), 13shi (13 postures), and ruanshou (soft hand). Only after the years of Qianlong (Qing dynasty 1736-1795), when martial artist Wang Zongyue wrote a book named `on Tai Chi` was its name widely accepted.
The word Taiji was first seen however in the book the `Changes of Zhou Xici` having the combined meaning of supreme, utmost, absolute and uniqueness. In the practice of Tai Chi, every move is to be felt peaceful and comfortable. Acts are light and agile, slow and smooth.
Loose and tight movements are in order as is force and flexibility correlated. Tai Chi is revered for being a practice of natural and elegant movements that are immersed in musical rhythm, philosophical connotation, styles of beauty and poetic atmosphere. Its beneficial nature to health can heal, prevent illness and facilitate the enjoyment of life.
Research from many fields including medicine, physics, chemistry, anatomy, psychology etc. have shown that practicing Tai Chi plays a beneficial role in the prevention and cure of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, pulmonary disease, hepatitis, naturopathy, intestines and neurasthenia etc.
Tai Chi training
Tai Chi has a unique style of attacking. It implies immobility as conquering change and flexibility as suppressing force. Tai Chi also teaches to avoid the enemy's main forces, strike the weak point and use the force received to defend. The practitioner changes their movement in accordance with that of others; otherwise they may be trapped by themselves.
In doing so, Tai Chi emphasizes the ability to sense, that is to correctly and quickly make a judgment about any opposition and thereby respond. If the opposite side does not take initiative, as a practitioner, you should also keep still. Under such situation, you may first provoke the other side so as to get information of his ability.
So long as the other side started, you should make a quicker move, faster than the opposite even before he moves. Win by striking only after the enemy has struck first. Invite the opponent in, break up his strike or deviate his force, take the advantage of the weak point and retaliate upon it.
The theory of Tai Chi in attack lies in the hand pushing and move routine, which not only is conducive to the training of body skills such as response, power and speed etc., but also an important part of attack and defense training.
Tai Chi follows the principle of Yin and Yang, the attack process focuses the inviting combined with the breaking up. During attack and defense, you sense the opposite force and force's direction by the ability to sense and break up the coming force. Using the force received to defend, i.e. changes of move following the opposite changes.
Follow your thought and keep calm. Maintain a natural breath. You are required to fix attention and rest your thought, concentrate on action; move and breathe smoothly and never try to block your breath. Sit straight and move slowly and softly. You should keep a relaxed and natural posture, do not lean askew.
Every act is fluent and smooth, like wind flying, water flowing. A round and complete radiance in every act. You are demanded to make acts move as arc or spiral, one after another without block. Your waist stays as axis, with which the whole body is oriented on. Act fluently and coherently, weakness and force in company.
Your acts are to be closely connected, weakness and force distinguished, while center of power always remaining stable. Agile and smoothly act with softness and power mutually corresponded.
Every act is required to be light and stable, but not buoyant or stark. Acts are soft but powerful within, full of flexibility. Strength is exerted but done so in consciousness and without any sense of clumsiness.
Tai Chi basic moves
The basic actions of Tai Chi are tightening, quivering, stroking, squeezing, elbowing, shoving, advancing, receding, considering, waiting, and stillness. Every act is slow and relaxing. In Tai Chi drill, one should straighten back and waist, draw in the jaw, and droop the shoulder, with a feeling of flying across the clouds.
A certain boxer in the Qing Dynasty once said of Tai Chi "act as the wave of the sea, torrential and never-failing." Tai Chi at the same time also pays much attention of the training of Qi and breath control. Qi is to refine human's mentality and lies at the heart of Tai Chi as with other forms of internal Kung Fu.
Xingyi boxing originated from the Xinyi Liuhe boxing style and formed a unique character of its own. Xingyi boxing came to be well-known as a martial art style after its creation by Li Luoneng in 1856.
Xingyi means to imitate the shape (Xing in Chinese) while fully understand the meaning (Yi in Chinese). It pays much attention to the combination of both inner and outer exercise. Xingyi boxing uses the YinYang and the five elements theory (Wuxing in Chinese) of Chinese traditional culture to describe the movement regulations.
It selects the typical movements from twelve animals (dragon, tiger, monkey, horse, tortoise, chicken, swallow, harrier, snake, camel, eagles, and bear) and combines them with the movements of martial arts forming the twelve basic styles of Xingyi.
The popular fist forms are Wuxing Continuance fist, Xingyi Eight Poses, 12 Hong Chui, Anshen Chui, Xingyi Continuance fist, Wuxing Continuance broadsword, Wuxing Continuance straight sword, Wuxing Continuance staff, Wuxing Continuance staff, complex staff, Xingyi 13 spear, and some rare weapons like horn sword, antler hoe and iron chopsticks etc.
Xingyi boxing is known as one of the excellent Chinese traditional internal styles, emphasizing not only on training the body but crucially also, the mind.
Bagua Zhang as one of the most popular styles of martial arts in China
Other names for bagua include Youshen Bagua (roving eight-diagram), Longxing Bagua (dragon-shaped eight-diagram), Xingyi Bagua (Xingyi eight-diagram boxing), Yinyang Bapan Zhang (positive negative eight-plate palm).
There are different stories about the origin of Bagua. Some say it originated among the anti-Qing Dynasty cliques while others believe that it was created by the two Taoist priests Bi Yun and Jing Yun on Mount Emei , Sichuan Province, during the late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty and then passed down through its nine generations of practitioners.
The eight-diagram palm is based on the old Chinese philosophy of eight combinations of three whole and broken lines used in divination. While practicing, the practitioner moves according to the eight diagrams. There are eight basic palm plays. A total of 64 palm tricks and moves have come from the original eight basic palm plays.
Apart from solo practices, there is also sparring: Sanshou (free sparring) and fighting with weapons, such as Bagua sword play, Bagua sabre play and Bagua cudgel play, and Bagua play of 7 star decorated-shaft etc. While practicing these routines, practitioners rove around like a dragon moving amidst clouds.
Bagua Zhang features dexterity and agility. When moving around it is like walking in a muddy place, with footsteps changing all the time like running water. Palm tricks and body movements follow one after another. The roving around looks like endless circles overlapping each another. The body turns around from the waist during walking, roving, turning, rising and falling.
Palm tricks change with the movements of the body. When the upper body protrudes, the lower part of the body squats back to keep balance. When the arms are sent out, the feet draw back. When moving, like a dragon roaming; when squatting, like a tiger sitting; when looking around, like a monkey on the lookout and when roving, like an eagle circling.
Most of Bagua Zhang boxers are found in Hebei Province. Some of them learned Bagua Zhang from scratch from their tutors, while other martial art practitioners asked Bagua masters for advice to improve their skills. Over the years various routines of exercises were cultivated in different styles.
Other Bagua styles
The Dong Haichuan-style Bagua Zhang. A native of Zhujiawu, south of Wenan County in Hebei Province, Dong played an important part in the dissemination of the eight-diagram palm, teaching many people in Beijing.
Most reputed disciples of Dong included Yin Fu, Cheng Tinghua, Liu Fengchun and Li Cunyi who all contributed to the dissemination and development of the boxing style. Some of the eight-diagram palm styles are named after these disciples, for example the Yinstyle, Cheng-style, Liang-style and Sun-style eight pictography palms.
The Li Zhenqing style of Bagua Zhang or the positive-negative eight-diagram palm Li (a. 1830-1900) came from a native of Weijiaying in Hebei Province who went to Henan Province to learn the positive-negative eight diagram palm in order to improve the boxing techniques he had already mastered.
After returning home in about 1870, Li taught his skills to his villagers. A follower of Li Zhenqing, Ren Zhicheng wrote a book on the Yinyang Bapan Zhang (positive-negative eight plate palm) in 1937 and the book has been passed down ever since.
Baji features explosive, short range power
Baji Quan, a school of traditional Chinese Marital Arts that features explosive, short range power, was also known as "rake fist" due to the fist being held loosely and slightly open when not striking, resembling a rake and the art involving many downward strike moves, like a rake's movement in the field.
The name was considered to sound rather crude in its native tongue and so was changed to Baji Quan. The term baji, which comes from the oldest book in China, signifies an extension of all directions" In this case, it means including everything" or the universe." 'Ba' (Chinese for eight) denotes the eight major points of the body: head, shoulders, elbows, hands, buttocks, kua, knees, and feet and 'Ji' (polar) is extended in the eight polar directions.
Bajiquan is characterized by direct, culminating and powerful fast strikes that will render an opponent unable to continue and is used in close combat, giving attention to elbow, knee, shoulder and hip strikes. When blocking an attack or nearing an opponent, Bajiquan techniques emphasize striking major points of vulnerability, the thorax (trunk of the body), the legs and neck.
The major purpose of Ba Ji training is to develop ultimate snapping power. After gaining this type of power, some very efficient techniques can be performed or applied. In Baji, there are 6 major characteristic powers which are sinking (Xia Chen or Chen Zhui), thrusting (Chong), extending (Cheng), entangling (Chan), crossing (Shi Zi) and explosive and short (Cun).
There are six big ways of opening door or Liu Da Kai: 'the most important practices of Baji.' They are called ding, bao, ti, dan, kua, and chan. Ding is using the fist, elbow or shoulder to push forward and upward. Bao on the other hand is putting arms together as if hugging someone. It is usually followed by chop (Pi).
Ti is elevating the knee to hit the thigh of the opponent, or elevating the foot to hit the shin of the opponent etc. Dan is using a single move. While, Kua is using the hip and Chan is the entanglement with rotation around the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Footwork in Baji Quan also has three special features: Zhen Jiao, Nian Bu and Chuang Bu. These striking techniques relate to ancient Chinese medicine, which states that all parts of the body are connected, either physically or spiritually.
The forms of Baji are divided into Fist (non-weapon) and Weapon forms. There are 20 fist forms, which include 12 Baji Small Structure Fists, Baji Black Tiger Fist, Baji Dan Zhai, Baji Dan Da/Dui Da, Baji Luo Han Gong, and Baji Si Lang Kuan.
There are eight weapons forms, including Liu He Da Qiang (spear), Liu He Hua Qiang (spear), Chun Yang Jian (sword), San Yin Dao (sabre), Xing Zhe Bang (staff), Pudao, and Chun Qiu Da Dao (a long two-handed heavy blade, used by Generals sitting on their horses).
Some of Baji's forms
Black Tiger Fist, Small Frame 4th Road, Single Plucking, Small Frame 5th Road, Small Frame 3rd Road, Small Frame 6th Road, LoHan (Buddha's Disciple) Work, Small Frame 1st Road, Small Frame 2nd Road, Six Big Openings- Liu Da Kai, Pu Dao Plain Knife, Spring Autumn Big Knife, 6 Harmony Big Spear, Single Strike, Railing Hand Partner Set- Fu Shou, Si Lang Kuan, Pure Yang Sword, Raise the Willow Saber, Travelling Staff, Six Harmony Spear.
Wing Chun is one of the ancient southern style of Chinese Kung Fu
Wing Chun was developed in Guangdong and Fujian (two southern provinces of China) about 250-300 years ago. There are many stories of its origin. The most popular is the story about Wing Chun being created by a female Shaolin Master called Wu Mei (Ng Mui). She was also a great master in Shaolin white crane style.
In the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), the Southern Shaolin Temple was set on fire by the government. Five great Shaolin Martial Artists (Wu Mei, Zhi Shan, Bai Mei, Feng Dao De and Miao Xian) managed to fight the enemy and escape.
In order to avoid the Persecution for the government, Wu Mei hide in the DaLiang Mountain, which is situated on the boarder of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. In this duration, she kept practicing Kung fu; occasionally she saw a snake and crane fight.
This enlightened her and she created her own unique style on this basis. Later on, she passed this style to Yan Yong Chun (Yim Wing Chun). After Wing Chun gained this, she systematized it and widely spread the form. Then people named this style Wing Chun to memorize her.
The main fist forms in Wing Chun are twelve free forms (12 San Shi), Xiao Nian Tou, seeking Bridge(Xun Qiao), Biao Zhi, wooden dummies and empty poles. The weapons forms are Dragon Pole, Six-and-a-Half Point Pole, Longpole, double butterfly swords. The main qigong is Shengqi Guiyuan Chikung.
Wing Chun training
Wing Chun is a style, which combines internal forces and close proximity punching together. Its sparring moves are like the struggle between snake and crane. The block moves are like the nimble and winding snake while the attack moves are like the fierce and fast crane moving at an amazing speed, or like a tiger swooping at its prey.
Wing Chun is based on sparring, with the characteristic of various movements, practical use, explosive power. Its typical moves are Da San Ce, Xiao Fu Yang, Geng Lan Tan Bang, Mo Dang Lu, Shen Shi JI Lao, Qu Shou Liu Zhong, Da, Jie, Chen, Biao, Bang, Wan Zhi, Nian, Mo, Yun Dang, Tou, Lou and Er Zi Qian Yang Ma.
Wing Chun is an internal Kung fu form, which uses a keen insight into touch. This allows you a greater understanding of your opponent, with the correct release of explosive power in your sparring.
The basic hand movements in Wing Chun are San Bang Shou, Cuoshou, liaoshou, Popaishou, Chenqiao and Nianshou(sticky hand). The basic steps are Siping Step, Sanzi Step, Zhui Step, Gui Step, and Duli Step etc. The training equipment used are mirror, punch bag, candle, crate circle, chopsticks, thousands layer paper, and wooden dummy.
Other Wing Chun styles
The different styles of Wing Chun being taught now is Ye Wen Yip Men Wing Chun fist, Hong Ji fist, Cen Neng Wing Chun Fist, Yuan Qi Shan Wing Chun Fist, Gu Lao Pian Shen Wing Chun Fist, Hong Chuan (red boat) Wing Chun Fist, Bao Hua Lian Wing Chun Fist, Peng Nan Wing Chun Fist.
The famous Martial arts star Bruce Lee (Li Xiao Long) once followed Master Ye Wen and studied Wing Chun systematically. It can be said that Jeet Kune Do, which Bruce Lee created, closely combines Wing Chun with the other martial art styles he studied creating the main core and foundations of his fighting principals.
Praying Mantis is a pictographic boxing
Praying mantis is a famous traditional schools of martial arts in China, a pictographic boxing. Praying mantis is a treasure of traditional Chinese martial arts, is an exotic flower in Chinese Wushu. In her history of 200 years of inheritance, the descendants of Haugen times Chung, influence grows with each passing day.
Praying Mantis training
The mantis unique exercise style and high fitness value (since its northern praying mantis, chronicles of longevity is numerous, more conventional, as evidenced by the practical fighting) and its high value, the martial arts and martial arts enthusiasts more attention. Especially about the origin, Mantis Boxing legend diverse, deduce many versions of the beautiful legend, but are poles apart, unable to agree on which is right.
The reason is not serious and meticulous investigation demonstrated only by hearsay, the story, even to make such a fuss about some "to create all the minor details" to increase the credibility of the absurd story. But this is not true. The core of traditional Mantis Martial Arts, lead the modern human study fitness, will prevent operation. Carry forward the Chinese culture and Wushu connotation.
Handan in Hebei Province is located in Taihang Mountain, Bordered by the four provinces in the hinterland, Hebei Province is one of the oldest cities in China and also a famous ancient cities. Handan has a long history, culture, and history. Handan has 3000 years of Old Town history (Spring and Autumn Period History). Handan prevailing economic become prosperous and developed.
Handan City is a "national historical and cultural city," as early as 8000 years ago in the early Neolithic ancestors here Cishan multiply recuperate. As early as 7300 years ago, it gave birth to the early Neolithic cultures, magnetic mountain ancestors in this area, set up their own homes, creating a world-famous "magnetic mountain culture."
In Handans long history, the process of birth and its profound history and culture, the descendants of ancestors left us a precious spiritual wealth. Amid the 8000 years of history forged into the top ten cultural pulse of Handan. There are the Zhao culture, magnetic mountain culture, Nuwa culture, Cao Wei Jianan culture, Northern Qi grotto culture, dream culture, Cizhou culture, Guangfu Taiji culture, idioms culture, and revolutionary culture border.
With unique natural environment and history, Handan city has a rich cultural heritage and beautiful natural landscape. Handans favorably natural scenery, Rolling the Taihang Mountains, the lake water potential boundless Jingniang Lake, the mountains and water add a lot of this ancient city scenery of the gas.
All meals have vegetarian options. Generally there are about 4 to 7 plates of different foods to choose from during meals, with only 2 or 4 of them containing meat. Food and accommodation are included in costs of the school, and meals are covered. However, snacks will not be provided. If the students wish to go out to eat at restaurants, they will find it relatively cheaper in China than it is in their home country.
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