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Come and experience a fully-immersed Tai Chi introduction course to the basic form, Qi Gong, and meditation in Yangshuo, China! This is a four-day training arrangement in a Tai Chi school, an excellent opportunity to practice with the masters and classmates. Four full days at the school will enable you to truly share in the culture of Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Next to the daily training, it will allow you to have in-depth discussions with the experienced masters on all aspects of Tai Chi and how to incorporate it into your daily life. You will also have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice with other students staying at the school.
The Tai chi school in China is set in a beautiful Qing dynasty house which has been lovingly renovated for training purposes to allow students to connect to the traditional school atmosphere which has nurtured all the great tai chi masters.
The school consists of three buildings where you can find smaller training areas with a beautiful open courtyard out front and traditional indoor training space and two bigger outdoor-covered training spaces surrounded by Qing dynasty houses of the village. The school buildings also contain private single/double/family rooms with shared bathrooms or ensuite bathrooms.
A small courtyard area at the rear offers the shared facilities for the school, including bathrooms, shower areas, and shared laundry facilities. The buildings also have an outdoor/indoor tea/DVD room and an indoor kitchen and dining area and catering facilities where the chef cooks up an excellent selection of traditional and local Chinese dishes. They can also cater easily to vegetarians.
They have also just added a new mountain view training area, which is based behind the school on the side of a carste mountain commanding great views over the rest of the village and out onto the mountains beyond. It provides a great area to practice meditation and Qi-Gong or simply to relax, drink tea, and look out over the stunning scenery of the valley.
They also have bikes available at the school to use for free and they can help you book tours and give some great advice on many things to do in your spare time when you are not training, or when you wish to go out and explore the magical areas around Yangshuo.
As to the accommodation, the school offers single, double, or family rooms with either shared or private bathrooms. All rooms have air conditioning and Wi-Fi. There is also a washing machine available which is free to use. The price quoted is based on a single private room with a private bathroom of western standard. All rooms are clean and retain the authentic aura of ancient Qing Dynasty buildings.
The school also has a lively common area for students to gather. Staying at the school is a great choice if you really want to immerse yourself in a traditional Tai Chi school environment. It provides both structured formal classes and the opportunity to learn more about Tai Chi and Chinese culture in a relaxed and informal way, with the teachers and other students outside of class time.
The price covers 16 hours of training altogether, four days of meals, and three nights of stay. Apart from the training, you are going to have dinners with the master and practice your forms, which helps you to experience Chinese traditional culture. You will have free time to explore. After class, you have plenty of time to explore the local villages. The location makes it convenient for you to visit or take a tour around the beautiful town.
The school offers training for all levels. Classes last two days and include warm-up and flexibility training, Qi Gong movements, meditation, and Tai Chi. The day is structured according to the following schedule:
Students are welcome to use the facilities for exercise and self-practice outside of class times.
Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School is a traditional Tai Chi school in China, based in the beautiful area of Yangshuo, Guangxi province, China. The school is in a genuine Qing dynasty house in a small farming village at the entrance to the famous Yu-long scenic area.
Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School offers training to all levels of students from those wishing to take their first steps into learning Tai Chi with no previous knowledge and those looking for a chance to refine and study under true Tai Chi masters in China in a traditional old school environment. The school was established in 2012 by Master Wu Heng Dong (Kim Wu).
No matter man, woman, old, young, strong, or weak, anyone can obtain the skill and benefit from practicing Tai Chi. Whether your purpose is for health, bodybuilding, self-defense, or cultivating your inner harmony, Tai Chi has benefits for all. The main focus at Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School is to develop skills in Chen Style Taichi, Tai Chi Qi Gong, and Pushing Hands and weapons (staff, sword, broad sword, and fan).
Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School also teaches Tai Chi Boxing, Yang Style 24, 42 Sword, 42 (Chen, Yang, Wu, Wŭ and Sun), and Southern-style Shaolin Gong Fu.
He was born in Fang Chen Gang, Guangxi province in 1979 and began a lifelong love and study of martial arts at the age of 11, initially under the tutelage of his father, also a keen martial artist. After learning the basic skills of Wushu (Chinese martial arts) from his father, he went on to study Chen-style Tai Chi under Master Wang Hai Jun, obtaining a Level 6 Tai Chi Master.
Master Kim, with over 30 years of experience in both Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Xi Quan has been able to master Chen’s Taiji quan series and Taiji theory knowledge, and can better master actual combat offensive and defensive skills.
He graduated from Guangxi National College of Health and Physical Education, receiving a Wushu and Tai Chi Coach Certification of China, Grade 1, First Degree. He has participated in many domestic and international Taijiquan competitions from an early age, specializing in fist forms and sword forms, and has won numerous gold medals.
Wu Heng Dong was honored to be made a 12th Generation Disciple of Chen Zhenglei, one of the four “Buddha’s Warrior Attendants (Si Jingang)”, the four outstanding exponents of the Chen family in Chenjiagou, who in December 1995 was recognized as one of Top Ten Martial Arts Masters of Present-Day living in China. He was given the name Chen De Hao in recognition of this accomplishment.
Master Kim specializes in teaching: Chen Style Taijiquan, Taiji theory, Tai Chi Qigong(internal strength), pushing hands (grappling), weapons, self-defense, Kungfu, and Sanda (Chinese traditional boxing). He has been teaching foreign students since 2000 and has taught people from numerous countries ranging in age from 4 to 88. He hopes that his students will return home to spread the teaching of Tai Chi to their own countries.
Wu Heng Dong (Master Kim) is the Yangshuo Traditional Tai Chi School founder and headmaster. Kim, with over 30 years of experience in both Tai Chi and Qi Gong, obtained a Level 6 Tai Chi master. Receiving a Wushu and Tai Chi Coach Certification of China, Grade 1, First Degree. Master Kim began a lifelong love and study of martial arts at the age of 11 initially under the tutelage of his father, also a keen martial artist.
The school is conveniently located in a natural countryside village. Close to nature, the school is surrounded by the towering Carst hills and the Yonglong river, a 10-minute walk to reach. Nearby are the fields and countryside traditional Chinese buildings. You can explore the nearby areas on a bike easily. Yangshuo has also become a paradise for climbers as the hills have provided uniqueness for climbing.
It is about a 20-minute bike ride to the town where you can find western restaurants and bars. You will also be excited to find the local foods and customs.
The Traditional Tai Chi School in China is based in the small farming village of Yima/Jima, a beautiful village 15 minutes’ ride from the main town of Yangshuo. Yima Village lies at the entrance to the Yu-long scenic area renowned for its famous carste mountain scenery. There is a beautiful route winding its way along the Yu-long river dotted with small farming villages, rice fields, and flowers.
Yima village sits in a small valley surrounded on all sides by carste mountains, with rice fields dominating the base of the valley. It is connected to Yangshuo with a good quality road running between the town and Yu-Long scenic area.
The village is small and peaceful and it offers small local shops and noodle stands as well as many beautiful old buildings to explore. There is also a small arts center and coffee shop nearby which offers local and foreign art exhibitions, calligraphy and art classes, music lessons, and events like traditional Chinese music performances are regularly hosted.
Yangshuo lies in the northeast of Guangxi Province, and to the southeast of Guilin City. The special geography gives it breathtaking beauty while over 1,400 years of history bless it with deep traditional culture. The diverse ethnic minority groups include Hui, Zhuang, Yao, and many others, which enrich the area with special folk cultures, represented by various festivals.
Also, many foreign residents have added exotic flavors to its fascination. One of the key attractions to the area is its traditional lifestyles, which have become rarer and rarer in China. It also offers genuine peace and quiet, with countless secluded areas and hidden valleys, only a short distance from the busy tourist areas.
For those willing to explore the area, you will find it is full of hidden gems and pockets of the rich traditional Chinese rural life, that endure on, regardless of the development of the tourist industry.
Yangshuo also attracts tourists with its delicious specialty foods, such as "Beer Fish", Niang dishes, and special snacks including rice noodles and various glutinous rice cakes. You can taste them in most streets of Yangshuo town.
The local specialties such as the Shatian Shaddocks, the kumquats, and the Chinese chestnuts are worth tasting as well. Yangshuo town also offers a wide variety of cuisines from around the world, including superb vegetarian restaurants and even two Indian restaurants.
The famous Li River traverses the county and brings it the most beautiful scenery. Along the extremely pure river, thousands of hills stand in different poses and with different expressions, such as Moon Hill, Mural Hill, and Schoolboy Hill which is the natural stage of the world-famous opera, "Impression Sanjie Liu". Sanjie Liu is a fairy singer in the legend of the Zhuang minority group.
Big Banyan, a huge tree with a history of over 1,400 years, is said to be the place where her love story happened. The "Little Li River", the Yulong River, is a paradise for a cruise because of its green hills, silky water, and ancient bridges. You can also go to Xanadu, a primitive minority village full of folk culture and tranquil rurality.
Tai Chi, like Chinese medicine, is all about balance. Good health is maintained by, amongst other things, the ingredients which you take in as food, and the way in which you expend energy. The chef is a master of the wok and adheres to these principles.
Every day, teachers and students enjoy a well-balanced diet cooked in the traditional Chinese style and made from ingredients that are sourced fresh every day from the local farmers’ market. Each meal contains a large choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Food is not just important for its ingredients, but also for the way you eat, and in China, it is hard to imagine eating without sharing.
Everybody sits around the same table to share the ingredients of a meal eaten in common. Eating in China is a social event, so while you eat together, you share experiences from all walks of life, all ages, and every part of the world.
As the school is located in a scenic beauty park, there are many things to see and to do. You can go hiking or biking along the river, or you visit some tourist attractions. There are some other cultural services or tours that you might like, however it costs extra.
Yangshuo has an excellent selection of activities to keep you busy when you are not training, cultural, scenic, active, or relaxed, Yangshuo has something to offer everyone.
There are some traditional Chinese medical treatments like acupuncture, massage, and moxibustion around the town that you can avail at additional costs.
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