Wu Dang Internal Martial Arts Workshop

Wu Dang Internal Martial Arts Workshop on June 22 and 23, 2013 hosted by the Chinese Taoist Martial Arts Association. This workshop will be lead by Zhou Xuan Yun. He was raised on the most sacred mountain in China, Wu Dang Mountain, where he trained and later worked as an instructor of Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan), Kung Fu and weaponry. Xuan Yun holds the direct lineage from the Wu Dang School, the most representative form of the Wu Dang martial arts.

The purpose of the workshop is to teach the Wu Dang Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form to the martial arts community. It is one of the very few surviving Wu Dang martial art open-hand forms passed down from the older generation Wu Dang Daoists. Before the first public demonstration of this special martial art form in 1980, most martial art historians thought there were no open-hand form in Wu Dang martial arts. The publicity of this form signified the resurgence of the Wu Dang martial arts. Recently, China Network Television presented 7 episodes about Wu Dang mountain and one of the episodes is solely devoted to this form. You can click here to view this video (narration only in Chinese).

By practicing the form, one will learn many aspects of internal martial arts such as the combination of fast and slow movements, the combination of hard and soft power, and various Jins (i.e., refined forces) and Chin-Na (grappling and seizing) techniques. The movements of the form are like running water and flying clouds, similar to those of Tai Chi Chuan.

The workshop participants are expected to have some knowledge of Chinese or other Asian martial arts (Karate, Taekwondo, etc.). Specifically, the participants are expected to know the basic stances used in these arts.

For registration information, go to the CTMAA website.  Please mention this meetup group when you register!

Agenda

Saturday, June 22:

9:00 - 9:30 am     Registration

9:30 - 11:30 am    Instruction of Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form

11:30 am - 2:00 pm     Lunch break

2:00 - 3:30 pm and 4:00 - 5:30 pm    Instruction of Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form

6:00 - 7:30 pm               Dinner at a Chinese restaurant

 

Sunday, June 23:

9:30 - 11:30 am    Instruction of Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form

11:30 am - 2:00 pm     Lunch break

2:00 - 3:30 pm       Instruction of Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form

3:30 - 3:50 pm      Group picture taking

4:00 - 5:30 pm      Instruction of Tai Yi Five-Element Fist form


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