This is traditional temple training. It is an honor to be able to share this very ancient style of tai chi that pre-dates most tai chi being taught in the US. The BaMen "I" class is for those new to this style. BaMen (8 Gates) is passed on through me by Grand Master Jeffery B. Cook who is a lineage holder. It is 2,300 years old and comes from the Wu Dan Temple of central China. This class is appropriate for anyone, but if you are athletically inclined and more accustomed to Western styles of exercise, this will probably be the class for you. It utilizes three primary exercises: 1) Dao Mo's 18 Muscle Tendon Changing Classic (Yi Jin Ching) - a qigong routine that dates to the 5th century Shaolin Temple which uses bi-lateral, isometric training, visualizations, and balance combined with intense breathing techniques for a full mindbody work out.
2) Five Beasts at Play (Wu Xian) - a complex qigong routine that looks more like tai chi than qigong from 206 BC that combines flowing movements, agile steps, balance and intense breathwork to balance the five elements within the body.
3) BaMen - 2,300 year old tai chi routine that is designed to activate the flow of chi in the mindbody using complex, flowing movements.
This class requires commitment and at home practice. There is no video support for this traditional temple training. It is taught as it has been for thousands of years requiring the student to fully engage the mind to remember the forms. This is the most complex class I teach. It is my personal favorite and I find it more beneficial to my own health and well being than any of the other things I teach. I am certified to teach this class by martial arts Grand Master Jeff Cook.
The day time class meets outdoors in Gleason Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays; there are also evening sessions that meet indoors in Melbourne (see schedule). Your $5-10 donation per class makes it possible for me to continue teaching these ancient bio-technologies that fortify modern day health. Looking forward to practicing with you soon.