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Seminar Reports/Reviews
Silver Spring, MD
June 17, 18, 2017
pm - 8:00pm
9:00am - 4:00pm
  SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT: (mark your calendars)


Note: This is an advance notice so you can mark your calendars. Forms for pre-registration for the seminars will be
made available on March 1, 2017. You may pre-register early with us if you like and we can hold your payment and
your place in the class. We intend to hold this event on June 17 and 18 and are providing you this advance notice.
However, please be certain of the various cancellation policies held when booking your hotel and travel plans. The
sponsor will not be responsible for travel or lodging made by you in advance that cannot be cancelled in the event
the seminar cannot be held.

Curriculum Plan- ‘Taijiquan Classics Tour’:

Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. This year, Master Zhang Yun will present taiji
seminars seminars based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics (http://www.lulu.
com/shop/yun-zhang/the-taijiquan-classics/hardcover/product-22654230.html). As described below, the seminars
will cover material from classics articles dealing with everything from basic taiji structure, basic taiji push hands,
taiji fighting principles, and taiji throwing. Get the book and pre-read the chapters mentioned, and then come and
experience what you have read.

June 17, 2017, Saturday
Session 1: The Nine Points
This session details taiji’s nine points of body method that are essential for proper form structure, use in push hands,
and applications. They are: chenjian, zhuizhou, hanxong, babei, guodan, liutun, songyao, choukua, and tiding.  The
session will start out with the 37-posture form warm-up. Master Zhang will then focus on each of the nine components
in a very ‘basic’ tree-holding posture to explain why they are important. He will then look to the beginning grasp bird’s
tail sequence to practice maintaining the nine points while changing postures. Then he will return to the use the basic
posture to show some examples of its use in push hands and applications. Finally, the group can try to maintain the
nine points through as much of the 37-posture form that they know.  The nine points listed above, as passed down in
the Wu family tradition, are based in part on the classical Shen Ba Yao (or Eight Key Points of Taiji) by Wu Yuxiang.
Different groups use slightly different words and reference points to arrive at these classical components. During
the seminar, Master Zhang will explain the evolution from old times to the nine-point system using the images of ‘the
ball’ and ‘drawing the bow’.

Session 2: The Four Word Secret Formula
This session will begin by covering the most basic taiji principle important in form movement, push hands, and
applications called xu and shi (or insubstantial and substantial).  These will be related to yang and yin in general
and as specific two-person examples where the designations can vary depending on circumstances. Master Zhang
will then teach a very basic application of the principle used in push hands involving nian and zou to include several
drills so that this principle can be experienced. He will then detail the push hands and self-defense components of
the Sizi Mijue (or Four-Word Secret Formula) from the classic by Wu Yuxiang. They are: fu, gai, dui, and tun. These
four principles relate to the progressive and correct timing in the application of taiji skills used in fighting when
detecting force released by the opponent (i.e., before they release, just as they begin to release, as they approach
maximal release, and at maximal release). Each requires a refined degree of sensitivity attained through ting
(listening) and sui (following ).

June 18, 2017, Sunday
Session 3: The Five Key Points of Taijiquan
In this session, Master Zhang will show examples of taiji principles as used in fighting and as passed down by the
Yang family and appearing in a manual passed down by Niu Lianyuan.  Niu was a businessman who received
instruction from Yang Banhou in the 81-posture big-frame form as a gift for helping the family at a time of great
need. Apparently, Niu was given secret transmissions not published in any other Yang family classic. The contents
of the manual were kept secret by Niu and by his student, Wu Mengxia, since the 1920’s. Many useful principles
can be found in the manual, and in subsequent writings through the 1950’s by Wu Mengxia that are part of, or based
on, this manual. The Taijiquan Wuge Yaoling (Five Key Points of Taijiquan [to guide the learner’s skill development])
are structured under the following headings: liu he jin (six-integration jin), shi san fa (thirteen methods), wu fa (five
methods), ba yaoling (eight key points), and quan li fa (whole-body-force method). Of these, Master Zhang will cover
ideas from six integration jin (ninguo, zuanfa, luoxuan, bengzha, jingtan, dousou), seven pairs of the thirteen methods
(zheng-yu, xu-shi [also discussed in Session 2], shou-fang, tun-tu, gang-rou, dan-shuang, qing-zhong), and
whole-body-force method (in attacking).

Session 4:  The Gathering of Qi
In this session, Master Zhang will cover the principles of gathering the qi in the body and its use (qilan).  He will show
how this gets applied as storing [he, xu] and releasing [kai, fa] qi for applications in taiji throwing [tifang]. Such
principles are explained in early classics in articles like the The Five-Word Formula (Wuzi Jue) and the Secret
Formula for Safang (Safang Mijue) passed down by Li Yiyu.

Capital Aikikai
923 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

All 4 sessions: $280
Any 3 Sessions: $225
Any 2 Sessions: $160
Each Session: $90

To inquire further about local lodging arrangements and seminar location, etc, please contact:
Paul Cote at