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Athens, Greece
May 26,27,28, 2017
18:30 pm - 21:30pm
0:00am - 13:00pm
15:00pm - 18:00pm

10:00am - 13:00pm
15:00pm - 18:00pm
  2017 YCGF Taiji Classics seminar in Athens Greece with Master Yun Zhang
from the genealogy of Great Master Wang Peisheng

We are very happy to announce the visit of my Shifu Yun Zhang in Greece for the purpose of training in some of the most
important chapters of the Taijiquan Classics through our main style the Beijing Wu shi Taijiquan as passed down to him
from Great Master Wang Peisheng, along with generic fighting skills from the gongfu of our family.
The training will take place in Athens, on Friday 26th of May till Sunday 28th.

Friday 18.30 p.m - 21.30 pm
we will train at generic free fighting skills and principles from some of the styles of our lineage like Tongbeiquan,
Xingyiquan etc.

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 a.m - 13.00 pm and 15.00 p.m - 18.00 pm (2 hours lunch break in between)
We will train 4 important chapters from the Taijiquan Classics as these are explained in great detail in my Shifu's new
book "The Taijiquan Classics". These will be: 1) The Nine Points, 2) The Four Word Secret Formula, 3) The Five Key
Points of Taijiquan, 4) The Gathering of Qi.

The seminar is open to everyone interested to see the gongfu of our family and the detailed and ancient knowledge of
the Neijia Arts, as passed to us in our modern times through the generous teachings of Master Zhang.

For more details please contact
George Christoforou (Master Yun Zhang's European disciple) at geoxrist@gmail.com
Silver Spring, MD
June 17, 18, 2017
1:00pm - 8:00pm
9:00am - 4:00pm
  THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT: (Open for Pre-Registration, starting March 8, 2017)


Contact: Paul J. Cote  

You must be 18 years of age or older to pre-register for and participate in this seminar.
Please make your check (or money order) payable to Yun Zhang. YCGF members may pay cash at the door. Provide
advance notice with this pre-registration.
Please mail signed waiver and pre-registration form postmarked by June 5, 2017 to:
ATS, Inc. PO Box 475, New Market, Md 21774
For further information, contact: Paul J. Cote: att8@verizon.net

Note: This is an advance application so that you can pre-register for the event. You should pre-register early if you
can using this pre-registration form so that we can hold your place in the class. Full payment by check (or money order)
is expected with this pre-registration form for the sessions you would like to attend. If you pay in advance for fewer than
all 4 sessions, but find that once at the seminar you would like to attend more sessions, you can pay the difference at
the seminar with an additional check or cash at the rates provided above. For YCGF members only, you may provide
acknowledgement of payment in cash at the door with this pre-registration. We intend to hold this event on June 17 and
18 and are providing you this advance pre-registration form. 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 - ‘Taijiquan Classics Tour’:                                                                                              

Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. This year, Master Zhang Yun will present taijiquan
seminars based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics (http://
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 if you haven’t already, 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