wpe13.jpg (41853 bytes)
Seminar Reports/Reviews
     
June 14, 15, 2014
Saturday,
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday,
9:30am - 4:00pm
  9th Annual Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa Seminars
with Master Zhang Yun: Wu Style Taijiquan of GM Wang Peisheng

Capital Aikikai Dojo
923 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910

SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 10:00am - 5:30pm

10:00am-10:30am: Registration, Reception, and Warm-Up

10:30am –1:30pm: Wu Style Taijiquan Form and Selected Applications:
Opening through Wild Horse Parts Its Mane:
The first half of this session is designed as a special
introduction to Wu style taiji form. Master Zhang will show form detail for the above postures for
newcomers to Wu style taiji, and provide review for intermediate and veteran practitioners. During
the first part of the presentation, he will show a few selected straight-forward applications of the form
movements in order to enable the participant to better visualize how the movements can be used for
martial arts applications. In the second half of the session, he will continue to develop the practice of
beginner and intermediate form applications, including explanations of how, when, and where to direct
and project ‘mind components’ into the various applications. This will show the practitioner how to
improve their knowledge and use of subtle components that form the basis for higher level Taijiquan
applications.

1:30pm-2:30pm: Lunch Break

2:30pm-5:30pm: Wu Style Taiji Tuishou (push hands) with Extensions to Advanced
Two-Person stes:
This session will feature basic fixed-step one-hand and two-hand tui shou sets (push hands) for
newcomers and review for intermediate and veteran practitioners. This session will also feature how
such basic patterns can evolve and be practiced in intermediate to advanced ways with moving steps,
including the use of ‘random circles’ practice and selected ‘first touch’ methods.


SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 9:30am - 4:00pm

9:30am-10:00am: Registration, Reception, and Warm-Up

10:00am-12:30pm: Wu Style Taijiquan Form and Selected Application:
37-Posture Form Practice with details on Sit Back and Ride Tiger to Closing:
This session
will feature a complete cycle of practice of the full 37-posture Wu style taiji form as a review for
intermediate and veteran practitioners (any newcomers are encouraged to follow along in this
approximate 20 minute series to the best of their ability). Master Zhang will then focus on form
detail participants for the ending segment of the taiji form from sit back and ride tiger to closing.
He will show beginner and intermediate form applications, including explanations of how, when,
and where to direct and project ‘mind components’ into the various applications. This will show
the practitioner how to improve their knowledge and use of subtle components that form the basis
for higher level taiji applications.

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30pm-4:00pm: Wu Style Taiji Qigong:
Basic Qigong for Body Framing and Applications in Push Hands:
This session will feature
selected qigong postures used in the Wu taiji system and will show how such basic postures can
be used to develop body framing for dynamic push hands drills and skills and other martial
applications. This session will range from some very basic aspects of qigong for health and
awareness to the more advanced concepts and derivations that can be used to further develop
your taiji form and applications.


TUITION:
BOTH DAYS: $220 (11 hrs of training total)
ALL DAY SATURDAY: $125 (6 hrs of combined form, applications, and push hands methods)
ALL DAY SUNDAY: $115 (5 hrs of combined form, applications, and qigong skills training)
BY THE SESSION: $65 for any 3 hr session on Saturday; $65 for any 2.5 hr session on Sunday

CONTACT:
To inquire further about local lodging arrangements and seminar location, please contact:
Robert Galeone:
ice1falcon-rg@yahoo.com
To have pre-registration forms e-mailed to you, please contact:
Paul Cote:
att8@verizon.net
For inquiries by phone, contact Paul at: 240-994-0475

IMPORTANT ITEMS:
If you plan to attend, please let us know soon and request registration forms by April 22, 2014.
Please pre-register with signed forms and paid tuition for your sessions postmarked by May 23, 2014.
Please make all tuition checks payable to Zhang Yun.
Please mail registration forms and tuition checks to: ATS, Inc., c/o Paul Cote, PO Box 475, New Market,
Md. 21774.
Please inquire by e-mail with Paul to obtain approval for any exceptions to be later than May 23, 2014.
Please understand that footwear is not permitted on the dojo mat area (plan to train in bare feet or socks only).
Directions: use a web search to find directions to the Sligo Avenue address given above, or go to the
Capital Aikikai website.
Saturday evening dinner will be at a local restaurant for participants who choose to attend (cost not included
in tuition).

Important Note on Travel and Hotel Reservations: Every effort is being made to hold this seminar as planned,
and to provide participants with as much advance notice as possible so they can arrange their travel schedules
and hotel reservations accordingly. You should pre-register for the seminar as soon as you can, and send in your
tuition. You can elect to book your travel and hotel room reservations at any time through your airline and the hotel
reservation desk. However, in all cases, whenever you seek such reservations, please be sure to check the travel
and hotel reservation cancellation policies. Please be cautious of promotional websites that offer special low travel
and room rates well in advance, but without the possibility for cancellation. The organizer and instructor for this
event will not be held responsible for any travel or hotel expenses that you might incur in the event that the YCGF
seminar needs to be cancelled. Please conduct your own web search for the above hotels in the Silver Spring area,
and again, you are cautioned to confirm your travel and the hotel reservation cancellation policy BEFORE you
book your travel and room.
     
May 17, 18, 2014
Saturday,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,
9:00am - 4:00pm
  Canceled!!! For more information, please contact Tito at Gunnerfitness@gmail.
com or 9179930805

Baiyuan Tongbei Seminar with Strider Clark in Bronx NY

Baiyuan Tongbei Quan is one of the most famous traditional Chinese martial arts schools.  Known
for its powerful and useful fighting skills, people sometimes call it Heiquan or Black Fist.  There have
been several well-known masters in each generation of BYTBQ lending to its outstanding reputation
as a fighting art.

Strider Clark will be presenting several of the main training skills use in Baiyuan Tongbei to develop
Basis gung-fu and fighting skills. Strider Clark, Master Zhang Yun’s 1st American disciple will be
teaching the basic arm stretching methods, the 6 Primary skills, and for the first time ever in NYC,
he will also introduce Baiyuan Tongbei’s 12 Cannon Fist.

Schedule:
May 17, 2014 (1 hour lunch break) 10am-5pm
Basic Arm Stretching, 6 Primary Skills, plus Applications
Section one:  Brief History, Special Baiyuan Tongbei  Exercises. 6 Primary Skills
Section two: 6 Primary Skills Applications
exercises and solo and two-person drills, application practice

May 18, 2014 (1 hour lunch break) 9am-4pm
6 of the Shi style’s Cannon Fist, plus Applications
Section one: 6 of Baiyuan Tongbei’s 12 Cannons
Section two: application practice and two man drills


For more information, please contact Tito at Gunnerfitness@gmail.com or 9179930805

You can find out more about Baiyuan Tongbei at
www.tongbei.homestead.com

Location:
True Sound Lounge
865 East 135th Street
Bronx, New York 10454        

Cost:
$240 for both days; $130 for one day; $70 for half day: $40 for one section.
     
March 30, 2014
Sunday,
9:00am - 1:00pm
  Baiyuan Tongbei Dao (Saber) Seminar by Master Zhang Yun in
Pittsburgh, PA

Baiyuan Tongbeiquan (Tongbei) is one of well-known martial arts styles in China. Baiyuan means
‘white ape,’ and Tongbei means both arms and back connect together so that the arm can be longer,
internal force can be passed through smoothly, and qi can be transmitted to the hands. The principles
of Tongbei are Taoist, and many practice methods in Tongbei are similar or close to that of internal styles,
thus some people believe that the Baiyuan Tongbei belongs to the family of internal styles, or
at least that it is a combination of internal and external styles. The reputation of its fighting methods is
great. Quick, hard, and dynamic are its characteristics. Since its masters have generally been
conservative in sharing any knowledge outside of their gongfu families, Baiyuan Tongbei is not popular
or well known outside of China as yet.
   
    Baiyuan Tongbei Dao, also named Tiangang Dao (天罡刀), is famous Chinese sword method. The
shape of the sword is special and can be used with one or both hands. In this seminar, Shifu Zhang
Yun will teach the form and applications in this seminar. It is the first time that these saber skills have
been taught outside of China. These saber skills have been passed down from Grandmaster Li
Zhendong to Master Li Shusen, and then to Master Zhang Yun and a few of his gongfu brothers.
Grandmaster Li Zhendong was a famous martial arts instructor in the Chinese army during the
Second World War. Sword fighting was his specialty.

Master Zhang Yun started his Tongbei training when he was 15 years old. He is the author of books
“The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship – A Manual of Taiji Jian” and “The Complete Taiji Dao – The Art
of the Chinese Saber”.

(For safety reasons, the participants should use only WOODEN or TRAINING sword for this class.
NO SHARPENED BLADES.
)

Schedule:
3/30/2014 Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm
Section one: Part I of the form and applications
Section two: Part II of the form and applications
Section three: Form review and sword fighting principles.

Location:
Steel Dragon Kung Fu & Lion Dance School
100 43rd Street, Suite 113, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Map: http://www.ycgf.org/YCGF_PAB/sch_map.htm

Cost:
$60

Contacts:
Chris Young at cycy@steel-dragon.org  (412.362.6096), or Peter Capell at pcapell@gmail.com

For more information about Baiyuan Tongbeiquan and our group, please check: http://tongbei.homestead.
com and http://www.ycgf.org
     
Nov 9, 10, 2013
Saturday,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,
9:00am - 4:00pm
  Wu Style Taijiquan 37-Posture Empty-hand Form Correction, Saber Form
Correction, Push Hands, Post-standing Training, and Baiyuan Tongbei
Qilibang (Short Staff) Seminar with Master Zhang Yun in Princeton NJ

Master Zhang Yun will continue to teach and correct in detail the Wu Style Taiji 37-posture empty-hand
form and will explain the application of selected postures. He will also teach push hand testing force
drills, like how to apply different kind of force in push hands. From these push hands exercises, he will
provide instruction in push hands foundation training and also in advanced push hands and fighting
skills that emphasize coordinating body integration and internal training. Master Zhang will continue to
teach and correct some skills and training methods that he taught in previous seminars. He will also
teach ways to create the timing and sensitivity necessary to throw an opponent or partner more effortlessly.

Master Zhang will teach Post-standing (zhanzhuang) training methods in detail for combining shen
(spirit attention), yi (mind), and qi, and for effectively integrating these internal components with the
physical movements used in applications.

Master Zhang, author of Complete Taiji Dao - The Art of the Chinese Saber, will provide form
correction in Taiji Dao practice and detailed instruction in Dao application frills. Special practice
Dao's will be available to students for use in this section of the seminar.  

An introduction to
Qilibang (short staff), a special weapon of Baiyuan Tongbei will also be offered
in the seminar. Qilibang is a short, wooden staff used in the Tongbei group. It is about 50-55 inches
long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter and can be used in one hand or two hands. This weapon
would be carried in old times when protection was needed but carrying a sword was not appropriate.
The special techniques used in Qilibang practice include some elements of sword, long staff, and
spear skills. In the seminar Master Zhang will introduce the principles, basic training methods, and
basic skills of Qilibang use. All these staff skills can be combined with Taiji principle and Taiji weapon
training.The short staff can also be used as a sword in Taiji.
(To take this class, please bring your staff for practice. Any kind of 40"-60" long staff can be used.)

The seminar will benefit beginners and advanced Wu style Taiji students as well as students of other
Taiji styles. Master Zhang's expertise will also be helpful for those who wish to use Taiji principles to
improve their own martial arts practice. Master Zhang will answer questions regarding form, push
hands, and self-defense practice.

Master Zhang is a longtime indoor disciple of the Wu Style Taijiquan and Baguazhang systems
under the lineage of the Late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. He has been practicing and teaching
Chinese martial arts for over 30 years, and has conducted seminars in China, the United States,
Europe, and Australia. Master Zhang has contributed many articles to publications such as Tai Chi
Magazine and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, and has published several books including The Art of
Chinese Swordsmanship, Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua, and The Complete Taiji
Dao – The Art of the Chinese Saber. Master Zhang currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. where he
continues to teach and write new literary works. His goal is to benefit practitioners by promoting an
ever-deepening understanding of the principles of internal martial arts
.


Schedule:
11/9/2013 Sat 10am-5pm (1 hour lunch break)
How to Improve Your 37-posture Form, Push Hands and Fighting Skill Practice:
Section one: Correction of 37-postures form and explanation of applications
Section two: Basic principles and training methods of push hands, including still and
moving
exercises and solo and two-person drills, application practice
Introduction to Qilibang Part I:
Section three: Introduce basic principles and how to use Qilibang
(*There will be a casual dinner at 6pm on Saturday evening at a local restaurant.)

11/10/2013 Sun 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch break)
How to Improve Your Taiji Dao Form, Post-standing in detail and Push Hands:
Section one: Taiji Dao form review, correction, and explanation of applications, two
persons application drills
Section two: Post-standing in detail, push hands drills review: Two persons testing
force drills
Introduction to Qilibang Part II:
Section three: Basic skills and combinations

For more information, please contact
Jimmy Lee at leewah@comcast.net

Location:
Suzanne Patterson Center
1 Monument Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540-3036
(206 and Nassau St, next to the Princeton Borough Municipal Court building)
Click here to view the map.
Directions will be supplied to pre-registrants. The seminar location is within walking distance of
public transportation from NYC and local eateries.

Cost:
$240 for both days; $140 for one day; $50 for one section.