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    • Wednesday, June 02, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, June 26, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Xuan Ju Daoist Center, Francestown, New Hampshire
    Register

    NEW Class in WUDANG Kung Fu - IN-Person WITH MASTER ZHOU in Francestown, NH

    Starts June 1 for full month, 2 x a week
    Wednesday and Saturday, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm (EST)


    What IS IT? 

         Master Zhou is teaching in-person in Xuan Ju Daoist Center in Francestown, New Hampshire for the first time.  This is a new class offering for New Hampshire residents. In this class, Master Zhou will introduce students to the movements and skills of Wudang Kung Fu where flexibility, speed, and agility are emphasized.  The students will learn the basic form, Ji ben tao lu, as an entry to the arts. It is an hour of robust movements with drills and conditioning as starting point. You will learn the unique internal art of Wudang posture, body mechanics, and control. 

    See the full array of  Wudang Kung Fu forms

    WHEN: Wednesday and Saturday, from 6:00 - 7:00 pm (EST)

    IS THIS FOR ME?
         This class is open to all students. 

    • Monthly - 2x a week for a month =$100.00
                    - once a week for a month =$60.00

      Single purchases of class passes available through our Store.
      Recurring monthly payments available through Memberships
      Please email us if you have further questions: info@daoistgate.com. 


      • Wednesday, June 02, 2021
      • 7:15 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, June 26, 2021
      • 8:15 PM (EDT)
      • Xuan Ju Daoist Center, Francestown, New Hampshire
      Register

      NEW Class in WUDANG TAI CHI/Taiji  - IN-Person WITH MASTER ZHOU in Francestown, NH

      Starts June 1 for the full month of June. 
      Wednesday and Saturday, 7:15 - 8:15 pm

      What IS IT? 

           Master Zhou is teaching in-person in Xuan Ju Daoist Center in Francestown, New Hampshire for the first time.  This is a new class offering for New Hampshire residents. In this class, Master Zhou will introduce students to basic stances and movements of  Wudang Taiji.  He will familiarize students to warm-up routine, stances, and breathing exercises. And then work on learning the Wudang forms (either 28 or 108). 

      • Open to all students. 
      • Curriculum: basic stances and movements of Wudang Tai Chi/Taiji and Tai Chi/Taiji Forms (28-Form and 108-Form)

      • 2x a week for a month = $100.00
        1x a week for a month = $60.00

        Single purchases of class passes available through our Store.
        Recurring monthly payments available through Memberships
        Please email us if you have further questions: 
        info@daoistgate.com. 


        • Saturday, June 26, 2021
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, June 27, 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 5
        Register
        Xing Yi Quan (形意拳) - Weekend Workshop

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        When: June 26 and 27; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm EST

        What is it?  One of Master Zhou's favorite forms, along with Fu Hu Quan; Xing Yi strikes are direct and simple and yet incredibly effective and lethal. This dynamic form uses the 5 elements (metal, wood, water, fire, and earth) to represent 5 different striking methods of  chopping, crashing, drilling, shooting like cannon, and crossing.

        Moreover, Xing Yi Quan also contains forms that mimic the fighting techniques of ten animals. More information about
        Xing Yi Quan. 

        Read Master Zhou's blog post:
        1. Xing Yi Quan's history
        2. Watch Shifu Zhou’s demonstration of the power of Xing YI.

        Is this workshop for me?  This is open to new students. Master Zhou will introduce you to the basic movements and will slowly build your foundation in Xing Yi.  For returning students, an opportunity to review and polish your movements.

        What students are saying about Xing Yi...




        Pricing:
        • $200 for two days (Members price: $180- become a member)
        • Boarding: $30/night (Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.) There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night.
        • Meals: $20/day (Fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.)

        If you have any questions, please email us at:
        info@daoistgate.com



         


        • Saturday, July 03, 2021
        • 7:00 AM (EDT)
        • Saturday, July 31, 2021
        • 8:00 AM (EDT)
        • Via ZOOM
        Register

        July 2021 - Summer Qigong Via Zoom

        Dates: July 3, 2021 - July 31, 2021

        Every Wednesdays and Saturdays
        From 7:00 - 8:00 AM EST
        9 Occurrences

        What:
         In this course, Spiritual Master Zhou Xuan Yun will share and discuss
         the health nourishing properties of the 4-Movement Summer Qigong Set.  Twice weekly, this online session will include the set done in standing and sitting positions, theories and methods of the Qigong Set.

         $120 (Members price: $108 - become a member) for 9 Occurrences

        Register today!


        Daoist Rituals for Health

        Daoism is China's native religion that has become well known worldwide for its health nourishing practices. Today there are few who have not at least heard of Tai Chi Chuan/Taijiquan or Qigong.  

        Daoist health practices permeate all facets of life however beyond just their exercises and martial arts. Practices such as acupuncture and herbal medicine are becoming more and more widespread.  It is the Daoist theories and life habits that draw the complete picture of Daoist Yang Sheng (Health nourishing practices). 

        Daoists revere long lived creatures such as turtles.  Therefore walking imitates the turtle by moving slowly whilst being mindful of the "Qi" settling peacefully in the lower Dan Tian like calm waters. 

        In Daoist prayer, attention is paid to the hand position to form the Taiji  symbol.  The hands will then be held to the upper Dan Tian and the breathing is focused there as well.  As the head is lowered, so too must the breathing follow down into the lower Dan Tian, before being gently exhaled out according to the meridian of the body back out.   


        Summer Qigong

        During Summer, the Yang Qi of the Heavens will have risen to its apex and then begin descending to the Earth. Through the meeting of the Heaven and Earth "Qi" (the two quintessential facets of Yin and Yang), the Yang "Qi" acts as the catalyst to allow all living things to achieve their full potential and prosper. Because the Yang "Qi" is exuberant and hot, all living things will also experience a surging yang character. The "Qi" and blood circulation of the body will become strong, metabolism will be at its peak, and as a result the pores of the body will open to allow the yang "Qi" to vent outwards. Thus people will sweat more during the summer time. 

        Summer is represented by the fire phase and thus its character is heat. This is evident in the season’s hot climate and thus we must be wary of heat stroke by ensuring a careful balance of hydration (yin) in the body. Because of the climate it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the natural world’s hot and to try to balance it out with cold. This can be done through either ingesting cold things or especially in our modern society, sitting in air conditioned areas. However we must be careful to achieve this slowly. If we sit in the cold for too long or we ingest too much cold too fast, then there is the risk of overwhelming the "qi" of the body and collapsing the Yang "qi". Additionally, the natural world’s yang "qi" may seem overwhelming to the point that we feel we cannot exert any yang "qi" in our own body without feeling overwhelmed. 

        This expresses through when we feel that it is so hot outside that there is no desire to exercise at all and a lethargic sensation arises. However it is important to ensure that some exercise is still enacted. While we must ensure that we don’t hit the opposite end of adding to much Yang Qi to our body, we must at least exercise so that the body continues to circulate its vital substances. The organ that corresponds to the fire phase is the Heart. Thus, it is a time to nourish the heart. The Heart is responsible for the emotion of joy and thus if it is not properly nourished and we allow ourselves to languish from lack of exercise, it is possible for sullen and depressive thoughts to foster themselves within. Because the Yang Qi helps to warm and circulate the "Qi" and blood within the meridians naturally, it is a prime time to bolster and strengthen the ligaments, tendons, and bones.


        • Monday, July 05, 2021
        • 7:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, July 11, 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 14
        Register
        Summer Retreat - Wudang Kung Fu - One week In-Person with Master Zhou

        When: Monday, July 5th through Sunday, July 11

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        What:  Xuan Ju Daoist Studies Center will welcome students who want to spend 6 days of training in Kung Fu.  This is open to all levels of students and Master Zhou will custom tailor you practice for the full week to your level in empty hands or weapons.  We welcome new students who are beginners to Kung Fu. 

        For Beginners: you will start with Ji Ben Quan and then progress to Xuan Gong Quan. 
        For Intermediate:  you will continue to learn the Xuan Gong Quan 1 through 3 
        For Advanced students:  Weapons and review of Xuan Men Jian, broad sword form, and other weapons. 

        Schedule: A typical day
        Monday through Friday

        7:00 - Warm-up, stretching, and conditioning
        8:00- 9:00 - Breakfast
        9:30 - 11:30 - Kung Fu (Empty Hand Or Weapon)
        11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch
        1:00 - 2:30 Self-practice or reading time
        2:30 - 3:30 - (Empty Hand Or Weapon)
        3:30 - 4:-00 - Tea Break, Open Discussion
        4:00 - 5:00 - Weapon
        6:00 - Dinner


                  As a non-profit entity, DBA and Master Zhou strive to make his retreats and workshops affordable for his students as he aims to bring the Wudang Art form to a wider audience.  Xuan Ju is set-up following the monastic tradition of living, where every student is responsible to assist in preparing, cooking, and cleaning just like home. 
         
        Pricing: $780.00 - a week (Members price: $700- become a member)
        This pricing includes:  Training, Boarding and Meals

        •  Personal training - 5 hours of training with Master Zhou and 2 hours of self-       practice. 6 Days of practice, Monday through Saturday, departure is on Sunday  after breakfast. 
        • Boarding:  - Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB. There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities. 

        •  Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
          Meals: -  We have taken out the option of taking lunch at nearby restaurants with split checks because we found out that most students would opt for an affordable and quick lunch meal in Xuan Ju (or for commuters to bring their own lunch with them. )As such, we devised a meal plan that will is both practical and affordable to accommodate this request.  Lunch is included in the package where students can prepare and fix a sandwich and a healthy salad in Xuan Ju's kitchen. 

          ____________________________________________________________
          If you have any questions, please email us: info@doaistgate.com




         
        • Monday, July 19, 2021
        • 7:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, July 25, 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 14
        Register
        Summer Retreat in Wudang Taiji Form - One Week in-Person with Master Zhou

        When: Monday, July 19th through Sunday, July 25

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        What:  Xuan Ju Daoist Center welcomes students to spend 6 days of intensive training in Taiji.  This is open to all levels of students, including beginners, and Master Zhou will custom tailor you practice for the full week to your level. 

        For Beginners: you will start with Taiji Basics, Qigong and Breathing exercises and  then introduce you to Taiji 28 and Taiji 108 
        For IntermediateTaiji 108, 13, and introduction to Tai-Yi
        For Advanced students:  Taiji 108, 13, Tai-Yi and Taiji Jian

        Schedule: A typical day

        Monday through Friday
        7:00 - Qigong or Taiji
        8:00- 9:00 - Breakfast
        9:30 - 11:30 - Taiji 28 & 108 (depending on your level)
        11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch
        1:00 - 2:30 Self-practice or reading time
        2:30 - 3:30 - Taiji 28, 108, Taiji Jian  ((depending on your level)
        3:30 - 4:-00 - Tea Break, Open Discussion
        4:00 - 5:00 - Taiji form of preference
        6:00 - Dinner

                        
        As a non-profit entity, DBA and Master Zhou strive to make his retreats and workshops affordable for his students as he aims to bring the Wudang Art form to a wider audience. 

        Xuan Ju is set-up following the monastic tradition of living, where every student is responsible to assist in preparing, cooking, and cleaning just like home. 

         
        All inclusive Pricing: $780.00 - a week (Members price: $700- become a member)
        This pricing includes training, boarding and meals

        •  Personal training - 5 hours of training with Master Zhou and 2 hours of self-       practice. 6 Days of practice, Monday through Saturday, departure is on Sunday  after breakfast. 
        • Boarding: Limited space - first come first served, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB. There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities. 

        •  Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner
          Meals: We have taken out the option of taking lunch at nearby restaurants with split checks because we found out that most students would opt for an affordable and quick lunch meal in Xuan Ju (or for commuters to bring their own lunch with them. )As such, we devised a meal plan that will is both practical and affordable to accommodate this request.  Lunch is included in the package where students can prepare and fix a sandwich and a healthy salad in Xuan Ju's kitchen. 

          ____________________________________________________________
          If you have questions or concerns, please e
          mail us at: info@daoistgate.com. 




         
        • Saturday, August 14, 2021
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, August 15, 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 9
        Register
        Bāguà Zhǎng (八卦掌) - Weekend Workshop

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        When: June 26 and 27; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm EST

        What is it?  
        武当八卦掌 -Wu Dang Bagua Zhang  or commonly known as "circular boxing" or "walking the circle" is a high-level martial art which utilizes circular stepping patterns and snake-like movements to side-step and deflect an opponent’s attacks.  With 8-palm changes, the movements promote overall mental and health benefits, increase physical vitality, strength, and endurance. 

        Is this workshop for me?  This is open to all students. Master Zhou will introduce you to the basic movements and cover the first to five Bagua stances/movements.  If you have taken the workshop on Bagua before, this is a good time to review and drill on the movements under Master Zhou. 

        Pricing:
        • $200 for two days (Members price: $180- become a member)
        • Boarding: $30/night (Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.) There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night.
        • Meals: $20/day (Fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.)

        If you have any questions, please email us at:
        info@daoistgate.com



         


        • Saturday, August 21, 2021
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, August 22, 2021
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 10
        Register
        Weekend Standard Workshop - Session 2 - Kung Fu, Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Weapons

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        When: August 21 & 22; Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm EST

        What is it?  2021 Standard Workshop Session 2.  An opportunity for my students to come together for in-person training in our spacious Xuan Ju Training Hall. Spots will be limited on a first- come first-served basis. 

        Is this workshop for me? 
        If you are a student of Master Zhou, or you have taken a Daoist Gate course with him, we invite you to join us. 

        1. Master Zhou will review where you are in your training and continue to where you left off. 

        2. You can concentrate on areas you need reviewing and polishing. For example: Do Taiji only for the weekend or sample other disciplines with other students.

        3. Owing to the differing area and levels of skills in the given group, Master Zhou will tailor the lessons individually; but will collectively practice together. 

        Every standard workshop is a part to earn hours in your teacher's certification.

        * Seminar attendance is Free for Daoist Gate teachers who are currently teaching students (except for board and meals).

        Schedule 

        1st day:

        • Wudang Kungfu, 
        • Bagua, 
        • XingYi.

          2nd day:
        • TaiChi( 28), 
        • TaiChi (108),
        • TaiChi(13),
        • TaiChi Sword.

        Pricing:

        • One Day Tuition: $80/day (Members price: $72/day - become a member)
        • Boarding: $30/night (Limited space - first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.) There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night.
        • Meals: $20/day (Fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.)

        If you have any questions, please email us at:
        info@daoistgate.com



         


      Past events

      Saturday, June 12, 2021 Taiji Sword - Taiji Jian (太极剑) Weekend Workshop
      Saturday, May 22, 2021 Fu Hu Quan (伏虎拳 ) - Tiger Taming Fist Form - Weekend Workshop
      Saturday, April 10, 2021 Weekend Standard Workshop- Session 1 - Kung Fu, Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Weapons
      Saturday, April 03, 2021 April 2021-Spring Qigong Via Zoom
      Monday, March 15, 2021 Three-Month Intensive In-Resident Training Program
      Thursday, January 14, 2021 Session II - Taiji 108 - Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation with Sam Wuest
      Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Session II - Taiji 108 - Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation with J. Finley
      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Session II - Taiji 28 - Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation with Stephanie Orme
      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 EUROPE - Taiji 28- Teachers-In-Training with Anita and Kristof
      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 EUROPE - Four Seasons Qigong - Teachers-In-Training with Anita Eredics
      Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Session II - Taiji Basics - Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation with Jennifer Finley
      Saturday, December 05, 2020 Daoist Meditation - Winter Qigong (ZOOM)
      Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Session 2- Taiji Basics for Beginners: Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation
      Thursday, October 01, 2020 EUROPE - Taiji 28- Teachers-In-Training Classes by Donation
      Thursday, October 01, 2020 EUROPE - Four Seasons Qigong - Teachers-In-Training Classes by Donation
      Thursday, October 01, 2020 Taiji 28 - Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation
      Thursday, October 01, 2020 Taiji Basics for Beginners: Teachers-In-Training - Classes by Donation
      Saturday, July 18, 2020 Bagua Zhang for Beginners
      Saturday, July 11, 2020 Standard Workshop
      Saturday, June 27, 2020 Spring & Summer Qigong and Daoist Rituals for Health Workshop
      Saturday, April 25, 2020 Spring & Summer Qigong and Daoist Rituals for Health Workshops - CANCELLED
      Saturday, April 04, 2020 Standard Workshop (Daoist Gate attendees only) - CANCELLED
      Saturday, March 28, 2020 Xingyi (形意拳) Workshop - CANCELLED
      Thursday, February 27, 2020 Wudang Tai Chi (Level 2) - with Master Zhou
      Thursday, February 27, 2020 Wudang Tai Chi (Level 1) - with Master Zhou
      Saturday, October 26, 2019 Baguazhang Intermediate Workshop
      Saturday, September 28, 2019 Autumn and Winter Qigong and Daoist Rituals for Health Workshops
      Saturday, August 03, 2019 One Week Summer Retreat
      Saturday, July 06, 2019 Taiji Teacher Training
      Saturday, April 06, 2019 BaGuaZhang Basics Workshop
      Saturday, March 16, 2019 Spring Qigong and Daoist Rituals for Health Workshops
      Saturday, September 29, 2018 BaGuaZhang Workshop
      Sunday, September 09, 2018 Boston - Free Tai Chi Classes

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