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What are the Teachers-In-Training Classes?
This series is part of the practicum requirement for students who seek teacher certification and plan to teach Wudang Martial Arts to the public. The program has two aims: to train students to teach and to raise funds for our foundation.
Why are these classes called "Classes by Donation"?
When you take a class led by our teachers-in-training, you not only assist them in fulfilling the capstone of their many years of training, you also support Shifu Zhou's Daoist Benevolent Association, his non-profit organization. Master Zhou hopes to encourage his students and supporters to take classes for their wellbeing while simultaneously donating to his foundation. Financial support is crucial to maintaining and sustaining this organization.
What is it?
This class is ideal for students who have previous taiji experience. The Taiji 28 form covers many of the basics of the long-form Taiji 108. Learning the abbreviated 28 forms brings students another step closer to understanding the principles of Taiji: overcoming hardness with softness, healing injuries through gentle practic in flexibility, and building suppleness of the body.
What are the Teachers-In-Training Classes?
What is it?
Four Seasons Qigong is the practice of breathing exercises according to the changing seasons. In harmonizing with nature, we learn to regulate our inner Qi to maximize our health and to balance the changing demands of each season. Please note that this class will be conducted in Hungary and in Central European Time (CET).
This class is ideal for students who have previous taiji experience. The Taiji 28 form covers many of the basics of the long-form Taiji 108. Learning the abbreviated 28 form brings students another step closer to understanding the principles of Taiji: overcoming hardness with softness, healing injuries through gentle practice in flexibility, and building suppleness of the body.
Kristof and Anita will co-teach these lessons in a hybrid classroom. On Tuesdays, classes will be held via Zoom. On Thursdays, classes will be held in-person and via Zoom. Please note that this class will be conducted in Hungary and in Central European Time (CET).
This introductory class is ideal for students who are new to Taiji. The course will familiarize students to our warm-up routine, stances, and breathing exercises. Basic Taiji postures such as single whip, cloud hands, empty stance, brush knee, and parting the horse's mane will be emphasized. This course will ease your entry into the form in no time.
What is it?
During the three winter months, Yin is dominant over Yang. The days are shorter and colder. All living things slow down. It is important to conserve energy and build strength. The organs associated with winter are the kidneys and bladder. Chinese medicine views the kidneys as the storehouse of energy that sends warmth and energy to every cell in the body. The winter qigong practices were designed to support the kidneys, keeping you strong and healthy through the cold winter months.
Pricing: $160 (Members price: $145 - become a member)
When: March 15 - June 15, 2021 (Session One)
Location: Xuan Ju Daoist Center, Francestown, New Hampshire
What is it? Daoist Spiritual Master Zhou Xuan Yun's Three-Month Intensive training in Wudang Kung Fu forms, Taiji, Qigong, Xing Yi, Bagua Zhang, and Wudang weapons. The three-month program is scaffolded and incremented into a series of training/sessions and will be offered on a regular basis. In this way, you can pick up where you left off and continue wherever you are in your training. Shifu Zhou hopes that this flexibility will provide a choice for his students with different working schedules and priorities. If teaching is your passion, it is a great pathway towards your Daoist Gate Teacher Certification.
Details: Patterned after the intensive training programs in the Wudang Mountains, this program has one distinctive difference. Student interns will be trained personally by Shifu Zhou, himself, not by coaches. In answer to the different needs of students interested in Wudang healing arts, Shifu Zhou offers different learning modalities to include intensive and immersive programs. Intensive training has been proven to make a deep mark on students' personal journeys. The immersion is profoundly lasting and it widens the scope of how students see their role as a martial artist and teacher. This is what Shifu Zhou hopes to bring to his students.
He also recognizes that travel and training in China are not attainable for many; hence, he is offering an increment of a three-month stay at Xuan Ju solely for the purpose of training. Imagine training for an extended period of time, unfettered and detached from the outside world under the tutelage of Shifu Zhou. You will have one-on-one interaction with Shifu Zhou for an extended period of time to learn not only the principles and mechanics of these martial arts practices but also the essence of the Dao – its cultural, historical, and religious heritage.
Is This for Me? This intensive three-month course is ideal for students who have a martial arts background in any discipline, Wudang students who have trained in China, students who are training to be a bonafide Wudang Instructors, and new students who have accelerated learning in mind.
What will you learn?
Wudang Taiji 28, 108, 13, Taiji Sword, and Taiyi or Five Element
Wudang Kung Fu - Empty Hand forms and Wudang weapons
Xing Yi Quan - Five Elements and Twelve animal forms
Bagua Zhang - Eight Essential Bagua Zhang movements
Qigong - Four Season Qigong including Autumn, Spring, and Summer Qigong
Schedule: A typical day:
Monday through Friday
7:00 - Qigong or Taiji
8:00- 9:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 - Kung Fu Or Weapon
11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Self-practice or reading time
2:30 - 3:30 - Kung Fu or Taiji
3:30 - 4:-00 - Tea Break, Open Discussion
4:00 - 5:00 - Weapon
6:00 - Dinner
Saturday and Sundays - Free time
The students must be willing to commit to a three-month training. The students are required to have medical and travel coverage for those three months of training.
The curriculum for this program will be tailored according to the background and training of what the students have already attained. Shifu Zhou will assess and screen new students to ascertain what level they are in their studies and what appropriate curriculum should be applicable for them. For returning students to the intensive, the program will continue according to the individual training needs and goals.
Xuan Ju Daoist Center can accommodate 8 pupils at the same time even with COVID distancing guidelines. The center has several rooms so pupils can have a space of their own during downtime: the meditation room, the library, the family room, the sitting room, including the kitchen, dining room, private room, and a small individual practice room (at the basement). The grounds of Xuan Ju are immense and the surrounding areas are ideal for walks and exploration. In these three-months, Shifu Zhou will share not only the aspects of physical training but the mental and spiritual facets the underpin the Daoist thoughts. Daily interactions and discussions when sharing meals and cups of tea. It will be simple living in the monastic tradition where everyone will be sharing the responsibility for cooking meals, cleaning, washing, and maintaining Xuan Ju, just like home.
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