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What is it?
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.
DBA is again offering this series of classes by our teachers in training.
This series is part of the practicum requirement for students who seek teacher certification and plan to teach Wudang Martial Arts to the public. This initiative is a further step in promoting Master Zhou’s mission to pass the Wudang Arts on to future generations by providing more people access to the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits these healing arts provide. Courses taught by teachers-in-training offer an important pathway to inspire more students to learn, to practice, and to teach Wudang Martial Arts.
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?
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).
Taiji 28 is a short form of Wudang Taiji 108. Knowledge of Taiji 28 is a robust entry point to 108 because it encapsulates the major movements of all the three-part of 108. This class is ideal for those of have knowledge of Taiji basics and ready to move to the next level. Please note that this class will be conducted in Hungary and in Central European Time (CET).
Taiji 28 is a short form of Wudang Taiji 108. Knowledge of Taiji 28 is a robust entry point to 108 because it encapsulates the major movements of all the three-part of 108. This class is ideal for those of have knowledge of Taiji basics and ready to move to the next level.
What are the Teachers-In-Training Classes?
What is it?
This class will introduce students to the long form of Wudang Taijiquan 108. The class will cover the first part of the three-part routine of this iconic form after warm-up and breathing exercises. The form will emphasize slow and gentle movements to better understand the basic steps such as crane spreading its wing, brush knee, single whip, parting the horse's mane and other postures.
What are the Teachers-In-Training Classes?
What is it?
This class will introduce students to the long form of Wudang Taijiquan 108. The form will emphasize slow and gentle movements to better understand the principles of Taiji: overcoming hardness through softness, healing injuries through practice in flexibility, and building suppleness of the body. Sam's background as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture gives his class a specific emphasis on the healing components contained within the Taiji forms.
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 Shifu Zhou's tutelage. 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. Please email Master Zhou at: email@example.com for a preliminary conversation to determine where you are in your 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 determine 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.
What will you learn?
Wudang Taiji 28, 108, 13, Taiji Sword, and Tai Yi 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. For students under different circumstances where their availabilities of training are not possible on those three-month slots, please email Shifu Zhou, so we can work out a possible accommodation for you. Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students are required to have medical and travel coverage for those three months of training. To secure personal safety for everyone, the center will require that you get yourself tested prior to travel to NH. A negative Covid test result taken at least 4 days before March 15 is required.
Xuan Ju Daoist Center will follow COVID standard guidelines to ensure that students are safe and healthy. This includes wearing a mask indoor and in the training hall. 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. You can partake in hiking trips with Shifu on different hiking trails around the park and surrounding areas on weekends. In these three-months, Shifu Zhou will share the aspects of physical training and the mental and spiritual facets that 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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