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    • Thursday, February 27, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Monday, April 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 120 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting via ZOOM

    WUDANG TAI CHI  

    Level 1 (beginner)

    • Level 1 classes are open to all students
    • Curriculum: basic stances and movements of Wudang Tai Chi, basic Wudang Tai Chi Forms (28-Form and 108-Form)
      Single purchases of class passes available through our Store.

      Recurring monthly payments available through Memberships

      Please contact us for the link if you are interested in joining. 

      • Thursday, February 27, 2020
      • (EST)
      • Monday, April 19, 2021
      • (EDT)
      • 120 sessions
      • Virtual meeting via ZOOM

      WUDANG TAI CHI  

      Level 2 (intermediate & advanced)

      • Students must receive prior approval from the instructor to attend Level 2 classes
      • Curriculum: Wudang Tai Chi sword, advanced Wudang Tai Chi Forms (13-Form, Wuxing/Five-Elements Form)
        Single purchases of class passes available through our Store.

        Recurring monthly payments available through Memberships

        Please contact us for the link if you are interested in joining. 

        • Saturday, July 11, 2020
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, July 12, 2020
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 2
        Register
        Standard Workshop  with Daoist Monk Zhou Xuan Yun

        When: July 11th and 12th, 2020

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        What:  In this workshop will bring together students from different places and different parts of the world so that we may gather together, get to know one another better, and concentrate on our practice. Our purpose will be to provide students of Wudang Kung Fu/Tai Chi/Xingyi/Bagua/Weapons with a deeper understanding and to train Daoist Gate future and current teachers. No matter who you are, if you have taken a Daoist Gate course with Master Zhou Xuan Yun, we invite you to join us

        Every standard workshop is a part of the process the teacher's certificate.

        *Free for Daoist Gate teachers who are currently teaching students (but have to pay Boarding and Meals)

        Schedule (review, practice and conversations):


        1st day:

        • Wudang Kungfu, 
        • Bagua, 
        • XingYi.

        2nd day:

        • TaiChi( 28), 
        • TaiChi (108),
        • TaiChi(13),
        • TaiChi Sword.

        Pricing:

        • One Day Tuition: $60/day (Members price: $55/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 test 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.)

        Workshop is limited to attendees of our previous Daoist Gate  seminars only.  We reserve the right to cancel registrations of attendees who do not fulfill this requirement.



         
        • Saturday, July 18, 2020
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Sunday, July 19, 2020
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 5
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        Bagua Zhang for Beginners  with Daoist Monk Zhou Xuan Yun

        When: Saturday, July 18 - Sunday, July 19, 2020

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        What:  In this course, Shifu Zhou will be teaching Standing Meditation, Circular Stepping, The Eight Palm Changes, and Theory of Wudang Baguazhang.  Classes start daily at 9 AM. This form is a practice of walking in circle and was developed from the laws of the fire elements which are Metal, Wood, Water, Fire, & Earth. The circle work is quite meditative and is practiced for body strengthening and defense in addition to health and well being. Open to all students and it is a good introduction to Bagua Zhang. This workshop is also a good time to review Bagua Zhang movements for those who have already taken the workshop before.  

        For two days, students will be introduced to the the first 5 of the 8 palm changes:

        1. Single change palm
        2. Double change palm
        3. Holding the sky palm
        4. Turn body palm
        5. Flowing palm 


        Pricing:

        • One Day Tuition: $120/day (Members price: $100/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.)
             
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        More on Bagua Zhang 

        It is one of the three major “Internal” Chinese Martial Arts style with the other two being Taijiquan and Xing Yi Quan.  The creation of Baguazhang is attributed to Dong Haichuan.  In the same way there are different styles of martial arts due to differing theories, training methodologies, and specialties in combat, so too are there various schools of Baguazhang.  These schools include: Cheng, Yin, Sun, and Wudang styles to name a few.  Though they share the root of Dong’s teachings,  other practitioners would bring their own theories and experiences to the art and make changes thereafter. 

         
        For instance, the famed master Sun Lu Tang (founder of Sun Bagua) was originally a master of Xing Yi Quan.  When Sun was introduced to the art of Bagua, he became quite taken with it and thus began practicing it himself.  He then came to develop his own school of Bagua known as “Sun Bagua.”  When compared to other schools of Bagua, the influences from Sun’s Xing Yi Quan can be seen and thus differentiates his style of Bagua from other schools.
         
        History
         
        Baguazhang was originally known as “Zhuan Zhang” or “Turning Palms.”  In time, it came to be known as Baguazhang, referencing the Daoist concept of the “Bagua” diagrams.  In the 80s, when Wudang Mountain began its attempts to restore its cultural heritage post-Cultural Revolution, the Daoists sought out many of the mountain’s original masters who had gone into hiding.  These masters aided in the restoration of Wudang’s martial arts and included notable masters such as Lu Zi Jian. 
         
        The foundation of Wudang Bagua lies in its Standing Meditation and Turning methods.  In combat, it teaches adaptability through twisting and twining motions.  When an opponent changes, so too does the practitioner.  Power is developed through understanding principles of Yin and Yang. 
         
        Legend has it that Bagua’s creation came about when Dong Hai Chuan sought out two Daoist masters to teach him their ways.  An already accomplished martial artist, the Daoists took on Dong as their student and instructed him to train circular steps around a tree.  They said to him “circle around this tree until you feel as though the tree is following you.  Once you have achieved this, return to us.”
         
        Though he didn’t understand his masters’ intention, Dong dared not to question them.  After 7 years of diligent training, his feet had dug a deep circular trench around the tree he had chosen.  Then one day, Dong’s circular stepping had become so fast that he almost felt as though the tree itself was moving.  He had finally come to understand his masters’ intentions and reported back to them. 
         
        The Daoists were pleased and had now confirmed that Dong was a capable and suitable student.  He was then taught 8 methods of turning, or so-called “Palm Changes” and was then instructed to practice these Palm Changes by using his circular stepping to weave himself in and out between two trees.  After another two years of training, Dong finally felt as though both trees were following him.  After hearing of his progress, the Daoists were once again pleased and continued to teach him the advanced techniques of “adaptation.”  It took Dong another two years to master these techniques at which point the Daoists said with joy “we have nothing left to teach you.”

        • Saturday, July 25, 2020
        • 9:00 AM (EDT)
        • Thursday, July 30, 2020
        • 5:00 PM (EDT)
        • Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)
        • 9
        Register
        Xuan Wu Quan Workshop  with Daoist Monk Zhou Xuan Yun

        When: July 25th and 30th, 2020 (6-Day Workshop)

        Where: Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)

        What:  Xuan Wu Quan is a culmination of all the Wudang Kung Fu forms and the final styles to be learned with advanced techniques from Bagua Zhang, Dragon, Xing Yi, Tiger and the basic forms. There are 53 movements attached to Wudang Xuan Wu Quan. It has the explosive power striking forms from Bagua Zhang and Xing Yi with movements that are both hard and soft, quick and slow. The speed and fluidity of the movements use stillness to overcome the movement of the opponent.  In this workshop, every morning, Qigong and Zhan Zhuang (standing like a post) meditation will be practiced to assist in the cultivation of Neijia (internal Kung Fu).  Prepare for a rigorous training that is both an expression of individual's artistic and skill mastery.  

        Daily Schedule: 

        7:30 am to 8:30 am -  Qigong and Zhan Zhuang
        8:30 am to 9:30 am - Breakfast to be prepared by Shifu Zhou
        10:00 am to 12 noon -  Kung Fu practice

        12:30 pm to  3:00 pm -  Lunch and Free time  (you can bring your own lunch or eat at a nearby restaurant:

        https://www.crotchedmtngolf.com/toll-booth-tavern/)

        3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Kung Fu practice
        6:00 pm - Dinner at Xuan Ju ( Each night, meals will be prepared by a volunteer among the participants)
        9:30 pm  - Bedtime
        10:00 pm  - Lights out
        Pricing:
        Tuition: $480 (Members price: $400 - become a member)
        Boarding: $180 (room in Xuan Ju Daoist Center) for the duration of the event  (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 $90 for the duration of the event. 
        Meals: $120 (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.)

        We welcome attendees to arrive a day earlier on Friday July 24, 2020 to settle in and enjoy the facilities and have tea!  We will also accommodate individuals who wish to stay an extra night on Thursday July 30, 2020 and depart the following day, Friday, July 31 at no extra cost.

        Past events

        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
        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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        Daoist Gate Wudang Arts
        Goal: $50,000.00
        Collected: $20,680.00
        41%
        Your support allows us to continue offering affordable workshops, retreats, and classes to the community. We are also working to build and beautify our Xuan Ju Daoist Center in Francestown, NH.

        Contact Us:
        info@dbahealth.org

        132 2nd NH Turnkpike N. 
        Francestown, NH 03043

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