Our 2019 Spring Schedule will be comprised of separate week long courses, each course focusing on a different art or skill. All courses will include foundations of Kung Fu training, Meditation, and elements of Daoist Healing and Recovery methods.
February 24- March 2 Heaven and Earth Fan Workshop for Women
March 10-16 Tai Chi and Qi Gong
March 24-30 Eight Immortals Staff
April 7-13 Yang Sheng Gong, Five Animal Qi Gong
April 21-27 Seven Star Sword (Jian)
May 5-11 Seven Star Sword (Jian)
May 19-25 Ba Gua and Daoist Principles
July 1- Aug 18 Apprenticeship (this year’s immersion course is still being custom designed, please contact us if interested for more details, thanks!)
Heaven and Earth Fan Workshop for Women:
February 24- March 2, 2019
We will explore the dynamic and fluid movements of fan weaponry. Originating in the Kun Lun Mountains of China, then later popularized in Wudang, this Qian Kun Shan Zi set is both beautiful and strong. It is characterized by slicing, thrusting, elaborate stepping, parrying, and swift changes from high to low with cross stance. Movements can be done slow, with integration of breath, for health, longevity and joy. Alternatively, movements can be done faster and sharper with an emphasis on understanding the martial principles. Open to all levels.
Heavenly Horse Tai Chi 36 Postures: March 10-16, 2019
Here we will be introduced to the 36 postures of a Tai Chi form from White Horse Mountain. We will explore the methods of Fire and Water, 2 ways to approach the practice of Tai Chi. When Tai Chi is executed in the Fire method, it is characterized by low stance work, spiraling movement, and fa-jing power (wave or whip-like strikes), it is invigorating and demanding. When Tai Chi is practiced in the Water method it is soft, relaxed and for the main purpose of health and longevity. Both methods are a moving meditation which can help ease stress, provide peace of mind-body, correct structural alignment, and offer strength and flexibility. Students will learn basic movements such as Tai Ji Pillar, Standing Meditation Alignment, Cloud Hands, Silk Reeling, as well as stepping patterns like Brush Knee and Part the Horses Mane. Morning and evening meditation and qi gong basics will be part of everyday. Beginners welcome! Experienced practitioners will also get a lot of technique and knowledge out of this course.
Eight Immortals Staff: March 24-30
Eight Immortals Staff is a San Feng Sect form depicting the legendary characters known as the Eight Immortals in Daoist lore. The movements are unique and powerful with hints of drunken style and theatrics. We will also learn basic partner drills for applying martial concepts with the staff and explore controlled sparring.
Yang Sheng Gong and Five Animal Qi Gong: April 7 -13, 2019
This course will be focused on slow restorative and health giving movements combined with breath, balance, and coordination. We will learn the 3 sets of Pure Yang Sect Repairing Body Life Cultivation Method -Yang Sheng Gong, as well as explore the Five Animals Qi Gong set of San Feng lineage. The Yang Sheng Gong set offers standing meditation, connective tissue strengthening, increasing bone density, cleansing and detoxifying the qi and blood, maintaining healthy joints, and much more. Five Animals Qi Gong introduces the Five Element Theory and brings balance to our internal organ systems through the beauty of animal movements.
Seven Star Sword 49 Postures:
April 21-27, 2019
and May 5-11, 2019
This is a double edged straight sword form from Wudang Mountain Chun Yang Sect. It is characterized by ba gua stepping, fluid and circular movements, like the spirit of the dragon. It is as much a ceremonial practice, enriched with prayer and empowerment, as it is a container for developing traditional martial weapons skills. In this seminar we will learn the 49 postures of this form, its ceremonial elements, as well as some practical applications of how to wield a sword in combat. Those attending must bring their own sword. Please contact us ahead of time if you need help ordering one.
Dragon Heart Ba Gua -Stepping Patterns and Daoist Principles:
May 19-25, 2019
“The Eight Step Heavenly Big Dipper Palm is ancient and unadorned, refined and rare,transcending the mundane, and casting off the conventional.”
In this course on the complex art of Ba Gua, we will cover basic circle walking stepping methods, the sacred patterns, Daoist theory, and begin to learn the 8 steps of Chun Yang Sect’s Ba Bu Long Xin Zhang form. This is not only a martial art but also a ceremony and healing practice. To read more about Ba Gua from the Five Immortals Temple website click here.
Below is some information on meditation and healing recovery methods that are integrated into every course as needed…
Daoist Sitting Meditation
Daily sitting meditation will provide students with a foundation in stillness- which is essential to all other aspects of our training. An emphasis will be placed on proper sitting posture, as well as integration of Daoist Principles of internal practice. We will begin with instruction and methods, but for the most part this process is about experiencing what occurs when one devotes time to stillness.
Daoist Healing and recovery methods that we use to aid in student’s training process
Tui Na Massage
Herbs and Liniment
Huo Liao Fire Healing
Our Apprenticeship this year will likely include a Guest Instructor on Scripture… stay tuned for more information…
Daoist Scripture and Music Healing
This is an introduction to Daoist Ceremony, specifically the recitation of the Morning Scripture and it’s musical accompaniment. First we will learn the basics of pronouncing, writing, and reading han zi (Chinese characters), with an emphasis placed on specific vocabulary for the purpose of studying Daoist Scripture. Once a basic foundation in Mandarin is reached, we will begin to focus more on the recitation of Zao Wan Gong Ke (Morning and Evening Scripture) which is practiced in most Daoist Temples everyday, and includes some of the major Daoist texts such as Qing Jing Jing (Scripture of Purity and Stillness), Ba Da Shen Zhou (Eight Spirit Mantras), and Xin Yin Miao Jing (Jade Emperors Heart Seal Classic). For more information on scriptures, check Five Immortals Temple website.
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