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Wudang Taijiquan Long Form   Leave a comment

Single Whip with Master Zhou

Here are the names for all the moves in the Wudang Style long form for your reference.

Wudang Taijiquan Long Form
Part One

1.    Preparatory Posture (Primordial Chaos; Wuji)
2.    Beginning (Birth of Yin and Yang)
3.    Step Backwards with a Snapping Force
4.    Grasp the Peacocks Tail
5.    Single Straight Whip
6.    Lift the Hands and Step Forward
7.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
8.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
9.    Hands Strum the Lute
10.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
11.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
12.    Brush the Right Knee and Turn the Leg
13.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
14.    Hands Strum the Lute
15.    Step, Parry and Punch
16.    Closing Off
17.    Cross Hands
18.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Part Two

19.    Step backward to drive away Monkey
20.    Double Palm Thrust
21.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
22.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
23.    Diagonal Single Whip
24.    Under Elbow Punch
25.    Brush the Right knee, Bent Leg Step
26.    Step Back and Whirl the Arms
27.    Diagonal Flying
28.    Empty Step, Pushing Palm
29.    Lift Hands and Step Forward
30.    White Crane Spreads its Wings
31.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
32.    Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
33.    Dodge, Step, Parry and Punch
34.    Open the Window and Watch the Moon
35.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
36.    Single Straight Whip
37.    Cloud Hands
38.    Single Straight Whip
39.    Pat the Horse
40.    Lion Kick with the Right Heel
41.    Lion Kick with the Left Heel
42.    Turn the Body, Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
43.    Brush the Right Knee, Bent Leg Step
44.    Step Forward to Tame the Tiger with a Punch
45.    Dodge to Strike the Back
46.    Step, Parry and Punch
47.    Small Capturing Hold
48.    Right Leg Kick
49.    Beat the Tiger, Left Side
50.    Beat the Tiger, Right Side
51.    Right Leg Kick
52.    Thrust Both Palms Downward
53.    Strike the Ears with Both Fists
54.    Cross Hand
55.    Mount the Tiger
56.    Stand on One Leg
57.    Step, Parry and Punch
58.    Closing Off
59.    Cross Hands
60.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Part Three

61.    Step backward to drive away Monkey
62.    Thrust Both Palms Downward
63.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
64.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
65.    Single Whip
66.    Part the Wild Horse’s Mane
67.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
68.    Single Straight Whip
69.    The Fair Lady Works at the Shuttle
70.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
71.    Single Straight Whip
72.    Cloud Hands
73.    Single Straight Whip
74.    Push down on the Left with the Single Whip
75.    Push down on the Right with the Single Whip
76.    Single Punch to the Throat
77.    Step back and Whirl Arms on Both Sides
78.    Diagonal Flying
79.    Empty Step, Pushing Palm
80.    Lift Hands and Step Forward
81.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
82.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
83.    Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
84.    Dodge to Strike the Back
85.    Straight Punch
86.    Step, Parry  and Punch
87.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
88.    Single Straight Whip
89.    Cloud Hands
90.    Pat the Horse
91.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
92.    Right Foot Diagonal Thrust
93.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
94.    Lion Kick with the Right Heel
95.    Brush the Right Knee, Bent Leg Step
96.    Left Cutting Palm
97.    Punch the Chest
98.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
99.    Single Straight Whip
100.    Push Down with the Single Whip
101.    Seven Star Forward Step
102.    Step Backwards to Mount the Tiger
103.    Place the Lotus
104.    Flex the Bow to Shoot the Tiger
105.    Step, Parry and Punch
106.    Apparent Close-up
107.    Cross Hands
108.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Posted May 12, 2011 by The Maui Taoist in Taijiquan, Wudang Arts

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Wudang Taoist Taiji & Qigong Workshop Training   4 comments

What an amazing week many of us just had! Personally I am still coming to grips with all that we did and all that I learned after living side by side with Master Zhou and his wife Julie for an entire week.


Thank you Master Zhou for your dignity and grace throughout the week sharing your life changing energy with all of us.

Thank you everyone that supported this adventure into the mysteries of Tao. From the philosophy, the story of a humble upbringing, the history, the spiritual practice and all the way to Qigong and Taijiquan practice it has been quite a week. We are so very blessed to have Xuan Yun as a teacher. We are working on getting another visit next year and this is entirely because of your love for these traditional arts.

If you want to continue (or start) working on Wudang Taoist qigong and Taijiquan, I’m meeting students for a new “Wudang Program” on Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 9:30 AM at Waipuilani park in north Kihei.  In addition, I will be showing some of the Qigong at my regular classes and at next months Kaiser classes.  I am also adding links to a new “Wudang Links” sidebar here on this site. Stay tuned here for future posts and information about “Wudang Taiji on Maui”

Thank you Julie for making it all possible!

The Cloud Traveller

 

Posted April 26, 2011 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Wudang Arts

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Tai Chi Classes on Maui   2 comments

2013 Public Tai Chi Class Schedule

Current schedule, click here

Schedule notes for January 2013

  • Two New Qigong practice sessions each week!
  • January 17th & 18th I will be doing a Tai chi for Arthritis Workshop at Kaunoa, call 270-7308 to sign up!

Monday at the West Maui Senior Center on Lahainaluna street in Lahaina.  

  • Intermediate Level I Taiji  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Beginner Levels I & II Taiji    10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Sitting Qigong/Meditation   11:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Monday at Mai Poina ‘Oe  Ia’u Park in Kihei … more info

  • Qigong Practice Session  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM 

Tuesday at the Hui Aloha area (down near the beach road) inside Keopuolani Park in Kahului.  

  • Advanced Level I  Taiji 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Beginner Level II Taiji  9:00 AM to 10::00 AM

Tuesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center (seniors only) in Sprecklesville Maui.  

  • Intermediate Level I Taiji  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Beginner Level I Taiji 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Wednesday In Kihei-Wailea area; Semi-private: Space available, contact me for more information.

  • Qigong & Taiji, All levels   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Wednesday at the Kaunoa Senior Center (seniors only) in Sprecklesville Maui. 

Thursday at Mai Poina ‘Oe  Ia’u Park in Kihei … more info

  • Qigong Practice Session  6:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Friday at the Kihei Community Center’s Aquatics Center classroom next to pool.

  • Beginners & Intermediate Level I  Taiji    7:45 AM to 9:00AM                 
  • Intermediate Level II Taiji  9:00AM to 10:00AM

Saturday at Waipuilani Park in North Kihei   

  • Wudang Qigong & Taiji  Styles  8:00 AM to 9:30AM

Private and Semi-Private Classes available, contact me  here and leave a comment.

Taiji Applications: Open Right and “Ward-off Left”   Leave a comment

“The peacock spreads its wings” is the second and third move in the Yang (Dong) Style. Here are some photos of the posture and two common applications.

First, neutralize the incoming attack by circling your arm to the right.

Next pull down to the jade table...this will pull the attacker off balance towards their "front door" forcing them to decide whether to be pulled down or to pull back.

Most people will instinctively pull back, so you step in blocking their retreat and then...

Finish by throwing them out the back door using "Left ward-off" by turning your waist and shifting your weight forward, tripping them over your leg. See how much fun Taiji is!

Alternatively, if your opponent does not pull back, you can follow up the original movement with your left hand, keeping them from closing in on you with a shoulder strike...

and apply "Brush knee and push"

Finish them off out their front door in the original direction that they were moving.

Thank you to Wanda for assisting in this project.

Wudang on Maui   3 comments

Wudang Taiji On Maui  Workshop 2011

Zhou, Xuan Yun will come to Maui in April!

Remember the movie “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and how amazed the world was with the Wudang arts?  Now you have a chance to work with a genuine disciple of Wudang. I have been in communication with Zhou, Xuan Yun and he has agreed to come here to Maui for a workshop in April.

Xuan Yun was raised on Wudang Mountain, the spiritual center for all Taoists.  The monks from Wudang spend their lives training in the Taoist arts including meditation, qigong, taijiquan and gong fu.  The wealth of knowledge embodied within these arts and carried forward by people like Xuan Yun is beyond the imagination.

Xuan Yun and I have put together a workshop for the week of April 17th.  The schedule is for four days in April; 17, 18, 19 & 20th.

We will be at the Filipino Community Center, a large and beautiful hall located in Kahului. We will start out with some basics and by the fourth day we will be going over the details and martial art aspects of Taijiquan. This workshop will be great for any level of Taiji player.

For more info on Xuan Yun, and to book your space at the Wudang Taiji on Maui Workshop, go to:  http://daoistgate.com/

If you are interested or want more details,  just e-mail me at corygw57@yahoo.com with “Wudang On Maui”  in the subject line. You can see the whole schedule and prices at http://www.daoistgate.com you can even book and pay there too!

Xuan Yun’s Bio: http://daoistgate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=29

This is an incredible opportunity to learn directly from the source of Taoist thought. There are only a handful of people in the entire world that can even get close to doing something like this, and you may be so blessed.

Zhou, Xuan Yun will teach a four-day workshop at the Filipino Community Center on Onehee Street in Kahului, April 17, 18,19th and 20th

Posted December 28, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events

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Yiquan Club in Kihei   9 comments

Yiquan friends doing some Yi Jin Jing Qigong

Come and play with our Yiquan club every Thursday morning.  Since Sifu Fong Ha comes here every September, a group of six or seven dedicated practitioners has began meeting every Thursday to continue working on his (and others) teachings. Since then it has become a great free-form “Internal Arts Day”

This is not a “class” because it is at Kamaole III Beach Park and the county will not allow a formal class: so I call it a club, there is no charge we just play.

Yiquan means “Mind (intention) Boxing” and it is a simple way to train martial arts and meditation skills. One of the main practices is just standing.  There is a huge variety of postures used in standing work, also known as “Zhan Zhuang” lit. “standing like a post”.  In Yiquan, there are eight main postures, you just stand and hold a posture, it is very simple.

Every Thursday morning starting at 6:30 AM with zhan zhuang, Qigong and Taiji walking, sometimes we take a break about 7:50 or so, look for us at a table at that time, then at  8:15 AM, we continue with Taijiquan until we are done.

The pre-dawn standing part is simple; just stand (or sit) in Wuji and if you want to, hold some postures or do whatever you want to! Try doing some “spontaneous qigong” also known as “Zi Fa Gong” or do the Yiquan postures.

The qigong that we originally did here consists of two sets and some “Taiji walking”.  The first set is called “Yi Jin Jing” this is the famous “muscle and tendon changing classic” invented by Bodhidharma in about 520 AD.  The second set is another classic qigong set known as “The Eight Brocades” or “Ba Duan Jin“.   Most likely though, whatever we we do here now is pretty random, so many things we could do, it is never the same qigong at this practice session. “Taiji walking”  in the sand is a favorite!

The Taijiquan part usually consists of doing the Dong (Yang) Long Form, we often do all three sections of the form or whatever we decide!

Come and play but know this is not a class…. I don’t do any real “teaching” I want to have fun with my friends, build some push hands connections, and keep the spirit of all of our teachers training active at Kamaole III

Overview:

6:30 AM to 7:50 AM
Wuji, Zhan Zhuang, Yiquan

Zi Fa Gong

Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, or “Whatever Qigong”

Taiji walking

7:50 to 8:15 AM Break…

8:15 AM
Taijiquan
Tui Shou

See All Classes Here:

https://taijionmaui.wordpress.com/category/schedules/

Basic Taiji Principles, Overview   1 comment

Like a stepped pyramid, we lay down a foundation, taking us higher as we go.

Taoist physics, the laws of energy.

This article is about outlining some of the basic Taiji principles that I have discovered through the years, and some taught to me by Master Dong. I will explain each one in time. These are not the “Classic Taiji Principles” that other authors have written about through the ages, but a pragmatic look at the common sense of practical Taiji.

These are not the only principles that I will discuss, many esoteric principles can be inserted in between and after the ones on this basic list, yet they are most basic and important ones. Understanding the physics of the human energy system and codifying, and sharing these principles is my life’s work.

Staying on your feet is an important skill that can save your life, whether talking about martial arts, or walking down a flight of stairs. There are many obvious gains from assimilating these principles into our lives but know that these principles go far deeper than Taijiquan.

The entire human energy system uses these same principles, not just your body, but also the mind, emotions and spirit. I am taking about the laws of physics; nothing is exempt from these basic principles of the universe.

For example, energy follows the path of least resistance; therefore reducing the resistance to energy increases the flow and the apparent volume of energy. The best way to remove resistance is to remove blockages. These blockages can be from misalignment and (muscle) tension. Again these principles are not necessarily only about your body, keep in mind the “big picture”.

The way to remove obstructions is to align and relax…. Know that aligning will facilitate relaxation. It is easier to relax when we have good alignment, like in the physical attribute of structural integrity.  A strong frame requires less reinforcement; look at an “earthquake resistant” building, a proper frame, allows for a flexible, less ridged, relaxed structure.

Likewise, in relationships, having the same values and interests with another is “alignment” with this alignment a person will be more relaxed. Being aligned and relaxed leads to balance, and with a little give and take (counterbalance) we can achieve a harmonious relationship. Understanding energy is about a relationship with it and it applies to all things accordingly.

While keeping the big picture in mind and realizing that there is a hierarchy to these principles and also that Taijiquan is a method of training and understanding energy, we need to start with the most important principles first. Layering principles overtime will bring enlightenment.

To get started, to keep things simple here is a basic outline to these principles. Each principle will require further explanation, so be patient, and check back to the “Taiji Principles” category here on this blog.

To make comprehending and learning these principle easier, I have organized them into three sub-groups of three principles each. Beginners should mostly be concerned with the first three. Intermediate students focus on the first six and as students progress keep layering principles until all nine are understood.

Principles:

Align
Relax
Root
Balance
Harmonize
String of pearls
Not too much not too little
Open and close
See all things