Heilong Martial Arts has two Senior Instructors in the USA, Robert Pettit and Lon Erikson. Between the two of them they have over 50 years of martial arts training (More on their experience can be found on the Lineage and Instructors Link)
Robert has been back in the USA for almost 3 years and during this time he has only taught high ranked private and semiprivate students. After many requests he has decided to start teaching group classes again. Lon, a native Minnesotan has been teaching group Taijiquan classes in the Dassel area. Both Rob and Lon believe that together they can help make the Minneapolis area a healthier, safer and less stressful place to live. In order to do this, they know they need to show Minnesotans all of the powerful benefits of Taijiquan (Tai Chi). It is with all of this on their mind, that they have decided to start Senior, Youth, Corporate and Regular Taijiquan & Qigong Classes. To find out more about these programs please visit our Taijiquan Page. Go To Taijiquan Tai Chi Page
For those Students that want to learn Traditional Neijiaquan Kung Fu Classes, Heilong Martial Arts is the only place to train. To find out why, you can visit our Neijiaquan Kung Fu pages. Go To Neijiaquan Kung Fu Page
Though it is more natural for Nejiaquan Kung Fu Students to train outdoors, this is not always possible in Minnesota and because of this, Robert has both a private training studio and a group class training studio located in his home.
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What We Teach:
Liang Shi Baguazhang
Liang Shi Baguazhang was founded by Liang Zhenpu who was one of Dong Hai Chuan’s youngest students. Liang Zhenpu was only a teenager when he started bagua training, and he did not have any outside kung fu influences. Because of this, many martial artist considered Liang Baguazhang to be the most pure or closest to Dong Hai Chuan’s original baguazhang. Whether this is true or not, it is a fact that Dong Hai Chuan was getting pretty old by the time Liang Zhenpu started training under him. Because of this, Grandmaster Dong had Liang Zhenpu also train under his 2 main disciples-Yin fu and Cheng Tinghua, both of whom influenced Liang’s own Baguazhang.
There are many Bagua Forms and weapons in the Liang Shi Baguazhang.
- Basic Eight Palms (Jichubazhang)
- Old Eight Palms (Laobazhang)
- Static Eight Palms (Dingshibazhang)
- 64 Hands (Liushisishou)
- 36 Combination Form
- Linked Palms (Lianhuanzhang)
- Dragon Palms (Longxingzhang)
- Eight Direction Palms (Bamianzhang)
- Elbows (Zhou)
- Saber (Dao)
- Sword (Jian)
Wudang Xuanzong Taijiquan
The Wudang Mountains have been an important center of Daoism for over a thousand years and there are 100s of small Taoist temples throughout the mountains. Wudang is also the birthplace of internal martial arts where legend states that the great Daoist priest Zhang San Feng came to live as hermit and learn the Daoist methods of immortality. During his time in Wudang, Zhang San Feng incorporated his many years of training in Shaolin Kung Fu, Daoist Internal Alchemy, and Qi Gong Zhang to create Neijiaquan Kung Fu.
Wudang Xuanzong Taijiquan is a 108 posture form that comes from deep in the Wudang Mountains and until recently was only taught to the inner disciples of the Xuanzong Temple. Shifu Chen Lei was only one of eight non disciples to be taught this form. Because of this, the form is not well known in China but hopefully through this schools efforts, more people will come to learn and love this Taijiquan. Wudang Xuanzong Taijiquan has a strong flavor of all 3 types of neijiaquan kung fu. Almost all postures are done on both sides of the body, there are many Fajing or explosive movements and many kicks. Done slowly it looks like other types of Taijiquan, but done at regular speed it looks more like Wudangquan or Wudang Boxing Kung Fu. It is a deep form with many practical fighting applications.
Sun Shi Kung Fu (Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan)
Sun Lutang was born in Hebei and was named Sun Fuquan by his parents. Years later, his Baguazhang teacher Cheng Tinghua gave him the name Sun Lutang. He was well-versed in two other internal kung fu styles: xingyiquan (hsing-i ch'uan) and baguazhang (pa-kua chang) before he came to study taijiquan). His expertise in these two martial arts were so high that many regarded him as without equal. Sun learned Wu (Hao) Taijiquan from Hao Wei-chen. Sun started studying with Hao relatively late in his life, but his accomplishments in the other two internal arts led him to develop his t'ai chi abilities to a high standard more quickly than is usual. After learning Hao Taijiquan, Sun Lutang developed his own style of Taijiquan that combined principles and movements from Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and Taijiquan.
In Sun Style Taijiquan the movement of the feet are flexible and fast: as soon as a leg advances or moves back, the other leg follows immediately. One does not find in Sun Shi Taijiquan a horse riding stance with feet equal distance apart or the bow and arrow posture of traditional Taijiquan. In Sun Shi, one uses the free steps coming from Xing Yi and Bagua. The centre of gravity always falls on one leg; a foot supports all the weight of the body, the other follows, free. The steps forwards are the steps of Xingyiquan Beng Quan, whereas the steps backwards are the ones the of Xingyiquan Pi Quan. The steps of rotation correspond to the steps of Ba Gua. Sun Shi is light, fluid and fast. It is compared to the flow of the water or the drifting of the clouds in the sky on a windy day. At our school we teach the traditional 98 Movement Long Form as well as the Sun Taijiquan Jian (Sword)
Sun Shi Baguazhang is composed of only eight Zhang (Palms) ((lion, Qilin, snake, sparrow hawk, dragon, bear, phoenix, monkey), the same as Dan Huan Zhang (single palm change) and Shuang Huan Zhang (double palm change). The two movements of transition are on the whole ten Zhang. Each Zhang consists only of a few simple movements. It avoids too complicated movements and long transitions that exist in many other Ba Gua schools. The principle is that the simpler the formulated and fixed movements, the more one leaves the expert practitioner the freedom to explore the possibilities of changes and uses by not being blocked by too established forms. For example, the movement “Qing Long Fan Shou” in the Dan Huan Zhang can be transformed into at least five different movements of attacks. Thus, Sun Shi Ba Gua is apparently very simple , but contains an immense space that allows the change and the variation which are the essence of the spirit of Ba Gua.
Sun Shi Xingyiquan was created by Master Sun Lu Tang, on the basis of what he had learnt directly, since the age of 15, from Grand Master of Xing Yi, Guo Yun Shen. Compared to the other schools of Xing Yi, Sun Shi Xing Yi has a style that is simple, solid, discrete, reserved, flexible and light. It is based on the Taoist 5 Element Theory and 12 Animals.
Yang Shi Taijiquan
Yang Style Taijiquan was founded by Yang Luchan. Yang Luchan was the first outsider to learn Chen Style Taijiquan. Yang Luchan went to Chenjiagou (Chen Village) in Henan Province and after many trials, Chen Style Grandmaster Chen Xanxing (1771-1853) decided to teach him. After many years of studying in Chenjiagou, Chen Xanxing gave him permission to leave and spread Taijiquan. Eventually Yang Luchan ended up teaching Prince Su bodyguards his own style of Taijiquan and because of this, Yang Taijiquan became very famous. Of the 5 styles of Taijiquan- Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu (Hao) and Sun, Yang Taijiquan is the most famous and most practiced in the world
Master Da Liu, eventually brought his type of Yang Style to the USA, while working for the United Nations in New York City. It was Da Liu who first brought the west’s most Famous Yang Taijiquan Master, Chen Man-cheng to the USA. In fact they were roommates for a while and their forms are very similar. Da Liu’s form though is considered a medium length form of 54 movements, while Chan Man-cheng’s is considered a short form of 36 movements. At our school, once the form is learned on the right side of the body, the student will then learn the form or on the left side of their body. So if a student does the form on the right side and then the left side then it becomes similar to doing the Yang Long Form of 108 movements. Jian and Dao swords are also taught.