Robert has been back in the USA for 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. Robert's goal is to pass along his Master's Kung Fu in the USA so it may continue to thrive and spread to future generations.
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
In order to to help make both Minnesotians healthier and less stressful, Traditional, Senior, Youth and Corporate Taijiquan and Qigong Classes are offered. To find out more about these programs please visit our Taijiquan Page.
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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:
Heilong Martial Arts is at its core a Baguazhang focused school with a heavy Wudang Quan influence. Baguazhang is recognized as the last classical/traditional form of Kung Fu created. Because of this, Baguazhang was able to borrow and absorb into its curriculum what the founders felt were the best and most useful techniques for fighting. In order to better understand why those techniques were chosen and to be able to have a deeper understanding of Baguazhang, other types of related Neijiaquan that influenced Baguazhang are also taught. This creates both a well-rounded and educated Kung Fu Practionar
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)
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 Xuanwu / Xuanzong Taijiquan
Wudang Xuanzong Taijiquan is a 108 posture form that is suppose to come from deep in the Wudang Mountains and until recently was only taught to Shifu Wang Chang Sheng's inner disciples. 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.
Wudang Taiyi Quan
The Wudang Taiyi at Heilong Martial Arts is based on the Famous 81 movement Taiyi Wuxing Quan which was founded by Master Shouxing of the Wudang Longmen School during the Ming Dynasty. Taiyi Wuxing is very similar to Taijiquan in that it relies on regulated breathing but it also relies on simultaneous striking and defense. It is faster than Wudang Taiji and it is based on both Yin Yang and Five Elements as well as being influenced by the Five Animal Form of Hua Tuo.
Wudang Songxi Quan
Wudang Songxi Quan is one of the oldest styles of kung fu to come from Wudang. It’s forms and techniques are mostly based on General Qi Jiguang’s New Book on Military Efficiency. This Martial Manual is the oldest book containing martial techniques known in Chinese History, having been written during the Ming Dynasty in 1560. In this book General Qi fused many different styles and techniques together to create his 32 stance training method for the regular army. For General Qi, there was a clear distinction between flowery dancing and performances, very common at the Song and Ming Dynasty courts, and martial skills that could translate well onto the battlefield, either as a source of confidence and physical well being, or as a last resort when a soldier’s sword and shield had been taken from him. Heilong Martial Arts believes very strongly in General Qi’s words “These very fist techniques constitute the source of martial skill... Once you have acquired the skills, you must test them on an opponent, but in no way should you consider victory or submission to be a cause for shame or pride. Rather, you ought to think, "By what means did I defeat him?" Or “By what means could I have defeated him?” Then you exert and test yourself for a while.” These words of wisdom should be used in all martial arts.
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.
Heilong Martial Arts is not a Shaolin Kung Fu School but some Shaolin is taught since it is the foundation of most of the unarmed Kung Fu since the Ming Dynasty. Even the schools on Wudang were first call Shaolin Wudang schools. Students in the group classes and those students without any martial art experience are taught simple Shaolin Wu Bu Quan (5 Stance Boxing Form) and Shaolin Louhan Shiba Shou (18 Luohan Boxing Form), both which come from the Song Dynasty. Both these Shaolin forms are simple and easy to learn while laying a good foundation for new martial art students. Luohan boxing is especially important to our school since Baguazhang’s Founder Dong Hai Chuan and his first student Yin Fu,were both Luohan Boxers before training Baguazhang. Likewise, Yang Luchan, the founder of Yang Taijiqan was also a Luohan Boxer before he studied Chen Style Taijiquan. Shaolin Rouquan (Cotton Boxing) is also taught to advanced students since it is more of an internal style of boxing who’s founder studied with the Wudang Songxi Monks. Those students who study Rouquan will clearly see where the influence of modern Taijiquan comes from.