Heilong Martial Arts Taijiquan & Qigong
Taijiquan is translated as Supreme Ultimate Boxing or Fist and it is a fighting art and system of exercise based on the philosophy of yin and yang. Taijiquan as a fighting art finds and uses the balance between hardness and softness to overcome one’s opponent.
Qigong literally means, “breathing exercise.” The more popular exercise of Tai Chi is an advanced form of Qigong. Modern medical research is now revealing Tai Chi and Qigong are powerful health sciences, as well as effective aerobic exercise.
At Heilong Martial Arts we teach Taijiquan for both health and for fighting.
For Health we have designed special classes for Seniors that have been used effectively in Senior Living and Assisted Living Facilities.
For Children and Youth Specific Taijiquan Classes we have designed classes that have been used successfully in Primary Schools in China and in High schools, Colleges and YMCAs in Virginia, USA.
As a True Martial Art:
We teach the Adult Taijiquan Classes in the traditional way, the way that they were originally taught. It is through this process that The student learns Taijiquan for Fighting and Self Defense. The student first learns the forms slow, they learn the correct posture and breathing techniques as well as what each of the moves are intended for with fighting. The students also learn how to do feel their opponent's intentions through Push Hand exercise Once the student understands this; then they learn to actually use Taijiquan as a Martial Art. Students learn to do the techniques at real speed, learning how to really hit and kick using heavy bags. The students learn how to fall and how to perform throws and they learn traditional Kung Fu weapons. It is through these process that the Master's of old obtained all the benefits of Taijiquan, including great health and long lives.
We Teach 3 styles of Taijiquan at Heilong Martial Arts, they include the following:
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.
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 then learns the form 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. Gun (Staff), Dao (Broad Sword) and Jian (Straight Sword) are also taught to those students that want to learn them.
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)