Fostering the Taoist tradition through cultivation, education, & the Arts

 

Bagua Zhang & Xinyi Quan Retreat

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 Instructor: Harrison Moretz

April 17, 9:00 am – April 19, 4:00 pm

Bagua Zhang is a subtle and effective internal system of cultivation and martial arts.

This three day retreat will emphasize training methods to increase skill, improve internal coordination, promote health, and cultivate spirit, qi & essence神氣精.

  The hallmark of Bagua zhang is its use of circular walking with coiling and spiraling movement. This gives the practitioner the ability to move and change direction with ease, to evade and neutralize the opponent, and to generate internal power.

 Xin Yi Quan – Mind Intent boxing – is the oldest of the Chinese internal martial arts. It is especially good at consolidating the qi and developing internal strength. The basic components of the system are the five elements and the twelve animals.

 Daily practice will include:

* Bagua and Xinyi nei gong (qigong)

* Internal conditioning methods

* Bagua and Xinyi applications

* Two person training methods

* Theory and philosophy

 Lecture/discussion each evening on the theory and philosophy of Bagua Zhang and Xinyi Quan in nourishing life and martial application.

Introduction to Bagua

Mini-Workshop

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Instructor: Harrison Moretz

Friday  April 10th  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bagua Zhang is a subtle and effective system of martial arts and internal cultivation.

 This class will introduce some of the unique characteristics of Bagua Zhang, including the signature walking technique, and the eight inner palms which cultivate qi and develop postural integrity.

This class is an excellent introduction to this fascinating art.

 

Spiral Movement Intensive

Workshop

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Instructor: Harrison Moretz

April 12, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

An exploration of spiral movement and structure

     The underlying movement of the universe is in spirals. The structure of the body is formed in spirals. In this one day intensive we will explore how to enhance both the freedom of movement and the integration and functional strength of the      body. Understanding and using the spiral structure and vectorsof movement is not only applicable to qigong, tai chi but to all  aspects of daily life.

 

Eight Sections of Brocade

Workshop

Instructor: Harrison Moretz

April 26,  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Eight sections of brocade is a traditional qigong set practiced by Taoists and martial artists.

It is an excellent exercise for promoting health. A somewhat rigorous method, it is especially good at developing proper postural relationships and increasing strength. Over time the set has developed many variations. The method that will be presented in this workshop is effective and comprehensive, incorporating layers of practice from the physically direct to the energetically subtle.

This workshop is suitable for any level.

(Please bring a blanket and meditation cushion if you have one.)