Zhen Wu Martial Arts is an international organization with strong lineages and ties to generations of traditional Chinese martial arts masters. It is not about a particular style, but an approach to learning an artform. The main goal of Zhen Wu is to preserve and promote traditional Chinese martial arts.

Held for the first time in 2007 in Beijing, the Zhen Wu Martial Arts Training Camp is an annual event hosted by Zhen Wu schools internationally. Every year a different city is selected to host the Training Camp. In 2015, Li Laoshi and all the Chinese masters welcome you to Antwerp, Belgium! Camp participants come to live and breathe martial arts, to learn from Chinese martial arts experts and then explore the breathtaking sights of Antwerp.

Training principles are based on the fundamentals of traditional Chinese Kung Fu. Zhen Wu believes that ultimately there is no separation between "internal" and "external" styles, as they have often been classified in the West. Basic principles of rooting, release, use of circular momentum and coiled spring energy are engrained in all systems, regardless of style.

The day begins with group Qi Gong at 7.00am. Morning training will focus on Liuhe Ziranmen or Bagua Zhang. After lunch participants will be separated into groups to learn either Tongbei Quan or Taiji Quan. This will be followed by weapons class and then 45 minutes of individual free training supervised by the masters. All levels of experience are welcome, but a minimum of 1 year prior training is recommended to maximize your training experience.
Li JianLong
Zhang Xinbin
Sun Ruxian
Master Li Jian Long is a former member and coach of the Fujian Wushu Team. He was selected as the premier athlete from Fujian province in the 1976-1977 All China Wushu Competition. From 1977, he served as Director of the Fuzhou Physical Education Institution in addition to coaching the professional wushu team from Fujian. In 1978, he became one of the first certified judges for the Chinese national sport of wushu. Skilled in both open hand forms and weapons combat, he was the fight choreographer of the martial arts film "Journey Back to Tiger's Lair" (Wo Hu Xun Jie).

As a traditional kung fu master, Li Jian Long is a senior disciple of legendary Six Harmony (Liu He Zi Ran Men) Grandmaster Wan Lai Shen. Six Harmony style (Liu He Men) is a branch of Northern Shaolin Kung Fu known for its fluid, effective fighting techniques and its thorough integration of internal and external energy. Master Li has co-authored a series of books on the use of Chinese martial arts in basic self-defense, entitled "Fang Shen Shu". He was also featured in "Guardian of the Gates of Wei Tuo", a documentary on Wan Lai Shen's life and teachings.

Uniquely skilled in both traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts, Master Li believes in proliferation of the art form through highly scientific wushu training methods. He offers instruction in hand forms and weapons (spear, straightsword, broadsword, staff, three-section staff, cudgel, whipchain, double hook swords, double broadsword), as well as the internal arts of taiji and qigong.
Master Zhang was born in Beijing in the year 1954. In his late teens, he became a student of Master Zhang Guizeng and started his training in Baiyuan (White Gibbon) Tongbei. Baiyuan Tongbei is an extremely vicious, aggressive martial art, relying on fast movements, brutal techniques and crisp power. In addition to Master Zhang Guizeng's teachings, Master Zhang Xinbin also studied Chinese wrestling from Master Yang Guozhen, pushing hands from master Jiang Qimin and Yiquan from masters Li Jianyu and Yu Yongnian.

In his never-ending quest to improve his Tongbei knowledge, Master Zhang started to research the style Five Elements Tongbei in early 2009. Since then, Master Zhang has incorporated the principles of Five Elements Tongbei into his own Baiyuan system. Master Zhang is the co-founder of the Beijing International Martial Arts Camp, together with his good friend, the Late Master Mike Martello. Since Sifu Mike's passing, Master Zhang has become the Chief Instructor of the Zhenwu Martial Arts School in Belgium.

Throughout the years, Master Zhang has enthralled students and instructors with his depth and passion for the Chinese Martial Arts. He is known for his excellent methods of building martial power and also for his superb fighting skills.
Master Sun Ruxian has dedicated his life to the pursuit of Chinese martial arts excellence, having studied several systems from famous masters in Beijing. His earliest teachers were Masters Liu Qingquan and Xu Zixian, who taught him the styles of Liuhequan (Six Harmony Boxing), Yue Family Techniques and Tongbei. Later on, he studied with Masters Liu Jingru, Men Huifeng and Du Jinguo, who taught him Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and Liu He Tang Lang (Six Harmony Praying Mantis) respectively. Master Sun also learned Shaolin Five Animals Eight Methods Boxing from Master Qin Qingfeng.

Furthermore, he has intensive training in the arts of Iron Palm and Red Sand Palm. After many years of diligent practice and research, Master Sun Ruxian has absorbed the knowledge which was taught to him and reach a high level of understanding of the martial arts. His specialties are Xingyi and Shaolin Five Forms Eight Methods Boxing.

Apart from teaching in Beijing, China, Master Sun has also taught Chinese martial arts in Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy. With his knowledge in various martial arts systems and his extensive teaching experience, Master Sun continues to dazzle martial arts practitioners within China and abroad.
Qi Gong
Taiji Quan
Liuhe Ziranmen
Tongbei Quan
Bagua Zhang
China has a long and rich tradition of breathing exercises and internal cultivation. Qigong practice can greatly contribute to health and longevity. At our summer camp, we will start each training day with Qigong, to refresh everyone and as a preparation for more physical intense training later during the day.
The term Taiji quan translates as "supreme ultimate fist", "boundless fist", "great extremes boxing", or simply "the ultimate" Chi can also mean "life energy". The concept of the Taiji ("supreme ultimate") appears in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy, where it represents the fusion or mother of Yin and Yang into a single Ultimate, represented by the Taijitu symbol. Taiji theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism. In practice, taiji should convey basic concepts of body structure, alignment and use of relaxation techniques to circumvent or redirect incoming attacks. In the West, taiji is often just practiced for health benefits, but Zhen Wu believes in teaching taiji as an applied martial art, which incorporates sensitivity training and extensive partner work through push hands.
Zi Ran Men (or Ziranmen) Kung Fu has its roots in ancient Taoist philosophy, and encompasses physical training, Qigong (or Chi Kung) and fighting techniques. Liu He Men (or Liuhe) Kung Fu is derived from the Yue style of Shaolin Kung Fu. It combines both soft and hard techniques and is based on the theory of "Six Harmonies". The style incorporates strength and flexibility training and is renowned for its fluid and effective fighting practices.

Natural Style Kung Fu strips away what is unnecessary, and develops the "essence" of martial arts, thus it is assertive, uncomplicated and direct. Movement is based upon the use of circular energy, where attack can become defense, or a block can become a strike. The mind is calm, decisive and spontaneous. Training is designed to develop an ideal state of health, protect the body's energy and master self defense.
Tong Bei literally translates as "Through the Back"; the practitioner generates power from the legs and brings this power to his arms by connecting through the back. Tongbeiquan is a style which emphasizes long, swinging arm techniques and body structure to develop connected power. The style of Tong Bei, based on movement of a white gibbon, is fast, powerful and synchopated. The attacks are clever and unpredictable, the movement very animal-like. Zhen Wu teaches both bai yuan (white gibbon) and wuxing (5 element) Tong Bei concepts. Tong Bei is an extremely powerful and elegant martial art, relying on fast movements, brutal techniques and crisp power. It is known as the mother style of mantis kung fu. For students at the camp who already have a solid understanding of tong bei, we will add advanced training methods
One of the so-called „Internal Styles“ of Chinese martial arts. Established by Dong Heichuan in the 19th century it is known for the practice of circle walking, or "turning the circle", as it is sometimes called. It is Baguazhang's characteristic method of stance and movement training. Baguazhang contains an extremely wide variety of techniques as well as weapons, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers, etc.), kicks, joint locks, throws, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. As such, Baguazhang is considered neither a purely striking nor a purely grappling martial art. Bagua Zhang practitioners are known for their ability to "flow" in and out of the way of objects. The contents of the Bagua system will be covered, including empty-hand sequences, internal training and fighting applications.
You will have the choice between the Bang (short staff) and the Miao Dao (long sword). If you don't have a weapon we can provide one for you, so make sure to give us your preference in the subscription form below.

Antwerp, Belgium

The 2015 Zhen Wu Camp will take place in the thrilling city of Antwerp, Belgium. You will train at a top-notch location right in the city centre, close to hotels, restaurants and other accomodations. We can train both inside and outside with plenty of space to sharpen our skills. There will be 2 resting days on which you get the chance to explore the beautiful city of Antwerp.

Maarschalk Gerardstraat 18
2000 Antwerp

You can register for one or two weeks. Not included: sleeping accomodations, food, drinks, extra-curricular activities. At the end of the camp there will a diner which is included in the price.

The full price for 2 weeks is 560€, early birds get 80€ discount on the 2 weeks. The early bird discount is available untill the 31st of March 2015.

Fill in the form below to register for the camp. You will receive an email with further instructions regarding the payment and practical details. Remember: as long as your payment isn’t processed, you’re not officially enrolled.

This is the payment information, which you will also receive in the confirmation email after registration:

Marnixstraat 25
2060 Antwerpen

Belfius Bank
IBAN: BE26 7795 9114 6629
Reference: camp 2015 [first name] [last name]


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