Styles

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Some of the most brilliant kung fu masters from China (Beijing and Fuzhou) will gather to share their knowledge and love of traditional Chinese martial arts.

Chinese Martial Arts Styles at Zhen Wu

 

Tong Bei

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.

Liu He Tang Lang

In Praying Mantis Boxing family “Liu He Tang Lang” used to be the most secretly reserved one. It was seldom seen publicly as its forms hide some of the most powerful and harmful techniques.

The special characteristic of this school is its use of continuous vertical (and sometimes horizontal) circles which permit either striking, trapping or defending. It is not related to Liu He Men boxing but instead shares the same philosophy in regards to structure of its movements (the six harmonies).

From its appearance, it is looked a little mellow and soft, but once you are attached, you can feel its powerful hidden vigour which is issued in a spiral or a circular form called “chan si jin” or “silk reeling power”. It is this “silk reeling power” that gives Six Harmonies Praying Mantis Boxing a “Soft Mantis” name.

 

Ba Gua Zhang

One of the so known „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. Baguazhang 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.

 

Shuai Jiao

Shuai Jiao is Chinese wrestling, sometimes commonly known as Chinese judo. The word “shuai,” 摔, stands for “to throw onto the ground”, while “jiao” may be one of two characters: the first and older, 角, stands for “horns” and the second and recent, 跤, stands for “wrestle or trip using the legs”.

In modern Chinese Shuai Jiao is always written using the more recent characters 跤, and should be translated as “to throw onto the ground through wrestling with legs”. The main characteristic is the use of the legs to kick and off-balance opponents, and the use of arm locks.

Shuai jiao classes will be led by Master Yu, one of the highest ranking Shuaijiao experts in Beijing and disciple of renowned wrestling expert master Wang Ruiying.

 

Liu He Men (Six Harmony Style)

Liu He Men (Six Harmony Style) combines soft and hard, internal and external techniques. It is based on the theory of six synchronizations: cultivating the essence, energy, and spirit internally, while exercising the hands, eyes and the body externally. It consists of basic strength and flexibility training, and the study of several Shaolin Liu He Men barehand and weapon form sets. Eventually, the student can successfully apply the techniques in actual combat.

Liu He Men was the style practiced by Grandmaster Wan Lai Sheng before he took up Zi Ran Men, and he continued its development as his knowledge of martial arts deepened. Eventually, Wan Lai Sheng built a core curriculum of Liu He Men forms that he thought was most effective for developing skills as a martial artist.

In this way, Grandmaster Wan’s Liu He Men curriculum could be seen as the basic foundation for the study of all martial arts. He said, “All Kung Fu requires understanding of the the six harmonies (Liu He). Without understanding it, your Kung Fu will not be solid.”

 

Xing Yi

Xing Yi is one of the major “internal” or Wudang styles of Chinese martial arts. The word translates approximately to “Form/Intention Boxing”, or “Shape/Will Boxing”, and is characterized by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power. There is no single organizational body governing the teaching of the art, and several variant styles exist.

A practitioner of xingyiquan uses coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Forms vary from school to school, but include barehanded sequences and versions of the same sequences with a variety of weapons.

These sequences are based upon the movements and fighting behavior of a variety of animals. The training methods allow the student to progress through increasing difficulty in form sequences, timing and fighting strategy.

 

Taiji Quan

The term tai ji 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.

 

Qigong

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.