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  • On November 13 and 14 we were privileged to host Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang and Master Matt Zhang for three seminars. Their extensive knowledge and experience with Chinese Martial Arts

  •     and Qigong made this a unique and valuable learning experience  for attending students. 

 

Taiji Silk Reeling Qigong

  • Master Matt Xichuan Zhang

    • Silk Reeling is a set of repetitive spiral movements with emphasis on the practitioner’s connection to the ground, the waist, knee alignment, kua sinking, and opening and closing of joints with Dantian rotation. These continuous spiral movements are the basic components and the foundation of Taijiquan. Silk Reeling  increases joint mobility and relaxes the muscles and tendons of the practitioner. The spiral movements  open up and exercise the 18 major joints (from the head to the ankles), and promote flexibility as well as reduce physical tension and strain.

Fanziquan

  • Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang

  • Fanziquan 翻子 relies almost exclusively on punches and short range attacks. The power of this form has been compared to falling rain droplets of a severe storm since the strikes are continuous, leaving one’s opponent no time to recover. The force behind the strikes is like that of a "machine gun" shooting out. Fanziquan boasts short, vigorous movements, compact and well-knit routines and swift force application. Techniques can be applied in different ways, and several techniques can be applied at the same time.

  • Shuangshou Jian

  • (Double Handed Sword)

  • Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang

 

Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang has been practicing and teaching Kung Fu / Wushu on the Chinese professional martial arts team for over 50 years. In l988, he was the coach of the Chinese National Wushu/Kung Fu Team and since 2002, he has been the head coach of the Shaanxi Provincial Wushu Team. Currently he is the Vice President of the Shaanxi Provincial Wushu Association. In his long martial arts career, Grandmaster Bai’s greatest accomplishment was to become a world-renowned Kung Fu / Wushu coach. He has taught many National Wushu Championship holders and Kung Fu movie stars including the famous movie star Donnie Yen, as well as the “Wushu Prince”, Zhao Changjun, who has won 54 gold medals worldwide and is the only person to win China’s coveted “All-around Wushu Champion” ten years in a row!

Master Matt Zhang was born in Shaanxi Province and began learning martial arts at the age of ten. From 1993 to 1995, he pursued his master's degree in martial arts at Xi'an Physical Education College, China. After passing the exams and tests of the national 3rd-class and 2nd-class certifications in martial arts, he became a Certified National 1st-class Martial Arts Judge in China in July, 1995. He is also a National Certified 3rd-class Gymnast in China. Master Zhang's philosophy is to live a happy and healthy life, both physically and mentally.

 


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