Training with Grandmaster Xu Shi Xi you will learn and focus on practical fighting techniques and applications of the forms in traditional Chinese kung-fu. You will study with him Yin Style Baguazhang and Chen Style Taichi as well as grappling techniques. In addition to this for those who are more interested in Health & Longevity Grandmaster Xu has also something for you. Xu Shifu comes from a family steeped in TCM knowledge. He himself studies TCM and his knowledge of TCM is something that you can also learn. His vitality and energy is a testiment to his skills and knowledge of health & longevity.- Yin-style Bagua 8 postures
Yin Style Baguazhang
The circulum of Yin Style Baguazhang is split into three broad categories. The Martial, Medical, Qi Cultivation.
Yin style baguazhang was founded by Dong Haichuan’s senior student, Yin Fu. It has precise theory and methods, a well-knit structure, abundant content and a strong technical quality. The fighting theory, postures, usage, outward appearance, and internal developmental methods all originate from and accord with the Book of Changes. Yin style bagua is well known amongst all bagua styles as the “hard palm.” Its movements are fierce and vigorous, utilizing penetrating palm point striking methods. Emphasizing direct force and having an abundant shaking strength, when the hands go out, Yin style is said to be “cold, crisp, and fast.” The primary hand form used in Yin style is known as the “ox tongue palm” (four fingers held out together, thumb tucked in). A natural stepping method is used. The main training methods are embodied in the four areas of “standing” (strengthening postures), “turning” (circle turning), “striking” (fighting techniques), and “changing.” Bagua stepping methods are emphasized along with single action and combined strike practice. Upon this foundation, set forms and weapons are trained. Yin style bagua, according to the symbolism and meaning of the eight trigrams, has eight animal systems. Each animal system has eight attack methods. Emphasis is placed on practicing in strict accord with the meaning and intent of the attack method. Each attack method has three foundational single action strikes and seven set forms with seven movements each.
Circulum in Brief
- Yin-style Bagua 8 Palm Techniques
- Yin-style Bagua Zhang long form
- Yin-style Bagua Spear
- Yin-style Bagua Staff / Pole
- Yin-style Bagua Broadswords
- Yin-style Bagua Straight sword
Chen Style Taichi
Chen Style Tai Chi is amazingly beautiful to do and to watch when performed well. It is divided up into the Big Frame (Da Jia)and the Small Frame (Xiao Jia). The Da Jia is much more common and is itself divided into two branches: the Old Frame (Lao Jia) or orginal style and the New Frame (Xin Jia) created by Chen Fake. Chen Lao Jia and Xin Jia each consist of the First Way (Yi Lu) form which is more restrained and the Second Way (Er Lu) or Cannon form which is dramatically explosive.
Qin'na, TCM, Neigong, Health and Longevity
All training will include neigong and health and longevity as well as TCM practices and learnings.
Grandmaster Xu Shi Xi's normal training schedule is as follows:
(60 minutes per class / 4 classes per day / 20 classes per week) 14:00 to 19:00 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) however, additional lessons as well as private classes can be arranged on request.
Training takes place in one of Beijing's most famous Temple Parks. Entering by the East gate close to Tiantandongmen Subway Station Exit A. The class can be found in the Pine Forest at the Temple of Heaven.