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Traditional Chinese Martial Arts
We teach Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Shaolin Kung Fu. from very traditional and authentic sources. To find out more about the Martial Arts that we offer including characteristics of each style, lineage, and curriculum.
Qi Gong (Chi Kung)
We teach several different styles of Qi Gong / Chi Kung. Our Head Instructor Franklin Fick had the opportunity to learn many different styles and he presents his knowledge to those that are interested. Qi Gong can be practiced to promote good health and fitness without an emphasis on martial development. Some styles of Qi Gong that are taught include: Eight Section Brocade, Yi Jin Jing, Taoist Qi Gong, Five Animal Frolics and More.
Traditional Healing modalities include the study of Acupressure Massage, Tui-Na, and Energy Healing. These arts when practiced can be used to benefit the health and well being of yourself and those around you. The benefits of this are many and when taught along side the martial arts they include being able to take care of small injuries that may occur through training, speed up recovery time, increased knowledge of how the body works, and much more. Masters of Traditional Martial Arts were often also famous for their healing skills.
Taoism is a very broad subject and can entail many diverse studies. We are most interested in a practical sort of Taoism. This includes the study of texts and Taoist symbols to better understand the natural word and how we can best live in harmony with natural rhythms and the practice of internal cultivation
All the methods discussed on this site are primarily Taoist (Daoist) or influenced by Taoist thought/cosmology and can be used to cultivate and transform the body and mind. Taoists have been cultivating themselves and refining this body of knowledge for thousands of years. If we were only concerned about the long history of these practices the subject would be very interesting but we are after much more. The experiences and methods of cultivation and practice have been passed down for us to practice, benefit from, and pass on to the next generation.
The Chinese view the body as a complex interconnected organism that has the capability to evolve. The body is not just composed of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood but also energy pathways, energy reservoirs, and spirit. The methods used to cultivate and change the body work from the most gross and physical level and proceed to the more subtle and immaterial. The process can be compared to building a house. The most important part is the foundation. This is what supports all further components and work. A strong foundation is built in the physical level by strengthening the body, opening the joints, relaxing tension, improving alignment, and freeing energy blockages. These are not goals that can be achieved but instead are refinements that are made through continual practice over time. As the body is refined the health naturally improves. Further cultivation brings about unity of the body, mind, and spirit.