Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa
Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa offers the Chinese Internal Martial Arts of taiji quan, bagua zhang, and xing-yi quan that were passed down from GM Wang Peisheng to Master Zhang Yun (photo). Currently, we offer instruction in the 37-posture Wu style taiji quan form, its martial applications, its two-person forms, and weaponry. Through Maryland YCGF, we also offer instruction in Hebei Xing-yi from Han Mu-xia, Yin Fu style bagua, Liu De-kuan style bagua, and Cheng Ting-hua style bagua. These activities include traditional martial arts and health practices from Beijing that have been passed down to Academic Training Traditions by Master Zhang Yun since 1997. The Yin Cheng Gong Fa System has been an integral component in the expansion of our Martial Arts Programs and Mind-Body Workshops. Yin Cheng Gong Fa means 'the seal of sincerity in the martial arts'.
Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa
The YCGF logo and the photographs of Master Zhang Yun and of the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng of Beijing are courtesy of Master Zhang Yun and the North American Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association. Grandmaster Wang is demonstrating representative postures (L to R) from Northern Wu style taiji quan, from Hebei style xing-yi quan, and from Yin Fu, Cheng Tinghua, and Liu Dekuan styles of bagua zhang.
Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa Internal Martial Arts
Regular Classes (Fall 2018)
Zong Yin Tang/Yin Cheng Gong Fa Wu Style Taiji Quan: We at ATT have specialized in the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Wu Style Taiji Quan system since 1997 and have gradually achieved expert level instructor status in taiji and qigong along the way under Master Zhang Yun. We have added experience with taiji extending further back with Yang style (since 1989) and more recently with Hao style (since 2009). Our teaching emphasis in Wu style taiji derives from Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. The name of his martial arts lineage (Yin Cheng Gong Fa) means the 'seal of sincerity in the martial arts', which we have pursued since 1997. We became a formal disciple of his student, Master Zhang Yun, in 2005.
Those who become members of ATT to study Wu style taiji and other YCGF arts can become associate members of YCGF under Master Zhang Yun. They may then become eligible at a later time to request to become a formal disciple in the YCGF lineage under the Zong Yin Tang lineage of ATT, and with Master Zhang Yun as grandmaster for their generation. Zong Yin Tang (of ATT) is an officially recognized and certified open-door branch [or hall] of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa family house. As indicated above, roughly translated, the ATT school name means: 'hall of the ancestor's seal (or mark) of internal family boxing', or 'hall of the lineage seal for internal family boxing'. It could also mean 'hall for following the seal of internal family boxing'.
SUNDAY (9:30 AM-10:30 AM):
SUNDAY (10:30 AM-12:30 PM):
Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF): Wu Style Taiji Quan, Qigong, and Weaponry. Our classes feature the Wu style taiji quan and other exercises and some of the weaponry. Beginners are welcome to all of our taiji classes, but you should make an appointment with us for your first class that will need to run from 8:30-9:30am, before the main Sunday classes. After this introduction, and a joint evaluation, you may want to continue each week with the early lessons (8:30-9:30am), and/or be able to join in at least for the first hour of the regular morning classes (9:30-10:30am) in subsequent weeks.
Wu Style Taiji Quan Basics & Grasp Bird's Tail (9:30-10:30am): The first hour of the regular class is devoted to the study of taiji basics, including some qigong. We also detail the opening sequences of Wu Style Taiji form (Grasp Bird's Tail) for health, energetics, two-person practices, and martial applications. These studies are suitable for beginners for training both the post standing and the dynamic transitions of the opening sequences. They are taught to augment health, body structure, and alignment for 2-person training, and eventual study of the entire Wu style form set. These practices are especially important for beginning students wanting to make progress and participate in the class where the 37-posture form is taught.
Wu Style Taiji Quan Solo Form, Two-Person Practices, and Weaponry (10:30am-12:30pm). The subsequent 2-hours of Sunday class are mainly for those students who can (or who want to) practice the entire Wu style 37-posture taiji form. This class features the full 37-posture form with controlled martial applications practice, along with the practice of Wu style push-hands sets, various aspects of body testing for postural framing in applications, and selected standing and dynamic qigong exercises. Weather permitting, we often train outdoors to include study of taiji sword (jian) and saber (dao).
Summary of Master Zhang Yun's Taiji Quan Lineage via GM Wang Peisheng:
Taiji Quan Lineage:
SATURDAY (10:30 AM-12:30 PM):
For our regular Saturday bagua class this spring-summer (10:30am-12:30pm), we will devote time to the Beijing YCGF bagua systems (i.e., Liu Dekuan style and Yin Fu style); we note that this is sometimes flexible to include some study of our Taiwan bagua systems. This coming fall session, we will feature the Liu style 64 bagua straight line forms. We will also feature the Yin Fu 64 bagua sets, with first second third and fourth sets of circle changes (8 changes per set). We note here that our Hebei xingyi set from the Bejing YCGF lineage is taught via privately scheduled classes.
Summary of Master Zhang Yun's Xing-Yi/Bagua Lineages via GM Wang Peisheng:
Xing-Yi Quan Lineage:
Bagua Zhang Lineage:
Recent Special Events:
12th Annual Maryland Summer Yin Cheng Gong Fa Seminar: Wu Style Taijiquan with Master Zhang Yun. June 9-10, 2018, Capital Aikikai Dojo, 923 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland: Seminars based on the Taijiquan Classics. Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. In this seminar, Master Zhang continued to teach and correct in detail the Wu Style Taijiquan 37-posture empty-hand form and applications, examine taiji push hands skills and fighting aspects, and introduced the Wu Style 83-Posture form (movements #1-27).
Saturday, June 9, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wu Style Taijiquan 37-Posture Empty-Hand Form, Push Hands Training, and "Classics Tour Continued". Seminar with Master Zhang Yun. December 2-3, 2017, Princeton, New Jersey: Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. In this seminar, Master Zhang will continue to teach and correct in detail the Wu Style Taijiquan 37-posture empty-hand form and will explain the application of selected postures. Push hand drills and skills will also be reviewed.
Master Zhang continued to cover the principles and practices of Taijiquan based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics. As described below, the seminars covered material from Classics articles dealing with everything from basic Taijiquan structure, basic Taijiquan push hands, Taijiquan fighting principles, and Taijiquan throwing. Having the book and pre-reading the chapters mentioned enables you to experience the seminar with what you have read.
SATURDAY, December 2, 2017
11th Annual Maryland Summer Yin Cheng Gong Fa Seminar: Wu Style Taiji Quan with Master Zhang Yun, 'Taijiquan Classics Tour', Aikikai Dojo, 923 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, June 17-18, 2017: Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. This year, Master Zhang Yun presented taijiquan seminars based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics. As described below, the seminars covered material from classics articles dealing with everything from basic taiji structure, basic taiji push hands, taiji fighting principles, and taiji throwing.
June 17, 2017, Saturday
June 18, 2017, Sunday
Yin Cheng Gong Fa Special 3-City Seminar Tour with Master Zhang Yun, 2016: The Wu Style Taiji Quan of Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. This tour featured 3 seminars on 3 consecutive weekends (May 7/8, Princeton, NJ; May 14/15, Pittsburgh, Pa; May 21/22, Washington DC area (Silver Spring, Md). The special seminar tour was hosted and led by YCGF Master Zhang Yun. The seminars covered empty-hand taiji form and application, taiji push hands training, and the fighting principles of taijiquan as passed down from the late Wu Style Taiji Quan Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. During this event, Master Zhang also introduced and narrated invited instruction of Wu style taiji by his visiting life-long friend and colleague, and special guest, YCGF Taiji Quan Master Zhao Zeren (click here for more on Master Zhao). Master Zhang’s tour with the special guest demonstrations and instruction represented a unique opportunity for American taiji practitioners to meet Master Zhao, who is recognized as one of the best Taijiquan Masters in all of China. Aside from sharing his knowledge and experience in taijiquan, Master Zhao greatly enjoyed his visit by touring New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. His travels and experiences in the USA are captured in a photo log (click here) that was constructed in Chinese by his host, Master Zhang Yun, for Master Zhao's friends to see in China.
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