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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'.

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Maryland Yin Cheng Gong Fa
Paul J. Cote, MS, PhD
Academic Training Traditions
PO Box 475
New Market, Maryland 21774
E-mail: Academic Training Traditions (
Phone: 240-994-0475

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

Upcoming Special Event:

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: Please contact Paul J. Cote via this website for further information and a pre-registration form. A detailed description of the seminar curriculum follows.

Curriculum - ‘Taijiquan Classics Tour’: Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. This year, Master Zhang Yun will present taijiquan seminars based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics. As described below, the seminars will cover material from classics articles dealing with everything from basic taiji structure, basic taiji push hands, taiji fighting principles, and taiji throwing. Get the book and pre-read the chapters mentioned if you haven’t already [page numbers in classics book are referenced below], and then come and experience what you have read.

June 17, 2017, Saturday
Session 1: The Nine Points

This session details taiji’s nine points of body method that are essential for proper form structure, use in push hands, and applications. They are: chenjian, zhuizhou, hanxong, babei, guodan, liutun, songyao, choukua, and tiding. The session will start out with the 37-posture form warm-up. Master Zhang will then focus on each of the nine components in a very ‘basic’ tree-holding posture to explain why they are important. He will then look to the beginning grasp bird’s tail sequence to practice maintaining the nine points while changing postures. Then he will return to the use the basic posture to show some examples of its use in push hands and applications. Finally, the group can try to maintain the nine points through as much of the 37-posture form that they know. The nine points listed above, as passed down in the Wu family tradition, are based in part on the classical Shen Ba Yao (or Eight Key Points of Taiji) by Wu Yuxiang. Different groups use slightly different words and reference points to arrive at these classical components. During the seminar, Master Zhang will explain the evolution from old times to the nine-point system using the images of ‘the ball’ and ‘drawing the bow’. [pp 195, 208]

Session 2: The Four Word Secret Formula

This session will begin by covering the most basic taiji principle important in form movement, push hands, and applications called xu and shi (or insubstantial and substantial). These will be related to yang and yin in general and as specific two-person examples where the designations can vary depending on circumstances. Master Zhang will then teach a very basic application of the principle used in push hands involving nian and zou to include several drills so that this principle can be experienced. He will then detail the push hands and self-defense components of the Sizi Mijue (or Four-Word Secret Formula) from the classic by Wu Yuxiang. They are: fu, gai, dui, and tun. These four principles relate to the progressive and correct timing in the application of taiji skills used in fighting when detecting force released by the opponent (i.e., before they release, just as they begin to release, as they approach maximal release, and at maximal release). Each requires a refined degree of sensitivity attained through ting (listening) and sui (following). [pp 63-65,112,199,262]

June 18, 2017, Sunday
Session 3: The Five Key Points of Taijiquan

In this session, Master Zhang will show examples of taiji principles as used in fighting and as passed down by the Yang family and appearing in a manual passed down by Niu Lianyuan. Niu was a businessman who received instruction from Yang Banhou in the 81-posture big-frame form as a gift for helping the family at a time of great need. Apparently, Niu was given secret transmissions not published in any other Yang family classic. The contents of the manual were kept secret by Niu and by his student, Wu Mengxia, since the 1920’s. Many useful principles can be found in the manual, and in subsequent writings through the 1950’s by Wu Mengxia that are part of, or based on, this manual. The Taijiquan Wuge Yaoling (Five Key Points of Taijiquan [to guide the learner’s skill development]) are structured under the following headings: liu he jin (six-integration jin), shi san fa (thirteen methods), wu fa (five methods), ba yaoling (eight key points), and quan li fa (whole-body-force method). Of these, Master Zhang will cover ideas from six integration jin (ninguo, zuanfa, luoxuan, bengzha, jingtan, dousou), seven pairs of the thirteen methods (zheng-yu, xu-shi [also discussed in Session 2], shou-fang, tun-tu, gang-rou, dan-shuang, qing-zhong), and whole-body-force method. [pp 502-505]

Session 4: The Gathering of Qi

In this session, Master Zhang will cover the principles of gathering the qi in the body and its use (qilan). He will show how this gets applied as storing [he, xu] and releasing [kai, fa] qi for applications in taiji throwing [tifang]. Such principles are explained in early classics in articles like the The Five-Word Formula (Wuzi Jue) and the Secret Formula for Safang (Safang Mijue) passed down by Li Yiyu. [pp 131-133, 152, 222, 230-232, 236-240, 255]

Special Event Recently Completed:

Yin Cheng Gong Fa Special 3-City Seminar Tour with Master Zhang Yun: 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 in China.

Regular Classes (Spring/Summer 2017)

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 is 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, and where we have been a formal disciple of his student, Master Zhang Yun, since 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):
Wu Style Taiji Quan Basics & Grasp Bird's Tail Sequence
May 14,21,28; June 4,11,25; July 2,9,16,23,30; Aug 13,20,27

This class is open to all. [14 classes in taiji; no class June 18 (Zhang Yun Annual Seminar), Aug 6]

SUNDAY (10:30 AM-12:30 PM):
Wu Style Taiji Quan Solo Form & Two-Person Practices
May 14,21,28; June 4,11,25; July 2,9,16,23,30; Aug 13,20,27

This class is open to all. [14 classes in taiji; no class June 18 (Zhang Yun Annual Seminar), Aug 6]

Spring/Summer Classes:
New Market, Maryland
E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (

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, that has been passed down from GM Wang Peisheng via Master Zhang Yun. 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 will be devoted to the study of taiji basics (including some qigong) and to the opening sequences of the Wu Style Taiji form (Grasp Bird's Tail) for health, energetics, two-person practices, and martial applications. Regular members (and any beginners in attendence) use this time interval for detailed practice of Grasp Bird's Tail, and some other selected taiji and qigong solo forms. These forms are suitable for beginners for training post standing and dynamic transitions that augment health, body structure, and alignment for eventual training of the entire Wu style form set and two person drills. These practices are especially important for beginning students wanting progress and to participate in the class where the 37-posture form is learned and detailed.

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:
Yang Luchan>Yang Banhou>Wu Quanyu>Wang Maozhai>Yang Yuting>Wang Peisheng
Master Wang was privileged to study also directly under his grandteacher, Wang Maozhai.
Master Zhang Yun began his studies with GM Wang's first disciple, Master Luo Shuhuan.
Master Zhang had the unique privilege subsequently to study directly under GM Wang for many years.

SATURDAY (9:30 AM-12:30 PM):
Yin Cheng Gong Fa Bagua (via Master Zhang Yun)
May 13,27; June 3,10,24; July 1,8,15,22,29; Aug 12,19,26

This class is open to all. [13 classes in bagua; no class May 20; June 17 (Zhang Yun Annual Seminar); Aug 5]

Spring/Summer Classes:
New Market, Maryland.
E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (

For our regular Saturday bagua class this spring/summer (9:30am-12:30pm), we will devote most of the time to aspects of the Beijing YCGF bagua systems (i.e., Liu Dekuan style and Yin Fu style; although this is sometimes flexible to include some study of our Taiwan bagua systems). This coming spring/summer session, we will be reviewing the entire Liu style bagua 64 straight line forms. We will also study the first, second, third, and fourth sets of circle changes (32 changes) from the Yin Fu bagua system. Weather permitting for outdoor study, we will begin a study of the Yin Fu bagua saber. 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:
Li Luoneng-->Liu Qilan----->Zhang Zhaodong-->Han Muxia---->Wang Peisheng
Li Luoneng-->Che Yizhai--->Bu Xuekuan------>Zhao Runting--->Wang Peisheng

Bagua Zhang Lineage:
Dong Haichuan-->Yin Fu------------->Ma Gui------->Wang Peisheng
Dong Haichuan-->Cheng Tinghua-->Gao Kexing-->Wang Peisheng
Dong Haichuan-->Liu Dekuan------->Gao Kexing-->Wang Peisheng
Master Wang also pursued bagua lineage study with Han Muxia (from Zhang Zhaodong) and Song Shutang (from Song Yongxiang).