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Winter 2018 Martial Arts, Mind-Body/Health, and Life Sciences Classes: Winter 2018 martial arts, mind-body/health, and life sciences class schedules for January 6 through April 7 are updated on our 'Classes' page. We are also available starting on January 6 for private sessions in New Market, Maryland, and for weekly/bi-monthly/monthly classes for your group at your site.

See our 'Classes' page for a calendar summary and for detailed course descriptions. Our offerings are novel and substantive and are especially geared for the discriminating student. So please look us over closely and feel free to contact us by e-mail about our programs and classes and learning environment. As is our policy, we do not require exhorbitant membership fees or pre-paid semester fees for our regular classes. Attend the classes that you can, when you can, and pay class tuitions only when you can attend. This semester, regular classes offered are open to all, unless indicated otherwise, or unless contraindicated for physical or health reasons.

Inquire about ATT membership in its Internal Martial Arts school, Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan (Hall of the Lineage Seal for Internal Family Boxing). We can also let you know more about private individual or group class topics and tuitions that we offer.

Plans and Activities in Martial Arts Education

Internal Arts Programs (Zong Yin Tang/ZYT): This year, we have further expanded our involvement in martial arts educational projects through ATT both locally and elsewhere. Please note that the ATT internal arts school (ZYT) is distinct and separate from our extension programs and collaborations that we have developed with other groups that wish to feature internal arts along with their other martial arts.

In the ATT school (ZYT), students and future instructors of our internal martial arts study the Hebei xingyi and Cheng bagua curriculum from the Taiwan lineages of Master Smith. They also study the Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) curriculum consisting of Wu style taiji quan, Hebei xingyi, Yin Fu, Cheng, and Liu styles of bagua, and our qigong and weapons; the YCGF material eminates from the lineage of Master Zhang Yun who studied under the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng of Beijing. Please contact us at ATT if you are interested in study either locally or elsewhere directly under the ATT internal arts school (Zong Yin Tang). We can arrange for regular training sessions in the internal arts for your group.

E-mail link (ZYT Program): Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

Internal Arts Extension Programs: This past year, we continued our involvement in martial arts educational projects with Kyoshi Troy Price and members of his Shuri-Te group. In 2015, ATT developed a formal Chinese internal martial arts curriculum for them in xingyi and bagua and Paul serves as a Head Instructor (with Kyoshi Price, in photo). However, the idea for the program was actually in place since 2008 and it has been operational with Kyoshi Price since then. Please inquire about ATT extension programs for internal martial arts in your school curriculum.

We share mainly the segment of the ATT internal arts curriculum on xingyi and bagua from the Taiwan lineages of the late Master Robert W. Smith. We augment the Shuri-Te instruction with references to internal principles on xingyi and bagua learned under Master Zhang Yun of the YCGF group. Kyoshi Price introduces additional components and requirements into the program that are based on his experiences with these arts and other martial arts.

Please note that all internal arts student and instructor advancements in Shuri-Te xingyi and bagua remain an extension of the STBK under Kyoshi Price, with input from us at ATT as a Head Instructor. Such advancements are specific to the Shuri-Te group and therefore will require student membership in that group. Advancements usually also require added active participation in one of their main curricula involving Shuri-Te Jujutsu, Shuri-Ryu Karate, and/or Combative Flow.

Please inquire also about our extension programs locally in the greater Washington, DC area.

E-mail link (Extension Programs): Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

Monthly Karate Club Training Sessions, Winter 2018: We will continue with our monthly karate seminars through January-March for our three local Isshinryu clubs (NOVA, Kent Gardens, Takoma Park). Check the 'Classes' page for upcoming dates remaining. These classes are for established and new club members only. Please contact us at ATT if you would like to join any of our local clubs to have opportunity to attend these monthly sessions. We can arrange separately for bi-weekly or monthly training session in karate for your group.

E-mail link (Isshinryu Karate): Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)


Upcoming Special Events 2018

Shuri-Te Xing-Yi Quan and Bagua Zhang, January 26-28, 2018: Seminars by Kyoshi Cote from the Shurite Xingyi and Bagua Program. This event is being held in North Carolina. This seminar will feature Isshinryu Karate's relationship to Xingyi Quan (Friday evening). Then a busy day (Saturday) with Gao Style Bagua Straight Line 41-48 (Leg Series), and related Gao Bagua circle change (Searching Palm-Twist Body). We will also feature two different sets of circling methods (Sunday), showing their respective ding shi and dong shi principles, and their trigram theory with example applications (i.e., bian shi principles). These sets consist of the Ba Mu Zhang (8 Mother Palms) of Master Zhang Yun, and the Ba Da Zhang (8 Big Palms) of late Grandmaster Wang Shujin. Contact us at ATT for further information on this event.

Shuri-Te International Conference, April 13-15, 2018: This year the conference is being held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1385 Broadcloth Street, Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715 (Exit 85, off I-77). This is a highly recommended event for those interested in widening their martial arts knowledge and skill set. There are 4 to 5 simultaneous one-hour seminars ongoing during the entire conference. You choose the seminar by highly experienced instructors, many of whom may teach multiple seminars through the weekend.

When I first saw ads for these conferences several years back (2007/2008), I was anxious enough to go and just meet many of the martial artists. But I could not due to work-related issues. As you know, I had come to be friends with the organizer (Kyoshi Troy Price) over this time. And by 2009, he asked me to come that year and meet his teacher and event creator, Hanshi Ridgley Abele. They actually had me teach two sessions, one on xingyi and one on bagua, and so it began. I have been doing so ever since, and am now looking forward to my 10th conference!

Use an internet search to find out more about the conference faculty members (pictured above). If time and resources permit, this is definitely one conference you should try to make. It is very reasonably priced for tuition and your accomodations. There is something there for everyone, and notably, more than just one thing for you.

This is the first major expansion of this event since 2010. Before 2010, when the conference was sponsored by Hanshi Abele (photo left), it used to attract over 250 participants. Smaller versions of the conference have been held each year since under the Shurite Bujutsu Kai sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price. This was associated in part with a re-building effort after Hanshi Abele passed away. They still attracted a good crowd, often topping off at 135 participants, and often packing a local dojo facility, like that of Shihan Alex Ormaza of Dallas, NC. But here is the return of the ‘real deal’, with some very senior faculty, and some newer instructors as well. Again, the conference features at least 4 or 5 one-hour classes simultaneously during the conference time, from start to end. Sometimes one is hard-pressed to choose which of the seminars you want to attend, but that is almost a good problem to have! Each class is taught by highly experienced instructors, many of whom may teach several individual classes. There may also be sessions with paired instructors. If you have never been to anything like this before, here is your chance. Come and see what it is all about. For further information and a complete flyer, please contact us at ATT.

E-mail link (International Conference): Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)


ATT Special Events this Past Year: January thru December 2017, Year-In-Review

Shuri-Te Xing-Yi Quan and Bagua Zhang, January 27-31, 2017: Seminars by Kyoshi Paul Cote from the Shurite Xingyi and Bagua Program. Paul offered seminars on Xingyi Animals and on Gao Style Bagua Straight Line 9-16 and 17-24 and the related Gao Circle Changes. We also continued on educational projects being developed with Kyoshi Troy Price.

Shorinkan Winter Camp, Hampton, Virginia, March 3-5, 2017: Attended and taught at the Winter Shorinkan Camp hosted by Kyoshi Clint Green and Hanshi Doug Perry. Taught 3 classes on joint locking and combative flow with Kyoshi Troy Price. Expanded on my kata and kobudo training via seminars with Kyoshi Pat Haley and Kyoshi Dave Ahrens (kusanku), Kyoshi Estes and Hanshi Perry (Rokishu), and Kyoshi Tom Harris (tekko/techu). Thank you, gentlemen, for all of the great instruction.

Shurite-Te Bujutsu Kai National Conference, Dallas, North Carolina, April 7-9, 2017: This conference was sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Alex Ormaza. We taught two scheduled classes: 1) Xingyi Quan Combative Flow and 2) Gao Style Bagua Zhang Straight Line Forms 21 thru 24 (ting, fan, zou, zhuan), with emphasis on applications for 'fan'. We also offered a pre-conference testing and teaching session on bagua, and additional morning teaching sessions on bagua and xingyi. We continued our cross-training in other martial arts seminars offered at the conference.

As head instructors for the Shuri-Te Xing-Yi Quan and Bagua Zhang Program, Kyoshi Price and I were pleased to promote several hard working individuals to Advanced Student status, and others to Intermediate Student status (i.e., entering the gate). We also identified a number of senior players with dual skills from other martial arts in either kyusho jutsu, heavy hitting, throwing, and/or locking/seizing (BTW, most have significant skills in all 4 categories!). These individuals were certified with the Chinese title of 'Gu Wen' (Martial Specialist). They now play roles as advisors to the Division going forward.

Lastly, we received recognition with several others from the Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai as one of the kai's Founding Members for contributions over the years teaching Xing-Yi and Bagua, and for our development and adoption of the Shuri-Te Program in Bagua and Xing-Yi. We gratefully thank Kyoshi Troy Price for this recognition and now stand proudly with the other 'elder brother Founders' of the kai.

Conference Group Picture.

Conference Instructors.

Paul was assisted in pre-conference testing and teaching by Takashi 'Jessie' Itoh, who received his promotion in Zong Yin Tang Chinese Internal Arts to Er Duan (Nidan), with Shenshi (Sensei) teaching title (photos).

Dragon Society National Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, April 28-30, 2017: We attended the Dragon Society National Conference sponsored by GM Tom Muncy, GM Michael Patrick, and GM Rick Moneymaker (left photo) in Myrtle Beach. This was a stellar event and lineup for networking with experienced instructors in various topics of the martial arts (group photo). Special thanks to Senseis Mike Ciraco and Cole Ricks. Many thanks to Renshi Bob Speed for his hospitality and for training. Great work there by other instructors including Kyoshi Troy Price, Kyoshi Jeff Rhodes, and Shihan Alex Ormaza.

Teaching Internal Arts and Isshinryu Karate, and Continuing Educational Projects, May 1-2, 2017, Marshville, North Carolina: Taught internal martial arts and continued educational projects with Kyoshi Troy Price.

Troy Price, Private Seminar, New Market, Maryland, May 7, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm: We hosted a private seminar with Kyoshi Troy Price on his combative flow methods and bone locking series in relation to baguazhang (no photo available).

Penn State Karate, Promotions and Seminars, West Springfield, Virginia, May 20, 2017, noon-5:00pm: This event was sponsored by Hanshi Dane Sutton, with Kyoshis Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, Paul Cote, and Renshi Mami Gebereegzhaiber in the NoVA Springfield facility. Please see our new Isshinryu Lineage Page for more information.
Isshinryu Karate Club Lineage and Dojos

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, seminars covered material from classics articles dealing with everything from basic taiji structure, basic taiji push hands, taiji fighting principles, and taiji throwing.

CURRICULUM

June 17, 2017, Saturday
1:00pm-4:00pm
Session 1: The Nine Points

This session detailed 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 started out with the 37-posture form warm-up. Master Zhang then focused on each of the nine components in a very ‘basic’ tree-holding posture to explain why they are important. He then looked to the beginning grasp bird’s tail sequence to practice maintaining the nine points while changing postures. Then he returned to the use the basic posture to show some examples of its use in push hands and applications. Finally, the group tried 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 explained the evolution from old times to the nine-point system using the images of ‘the ball’ and ‘drawing the bow’. [pp 195, 208]

5:00pm-8:00pm
Session 2: The Four Word Secret Formula

This session began by covering the most basic taiji principle important in form movement, push hands, and applications called xu and shi (or insubstantial and substantial). These were related to yang and yin in general and as specific two-person examples where the designations can vary depending on circumstances. Master Zhang then taught a very basic application of the principle used in push hands involving nian and zou to include several drills so that this principle was experienced. He then detailed 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
9:00am-12:00pm
Session 3: The Five Key Points of Taijiquan

In this session, Master Zhang showed 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 covered ideas from six integration jin (ninguo, zuanfa, luoxuan, bengzha, jingtan, dousou), several pairs of the thirteen methods, and whole-body-force method. [pp 502-505]

1:00pm-4:00pm
Session 4: The Gathering of Qi

In this session, Master Zhang covered the principles of gathering the qi in the body and its use (qilan). He showed how this gets applied as storing qi [he, xu] and releasing qi [kai, fa] 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]

Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai Weapons Summit, China Grove, North Carolina, August 5-6, 2017: The camp sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Robert Taylor featured seminars in both traditional oriental weaponry (kobudo) as well as training with modern and improvised weapons along with active shooter situational awareness. Congratulations to the organizers and to the faculty for setting up and delivering such a varied and informative camp over just one weekend.

Group photo above from the 2017 China Grove Weapons Camp.

Pictured above from L to R at the China Grove Camp: Robert Taylor, Jeff Rhodes, Marty Elvidge, Troy Price, Paul Cote, Alex Ormaza, and Matthew Ansari. (Photo by Angela Rae DeMarco)

Renshi Matthew Ansari, who is a retired Army Sargent specialized in firearms training, teaches about active shooter awareness at the China Grove Camp.

Shihan Alex Ormaza taught nunchaku grappling techniques (top) and Balintawak arnis (bottom) at the China Grove Camp.

Internal Martial Arts Gathering, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, August 30-September 4, 2017: Labor Day martial arts gathering for private training with Paul Cote sponsored by Renshi Bob Speed on August 30-September 1. Renshi Speed then held a featured Internal Martial Arts Seminar on September 2, 1:00-6:00pm, with Sifu TW Smith (taiji), Kyoshi Paul Cote (xing-yi), and Kyoshi Troy Price (bagua). We also had a semi-private training session on Sunday morning, September 3 featuring xing-yi (Sifu Smith), bagua (Kyoshi Cote), and mixed applications of each (Kyoshi Price).

Pictured at the Myrtle Beach Retreat from L to R: Jeff White, Paul Cote, visiting guest (back row), T.W. Smith, Alex Ormaza (taking a knee), Bob Speed (back row), Troy Price, Marty Elvidge, and Robert Taylor.

Troy Price Seminars in Combative Flow, September 17, 2017, New Market, Md (9:30-noon) and Hagerstown, Md (2:00-5:00pm): These seminars were sponsored, respectively by Paul Cote (New Market) and Russell Reese (Hagerstown). An eye-opening display of martial arts striking and grappling methods in combative flow from standing to ground work by Kyoshi Troy Price. Thanks for all of the great instruction.

Shorinkan Summer Camp, North Carolina, September 28-30, 2017: The huge Shorinkan Summer Camp ('Little Okinawa Camp') with Hanshi Doug Perry and Kyoshi Jason Perry was was 'back' after a short hiatus since 2013. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this camp this year due to my teaching schedule at the university. Missing all my good friends this camp: Hanshi Perry, his Kyoshi-Kai and Renshi-Kai, the entire Shorinkan Shorin-ryu group, and those from Shobayashi-ryu, Ryu-Te, Uechi-ryu, Goju-ryu, Isshinryu, Okinawan Kempo, Shito-ryu, and Shuri-te. But I want to send a special get well soon to one of my best friends there, Shorinkan Kyoshi Jerry Taylor, Hachidan.

OMS Dojo Seminar Series, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 6-8, 2017: Shihan Joe Pounder of Original Martial Systems (OMS) sponsored a seminar looking at Chinese Internal Martial Arts and Shuri-Te Bujutsu with Kyoshi Paul J. Cote and Kyoshi Troy J. Price. Paul covered whole body power generation in xing-yi quan and then taught the 5-fists creative and destructive cycle. He also taught baguazhang 8 mother palms, and how to adapt mother-and-child kamae posture to the study of Gao straightline form #30 ('lian'). Troy went into further detail on whole body power generation with jujutsu locks and lock-releases and connected them also to various methods used in baguazhang. He then covered selected continuous striking methods from his combative flow system and related them to xing-yi quan and baguazhang. Special thanks to the Shugosha group for making the trip from Kansas City.

Group photo above from the Internal Martial Arts Seminar hosted by Shihan Joe Pounder in Appleton, Wisconsin. A photo below from the seminar shows (L to R) judo/jujutsu Rensei Marcus Ahrens, Kyoshi Paul Cote, Kyoshi Troy Price, and host, Shihan Joe Pounder.

Penn State Karate Club Fall Promotions and Seminar Series, October 28, 2017: This event was sponsored by Kent Gardens and Takoma clubs at the Kent Gardens Elementary School Gymnasium. Please see our new Isshinryu Lineage Page for more information.
Isshinryu Karate Club Lineage and Dojos

Shuri-Te Advanced and Internal Martial Arts and Healing Arts Conference, Dallas, North Carolina, November 3-5, 2017: This conference was sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Alex Ormaza at the new Ormaza dojo in Dallas, NC. We taught two seminars: one on mother-and-child hands in relation to Gao straightline #30 ('lian'), and another on the xing-yi 5-fists as kyusho jutsu and as 5-element theory of attack and defense. We also taught pre-seminar bagua circling classes in the mornings.

There were many other excellent seminars offered at the event featuring several by Special Guest Instructor, Hanshi Doug Perry (kyusho jutsu and 'Rokishu' kata). Kyoshi Price and Shihan Ormaza each offered advanced seminars on combative flow. Sifu TW Smith taught some Hop Gar and Choy Li Fut kung fu methods.

Also featured were Kyoshi Jeff Rhodes (hitting and throwing), Professor Thabiti Sabahive (locking and throwing), Shihan Nate Mohler (tai chi), Shihan Mark Baker (pushing and pulling), Shihan Joe Pounder (elbow methods and kyusho jutsu), and Renshi Kieth Black (qigong and fajin). A number of these instructors also presented on healing methods (Sabahive, Baker, Mohler, and Black).

This event was exceptional and was well attended by martial arts enthusiasts from many styles. Many thanks to Kyoshi Price and Shihan Ormaza for sponsoring this highly recommended event.

Conference Instructors: (L to R) Shihan Nate Mohler, Kyoshi Jeff Rhodes, Professor Thabiti Sabahive, Sifu TW Smith, Kyoshi Troy Price, Hanshi Doug Perry, Shihan Alex Ormaza, Kyoshi Paul Cote, Renshi Keith Black, Shihan Joe Pounder, Shihan Mark Baker

Conference group photo is shown above.

Conference photos above with Hanshi Doug Perry, Kudan, of the Shorinkan Kensankai.

Wu Style Taijiquan 37-Posture Empty-Hand Form, Push Hands Training, and "Classics Tour Continued". Seminar with Master Zhang Yun. December 2-3, 2017, Suzanne Patterson Center, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton, Princeton, NJ: 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 explained the applications of selected postures. Push hand drills and skills were also reviewed.

Master Zhang also 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 seminar curriculum covered material from Classics articles dealing with everything from basic Taijiquan structure, basic Taijiquan push hands, Taijiquan fighting principles, and Taijiquan throwing. We all got to experience what we have been reading in the book.

December 2, 2017, Saturday
10:00am-1:00pm: Wu Style 37-Posture Form Practice, The Foundational Abilities of Taijiquan
One or two postures will be taught in detail including practice method and application ideas.
Discussion of six foundational abilities of Taijiquan upon which all Taijiqun skills are built.
2:00-5:00pm: From Taijiquan Principles to Push Hands Practice
Instruction in push hands concepts and self-defense skills using Taijiquan methods and body structure.
Instruction in two-person drills for improving your push hands practice and self-defense skills; questions and answers.

December 3, 2017. Sunday
9:00am-12:00pm: How to Use "The Taijiquan Classics" Book for Form and Push Hands Practice 1
Explanation: What are the Taijiquan Classics
How to use the book to help your form and push hands practice and applications.
1:00-4:00pm: How to Use "The Taijiquan Classics" book for Form and Push Hands Practice 2
Detailed explanation of some Taijiquan principles from the book and examples for training.


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