Shen Long Xingyi
神龍形意拳


When & Where:

  Oakland--Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
   Menlo Park--Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
   Petaluma--Sunday, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Image of Hsu Hung Chi performing Zuan Quan

Hsu Hung Chi performing
Zuan Quan

Description:

Lineage of Hsu Hong-chi (許鴻基)
Xingyi Quan, or Form-Intention Boxing, emphasizes the development of relaxed power by training proper body alignment and strengthening the connections between muscle, tendon, and bone. Based on the theory of the Five Elements (Wu Xing), Xingyi is well known for both its martial applicability and its health-building aspects. Our Hebei-style Shen Long Xingyi curiculum includes extensive warm-up and conditioning exercises, standing meditation, empty-hand forms and two-person training, gradually advancing to weapons training.The Shen Long Xingyi curriculum was developed by Hsu Hong-chi, based on the deep insights of his teacher Hung I-Hsiang (洪懿祥) and grand-teacher Zhang Junfeng (張俊峰), and provides a systematic and complete approach to Xingyi training.




Cheng-School Gao-Style Bagua
程派高式八卦掌


When & Where:

  Oakland--Tuesday/Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
   Menlo Park--Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Image of Liu Fengcai performing Pre-Heaven Palm # 8

Liu Fengcai performing
Pre-Heaven Palm #8

Description:

Lineage of Liu Fengcai (劉鳳彩)
Baguazhang, or Eight-Diagram Palm, is based on the theory of the Book of Changes, striving to achieve continuous change in practice, and emphasizing evasive circular footwork, open palm strikes, and bi-lateral dexterity. Training Bagua is excellent for opening the shoulder and hip joints, strengthening the legs, and developing whole-body power. Instruction includes basic warm-up exercises and moving posts, gradually advancing to the Eight Big Palms, linear forms, two-person excercises, and weapons. The Gao system evidences the influence of Taiji, Hebei-style Xingyi,and Shuai Jiao in its pre- and post-heaven forms, incorporating traditional Bagua weapons, pre-heaven palms, and animal forms, with sixty-four individual post-heaven palms and their accompanying two-person forms. Each component of the system is organized to accord with the theory of the Book of Changes, while still retaining its own specific developmental and practical function.




Song Shirong-style Xingyi
宋世榮式形意拳


Li Guichang Piquan

Li Guichang performing
Pi Quan

Description:

Lineage of Li Guichang (李桂昌)
Our Song Shirong Xingyi comes to us from the teaching of Li Guichang, a student of Dong Xiusheng (董秀升), the famed teacher and healer who studied with some of the most well-known masters during the transition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Master Dong studied Xingyi with Geng Jishan (耿繼善) and Li Cunyi (李存義), as well as Liu Qilan (劉奇蘭), Zhang Zhankui (张占魁), and Qian Yantang (錢砚堂), before meeting his final teacher Song Huchen (宋虎臣), son of Song Shirong (宋世榮). He merged this extensive Xingyi training with the Southern Shaolin Five-Element Soft Boxing learnt from Li Zhiying (李志英) to create his own unique expression of Xingyi boxing, incorporating the theories and methods of both the Shanxi and Hebei branches of the art. Famed for its soft and pliable nature, Shanxi Xingyi emphasizes overcoming firmness with gentleness, and proper training provides a deep level of relaxation and sensitivity.




Liang Zhenpu-Style Bagua
梁振蒲式八卦掌


Li Ziming Wind Fire Wheels

Li Ziming deomnstrates
Wind & Fire Wheels

Description:

Lineage of Li Ziming (李子鸣)
Liang Zhenpu Baguazhang comes to us from Li Ziming. Li Ziming studied with Liang Zhenpu (梁振蒲), who learned from Dong Haichuan (董海川), the founder of baguazhang. Li Ziming passed away in 1993, and was the last known living representative of the 3rd generation of baguazhang practitioners. For over 20 years Li Ziming presided over the world's largest baguazhang association and was the primary force in the relocation of Dong Haichuan's tomb. In 1989, Master Li appointed Vincent Black as president of the United States branch of the Li Ziming Baguazhang family. Working closely with Master Li, Mr. Black coordinated the English translation and publication of Master Li's commemorative treatise on Liang Zhenpu Eight Diagram Palm





Li-Style Xingyiquan & Yang Luchan 128-Posture Taijiquan
李式形意拳及杨露禅128式太極拳


Li Cang training

Li Cang leading training

Description:

Lineage of Li Jingxuan (李静轩)
Li-style Xingyiquan distills the essence of the art passed down through only four generations from the famed master Li Luoneng (李洛能) to Li Jingzhai (李鏡齋), to Li Yingxun (李應塤), to Li Jingxuan, the father of our teacher Li Cang. Li jingxuan also passed on the rare Yang Luchan Old-Frame 128-Posture Taiji Quan as passed on from Yang Banhou (楊班侯) to Cheng Haiting (程海亭) to Wang Longyi (王龙翼).




Kajukenbo (Emperado Method)


Sijo Adriano Emperado

Sijo Adriano Emperado

Description:

Lineage of Sijo Emperado via Jay Labistre.
Kajukenbo was created in Hawaii in 1947 by five martial artists who extracted the most effective and straightforward techniques from their respective styles to develop a realistic self-defense art. Training secretly for the first two years, the founders were able to blend their arts together away from the prying eyes and unwanted commentary of others. They called themselves the Black Belt Society. Sijo Adriano Emperado is the man credited with putting Kajukenbo together from the roots created by the Black Belt Society, and the name KAJUKENBO pays respect to the five arts that went into its creation: KA Korean Karate ( Tang So Do ), JU Judo and Ju-Jitsu ( Danzan Ryu ), KEN Hawaiian Kenpo ( Kosho Ryu), BO Chinese Boxing( Sil Lum Gung Fu ). Kajukenbo is now practiced worldwide through different branches stemming from the founders: Sijo Adriano Emperado (Kenpo Jiu Jitsu), Peter Choo (Korean Karate, Kenpo Jiu Jitsu, and Danzan Ryu Jujitsu), Joe Holck (Danzan Ryu Jujitsu and Kodokan Judo), Frank Ordonez (Judo) and George "Clarence" Chang (Chinese boxing).




Lanshou
攔手拳


Straight sword with Wang Fengzhu

Taiji 13 Straight Sword with Wang Fengzhu

Description:

Lineage of Liu Wanfu (劉萬福)
Lanshou, or Arresting Hands, is a longfist style originating in Henan, but developed and spread in Tianjin by Zheng Tianxing (鄭天興) and Zheng Tianlong (鄭天隆) at the end of the 18th century. It emphasizes lively footwork in combination with quick handwork, powerful whole-body strikes, and joint locking. The curriculum includes a number of weapons sets to develop extended power and coordination, including the Taiji 13 Straight Sword taught by Gongli Quan practitioner Li Wenzhen (李文貞).




Northern Shaolin
北派少林拳


Wong Jackman with double straight swords

Wong Jackman with double straight sword

Description:

Lineage of Wong Jackman (黃澤民)
The Northern Shaolin system is known for its dynamic low stances and multitude of kicking techniques. The ten core empty-hand forms contain a veritable catalogue of boxing techniques and, when performed in sequence, provide a challenging test of flexibility, power, and endurance. The art originated in Shandong Province, but was made famous by Gu Ruzhang (顧汝章), one of the "Five tigers heading south of Jiangnan" after the 1928 Guoshu Academy competition. In addition to the ten core forms, our lineage contains several introductory forms to provide a solid foundation, along with extensive weapons forms.




Jingluo Qigong
經絡氣功


Li Ding teaching Jingluo Qigong

Li Ding teaching
Jingluo Qigong

Description:

Lineage of Li Ding (李丁)
Created by Dr. Li Ding in the 1980's, Jingluo Qigong is a sophisticated and nuanced system of energy cultivation that focusses on the fourteen primary energy pathways of the body. A comlete system of qigong training, practice of this form has profound health-building and pedagocial benefits for practitioners of any age or physical condition. It is an especially well-suited adjunct practice for Acupuncturists, bodyworkers, and anyone who manipulates energy as a therapeutic practice.