Shaolin Kungfu is China´s oldest martial artShaolin Kungfu is the foundation of all Chinese martial arts. Originally developed by Buddhist monks, Shaolin Kungfu is a form of “active mediation” that is deeply connected to Chan Buddhism. Shaolin Kungfu is fast and elegant. Students learn stretching, stances, kicks, jumps, movements, and empty hand and weapons forms..
• Build agility and whole-body fitness.
• Promote calm and clarity of mind.
• Strengthen discipline and work ethic.
Taiji is a graceful fighting art and health practiceSometimes described as “meditation in motion”. Taichi is a graceful form of exercise that is also a fighting art. Using gentle flowing movements, Taichi stimulates the circulation of “qi” or life force. Our Taichi classes include the practice of proper breathing, beautiful set forms and applied self-defense techniques. Its practice has powerful healing effects and has been shown to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and strengthen the immune system.
• Increase energy, endurance and grace.
• Cultivate mind and body harmony.
• Understand Chinese philosophy and culture.
About Zhang Style Taichi
Zhang style Taichi adheres to the traditional principles of the art, mixing both slow yin movements with fast yang ones. This style requires fitness, controlled breathing, manipulation of the dantian, and employs a variety of qinna techniques with kicks, punches and palm strikes. Similar to Chen Style, Zhang style emphasizes precision and the unity of external movement with internal qi manipulation.
Bagua is a Daoist martial practice and philosophyBagua Palm, based on the principles of the Yi Jing (I-Ching) Daoist cannon, embraces the Chinese classical philosophy of change. Its dynamic footwork, smooth coiling and uncoiling actions of the body, and throws are a physical embodiment of Daoist practice. All movements occur around a central point, following the circular motion of yin and yang. Some see the snake-like twisting motions of Bagua as a magnificent Kungfu dance, but its power is subtle and effective. Beginners will start their practice by learning palm positions and the mysterious Bagua “mud-tread” step..
• Increase speed, flexibility and balance.
• Build internal energy and awareness.
• Strengthen and heal joints and muscles.
About Zhang Style Bagua
Zhang Style Bagua distinguishes itself with an emphasis on speed and rhythm, crucial to making the art an effective fighting style. Rapid-fire movements draw energy from the center of the abdomen, opening the body’s meridians and leading to great fitness and health benefits.
The Bagua taught at Milun school comes from a prominent lineage, with strong ties to all four of Dong Haichuan’s major disciples. Notably, Zhang studied with Master Zhao Deyuan, a disciple of Master Gao Ziying, whose father Gao Wencheng was a disciple of Yin Fu, the bodyguard of the Empress Dowager Cixi, and Liu Dekuan, famous for his Big Spear skills.
Xingyi is a fierce and effective internal martial artXingyi is the oldest and most fierceful of the three internal martial arts. It is characterized by linear movements and promotes offense as a way of defense. The “Xing” or shape is derived from imitating the fighting movements of 12 different animals. The “Yi" or mind is generated internally from the heart. Beginning students will learn the five fundamental movements of Xingyi and how they relate to Chinese Five Element Theory.
• Increase fitness, strength and courage.
• Study powerful self-defense techniques.
• Learn to sharpen and focus the mind.
About Zhang Style Xingyi
Zhang Style Xingyi is distinctly tight and compact, with aggressively direct and fast footwork. While still adhering to traditional principles, Zhang Style incorporates contemporary elements that address classic Xingyi’s lack of flexible change. Drawing on influences from other forms of Wushu, which include Sanda, Shuaijiao Wrestling, Taiji, Bagua, and Shaolin Quan, Zhang style alters movements to be more adaptable to any situation. The end result is a Xingyi that is now faster and more powerful.
Qigong is a health practice that energizes the bodyQigong is a health and self-development practice that cultivates and regulates the body’s energy. Similar to yoga, the practice of qigong rejuvenates both the inner and outer body. Our classes include instruction in relaxation techniques, deep breathing, and moving techniques that promote serenity and calm. Beginning students will learn the legendary “Yi Ji Jing” form, said to be developed by a Buddhist monk after nine consecutive years of meditation.
• Release stress and tension.
• Detoxify and strengthen the body.
• Increase mental clarity and concentration.
Sanda Kickboxing is a powerful combat sportSanda is a Chinese combat sport similar to Western Boxing or Muay Thai. It is a high intensity, fun and exciting workout that based on the rich traditions of Chinese martial arts. Our Sanda classes focus on building technique, footwork and coordination. Advanced students will progress to throws, locks, and ground techniques.
• Get fighting fit quickly and efficiently.
• Build cardio, tone muscle, feel in shape.
• Learn simple self-defense techniques.