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We are dedicated to promoting Wu-De (Martial Virtue), while providing instruction of the highest quality in traditional Chinese internal kung fu in a fun, inclusive and safe environment.
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Classes are held every Wednesday evening:
6:30pm - Warm Up
7:00pm - Xingyiquan Kung Fu
8:00pm - American Swordsmanship (Info here)
3900 Roland Ave. Baltimore, MD 21211
For public classes, enter down the stairs on the left side of St. Mary’s Church in the central Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden. This building is also home to the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory.
From only $10/class for Kung Fu and always free parking.
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David M. Andrews
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Sun Lu T'ang (孫祿堂) stands in Santishi.
Form & Intention Fist
…is an ancient style of Chinese Kung Fu. A Taoist internal martial art, which teaches self defense, and meditation while promoting health, strength, longevity, well being, flexibility, clarity of thought, and unity of body & mind.
As a martial art, Xingyiquan is known for simple, direct tactics using coordinated movements to generate extreme bursts of power to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending. Forms include barehanded and weapons sequences, based upon the movements and fighting behavior of twelve animals and five elements. Training also includes Qin Na, or joint lock and manipulation, vital point striking as well as qigong, internal exercises and meditation.
More information about Xingyiquan
Xingyiquan on Wikipedia
10 Great Reasons to TRY Xingyiquan
1. SELF DEFENCE: Feel confident everyday knowing you have the skills necessary to keep yourself safe.
2. LOSE WEIGHT: Xingyiquan can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels, as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress.
3. STRESS RELIEF: Xingyiquan reduces the physical effects of stress on the body by encouraging relaxation and lowering the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
4. FLEXIBILITY: Xingyiquan helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains.
5. INCREASED STRENGTH and STAMINA: Xingyiquan uses every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength and stamina literally from head to toe.
6. PAIN RELIEF: Xingyiquan can ease chronic pain.
7. DISCIPLINE: Martial arts is a proven effective method of building self-esteem, self-discipline, and goal oriented behavior.
8. BETTER BREATHING: Xingyiquan teaches how to take slower, deeper breaths.
9. BETTER BODY ALIGNMENT: Xingyiquan helps to improve body alignment, resulting in better posture, relieving back, neck, joint & muscle problems.
10. FUN: Relaxed classes with a friendly atmosphere keeps you motivated and active.
Sun Lu T'ang (孫祿堂) shows Qian Gua.
Eight Trigrams Palm
Ba Gua translates literally as Eight trigrams, the trigrams are symbols used to represent all natural phenomena as described in the ancient Chinese text, the Book of Changes (Yi Jing). Zhang means palm and designates Ba Gua Zhang as a style of martial art, which emphasizes the use of the open hand in preference to the closed fist.
Ba Gua Zhang is based on the theory of continuously changing in response to the situation at hand in order to overcome an opponent with skill rather than brute force. It aims to be a constant negation of the opponents power through continuous spiraling movement, stepping & turning footwork and twisting changes of direction, strength is then applied to the weak angle of the opponents force/defense.
Baguazhang on Wikipedia
With techniques suitable to all body sizes and shapes, Xingyiquan/Baguazhang is a holistic system that’s the fun way to improve body and mind, lose weight, get in shape, and gain confidence while learning practical, real world self defense.
刀法 - DāoFǎ
Way of the Saber
This special class focuses on the historically accurate use of the Dao or Chinese saber with emphasis on basic cuts, partner drills and free play (sparing). Many contemporary practitioners of Chinese saber focus on forms or personal cultivation, often at the expense of practical martial application. Our training is based upon the skills and basic cuts handed down within the Xing Yi Dao (Form and Intention Saber) system, this is not a program specifically in Xingyi Dao, but in Chinese swordsmanship (daofa). The basic cuts and other skills that are contained in this lineage are techniques that are common throughout all styles of Chinese Dao swordsmanship. While all students of daofa will find this program invaluable, prior training is not required for participation in this program; new students as well as students of all styles and backgrounds are welcome.
Taoist meditation is similar to Hindu and Buddhist systems, but the Taoist system is less abstract and more down-to-earth than the contemplative traditions which evolved in India.
The two primary guidelines in Taoist meditation are jing ('quiet, stillness, calm') and ding ('concentration, focus'). The purpose of stillness, both mental and physical, is to turn attention inwards and cut off external sensory input, thereby muzzling the "Five Thieves". Within that silent stillness, one concentrates the mind and focuses attention, usually on the breath, in order to develop what is called 'one-pointed awareness', a totally distractedness, undisturbed, undifferentiated state of mind which permits intuitive insights to arise spontaneously.
武當派 (Pinyin: Wǔdāng Paì, Wade–Giles: Wu-tang P'ai) also known as Wudang quan (Wutang chuan; 武当拳; pinyin: Wǔdāng Quán; Wade–Giles: Wu-tang Ch'üan) or "Wudang fist" is one of two major groups of Chinese martial arts: Wudang (Wutang), named after the Wudang Mountains; and Shaolin, named after the Shaolin Monastery.
The Shaolin school includes many martial art styles, Wudangquan includes only a few arts that share the common practice of using the focused mind to control the waist and through it, the body; these typically include Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, and sometimes Bajiquan and Wudang Sword.
Wudangquan is often used synonymously with Neijia (內家; literally: "internal school"), but strictly speaking Neijia is a broader term which may also encompass, for example, Aikido and Qigong, which are not Wudangquan.
David “Dai” Andrews, is an American performance, visual & martial artist, and multiple Guinness World Record holder who often includes traditional martial arts exhibitions including Iron Palm Chi Gung and Iron Body Chi Gung as a feature in his international stage performances.
Andrews has studied the martial arts since he was very young, first learning Tae Kwon Do as a child, and later Wrestling and Classical Fencing in the Italian tradition. In 1996 he began studying Tien Shan Pai and Yang Taiji Quan in the lineage of Grandmaster Huang Chien Liang. After completing the Tien Shan Pai curriculum to the black sash level, (but never formally testing) Dai rapidly changed the focus of his practice to Xingyiquan and Baguazhang when he became the private student of Grandmaster Huang in 2000. He was granted formal permission to teach in 2008.
Awarded the rank of First Tuan (Degree) by The World Kuoshu Federation in July of that same year. He was promoted to the rank of Second Tuan (Degree) in July 2010. He qualified for promotion to Third Tuan in 2014 but has not sought formal promotion.
In addition to Huang Chien Liang, Andrews has had the opportunity to study Xingyi in a series of intimate seminars given by Grandmaster Song Guanghua both in the US and in China, as well as William Li of Malaysia. He also studied Yi Quan meditation in a series of seminars given by Grandmaster Henry Look.
Andrews took the opportunity to study Muay Thai with masters at gyms throughout Thailand while on an extended motorcycle trip across southeast Asia,(2010-2012). He also spent several months living at Wat Chom Tong, a Theravada Buddhist monastery (outside of Chiang Mai) studying Vipassana meditation under renown teacher Acharn “Luang Phor” Tong while living in Thailand.
Besides teaching, Andrews regularly participates in the martial arts community performing at tournaments and fund-raisers as well as continuing to deepen his knowledge of the martial arts. Currently Andrews studies traditional Chinese swordsmanship with Scott Rodell, (a master of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan: The Yang Family Hidden Tradition of Taijiquan).
General Yue Fei (1103-1141)
Ji Lung Feng (Ji Ki) (1602-1680)
Cao Ji Wu (c.1669-1722)
Dai Long Bang (1713-1802)
Guo Weihan or Dai Wenxiong (1769 − 1861)
Li Neng Ran (Lao Neng) (c.1809-1890)
Liu Qi Lan (1819-1889)
Li Cun Yi (1847-1921)
Chen Pan Ling (1892-1966)
Chen Jin Pao
Huang Chien Liang
David M. Andrews