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VIRTUE MEDICINE P.C.
Clinics for Mind-Body Health Studio for Ethics & Contemplative Arts
Tai Chi & Qigong Weekend Seminars with
Visiting Scholar Sifu Dug Corpolongo
July 26-27, 2014
-all seminars are open to the public!
Fees: Mix and Match! $40 per seminar and $35/each for two or more. To
facilitate each student’s experience, class size is limited to 15 students.
Reserve your place in classes by calling the Virtue Medicine Studio at 338-5190, or e-mailing them at email@example.com.
Saturday Seminars, July 26, 2014
** Beginning Tai Chi Push Hands Training Exercises ** 10:00 a.m– Noon
Push Hands (or Tui Shou) is a set of partner drills that help the practitioner develop many of the key skills in Tai Chi. Push Hands training develops ting jing (listening energy) as well as the ability to yield and redirect external forces. Push Hands also teaches one how to develop and apply the Eight Gates (Ward-Off, Rollback, Press, Push, Elbow, Split, Pluck, and Bump). This seminar will cover basic Push Hands training exercises such as “Polish the Urn” and “Yielding at the Corners” that will enrich and enliven your solo skills as well! These exercises are an integral part of any Tai Chi player’s training. Come find out how “4 ounces deflects 1000 pounds.”
** Tai Chi Ta Lu Exercises** 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Ta Lu (“Big Yield”) Forms are indispensible components to reaching a high level of insight and practice in Tai Chi Chuan. Yang Style Ta Lu Forms are frequently referenced in Tai Chi Chuan literature but are very rarely taught. For students interested in health and longevity, Ta Lu Forms help students to develop the skills necessary to get the maximum benefits from Tai Chi Chuan. For students interested in martial skill, Ta Lu Forms provide the footwork and entry methods required to effectively use Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art.
Sunday Seminars, July 27, 2014
** Wu Qin Xi: Five Animal Frolics ** 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Chinese Qigong (energy exercise) has been used to improve and maintain health for over 2500 years by cultivating the internal energy that flows through our bodies. The Wu Qin Xi (or Five Animal Frolics) is a simple qigong set that mimics the movements of the tiger, the bear, the deer, the monkey, and the bird. Developed to improve the health of soldiers almost 2000 years ago, it is a widely practiced and well-known qigong set. It consists of both nei gong and wei gong (internal and external exercises, respectively), making it a well-rounded qigong set that is perfect for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
** Mindful Walking with Internal Mechanics ** 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
One of the greatest benefits Tai Chi Chuan provides students is improved balance and mobility. However, these benefits are not unique to a specific “style” or even Tai Chi Chuan itself; rather these benefits are a result of the internal mechanics practiced by all internal martial arts. This seminar will teach students how to walk mindfully according to the three sister internal arts: Tai Chi Chuan, Xing Yi Quan, and Bagua Zhang. From Tai Chi walking to Xing Yi mud stepping to Bagua circle walking, this seminar will explore how to use these basic movements to improve the practitioners’ health.
More questions? Contact Instructor Jason Kooi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtue Medicine’s Visiting Scholar, Sifu Dug Corpolongo, is a Senior Student and Adopted Disciple of Grandmaster Henry Look, studying Chinese Martial Arts since 1979 and teaching since 1990. He was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002. Sifu Dug is certified as a Master Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong Instructor by the U.S. Martial Arts Association and is ranked as a senior judge and coach of Internal Martial Arts by several international Chinese Martial Arts organizations. Sifu Dug was on the National Executive Board of the United States AAU/Chinese Martial Arts Division from 1999 to 2010, including service as National Chairman, Vice Chairman and National Head Coach. He currently serves on the National Executive Board of the US Kuoshu Federation and is the current Chair of the I-Chuan Association of the United States. Faculty appointments have included: International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, New Mexico Tech, San Juan Community College, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, New England Institute of Buddhist Studies.