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About Master Hai Yang

           

           From Tianjin, mainland China, Master Yang had the good fortune to be born into a family devoted to the martial arts. Tianjin is a city besides Beijing, it has been a hotbed of internal style for more than hundred years . In the last century, most of the Xingyi masters in the Hebei style were from that area, such as Liu Qilan, Li Cunyi, Zhang Zhaodong, Xuedian. Cheng style Baguazhang got more developed in Tianjin as well after the sons of Cheng Tinghua (the founder of Cheng style Baguazhang) moved to that city from Beijing. In the history, most people who lived in Tianjin were decedents of military soldiers from Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644), so the Tianjin people still kept the character of old military soldiers. The martial art atmosphere in Tianjin was very strong that there was a proverb at the Kungfu community in China that " if you pass the test in Tianjin, then you will be a good one".

            From the age of 8, he began his Martial Art training. Since in his family, each generation would have one child to be selected in order to keep the family tradition going. In China, at that time when family chose someone as the linage bearer for the future of the family knowledge, the child would not have too many choices besides obeying it, and the training would be very serious, systematic and strict. His first teacher was his grandfather (Yang Qinglin), a Grandmaster of Internal Styles and a student of Zhang Zhankui (Zhang Zhaodong), the founder of Xingyi-Bagua Palm system. Master Yang still remembers deeply that how nice his grandfather was in general but how serious when the teaching began. Since his grandfather had caravan body guard experience in Li Cunyi 's Wantong company branch, hearing his grandfather's first-hand martial art stories was master Yang's most joyful time and valuable reward by practicing hard.

            His uncle, another of Master Yang's earliest teachers, was a student of Grandmaster Chen Zhaokui, the son of Chen Fake the legendary master who first brought Chen Taichi from Chen village to Beijing. From his uncle, Master Yang got the strong foundation of the art of Tai Chi, it ensured his further development of his Tai Chi practice. Master Yang always says that Tai Chi is such a deep art with both of martial and health aspects benefit, Tai Chi training dramatically improved his understanding of other arts.

            Since his family was well-educated in Chinese traditional arts, they knew that people should take as much training from different masters who were experts in different aspects, they sent master Yang to many other old masters through family relationship. It was not a common thing back to that time since people would keep learning only one style, and it was very hard to be accepted by other masters without contacts. Fortunately, his grandfather helped him a lot in terms of introducing many famous masters to him. These experiences deeply broadened his view of internal arts as a whole. He learned Xing Yi from Hu Jinling, the students of Han Ziheng. Han was a very well-known master in Tianjin since he was one of the best disciples of Li Cunyi, the legendary figure of Hebei Xing Yi school. He learned Cheng style BaGua from Fu Shoubo, Master Fu was one of the top Xing Yi and Ba Gua master in Tianjin before 1990s. He practiced Chen style Tai Chi with Master Ma Hong, Master Ma is an inspiring figure in Master Yang's heart. All of these masters unselfishly helped master Yang' Martial Art development.

            At the same time, Master Yang realized that without Daoist Meditation and Qi Gong training, his practice would not be able to reach high level. Since Meditation and Qi Going is part of Daoist practice for thousand years, especially meditation, it is the root of Chinese internal practice. People will know what will happen inside of their body after internal practice, and many Chinese traditional arts were originally developed under meditating mental state. For example, Chinese Daoism philosophy was strongly influenced by Meditation. Understanding how the energy work in the body will help physical training and guide us in daily life with energy-feeling. So he completed his Martial training with Energy Art training under the tutelage of such well-known masters as Yang Meijun, the Grandmaster of Wild-Goose Qigong, Li Zhihe, the Grandmaster of Potential-Ability Development Qigong, Pang Heming, the founder of Zhineng Qigong. He went to the White Cloud temple to learn Daoist Meditation from Cao Zhenyang, the top priest at that time. He has collected a lot of old Daoism documents in order to make a deep research of this thousand years old art. He believes that learning these old Daoist documents is like digging a rich treasure-trove, since the spiritual approach is practical and beneficial, it will lead Daoist Art practitioners reach a much higher level in their journey of self-development.

            Master Yang has a university degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Herbology and Acupuncture) from the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Tianjin. With Energy Art together, his medical training background helped him understand the human body in energy level instead of only at the physical level. He is a certified Qi Gong teacher too, the certificate having been issued in 1992 by the Zhineng Qigong Research Association of Tianjin. In 1988, Master Yang began to teach martial arts and Qi Gong at the Technical Institute of Tianjin and in other communities. He now resides in Montreal, where he established the Center for Wudang Internal practice in 2001.

            Since Master Yang has very strong training in these traditional Chinese arts with long period teaching experience, he can promote Chinese Daoism Arts with profound knowledge around the world. He believes that when people train in modern time, the traditional principle of practice is essential to be applied and followed. He emphasizes that physical training should combine with theory study, internal practice should come with external exercises, spiritual approach should be applied through daily life and Daoism philosophy should be the general guidance of all of these practices. He would like to share his experience and knowledge to those who like Chinese Arts!

You can see his lineages by clicking next images.

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Introducing the System

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Translation Of the Chinese Calligraphy: Unify Three System As One

            First of all, internal training system is not a new idea. Traditionally, people would not separate these arts between each other all of them belong to Daoism Arts. Internal martial arts focus more on physical benefit. At the same time, energy art, which include Qi Gong and meditation, will concentrate more on human body energy practice and medical art, which has been the traditional way of healing for Chinese people for thousands of years, will use an alternative way of well being to help everyone interested in this ancient science. People will get more benefit as long as these different aspects have been concerned through our daily practice. You do not have to know all of them, but you should know each of them a bit, since it is the original way of thinking, the original way of doing.

            But why we do not hear this concept of holistic approach so often? The reason is very simple that because we are living in a modern time, a lot of knowledge has been lost. Especially in outside of China, it is very hard for people to get the classic old Chinese documents of these arts, it becomes more difficult to understand this concept. Now, you will have the opportunity to know this information, and if you want, you will be able to master this knowledge with your dedication. We believe that Chinese culture is from China but it belongs to the world. We wish more and more people get the benefits from the ancient practice.

            We mentioned already that the system includes three sub-system, which are Martial Art, Energy Art and Medical Art. Please look the next Chart which demonstrates the three parts of the whole system, and this is why we choose it as the logo of our school as well:

 

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            In each sub-system, we work with different aspect. But all of them are under the Great Dao, the detailed illustration is demonstrated by next chart.

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            On Martial Art, we focus on the three main Chinese internal styles, which are Tai Chi, Xing Yi and Ba Gua. Chen Tai Chi (Tai Chi Quan or Taijiquan, Taiji) is considered as the original Tai Chi style among the Tai Chi Quan family, the other styles are Yang Style, Wu style, Wu-Hao Style and Sun style, all of them are named according to their founder's family names. However, Chen style keeps the original Tai Chi Quan characteristics such as the combination of softness and hardness, slow motion and fast motion and etc., Practicing this style will help Tai Chi practitioners understand the Yin-Yang theory easier and this style has more martial aspect, which is the reason why we put Tai Chi in this sub-system. You can find more information at our Chen Tai Chi section on this site.

            To Xing Yi (Hsing I) practice, we will focus on Hebei style Xing Yi Quan. Xing Yi as an unique martial art system was from Hebei style. There are some sub-branches of Xing Yi in Hebei style as well, we will focus on Li Cunyi, Zhang Zhaodong and Xuedian branches mainly.

            To Ba Gua (Pa Gua or Baguazhang), we will put more effort on Cheng style Ba Gua. Cheng style Ba Gua is considered as the pure Ba Gua in China, because the founder of this style did not learn any martial arts before he learned Ba gua from Dong Haichuan, the founder of the Ba Gua system. So people in China consider the Cheng style keeps the original practice of Dong Haichuan's .

            In our Energy Art sub-system, there are two types of practices: Qi Gong and Meditation. There are a lot of differences between these two practices but most people always confuse it. We will make it clear through other parts of this site.

            Qi Gong(Chi Kung) is a more dynamic approach compare with meditation. QI Gong practice may have quick result in terms of healing diseases. One of the reasons is that there are a lot of movements designed specifically for motivating and invigorating energy in our body through meridians or other channels, so that to these people who have health problems, they should choose Qi Gong first and then, combine meditation practice later on.

            There are many different Qi Gong styles in China, and different styles focus on different purpose even though most of them focus on healing. From medical and scientific research, there are a few styles have more benefit in terms of healing diseases compare with other styles. Zhineng Qi Gong and Anti-Cancer Qi Gong are two the best among them. We will concentrate these two styles because many people in China have got tremendous benefit through these styles. At the same time, we will introduce some ancient Qi Gong practice, they are the root and source of any practices which people are doing now.

            Meditation is one of the oldest internal practice in Chinese cultural history, many Chinese arts were developed through the meditative state of mind, so understanding Daoism meditation will help us grasp the root of Chinese culture, the root of internal practice and the essence of internal energy.

            In the ancient time of China, it was a privilege to practice Qi Gong and meditation, especially Daoist Meditation, It was only for highly educated people and wealthy groups. This is why most of the documents were written by code: people have to decode the text in order to master the meaning. Otherwise, the obvious understanding or explanation of the writing will mislead people to wrong direction, which will create a lot of mistakes and problems in health and others. We will gradually reveal the ancient practice in order to let more and more people get benefit through learning and practicing the pearl on the crown in Daoism Art.

            In our Medical Art sub-system, we will help students understand basic concepts of Traditional Chinese medicine such as Yin-Yang theory, Five-Element theory, Organ theory, Meridian theory and many other aspects. Understanding how our body works will guide us to have better health and make more progress in other practice. The holistic and systematic approach of well-being can be complementary method to the western medicine. Chinese medicine has helped Chinese people for thousand of years, it will help more people in the future when more and more people in the world accept it.

            So how to start practicing this system?  If you have learned some parts of the whole system very well with years of practice, you can select the parts interested to you. For example, if you have learned some Martial Art, you can choose Energy Art or Medical Art, or even another style of Martial Art, since most people do not practice all of these three styles. Now, you will be able to learn all of these courses on Internet with well-designed online learning system. 

 

System

 

Welcome to Internal Training System, the complete Chinese Daoist Internal Arts, taught by Master Hai Yang.

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About Master Hai Yang

 

Introducing the System

Internal Martial Art--Chen Style Tai Chi, Xing Yi and Ba Gua

Welcome to the Internal Martial Arts session.

 

You can find out:

 

Chen Style Tai Chi: the original style of all Tai Chi or Tai Chi Quan in China, which emphasizes not only health benefit but also self-defense benefit.

 

Xing Yi: this style has been in the dominating position in the Chinese martial art community for centuries.

 

Ba Gua : the art of circle for serious martial artist in China.