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Calendar Summary (Regular Martial Arts Classes, Fall 2017)

Saturday (8:30 AM-9:30 AM): Xing-Yi Quan & Bagua Zhang (Core Training of Internal Martial Arts)
Sept 9,16,30; Oct 14,21; Nov 11,18,25; Dec 2,9,16,23
(ATT, New Market, Maryland)

Saturday (9:30 AM-12:30 PM): Bagua Zhang (Taiwan Styles of Mr. RW Smith/Beijing Styles of YCGF)
Sept 9,16,17(Sunday, w/Troy Price),30; Oct 14,21; Nov 11,18,25; Dec 2,9,16,23
(Note: Our Hebei Xing-Yi Quan system is taught separately via private/semi-private instruction only)
(ATT, New Market, Maryland)

Sunday (9:30 AM-10:30 AM): Wu Style Taiji Quan Basics and Grasp Bird Tail Sequence
Sept 10,24; Oct 1,15,22,29; Nov 12,19,26; Dec 3,10,17
(ATT, New Market, Maryland)

Sunday (10:30 AM-12:30 PM): Wu Style Taiji Quan Solo Form & Two-Person Practices
Sept 10,24; Oct 1,15,22,29; Nov 12,19,26; Dec 3,10,17
(ATT, New Market, Maryland)


Calendar Summary (Sponsored Monthly Martial Arts Classes, Fall 2017):

NOVA Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Fri, 7:30-9:30pm)
Pending for September-December
Club members only; inquire via NOVA Isshinryu (click here) about membership to this club
(NOVA IK Club, Burke, Virginia)

Kent Gardens Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Mon, 6:45-8:15pm)
Pending for September-December
Club members only; inquire via ATT about membership to this karate club
(Kent Gardens IK Club, McLean, Virginia)

Takoma Park Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Wed, 7:00-8:30pm)
Pending for September-December
Club members only; inquire via ATT about membership to this karate club (formerly the Montgomery Karate Club)
(Takoma IK Club, Takoma Park, Maryland)

Kingstowne Karate Training/Shuri-Te Xingyi & Bagua (Tues, 6:00-8:00pm)
Off: September-November; Back: December 12
Kingstowne club invitees only via Sensei Brian Oviatt, 5th Dan Shito-ryu, 2nd Dan Shuri-te jujutsu
Inquire with Sensei Oviatt on his Shito-Ryu Karate and Shuri-Te Jujutsu groups and to join our Shuri-Te Xingyi & Bagua program
(Kingstowne Family Karate, Alexandria, Virginia)


Calendar Summary (Private Martial Arts, Health/Wellness, Fall 2017):

Private Martial Studies: Xing-Yi, Bagua, Taiji, Karate, Health/Wellness-Related
Please inquire also about training in Chinese and Okinawan weaponry and about classes for your group at these times
We will also offer instruction with emphasis on health & wellness education in 2017
Private sessions are available for ATT members or non-members
Most Saturdays (1:00-5:00 PM); most Sundays (1:00-5:00 PM); times available on weekends via appointment only
Most Daytime Weekdays: Mon-Fri (9:30 AM-12:30 PM: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Evening Weekdays: Mon/Fri (6:00-9:00 PM)
Note: times and dates open for private training in New Market will depend on monthly trainings scheduled elsewhere
(ATT, New Market, Maryland)


Calendar Summary (Sponsored Mind-Body Classes, Health/Wellness):

Wednesday (6:00 PM-7:00 PM and 7:00 PM-8:00 PM):
10-Week Evening Qigong & Tai Chi at Hagerstown Community College (HCC)

Beginner (6:00 PM-7:00 PM): Qigong, Tai Chi Basics & Beginner Primer Form Sequence
Intermediate (7:00 PM-8:00 PM): Wu Style Tai Chi, First Section of 37-Posture Form Sequence
September 13,20,27; October 4,11,18,25; November 1,8,15
(Hagerstown Community College [HCC]) (Contact HCC Continuing Education to register for these classes)


Calendar Summary (Sponsored Life Sciences Classes, 2017):

Lectures in Human Physiology [NEW ATT PROGRAM AVAILABLE]
Lectures on basic human physiology for all and on the applied human physiology relating to our ATT curricula.
Contact us at ATT for further information about life science lectures for your academic institution or group.

Lectures in Virology & Viral Diseases [NEW ATT PROGRAM AVAILABLE]
Lectures on the biology of human viruses and how they cause diseases and can be controlled.
Contact us at ATT for further information about life science lectures for your academic institution or group.


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Attend our classes and private sessions and learn basic to highly advanced and effective martial arts forms for both health and self-defense. Each class is designed to provide high-quality, detailed instruction and information you can take home and use to enhance your personal practice. Attend classes often to build your skill set. Start any time during a semester. Call or e-mail about our affordable tuition for these classes.

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Internal Martial Arts (China): Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan (Xingyi & Bagua)

Zong Yin Tang Xingyi and Bagua: We made a long-term study of xing-yi quan and bagua zhang from 1987-2011 under the late Master RW Smith. We have been recognized as one of his senior instructors in these two arts since 1992. We pursued extensive research and adoption under Mr. Smith's supervision of various Taiwan and mainland China xingyi and bagua systems. We pursued additional overlapping, and continuing study of xingyi and bagua under Master Zhang Yun since 1997, where we achieved master level instructor status in 2005 in his internal martial arts group. In total, these studies included the incorporation of several famous xing-yi quan and bagua zhang lineages that had been passed down in Tianjin, China, and through Taiwan, and also directly via Beijing, China.

As of 2012, ATT honored its combined lineage transmissions and influences in the internal arts in selecting its school name as Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan. Roughly translated, 'zong' is 'ancestor or lineage' but can also mean 'to follow' when used as a verb; 'yin' is a 'seal, stamp, or mark'; 'tang' is a 'hall' for gathering; and 'nei jia quan' is 'internal family fist (or boxing system)'. So the ATT school name means: 'hall of the ancestor's seal (or mark) of internal family boxing', or 'hall of the lineage seal for internal family boxing'. It could also mean 'hall for following the seal of internal family boxing'.

SATURDAY (8:30 AM-9:30 AM):
Xing-Yi Quan & Bagua Zhang: Core Training in the Internal Martial Arts
Sept 9,16,30; Oct 14,21; Nov 11,18,25; Dec 2,9,16,23

This class is open to all. [12 classes; no class Sept 23; Oct 7,28; Nov 4]

SATURDAY (9:30 AM-12:30 PM):
Taiwan Bagua: Master RW Smith & Yin Cheng Gong Fa Bagua: Master Zhang Yun
Sept 9,16,17(Sunday, w/Troy Price),30; Oct 14,21; Nov 11,18,25; Dec 2,9,16,23

This class is open to all. [13 classes in bagua; no class Sept 23; Oct 7,28; Nov 4]

Fall Classes:
New Market, Maryland.
E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

Xing-Yi Quan & Bagua Zhang: Core Training in the Internal Martial Arts (8:30-9:30am): We at ATT have specialized in bagua zhang and xing-yi quan since 1987. We offer a combined core training class as an introduction to the Chinese internal martial arts. Historically, the earliest masters had studied xing-yi or bagua as distinct and seperate arts. By the third or fourth generation, many masters were cross-training in both xing-yi and bagua. Subsequently, the two arts were often passed down together in many lineages. While there are distinct differences between the two arts, there are also many parallel and complementary aspects that blend well as the practitioner cross-trains.

In this class, we feature some of our core training forms, including:

(i) the 5 fists of xing-yi
(ii) basic bagua circle walking with mother palms and the single palm change
(iii) a few selected basic actions (tian gan) and straight-line (hou tian) bagua forms.

This selection provides new beginners with a foundation for taking up a wider study of either art (or both). It represents a core practice for participants to develop 'internal feeling' with martial forms and skills. This class enables the participant to experience how basic core cross-training methods condense one's knowledge and skills into a manageable yet profound training regimen for external structure, internal feeling, and self-defense.

Taiwan Bagua Zhang & Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) Bagua Zhang (9:30am-12:30pm): This class features selected portions of the bagua zhang curricula and applications from the late Master Robert W. Smith and those from Master Zhang Yun (direct student of the late GM Wang Peisheng). While our Zong Yin Tang Bagua Zhang curriculum seems quite extensive with regard to the number and variety of form sets being offered, the training always adheres to a set of core basics and principles that are common to all bagua zhang systems. So, one could start with any given form set and master common core principles that will be applicable to learning any or all of the other form sets.

Our Bagua Zhang Sets include:

Gao Yisheng style via Taiwan from GM's Hong Yixiang & Yimian (via GM Zhang Junfeng)
(Note: As studied, learned, and researched while under the late Master RW Smith)
(i) basic tian gan/jibengong forms
(ii) 64 straight-line hou tian forms
(iii) circular xian tian change set with some added methods
Gao Yisheng style bagua represents an expanded martial educational system for understanding theory and technique relating to many other martial arts.
Study of this system under Master RW Smith underlies our own cross-training interests and our uniquely structured teaching approach to martial arts.
We note the above form sets have been researched further by us via occasional study with other masters from Taiwan, Tianjin, Beijing, and the US.
We personally and fully endorse all recognized master instructors of Gao Yisheng bagua lineages everywhere in the world.
We encourage all of our participants to seek out and pursue advanced study offered by such masters when opportunities arise.


Cheng Tinghua styles via Taiwan:
(Note: As studied, learned, and researched while under the late Master RW Smith)
(iv) variations of 8 circular changes from GMs Guo Fengchih and Wang Shujin.
These are additional internal arts styles taught by the late Master RW Smith that add to the basis of our martial arts educational programs.
We are indeed fortunate and grateful to have become a part of his martial arts group and to remain a continuing friend to his family.


Cheng Tinghua, Liu Dekuan, and Yin Fu styles via Beijing from GM Wang Peisheng:
(Note: As studied, learned, and researched currently under Master Zhang Yun)
(v) Cheng Tinghua style ba mu zhang (8 mother palms) and ba da zhang (8 big palms)
(vi) Liu Dekuan style 64 straight-line bagua set
(vii) Yin Fu style 64 circular bagua set.
Beijing bagua styles taught by Master Zhang Yun greatly expand our martial arts educational programs.
We thank Master Zhang for his continuing input to the bagua that we teach from both Taiwan and the Beijing school.
Principles based in his Wu style taijiquan contribute significantly to the foundation of our overall teaching approach in martial arts.
We are indeed grateful to be a part of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa family system from GM Wang Peisheng as passed down via Master Zhang.
We encourage all of our participants and friends to seek out and pursue advanced study offered by Master Zhang when opportunities arise.

For Study this Session: This session we will emphasize bagua zhang training as follows: (i) foundational aspects of bagua zhang form, qigong, and application for selected methods from Gao style bagua; (ii) circle walking with the 8 mother plams (ding shi); (iii) continuing review of the Beijing Liu style 64 bagua straight line form set with selected applications; (iv) review of the Yin Fu style bagua set 1, and learning sets 2, 3, and 4 (i.e., 8 circle walking changes each set) with concepts and applications. The sessions feature fundamentals for all, as well as other intermediate and advanced 2-person training methods, often with one-on-one personal assistance from our experienced associate instructors.

In the bagua classes, you will learn the solo forms, the energetic and philosophical correspondences, numerous two-person drills for skill development, and controlled martial applications practices associated with these methods, all as learned, researched, and passed on by our Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan school. The beginner, intermediate, and advanced member practitioner will want to perfect these methods as means to expand their knowledge, skills, and self-defense applications.

A Note on Our Zong Yin Tang Xing-Yi Quan Program: During most semesters, we place emphasis on the detailed study of our bagua curriculum, as indicated above. We do offer a regular study of the 5-elements fists of xing-yi in our early Saturday morning class (8:30-9:30am) to provide a useful foundation for internal arts. The more detailed study of our Hebei Xing-Yi Quan sets emanating from Taiwan (from Masters Hong Yixiang, Guo Fengchih, and Chen Panling via Mr. Smith) and from Beijing YCGF (from Master Wang Peisheng via Master Zhang Yun) are taught mainly via private/semi-private sessions; these are held at times listed further below. All of our Hebei Xing-Yi Quan systems include the classical 5-elements fists (wu xing quan), a forward and back linking form (jin tui lian huan), and 12 animal styles (shi er xing). We also train in several ancillary sets that are associated with some xing-yi systems. These include 8-hands (ba shou), 8-movements or styles (ba shi), 12 red hammers (shi er hong chui), and others. As with our bagua sets, all of our privately taught xing-yi sets place emphasis on core principles in the solo forms, energetics, added 2-person drills, and controlled self-defense applications practices.

A Note on Our Zong Yin Tang/Yin Cheng Gong Fa Wu Style Taiji Quan Program: Please see further below for details on our curriculum, regular classes, and private classes in Wu Style Taiji Quan (and weaponry) from the Yin Cheng Gong Fa tradition of the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng via Master Zhang Yun.

Summary of the Late Master RW Smith's Internal Martial Arts Lineages:

Xing-Yi Quan Lineage:
Zhang Junfeng------>Hong Yixiang-->RW Smith
Zhang Hongching-->Guo Fengchih-->RW Smith
Guo Hanchih-------->Guo Fengchih-->RW Smith
Wu Yunting--------->Yuan Dao------->RW Smith
Chen Panling---------------------------->RW Smith
Wang Shujin----------------------------->RW Smith
These xing-yi lineages derive from Li Luoneng, Liu Qilan, Guo Yunshen, and Li Cunyi/Zhang Zhaodong/Sun Lutang/Keng Jishan

Bagua Zhang Lineage:
Gao Yisheng-->Zhang Junfeng-->Hong Yixiang-->RW Smith
Sun Lutang--->?-------------------->Guo Fengchih-->RW Smith
Zhang Zhaodong------------------->Wang Shujin--->RW Smith
Cheng Haiting/Hsu Yusheng----->Chen Panling--->RW Smith
These bagua lineages derive from Dong Haichuan and Cheng Tinghua

Taiji Quan Lineage:
Yang Luchan-->Yang Jianhou-->Yang Chengfu-->Zheng Manjing-->RW Smith
You can inquire with us to direct you to Mr. Smith's senior lineage taiji instructors for Zheng Manjing's Yang style taiji.

For reference on the late Master RW Smith:
(1) Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods by Robert W. Smith
Kodansha International, Ltd. Tokyo, New York, San Franciso, 1974, 1980 (paperback).
(2) Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing by Robert W. Smith [Xing-Yi]
Kodansha International, Ltd. Tokyo, New York, San Franciso, 1974, 1981 (paperback).
(3) Pa-Kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense by Robert W. Smith [Ba Gua]
Kodansha International, Ltd. Tokyo, New York, San Franciso, 1967, 2002 (paperback).
(4) T'ai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense by Cheng Manching & Robert W. Smith [Tai Ji]
Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon, Vermont, 1967, 2004 (paperback).
(5) Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises by Cheng Manching (translated by Benjaimin Lo and Martin Inn)
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 1985, 2008 (paperback).
(6) Martial Musings: A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the 20th Century by Robert W. Smith
Via Media Publishing Company, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1999.
(7) Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts by Donn F. Draeger and Robert W. Smith
Kodansha International, Ltd. Tokyo, New York, San Franciso, 1969, 1980 (paperback).

Summary of Master Zhang Yun's Internal Arts Lineages via GM Wang Peisheng:

Xing-Yi Quan Lineage:
Li Luoneng-->Liu Qilan----->Zhang Zhaodong-->Han Muxia---->Wang Peisheng
Li Luoneng-->Che Yizhai--->Bu Xuekuan------>Zhao Runting--->Wang Peisheng

Bagua Zhang Lineage:
Dong Haichuan-->Yin Fu------------->Ma Gui------->Wang Peisheng
Dong Haichuan-->Cheng Tinghua-->Gao Kexing-->Wang Peisheng
Dong Haichuan-->Liu Dekuan------->Gao Kexing-->Wang Peisheng
Master Wang also pursued bagua lineage study with Han Muxia (from Zhang Zhaodong) and Song Shutang (from Song Yongxiang)

Taiji Quan Lineage:
Yang Luchan>Yang Banhou>Wu Quanyu>Wang Maozhai>Yang Yuting>Wang Peisheng
Master Wang was privileged to study also directly under his grandteacher, Wang Maozhai.
Master Zhang Yun began his studies with GM Wang's first disciple, Master Luo Shuhuan.
Master Zhang had the unique privilege subsequently to study directly under GM Wang for many years.
Please see below if you want to begin study in the Wu style taiji lineage of GM Wang Peisheng and Master Zhang Yun via ATT.

For reference on Master Zhang Yun:
(1) The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: A Manual of Taiji Jian by Zhang Yun
Weatherhill. Tokyo, New York, 1998 (paperback).
(2) The Complete Taiji Dao: The Art of Chinese Saber by Zhang Yun
Blue Snake Books, Berkeley, California, 2009 (paperback).
(3) Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua: Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts by Lu Shengli and Zhang Yun
(translated by Zhang Yun) Blue Snake Books, Berkeley, California, 2006 (paperback).
(4) The Taijiquan Classics: The Essential Translation and Explanation with Commentary on History and Culture by Zhang Yun
with David Ho, Peter Cappel, Susan Darley; ISBN: 978-0-578-17886-8, 2016; Lulu.com for print on demand (book is 763 pages).



Internal Martial Arts (China): Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan (Taiji Quan)

Zong Yin Tang/Yin Cheng Gong Fa Wu Style Taiji Quan: We at ATT have specialized in the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Wu Style Taiji Quan system since 1997 and have gradually achieved expert level instructor status in taiji and qigong along the way under Master Zhang Yun. We have added experience with taiji extending further back with Yang style (since 1989) and more recently with Hao style (since 2009). Our teaching emphasis in Wu style taiji derives from Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. The name of his martial arts lineage (Yin Cheng Gong Fa) means the 'seal of sincerity in the martial arts', which we have pursued since 1997. We became a formal disciple of his student, Master Zhang Yun, in 2005.

Those who become members of ATT to study Wu style taiji and other YCGF arts can become associate members of YCGF under Master Zhang Yun. They may then become eligible at a later time to request to become a formal disciple in the YCGF lineage under the Zong Yin Tang lineage of ATT, and with Master Zhang Yun as grandmaster for their generation. Zong Yin Tang (of ATT) is an officially recognized and certified open-door branch [or hall] of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa family house. As indicated above, roughly translated, the ATT school name means: 'hall of the ancestor's seal (or mark) of internal family boxing', or 'hall of the lineage seal for internal family boxing'. It could also mean 'hall for following the seal of internal family boxing'.

SUNDAY (9:30 AM-10:30 AM):
Wu Style Taiji Quan Basics & Grasp Bird's Tail Sequence
Sept 10,24; Oct 1,15,22,29; Nov 12,19,26; Dec 3,10,17

This class is open to all. [12 classes in taiji; no class Sept 17; Oct 8; Nov 5]

SUNDAY (10:30 AM-12:30 PM):
Wu Style Taiji Quan Solo Form & Two-Person Practices
Sept 10,24; Oct 1,15,22,29; Nov 12,19,26; Dec 3,10,17

This class is open to all. [12 classes in taiji; no class Sept 17; Oct 8; Nov 5]

Fall Classes:
New Market, Maryland
E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF): Wu Style Taiji Quan, Qigong, and Weaponry. Our classes feature the Wu style taiji quan and other exercises and some of the weaponry. Beginners are welcome to all of our taiji classes, but you should make an appointment with us for your first class that will need to run from 8:30-9:30am, before the main Sunday classes. After this introduction, and a joint evaluation, you may want to continue each week with the early lessons (8:30-9:30am), and/or be able to join in at least for the first hour of the regular morning classes (9:30-10:30am) in subsequent weeks.

Wu Style Taiji Quan Basics & Grasp Bird's Tail (9:30-10:30am): The first hour of the regular class is devoted to the study of taiji basics, including some qigong. We also detail the opening sequences of Wu Style Taiji form (Grasp Bird's Tail) for health, energetics, two-person practices, and martial applications. These studies are suitable for beginners for training both the post standing and the dynamic transitions of the opening sequences. They are taught to augment health, body structure, and alignment for 2-person training, and eventual study of the entire Wu style form set. These practices are especially important for beginning students wanting to make progress and participate in the class where the 37-posture form is taught.

Wu Style Taiji Quan Solo Form, Two-Person Practices, and Weaponry (10:30am-12:30pm). The subsequent 2-hours of Sunday class are mainly for those students who can (or who want to) practice the entire Wu style 37-posture taiji form. This class features the full 37-posture form with controlled martial applications practice, along with the practice of Wu style push-hands sets, various aspects of body testing for postural framing in applications, and selected standing and dynamic qigong exercises. Weather permitting, we often train outdoors to include study of taiji sword (jian) and saber (dao).

Summary of Master Zhang Yun's Taiji Quan Lineage via GM Wang Peisheng:

Taiji Quan Lineage:
Yang Luchan>Yang Banhou>Wu Quanyu>Wang Maozhai>Yang Yuting>Wang Peisheng
Master Wang was privileged to study also directly under his grandteacher, Wang Maozhai.
Master Zhang Yun began his studies with GM Wang's first disciple, Master Luo Shuhuan.
Master Zhang had the unique privilege subsequently to study directly under GM Wang for many years.


Footnotes:

(1) Please e-mail ATT directly if you would like to join and certify in all or part of the ATT/Zong Yin Tang internal arts curriculum described above. Again, we represent both Mr. Smith's Taiwan xingyi and bagua lineages, and Master Zhang's YCGF xingyi and bagua lineages. We offer both together under our ATT curriculum. At present, we offer formal lineage taiji instruction only in the YCGF Wu style. For those of you who may be interested in further specialization in the Zheng Manjing Yang style taiji passed down also through Mr. Smith, we can help direct you to several contacts of ours who are the most qualified senior taiji instructors in his taiji lineage.

(2) Please e-mail ATT separately if you would like to include a Wu style taiji quan extension program in your martial arts or health educational program.

(3) Please e-mail ATT separately if you would like to include a xingyi quan and/or bagua zhang extension program in your martial arts or health educational program (e.g., see below for the Shuri-Te group).

E-mail: Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)


Martial Arts and Health Education Extension Programs

Shuri-Te Xing-Yi Quan & Bagua Zhang

This first ATT extension program has been fostering selective cross-training in the Chinese Internal Martial Arts of Xing-Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang for members of the Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai organization under Kyoshi Troy J. Price. We note that this internal arts extension program focuses only on the two arts of Xing-Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang for adaptation into the Shuri-Te group. Paul is a Member Shihan in the group faculty, and serves currently with Kyoshi Price as a Head Instructor in the Xing-Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang Division of the Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai.

The curriculum design for this xingyi and bagua program was developed by ATT to serve as a martial arts educational extension program (created, May 2015). In support of this program, ATT is sharing the segment of the Zong Yin Tang xingyi and bagua curriculum derived from the Taiwan lineages of the late Master Robert W. Smith. ATT augments the Shuri-Te instruction also with references to added internal principles on xingyi and bagua learned under Master Zhang Yun. Kyoshi Price introduces additional components and requirements into this program that are based on his experiences with these arts, and on his own multi-art specialties including jujutsu, karate, and combative flow system.

We note here that internal arts student and future instructor advancements in Shuri-Te xingyi and bagua remain an extension of the Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai under Kyoshi Price, with input from Paul as a Head Instructor. Such advancements are specific to the Shuri-Te group. They require student membership in that group, and will usually require added active participation in some portion of their current curricula involving Shuri-Te Jujutsu, Shuri-Ryu Karate, and Combative Flow. You can inquire with us about joining the Shuri-Te (Shou Li Shou) Xing-Yi Quan and Bagua Zhang Program through a local Shuri-Te group in the greater DC area, or though one of the many Shuri-Te groups across the Carolinas and elsewhere in the USA (Contact: Troy J. Price, Kyoshi, Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai)

Monthly and Seasonal Extension Teaching, 2017:
See listing below for locations/contacts.

(1) Tuesday (6:00-8:00pm): Kingstowne Karate Training/Shuri-Te Xingyi & Bagua
Monthly Training Sessions: Off: September-November; Back: December 12
Note: Kingstowne club invitees only via Sensei Brian Oviatt, 5th Dan Shito-ryu, 2nd Dan Shuri-te jujutsu
Inquire with Sensei Oviatt about his Shito-Ryu Karate and Shuri-Te Jujutsu groups to join the Shuri-Te Xingyi & Bagua program
(Kingstowne Family Karate, Alexandria, Virginia)

(2) Seasonal Extension Teaching, 2017: This year, we offer classes and seminars in Xingyi & Bagua along with other ATT-related instruction in Isshin-ryu karate. See our News and Previous Events page for prior extension teaching.

(i) January 27-29: visit Waga Michi Dojo of Sensei Mark Ciprich for workshop intensive in Shurite Xingyi and Bagua.

(ii) January 30-February 1: visit Waga Michi Dojo to continue several educational projects being developed with Kyoshi Troy Price; then teach internal arts at the dojo on Jan 31 and Feb 1.

(iii) March 3-5: pariticipate in the Winter Shorin-Kan Camp hosted by Kyoshi Clint Green and Hanshi Doug Perry, Hampton, Virginia.

(iv) March 6-7: work on educational projects with Sensei Mark Ciprich and Kyoshi Troy Price

(v) March 7: Isshin-ryu karate kata seminar in Marshville, NC hosted by Sensei Mark Ciprich

(vi) April 6: internal martial arts and Isshinryu karate seminars in NC (Marshville).

(vii) April 7-9: Shurite-Te Bujutsu Kai National Conference, Dallas, North Carolina.

(viii) April 28-30: Dragon Society National Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

(ix) May 1: Educational project with Kyoshi Troy Price and Sensei Mark Ciprich, Marshville, North Carolina

(x) May 2: Educational project with Kyoshi Troy Price, Tega Cay, South Carolina. Teach internal martial arts and Isshin-ryu karate with Sensei Mark Ciprich. Marshville, North Carolina.

(xi) May 7 (and Sept 17), 9:30am-12:30pm: Private seminar with Kyoshi Troy Price hosted by ATT, New Market, Maryland

(xii) Aug 5-6: Kobudo Camp in China Grove, North Carolina

(xiii) Aug 28-September 4: educational project with Kyoshi Troy Price (Aug 28-29); internal martial arts with Renshi Bob Speed (Aug 29-31) and seminar gathering sponsored by Renshi Bob Speed (Sept 1-3); karate seminar for Sensei Mike Ciraco (Aug 31); Myrtle Beach, SC.

(xiv) Sept 28-30: Shorin-kan Summer Camp with Hanshi Doug Perry and Kyoshi Jason Perry, Hendersonville, NC. Unfortunately, this year we will be unable to attend this camp.

(xv) Oct 6-8: OMS Dojo Seminar Series, Appleton, Wisconsin, with Kyoshis Cote and Price comparing chinese internal martial arts and shurite bujutsu methods.

(xvi) Nov 3-6: Advanced and Internal Martial Arts and Healing Arts conference, Dallas, NC.


Isshin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Okinawa)

Isshin-Ryu Karate Club Lineage and Dojos [Updates in Progress for September, 2017]

ATT Isshin-Ryu Karate is certified via the Isshinryu World Karate Association (IWKA) under Master Kichiro Shimabuku, Judan.
ATT maintains affiliation with and IWKA certification through the Penn State Karate Club under Hanshi Dane Sutton, Kudan.

ATT Isshin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo, Sensei Paul J. Cote, Kyoshi, Nanadan (7th Dan), IWKA
Head Instructor ATT Isshin-Ryu, Senior Yudansha Club Advisor & Examiner, PSKC & Affiliates under Hanshi Dane Sutton, Kudan


ATT is affiliated locally with the Takoma Isshin-ryu Karate Club (formerly the Montgomery Karate club) and the Kent Gardens Isshin-ryu Karate Club both as a senior advisor and instructor. ATT also is affiliated locally with NOVA Isshin-ryu club, founded by Kyoshis Jim Miller and Ralph Miller, where we teach on occassion. See classes under Calendar. If you need further information on our karate lineage, or on how to join a specific club of ours, then please click on the blue club link above. Contact us directly at ATT (or the respective dojo head instructors) for further information on joining these clubs to begin taking advantage of the monthly training sessions.

NOVA Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Fri, 7:30-9:30pm)
(NOVA IK Club, Burke, Virginia) Monthly, Pending September-December

Kent Gardens Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Mon, 6:45-8:15pm)
(Kent Gardens IK Club, McLean, Virginia) Monthly, Pending September-December

Takoma Park Isshin-ryu Karate Training and Evaluations (Wed, 7:00-8:30pm)
(Takoma IK Club, Takoma Park, Maryland) Monthly, Pending September-December

Bi-Annual PSKC Seminar: Penn State Karate Club Promotions & Seminars
(Upcoming on: October 28, 2017)

Events and Clinics - Academic Training Traditions Isshin-Ryu Karate/Kobudo: Teaching monthly karate classes at Takoma, Kent Gardens, and NOVA pending scheduling in September-Decemeber, 2017. The scheduled monthly training sessions will involve kata and kobudo reviews and evaluations. The main bi-annual event will be held by Hanshi Sutton on Saturday, October 28, 2017, and is sponsored by the Kent Gardens and Takoma clubs. Other venues are in planning currently. Check back for confirmations and details.

About ATT Karate Clinics: Contact us directly at ATT about offering a monthly or bi-monthly karate clinic or seminar at your dojo. Clinics feature general training in karate methods, and so your style of karate is not an issue. We do conduct clinics in certified orthodox Isshin-ryu Karate, for the novice, intermediate, and advanced practitioner, but we also can incorporate a number of advanced training methods from other martial arts styles that are highly relevant to all karate styles. Many of these methods are based on my 43 years experience with karate, and 30 years of cross-training in the Chinese internal martial arts. You will definitely learn many new ways to apply your traditional kata, and the principles upon which these applications are based. Karate practitioners can develop more power, using integrated muscular recruitment developed through the application of proven methods that refine your root and body alignments for generating such power. Practitioners of internal martial arts can further discover some of the higher level fighting applications and principles inherent to karate kata.

All belt or sash ranks from all styles are welcome to ATT clinics. For open clinics, formal uniforms can be worn, and any belt or sash that you are entitled to wear. Gi pants and T-shirts are also acceptable.


Private Martial Arts Studies (Fall 2017)

Xing-Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, Karate, Health/Wellness-Related
September 9 through December 23, 2017
Please inquire additionally about training in oriental weaponry.
ATT private classes in New Market, Maryland are by appointment only and times depend on availability at the time you call.
Please inquire also about private seminars at your site or institution (minimum of 6 to 8 participants required).

E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

These classes are open to all individuals pursuing studies in the Chinese internal martial arts and Okinawan karate. The classes can complement or extend those offered through regularly scheduled group classes. These private classes are about what you feel you need to learn. They are especially geared for those who want private training in the very basics and fundamentals of these art forms in order to build their foundation for: (i) entering regular group classes, (ii) continuing in regular classes to achieve a more advanced level of skill, and (iii) cross-training to blend with the martial art that they study.

In our sessions here, we will continue to teach private (and semi-private) classes in xing-yi quan for individuals wishing to begin with this art form, or to extend their study of this art form. We will also provide studies to begin, extend, or complement your studies in bagua zhang and taiji quan. Will will also feature studies in Okinawan karate basics and kata for all levels. Although these classes are intended for the study of martial arts forms, techniques, and applications, we will also consider your wishes to accomodate beginning to advanced study for awareness, health, and wellness. Please inquire by e-mail about private and semi-private tuition on site at ATT.

Days and Times for Private Martial Arts Study
Please inquire about training dates and times that are still available
Please inquire about training in Chinese and Okinawan weaponry
We will also offer instruction with emphasis on health & wellness education in 2016
Private sessions are available for ATT members or non-members
Most Saturdays (1:00-5:00 PM); most Sundays (1:00-5:00 PM); times available on weekends via appointment only
Most Daytime Weekdays: Mon-Fri (9:30 AM-12:30 PM: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM)
Evening Weekdays: Mon/Fri (6:00-9:00 PM)
Note: times and dates open for private training in New Market will depend on monthly trainings scheduled elsewhere
Please inquire by e-mail about private seminars or evening classes for your group or institution at your site.
[minimum of 6 to 8 participants required depending on your choice of art form(s) to be covered].


Mind-Body Workshops

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Martial Arts Mind-Body Workshops (you are here) Life Science Tutorials

Kai Xin Dao (KXD) T'ai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Ch'i Kung) for Health

See our Calendar Summary for Sponsored Mind-Body Classes for this Fall (listed in Calendar).
Fall classes are sponsored by and held on Wednesday evenings at the Hagerstown Community College.
Sponsored classes feature KXD t'ai chi and ch'i kung and some classical Wu and Hao style t'ai chi for health and wellness.

Please inquire further with us by e-mail about KXD tai chi (and qigong) courses that will run starting this fall (starting September, 2017) at locations in the Maryland/DC/Northern Virginia area. We developed several KXD venues since 2003. We usually do not post all of our locations and schedules on this website, but we can provide additional contact information and further description of each course if you inquire by e-mail for an activity near your area. Please inquire by e-mail about tuition for private KXD seminars or evening classes for your group or institution [minimum of 6 to 8 participants required for KXD group seminars].

E-mail link: Academic Training Traditions (att8@verizon.net)

Kai Xin Dao (Happy Way) Tai Chi and Qigong: Come to our KXD classes and enjoy an introduction to the basic postures and movements and mind-body aspects of taiji quan (t'ai chi ch'uan) and qigong (ch'i kung). As mind-body exercise systems, tai chi and qigong are all about the maintenance of correct posture and balance through slow movements, coordinated breath, and mental attention. Attend classes often and build your awareness for regular daily activities, or use the course as a primer to develop improved states of sensitivity, meditation, and awareness. See our information under the 'Mind-Body' icon for our approach to the practice of taiji quan for bridging health and martial arts, and on using traditional and modern biomedical approaches to communicate this art. Kai Xin Dao tai chi classes also include elements of qigong and yoga relaxation methods.

KXD tai chi is a much simplified approach to learning tai chi that was developed by Academic Training Traditions. In this approach, the art and practice of tai chi are communicated using modern biomedical principles, recent published studies of research on tai chi, and the relationship of these activities to traditional meanings. The KXD methods include selected easy-to-do postures from several traditional tai chi form routines. These include our primer form methods, the grasp bird's tail from Wu style tai chi, and the 16 posture Hao style tai chi form sequence. Some postures are modified slightly so that they are easy to do for most people, and so they can ultimately build toward doing the regular postures. More postures can be added as one progresses. Advanced practitioners in other styles may find the KXD methods useful for possible applications in biomedical research approaches and for special needs groups. As always, please wear comfortable clothing and either tai chi shoes or athletic shoes.

Footnote: If you are interested instead in becoming a student of t'ai chi with more emphasis as a martial art, please see our martial arts class schedule above, or click on our 'Martial Arts' icon at the top of the page and then click on the Yin Cheng Gong Fa tab.


Life Science Tutorials (Fall 2017)

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Martial Arts Mind-Body Workshops Life Science Tutorials (you are here)

Please inquire with Academic Training Traditions about sponsoring a lecture or seminar for your group in the life sciences that relate to biological sciences and biomedical research, behavior and lifestyle, and embodied education. This coming semester (Fall 2017), we are featuring some new programs to offer lectures and seminars as life science tutorials. The specific academic areas relate to biological sciences and biomedical research in human physiology and in diseases caused by viruses. We craft our lectures specifically for adult audiences of all backgrounds. Please check with us by e-mail to inquire about current ATT lectures and seminars that feature aspects of human physiology.

Lectures/Seminars (Fall 2017)

Lectures in Human Physiology [NEW ATT PROGRAM AVAILABLE]
Lectures on basic human physiology for all and on the applied human physiology relating to our ATT curricula.
Contact us at ATT for further information about life science lectures for your academic institution or group.

Lectures in Virology & Viral Diseases [NEW ATT PROGRAM AVAILABLE]
Lectures on the biology of human viruses and how they cause diseases and can be controlled.
Contact us at ATT for further information about life science lectures for your academic institution or group.

Important Footnote:
The lectures, seminars, and courses offered by ATT in various academic areas are for infomational purposes only.
The lectures, seminars, and courses offered by ATT do not constitute paid professional consultations or medical advice in any way.
Please always seek out your own consultants on matters of your business interests and commerce.
Please always consult your personal physician for all matters relating to your personal health and well-being and that of others.