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Fall 2017 Martial Arts, Mind-Body/Health, and Life Sciences Classes: Fall 2017 martial arts, mind-body/health, and life sciences class schedules for September through November are updated on our 'Classes' page. We are also available starting on September 9 for private sessions in New Market, Maryland, and for weekly/bi-monthly/monthly classes for your group at your site.

See our 'Classes' page for a calendar summary and for detailed course descriptions. Our offerings are novel and substantive and are especially geared for the discriminating student. So please look us over closely and feel free to contact us by e-mail about our programs and classes and learning environment. As is our policy, we do not require exhorbitant membership fees or pre-paid semester fees for our regular classes. Attend the classes that you can, when you can, and pay class tuitions only when you can attend. This semester, regular classes offered are open to all, unless indicated otherwise.

Inquire about ATT membership in its Internal Martial Arts school, Zong Yin Tang Nei Jia Quan (Hall of the Lineage Seal for Internal Family Boxing). We can also let you know more about private individual or group class topics and tuitions that we offer.

Plans and Activities in Martial Arts Education

Internal Arts Programs (Zong Yin Tang/ZYT): This year, we have further expanded our involvement in martial arts educational projects through ATT both locally and elsewhere. Please note that the ATT internal arts school (ZYT) is distinct and separate from our extensions and collaborations that we have developed with other groups that feature other martial arts in addition to internal arts.

In the ATT school (ZYT), students and future instructors of our internal martial arts study the Hebei xingyi and Cheng bagua curriculum from the Taiwan lineages of Master Smith. They also study the Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) curriculum consisting of Wu style taiji quan, Hebei xingyi, Yin Fu, Cheng, and Liu styles of bagua, and our qigong and weapons, all from the Beijing lineage of Master Zhang Yun. Please contact us at ATT if you are interested in study either locally or elsewhere directly under the ATT internal arts school (Zong Yin Tang). We can arrange for regular training sessions in the internal arts for your group.

E-mail link (ZYT Program): Academic Training Traditions (

Internal Arts Extension Programs: This past year, we continued our involvement in martial arts educational projects with Kyoshi Troy Price and members of his Shuri-Te group. ATT developed a Chinese internal martial arts curriculum in 2015 for them in xingyi and bagua and Paul serves as a Head Instructor (with Kyoshi Price, in photo). Please inquire about ATT extension programs for internal martial arts in your school curriculum.

We share mainly the segment of the ATT internal arts curriculum on xingyi and bagua from the Taiwan lineages of the late Master Robert W. Smith. We augment the Shuri-Te instruction with references to internal principles on xingyi and bagua learned under Master Zhang Yun of the YCGF group. Kyoshi Price introduces additional components and requirements into the program when needed that are based on his experiences with these arts.

Please note that all internal arts student and future instructor advancements in Shuri-Te xingyi and bagua remain an extension of the STBK under Kyoshi Price, with input from us at ATT as a Head Instructor. Such advancements are specific to the Shuri-Te group and therefore will require student membership in that group, and usually also require added active participation in one
of their main curricula involving Shuri-Te Jujutsu,
Shuri-Ryu Karate, and/or Combative Flow.

Please inquire also about our extension programs locally in the greater Washington, DC area.

E-mail link (Extension Programs): Academic Training Traditions (

Monthly Karate Club Training Sessions, Fall, 2017: We will continue with our monthly karate seminars through September-December for our three local Isshin-ryu clubs (NOVA, Kent Gardens, Takoma Park). Check 'Classes' page for upcoming dates remaining. These classes are for established and new club members only. Please contact us at ATT if you would like to join any of our local clubs to have opportunity to attend these monthly sessions. We can arrange separately for bi-weekly or monthly training session in karate for your group.

E-mail link (Isshin-Ryu Karate): Academic Training Traditions (

Upcoming Special Events 2017

Shuri-Te Advanced and Internal Martial Arts and Healing Arts Conferences, Dallas, North Carolina, November 3-5, 2017: This conference is sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Alex Ormaza. Contact us at to learn more about this event.

Wu Style Taijiquan 37-Posture Empty-hand Form Correction and Application, Push Hands Training, and "Classics Tour Continued" Seminar with Master Zhang Yun. December 2-3, 2017, Princeton, New Jersey: Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. In this seminar, Master Zhang will continue to teach and correct in detail the Wu Style Taijiquan 37-posture empty-hand form and will explain the application of selected postures. Push hand drills and skills will also be reviewed.

Master Zhang will also continue to cover the principles and practices of Taijiquan based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics ( As described below, the seminars will cover material from Classics articles dealing with everything from basic Taijiquan structure, basic Taijiquan push hands, Taijiquan fighting principles, and Taijiquan throwing. Get the book and pre-read the chapters mentioned if you haven’t already, and then come and experience what you have read.

SATURDAY, December 2, 2017
10:00am-1:00pm: Wu Style 37-Posture Form Practice, The Foundational Abilities of Taijiquan
One or two postures will be taught in detail including practice method and application ideas.
Questions and answers about how to practice form.
Discussion of six foundational abilities of Taijiquan, upon which all Taijiqun skills are built.
2:00-5:00pm: From Taijiquan Principles to Push Hands Practice
Instruction in push hands concepts and self-defense skills using Taijiquan methods and body structure.
Instruction in two-person drills for improving your push hands practice and self-defense skills; questions and answers.

SUNDAY, December 3, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm: How to Use "The Taijiquan Classics" Book for Form and Push Hands Practice 1
Explanation of what is Taijiquan Classics and how to use the book to
help your form and push hands practice and applications; questions and answers.
1:00-4:00pm: How to Use "The Taijiquan Classics" book for Form and Push Hands Practice 2
Detailed explanation of some Taijiquan principles from the book and examples for training.

Suzanne Patterson Center (Senior Resource Center)
1 Monument Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540-3036
(206 and Nassau St, next to the former Princeton Borough Municipal Court building)

Both days: $280
Any three sessions: $220
Any two sessions: $160
One session: $90

Jimmy Lee (

ATT Special Events So Far this Year: January-September 2017

Waga Michi Dojo, Marshville, North Carolina, January 27-31, 2017: Seminar 3-day intensive on Shurite Xingyi and Bagua sponsored by Sensei Mark Ciprich, Godan (photo) on Xingyi Animals, Bagua Straight Line 9-16 and 17-24, and related Bagua Circle Changes. Teach an Isshinryu karate class sponsored by Sensei Ciprich. Continue on educational projects being developed with Kyoshi Troy Price.

Shorin-Kan Winter Camp, Hampton, Virginia, March 3-5, 2017: Attended and taught at the Winter Shorin-Kan Camp hosted by Kyoshi Clint Green and Hanshi Doug Perry. Taught 3 classes on joint locking and combative flow with Kyoshi Troy Price. Expanded on my kata and kobudo training via seminars with Kyoshis Pat Haley and Dave Ahrens (kusanku), Kyoshi Estes and Hanshi Perry (Rokishu), and Kyoshi Tom Harris (tekko/techu). Thank you, gentlemen, for all of the great instruction.

Waga Michi Dojo, Marshville, North Carolina, March 6-7, 2017: Continued work on educational projects with Kyoshi Troy Price and Sensei Mark Ciprich. Taught an Isshin-ryu karate seminar on kata applications sponsored by Sensei Ciprich (photo).

Waga Michi Dojo, Marshville, NC April 6, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm: We taught Shurite Xingyi and Bagua and a bit of Isshin-ryu karate at the dojo of Sensei Mark Ciprich. We were assisted by Sensei Ciprich and Sensei Jessie Itoh (photo). I had the great pleasure of meeting Isshin-ryu Master Grismer at this time (same photo), who later conducted an evaluation of Sensei Ciprich for eventual promotion to Rokudan (6th Dan).

Shurite-Te Bujutsu Kai National Conference, Dallas, North Carolina, April 7-9, 2017: This conference was sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Alex Ormaza. We taught two scheduled classes: 1) Xingyi Quan Combative Flow and 2) Gao Style Bagua Zhang Straight Line Forms 21 thru 24 (ting, fan, zou, zhuan), with emphasis on applications for 'fan'. We also offered a pre-conference testing and teaching session on bagua, and additional morning teaching sessions on bagua and xingyi. We continued our cross-training in other martial arts seminars being offered at the conference. As head instructors for the Shuri-Te Xing-Yi Quan and Bagua Zhang Program, Kyoshi Price and I were pleased to promote several hard working individuals to Advanced Student status, and others to Intermediate Student status (i.e., entering the gate). We also identified a number of senior players with dual skills from other martial arts in either kyusho jutsu, heavy hitting, throwing, and/or locking/seizing, and conferred the title of 'Gu Wen' (Martial Specialist) on these individuals. They now play roles as advisors to the Division going forward. Lastly, we received recognition from the Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai (along with several others) as one of the kai's Founding Members for contributions over the years teaching Xing-Yi and Bagua, and for our development and adoption of the Shuri-Te Program in Bagua and Xing-Yi. We gratefully thank Kyoshi Troy Price for this recognition and now stand proudly with the other 'elder brother' Founders of the kai.

Conference Group Picture.

Conference Instructors.

Paul was assisted in pre-conference testing and teaching by Takashi 'Jessie' Itoh, who received his promotion in Zong Yin Tang Chinese Internal Arts to Er Duan (Nidan), with Shenshi (Sensei) teaching title (photos).

Sunday morning Xingyi at the conference (photo). Many thanks to participants attending.

Dragon Society National Conference, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, April 28-30, 2017: We attended the Dragon Society National Conference sponsored by GM Tom Muncy, GM Michael Patrick, and GM Moneymaker (left photo) in Myrtle Beach. This was a stellar event and lineup for networking with experienced instructors in various topics of the martial arts (group photo). Special thanks to Senseis Mike Ciraco and Cole Ricks. Many thanks to Renshi Bob Speed for his hospitality and for training. Great work there by other instructors including Kyoshi Troy Price, Kyoshi Jeff Rhodes, and Shihan Alex Ormaza.

Educational Project, Marshville, North Carolina, May 1, 2017: Continuing educational project with Kyoshi Troy Price and Sensei Mark Ciprich.

Teaching Internal Arts and Isshin-ryu Karate, Marshville, North Carolina, May 2, 2017: Taught internal martial arts and Isshin-ryu karate with Sensei Mark Ciprich.

Troy Price, Private Seminar, New Market, Maryland, May 7, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm: We hosted a private seminar with Kyoshi Troy Price on combative flow methods and lock series in relation to baguazhang.

Penn State Karate, Promotions and Seminars, Burke, Virginia, May 20, 2017, noon-5:00pm: This event was sponsored by Hanshi Dane Sutton, with Kyoshis Jim Miller, Ralph Miller, Paul Cote, and Renshi Mami Gebereegzhaiber. This event was not open to the public. We were given the opportunity to lead the class for 2.5 hours of student evaluations by other senior dan. We covered several upper and lower body basics (Isshin-ryu kihon) and Seisan and Seiunchin kata with example applications. Many thanks to Hanshi Sutton for this opportunity to lead class.

11th Annual Maryland Summer Yin Cheng Gong Fa Seminar: Wu Style Taiji Quan with Master Zhang Yun, 'Taijiquan Classics Tour', Aikikai Dojo, 923 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland, June 17-18, 2017: Curriculum: Master Zhang is a student of the late GM Wang Peisheng of Beijing. This year, Master Zhang Yun will present taijiquan seminars based on some of the chapters from his new book on the Taijiquan Classics. As described below, the seminars will cover material from classics articles dealing with everything from basic taiji structure, basic taiji push hands, taiji fighting principles, and taiji throwing.

June 17, 2017, Saturday
Session 1: The Nine Points

This session details taiji’s nine points of body method that are essential for proper form structure, use in push hands, and applications. They are: chenjian, zhuizhou, hanxong, babei, guodan, liutun, songyao, choukua, and tiding. The session will start out with the 37-posture form warm-up. Master Zhang will then focus on each of the nine components in a very ‘basic’ tree-holding posture to explain why they are important. He will then look to the beginning grasp bird’s tail sequence to practice maintaining the nine points while changing postures. Then he will return to the use the basic posture to show some examples of its use in push hands and applications. Finally, the group can try to maintain the nine points through as much of the 37-posture form that they know. The nine points listed above, as passed down in the Wu family tradition, are based in part on the classical Shen Ba Yao (or Eight Key Points of Taiji) by Wu Yuxiang. Different groups use slightly different words and reference points to arrive at these classical components. During the seminar, Master Zhang will explain the evolution from old times to the nine-point system using the images of ‘the ball’ and ‘drawing the bow’. [pp 195, 208]

Session 2: The Four Word Secret Formula

This session will begin by covering the most basic taiji principle important in form movement, push hands, and applications called xu and shi (or insubstantial and substantial). These will be related to yang and yin in general and as specific two-person examples where the designations can vary depending on circumstances. Master Zhang will then teach a very basic application of the principle used in push hands involving nian and zou to include several drills so that this principle can be experienced. He will then detail the push hands and self-defense components of the Sizi Mijue (or Four-Word Secret Formula) from the classic by Wu Yuxiang. They are: fu, gai, dui, and tun. These four principles relate to the progressive and correct timing in the application of taiji skills used in fighting when detecting force released by the opponent (i.e., before they release, just as they begin to release, as they approach maximal release, and at maximal release). Each requires a refined degree of sensitivity attained through ting (listening) and sui (following). [pp 63-65,112,199,262]

June 18, 2017, Sunday
Session 3: The Five Key Points of Taijiquan

In this session, Master Zhang will show examples of taiji principles as used in fighting and as passed down by the Yang family and appearing in a manual passed down by Niu Lianyuan. Niu was a businessman who received instruction from Yang Banhou in the 81-posture big-frame form as a gift for helping the family at a time of great need. Apparently, Niu was given secret transmissions not published in any other Yang family classic. The contents of the manual were kept secret by Niu and by his student, Wu Mengxia, since the 1920’s. Many useful principles can be found in the manual, and in subsequent writings through the 1950’s by Wu Mengxia that are part of, or based on, this manual. The Taijiquan Wuge Yaoling (Five Key Points of Taijiquan [to guide the learner’s skill development]) are structured under the following headings: liu he jin (six-integration jin), shi san fa (thirteen methods), wu fa (five methods), ba yaoling (eight key points), and quan li fa (whole-body-force method). Of these, Master Zhang will cover ideas from six integration jin (ninguo, zuanfa, luoxuan, bengzha, jingtan, dousou), several pairs of the thirteen methods, and whole-body-force method. [pp 502-505]

Session 4: The Gathering of Qi

In this session, Master Zhang will cover the principles of gathering the qi in the body and its use (qilan). He will show how this gets applied as storing qi [he, xu] and releasing qi[kai, fa] for applications in taiji throwing [tifang]. Such principles are explained in early classics in articles like the The Five-Word Formula (Wuzi Jue) and the Secret Formula for Safang (Safang Mijue) passed down by Li Yiyu. [pp 131-133, 152, 222, 230-232, 236-240, 255]

Shuri-Te Bujutsu Kai Weapons Summit, China Grove, North Carolina, August 5-6, 2017: The camp sponsored by Kyoshi Troy Price and Shihan Robert Taylor featured seminars in both traditional oriental weaponry (kobudo) as well as training with modern and improvised weapons along with active shooter situational awareness. Congratulations to the organizers and to the faculty for setting up and delivering such a varied and informative camp over just one weekend.

Renshi Matthew Ansari, teaching about active shooter awareness at the China Grove Camp.

Internal Martial Arts Gathering, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, August 30-September 4, 2017: Labor Day martial arts gathering for private training with Paul Cote sponsored by Renshi Bob Speed on August 30-September 1. Renshi Speed held a featured Internal Martial Arts Seminars on September 2, 1:00-6:00pm, with Sifu TW Smith (taiji), Kyoshi Paul Cote (xing-yi), and Kyoshi Troy Price (bagua). We also had a semi-private training session on xing-yi (Sifu Smith), bagua (Kyoshi Cote), and mixed applications of each (Kyoshi Price) on Sunday morning, September 3, 2017.

Troy Price Seminars in Combative Flow, September 17, 2017, New Market, Md (9:30-noon) and Hagerstown, Md (2:00-5:00pm): These seminars were sponsored, respectively by Paul Cote (New Market) and Russell Reese (Hagerstown). An eye-opening display of martial arts striking and grappling methods in combative flow from standing to ground work by Kyoshi Troy Price. Thanks for all of the great instruction.

Shorin-Kan Summer Camp, North Carolina, September 28-30, 2017: Shorin-kan Summer Camp with Hanshi Doug Perry and Kyoshi Jason Perry. This camp is 'back' after a 3-year hiatus since 2013. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this camp this year due to my teaching schedule at the university. Missing all my good friends this camp: Hanshi Perry, his Kyoshi-Kai and Renshi-Kai, the entire Shorin-kan group, and those from Ryu-Te, Uechi-ryu, Shuri-te, and Shito-ryu. But I want to send a special get well soon to one of my best friends there, Shorin-kan Kyoshi Jerry Taylor, Hachidan.

OMS Dojo Seminar Series, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 6-8, 2017: Shihan Joe Pounder of Original Martial Systems (OMS) sponsored a seminar looking at Chinese Internal Martial Arts and Shuri-Te Bujutsu with Kyoshis Paul J. Cote and Troy J. Price. Paul covered whole body power generation in xing-yi quan and then taught the 5-fists creative and destructive cycle, along with baguazhang 8 mother palms, and how to adapt mother-and-child kamae posture to the study of Gao straightline form #30 ('lian'). Troy went into further detail on whole body power generation with jujutsu locks and lock-releases and connected them also to various methods used in baguazhang. He then covered selected continuous striking methods from his combative flow system and related them to xing-yi quan and baguazhang.

Penn State Karate Club Fall Promotions and Seminar Series, October 28, 2017: The event was being sponsored by Kent Gardens and Takoma clubs at the Kent Gardens Elementary School Gymnasium. Please see our new Isshinryu Lineage Page for more information. Isshinryu Karate Club Lineage and Dojos

Previous Special Events

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