Master Chen Bing 2008
We want to extend a special THANK YOU to everyone who attended Master Chen Bing's 2008 Dallas Workshops!! None of our efforts matter, without you.
Master Chen Bing, nephew of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, considered to be one of the best of his generation, will conduct workshops in Dallas, Texas the week of April 23rd, 2007 and be an honored guest at our 4th annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event, April 28th at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas.
Master Chen Bing is a direct descendent of Chen Wangting who is the founder of Chen Taijiquan and the eldest descendant leader of a 20th generation of the Chen family. When he was five years old, he started to practice with grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing. He is a president of the World Chen Taijiquan Association, a president of the Chen Village Taiji Martial Arts Association and the vice mayor of Chenjiagou. As the most authentic Taijiquan master in the world, he teaches the classical Taijiquan as taught by his family.
1993, 1998, 2000 the 1st place of Wenxian International Taijiquan Tournament
1995, 1996, 1997 the 1st place (Push Hands) of He Nan Province Taijiquan Tournament
1996, 1998, 2000 the 1st place (Push Hands) of China Wushu Taijiquan Championship
1996 the 1st Place (Push Hands 70Kg) of Wen Xian International Taijiquan Tournament
1997 the omnipotence 1st place of Taijiquan of Henan Province Wushu Tournament
1990-97 Master of Chenjiagou Taijiquan School
1999 Founder of Chen Taijiquan Association Fu Dan University (Shanghai, China)
The 1st class Martial Artist and a judge in China
President of the World Chen Taijiquan Association
President of the Chen Village Taiji Martial Arts Association
Vice Mayor of Chenjiagou
Join Master Chen Bing on his annual visit to Dallas!
Sifu Chris and Fayne are hosting workshops with this authentic Tai Chi Master
Silk Reeling, also called "Winding Silk Power", as well as "Foundational Training"(jibengong), refers to a set of neigong exercises frequently used by the Chen style, Wu style and some other styles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. The name derives from the metaphorical principle of "reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon". In order to draw out the silk successfully the action must be smooth and consistent without jerking or changing direction sharply. Too fast, the silk breaks, too slow, it sticks to itself and becomes tangled. Hence, the silk reeling movements are continuous, cyclic patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch" of drawing silk. In common with all qigong exercises, the patterns are performed in a concentrated, meditative state with an emphasis on relaxation. However, rather than being isolated exercises purely for health benefits, the focus is on strengthening and training the whole body coordination (nei jin) and grounded body alignment that is used in the Tai Chi form and pushing hands. Silk reeling is commonly used in Chen style as a warmup before commencing Tai Chi form practice, but its body mechanics are also a requirement of Chen Style Tai Chi throughout the forms. In other styles, silk reeling is only introduced to advanced levels. Many schools, especially those not associated with the orthodox Tai Chi families, don't train it at all. Chen style silk reeling movements originate from the dantian and trace a "figure eight" (infinity symbol) pattern while shifting the weight from leg to leg; this motion in turn drives the rest of the joints of the body in a fluid, spiraling motion.
Pushing Hands is said to be the gateway for students to understand experientially the martial art aspects of the Internal martial arts (內家 nèi jiā); leverage, reflex, sensitivity, timing, coordination and positioning. The theory being that there is a limit to the amount of physical conditioning available from performing solo form routines, so Pushing Hands adds the weight of the training partner's pushes onto the legs of the student, legs already bearing the student's own weight. Training with a partner also allows a student to develop ting jin (listening power), the sensitivity to feel the direction and strength of a partner's physical and energetic intent and thereby avoid or redirect it. The student then has to deal with the extra workload effectively from a martial point of view before returning to push their partner in turn. In that sense pushing hands is a contract between students to train the defensive and offensive movement principles of their martial art; learning to generate, coordinate and deliver power to another and also how to effectively neutralize incoming forces in a relatively safe environment.
Private lessons with Master Chen Bing
Available during the week of his visit based on availability, reservations required. Please contact Sifu Chris by email or by phone - 214-476-1721
COST - $100 /hr /person / $50 each additional person
Other 2008 US Tour dates for Master Chen Bing
June 4-5 / Philidelphia, PA
June 7-8 / Wahingston, DC
June 14-15 / Miami,FL
June 21-22 / Dallas, TX
June 28-29 / Houston, TX
July 5-6 / Phoenix, AZ
July 12-13 / Los Angeles, CA / Saddleback College
July 19-20 / Seattle, WA