Weekend training intensives in Ba Gua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan and Qi Gong take you through every aspect of training. Classes are taught by world-renowned martial artist and author Tom Bisio and instructors from Internal Arts International.
These weekend seminars are created with Tom’s extensive experience in the internal martial arts. Tom has traveled to China numerous times to study internal martial arts, Nei Gong and Chinese medicine. Supported by written materials and select online video, each series takes you from the vital foundational exercises that develop the inner core of the art all the way through advanced training.
Ba Gua Zhang & Xing Yi Quan
Ba Gua Zhang
Foundational Ba Gua Zhang
Intermediate Ba Gua Zhang
Advanced Ba Gua Zhang
Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Training
Xing Yi Quan
Foundational Xing Yi Quan
Intermediate-Advanced Xing Yi Quan
Xing Yi Quan Instructor Training
Qi Gong/Nei Gong
Xing Yi Nei Gong
Five Element Qi Gong
Six Healing Sounds
Tian Gan (Heavenly Stem) Nei Gong
Ba Gua Zhang Weekend Intensives
Ba Gua Zhang weekend training intensives take you through every aspect of training. Classes are taught by Tom Bisio and instructors from Internal Arts International. These classes, supported by written materials and select online video, take you from the vital foundational exercises that develop the inner core of the art of Ba Gua Zhang all the way through advanced training.
1. Foundational Ba Gua Zhang: Intensive Weekend Training
Intensive weekend training in Foundational Ba Gua Zhang develops the foundation of Ba Gua as a martial art and internal energy system. The focus of these weekends is on Ba Gua’s 12 Standing Postures, the 28 Foundational Exercises, and Circle Walking Nei Gong. The 12 Standing Postures are a method of dynamic stance training that strengthens the entire body and stabilizes the joints,. The Foundational Exercises open and loosen all the joints in the body, while connecting the practitioner with the body’s inherent spiral forces. Circle Walking Nei Gong exercises explore the fundamental power lines and core internal actions that are the basis of basis of Ba Gua’s evasive footwork and combat techniques. The postures and stepping patterns are critical to the development of circular, spiraling power and contain many hidden self-defense applications, while simultaneously opening the meridians, and re-patterning the nervous system.
2. Intermediate Ba Gua Zhang: Intensive Weekend Training
Intermediate intensive training builds on the Foundational Level practice by introducing the key patterns and movements which form the core of Ba Gua as a martial art and internal energy system. Students learn the basic palm formations, and the Eight Palm Changes (Old Eight Palms). Each palm teaches specific techniques and tactics and employs different footwork patterns and palm formations. Students will learn form and application for each palm as well as linear self-defense applications of these palms. Intermediate weekend intensives include Partner work and advanced Nei Gong training .
3. Advanced Ba Gua Zhang: Intensive Weekend Training
Advanced Level classes focus on specific topics and skills that round out the practitioner’s proficiency and understanding of Ba Gua Zhang. Advanced classes can be taken individually and for the most part, do not need to be taken in a particular order. Some Advanced Seminars are taught as a series
1) Ba Gua Throwing (Shuai Fa): Ba Gua Zhang throwing techniques are an extension of the footwork patters learned in Ding Shi training and the Palm changes of Lao Ba Zhang. This two-day workshop starts with falling practice and basic throws and then moves on to more advanced throws. Emphasis is placed on correct body mechanics and methods of practicing throwing in realistic manner without injuring your training partner.
2) Ba Gua Qin Na: Qin Na capturing and seizing techniques are embedded throughout Ba Gua’s many movements and forms. In this class students will learn the basic principles and techniques that make Qin Na effective and practical.
3) Ba Gua Kicks and Elbows: In Ba Gua Zhang the elbows strike, smash, control and lock and the legs deliver hidden kicks. In this class, students will learn the basic skills of kicking, develop the kicking drills that are an extension of Ba Gua’s Mud Step (Tang Ni Bu). Students will also learn the Eight Attacking Elbows form and the 13 Elbows form and their applications.
4) Ba Gua Rolling Hands: Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises develop the subtle sensing and sticking skills necessary to deflect attacks, sense the opponent’s intention, lead the opponent into emptiness, trap and lock the opponent, and simultaneously attack and defend, Students will learn and practice static, moving and free-style rolling hand exercises.
5) Sixty-Four Hands: The 64 Linear Forms of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang are combative expressions of Ba Gua’s circular changes and curved steps.Divided into eight sets of eight movements, each line of eight movements relates to one of the Palm changes of La Ba Za. The 64 Forms (64 Hands) can be performed individually, or in linked sequences. Proper expression of power and practical applications will be emphasized.
6) Ba Gua Lian Huan: Ba Gua Lian Huan (Chain Linking Form) combines elements of The Old Eight Palms (Lao Ba Zhang) and the 64 Forms with advanced footwork, body changes (Shen Fa) and awareness of the eight directions. Practice of the Lian Huan form develops the fluid, smooth, unbroken and continuous linked movement that characterizes Ba Gua Zhang. Students will learn the complete form and selected applications.
7) Ba Gua Mandarin Duck Knives: The Mandarin Duck Knives are sometimes referred to as the “Deer Horn Knives” in other styles of Ba Gua. The Liang Style Duck Knives have their own unique design and method of usage. The Duck Knife form introduces the student to edged weapons, while developing smooth unbroken movements and refined body mechanics. This class covers the basic form and selected applications. A pair of Mandarin Duck knives forged from aluminum is included in the cost of the class.
8) Ba Gua Broadsword (Saber): The broadsword, or saber, is ideally suited to the footwork and body strategies of Ba Gua Zhang. Ba Gua practitioners typically train with the Da Dao (“Big Knife”) in order to develop internal power and correct body mechanics.The Ba Gua Broadsword classes focus on different aspects of this weapon, partner work and some two person exercises. A wooden Broadsword is required.
9) Ba Gua Seven Star Stick: The Seven Star Stick is one of Ba Gua Zhang’s most versatile weapons. Essentially a 48”-52” hardwood walking stick, students will learn the basic movements and exercises of the Seven Star Stick, simple practical changes and applications that emanate from the empty hand Ding Shi postures, and a short form.
4. Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Training
The NYIA/IAI Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Training Program prepares and certifies participants to teach the Foundational Level of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang as taught by New York Internal Arts and Internal Arts International. Participants receive extensive training in the Foundational Level of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang, learn how to teach the Foundational Level of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang, and can become a Certified Ba Gua Zhang Instructor with Internal Arts International, upon passing a written and practical exam. The Ba Gua Zhang Instructor Training Program is open only to those one who have learned and trained the Foundational Level Curriculum through the online learning program, in seminars, and/or in weekly classes.
Xing Yi Quan Weekend Intensives
Xing Yi Quan weekend training intensives take you through every aspect of training. Classes are taught by Tom Bisio and instructors from Internal Arts International. Supported by written materials and select online video, these classes take you from the vital foundational exercises that develop the inner core of the art of Xing Yi Quan, all the way through advanced training.
1. Foundational Xing Yi Quan Intensive Weekend Training
This one-year program provides the student with key training methods, forms and internal development that are the essence of Xing Yi Quan as taught by the late Master Li Gui Chang. These seminars mirror traditional training in China, where the internal foundation is forged through intensive practice of Xing Yi Nei Gong, Tu Na breathing exercises, Standing (San Ti Shi), and Xing Yi’s Five Fists (Five Elements). Students will be given detailed instructions for intensive practice at home between each of the weekend seminars.
2. Intermediate-Advanced Xing Yi Quan Intensive Weekend Training
In Intermediate/Advanced Xing Yi training, participants review key elements of foundational training and adds applications and forms. New material includes 2-person sets, Xing Yi Quan’s 12 Animals, linking forms, partner exercises, the Xing Yi Spear (Qiang) the Xing Yi Straight Sword (Jian) and Xing Yi Whip Stick (Bian Gan).
Qi Gong/Nei Gong
1. Xing Yi Nei Gong
Xing Yi Nei Gong is an outstanding set of health and longevity exercises created by Wang Ji Wu, a famous martial artist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Wang, who lived to be over 100 years old, designed these exercises to serve as both a power training method for martial arts and a system of health exercises to prevent illness and improve health. These sixteen simple yet profound exercises work the body from head to toe, combining breathing with gentle yet precise movements.
2. Five Element Qi Gong
Five Element Qi Gong is a simple set of nine exercises that harmonize and strengthen the functioning of the internal organs, while simultaneously opening and feeing restrictions in the joints and spine. Although simple to learn these exercises can have profound positive effects on one’s health and energy.
3. Six Healing Sounds Qi Gong (Liu Zi Jue)
The Six Healing Sounds qi gong set is one of the oldest and most powerful methods of Daoist health preservation exercises in China. Each sound creates a vibration which stimulates and harmonizes the functioning of a specific internal organ and its related meridian. Six Healing Sound Qi Gong has been found particularly effective in breaking up stagnation and blockages to the flow of qi (vital force) and blood in the organs and their surrounding tissues. he entire set of sounds and their accompanying movements takes about 20 minutes to perform. The sounds can also be practiced seasonally to help the body harmonize with the changes of climate particular to that season.
4. Tian Gan (Heavenly Stem) Nei Gong
The term Tian Gan literally means “Heavenly Stem.” The name Tian Gan refers to the longitudinal axis or stem that passes through the body, which includes the spinal column and spinal cord. This longitudinal axis (Central Channel) includes important meridians that impact the functioning of the entire body. In practicing Tian Gan Nei Gong, the spiraling and turning actions of the body and Central Channel, combined with the movements of the arms and legs, stimulate the meridians, open up and realign the joints, while simultaneously “wringing out” the spine and its surrounding structures This frees and opens the Central Channel, which in turn allows all the other channels in the body to be clear and open.