An intense and comprehensive training course in meihuazhuang martial training methods was presented through 29 lectures and courses during the autumn of 1995. The courses were held weeknights Monday to Friday, September 11 to October 12. Course content included: history of meihuazhuang; Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian theory and its relationship to meihuazhuang; qigong theory; basic practice through the Jiazi training routine; advanced chengquan training in two-person fighting routines; two-person free-fighting; joint-locking skills. In the “weaponry basics” course, master Yan taught fundamental techniques and forms in spear play, straight sword (jian) and daggers and talked at length about how to train individually and in sparring exercises. Assistant instructors were Alice Lee, Ray Ambrosi, Jeffrey Quinn. The course provided over 58 hours of instruction. Videotapes and information available on request.
Students study spear techniques from master Yan Zijie during the summer intensive seminars. University of Regina, Canada (Sept 1995)
Master Yan Zijie explaining spear techniques to Ray Ambrosi during a break. University of Regina, Canada (Sept 1995)
Master Yan Zijie explains spear techniques to the group while Ray Ambrosi translates. University of Regina, Canada (Sept 1995)
Master Yan Zijie practices spear during a break while teaching seminars at the University of Regina. (Sept 1995)
An intense and comprehensive training course in meihuazhuang's qigong and meditation methods was presented through eight lectures and courses presented weekends September 11 to October 12, 1995. Course content included: history of meihuazhuang, introduction to qigong theory; explanation of essential terms including Jing, Qi and Shen; Daoist and Buddhist methods of breath regulation meditation exercises; Buddhist and Daoist theory and its relationship to qigong training and health; relationship of qigong to martial arts; relaxation techniques. Ray Ambrosi served as assistant instructor and translator. Cameraman was Jeffery Quinn. Over 20 hours of instruction was provided. Videotapes and information available on request.
Master Yan Zijie taught a series of 8 weekend qigong seminars during the autumn of 1995. The seminar series attracted a wide range of interested people of all ages and backgrounds. (Sept 1995)
Professor Yan explains the ancient texts of meihuazhuang and talks at length about basic Chinese cosmology, philosophy, traditional medical beliefs. Mr. Yan is an engaging and animated speaker and was able to convey the concepts to his audience in a fashion which captured their attention and stirred their interest in meihuazhuang training methods for self-improvement. (Sept 1995)
Master Yan Zijie's visit to Canada marked the first time a prominent meihuazhuang master taught in North America. The master taught a great number of practice methods and routines which contributed greatly to improving the skill level and knowledge of Canadian students and instructors. To commemorate the knowledge imparted during his visit, a book entitled “Meihuazhuang Qigong Methods: Eight Lectures” was published in 1997. The work condenses the fundamental teachings of the qigong seminars, serves as an invaluable handbook for practitioners, and documents the qigong methods of meihuazhuang. We wholeheartedly thank master Yan for imparting us with this valuable knowledge through his volunteer efforts.
The Canadian Meihuazhuang Association has continued to offer seminars in qigong and martial arts to a variety of groups including dancers, actors, performing artists and bodywork therapists. For a complete list of seminars taught by the Association, please see Past Seminars by the Meihuazhuang Association.
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