Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures
Rick Barrett, Instructor
This seminar is open to all. No experience is necessary.
July 21st - July 23, 2017
All Inclusive Price (Tuition $240 + Meals + Housing + Facilities)
PDAs pending from NCCAOM
Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures is a short, but extremely powerful taijiquan form. It is especially valuable to experienced taiji practitioners who feel they are ready to take their practice to a new level. If you are not rooted, fully present, energetically connected throughout your whole form, and capable of the effortless power that is promised in the classics, then you may just find what your are looking for in this seminar.
At higher levels, taijiquan promises not just good health and robust vitality, but also radical Presence, effortless power, and an opportunity to resonate with the Tai Ji, the undifferentiated Wholeness that is the Ground of Being. Most important, it shows us how to bring all this into the lived life.
In over a quarter century of teaching, I have always tried to shorten the on-ramp to high-level gongfu by simplifying and de-mystifying the language of internal martial arts. Sure, you still have to do the work, but I have found the journey a lot more satisfying when you know what you are going for and how to get there. I have written two books: Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and Finding You in a World of It.
My almost 40 years of taijiquan research has been driven by a radical empiricism: Does it do what it says it does? Can I FEEL it? Can it be shared with others? Can it be replicated? Does it lead to further discovery?
Right from the start, I want people to not just be able to successfully execute the movements of a form, but to also feel their qi, their jin, and their root. Not just awakening to the energy that animates all things, but learning to use it effectively.
Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures was taught to me by Master Yang Fukui, who learned it from his great grand uncle, Zhai Yongwen. This form:
- Is short enough to cover in a weekend
- Its large frame postures can be a physical workout
- It generates an impressive qi
What really makes this seminar special, though, is that we’re going to infuse this terrific form with The Three Pillars:
- Energetic coherence
- Central equilibrium
- Song kua
These Three Pillars are essential for any taijiquan and qigong practice, and for its application as a martial art, for health and healing, and as a moving meditation. They provide the foundation and the means for transformation of consciousness: from preconscious to conscious to superconscious. In the superconscious state we are able to access energy and information that is unavailable in lower states of awareness. Ability to shift to superconsciousness, even when under stress, is essential for all higher level gongfu.
The Three Pillars are the best way I have found to get there…FAST! You won’t master all these elements in a weekend, but Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures provides a convenient, effective way to learn and practice them.
The emphasis in this seminar is on directly experiencing the qi, the effortless power, and the expanded awareness that comes from practicing this form with The Three Pillars. Not just memorizing the movements. You will learn the form through practice. There will also be video support. Each movement is broken down and examined and posted to YouTube, which you can review at your leisure.
Rick Barrett has been teaching Chinese internal martial arts and practicing energy healing in New York City for over a quarter century, and has been studying for almost forty years. His two primary teachers are William C. C. Chen and Yang Fukui. Rick’s investigations into the martial side of taijiquan led to several national championships in taiji Push Hands and to develop what he calls “Love-based Martial Arts.” He demonstrates clearly how the martial artist is empowered by love and hindered by fear and anger. Rick is the founder of Tai Chi Alchemy and has published two books, Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and Finding You in a World of It. Influenced by Martin Buber’s I and Thou, the integral philosophy of Ken Wilber, and the research of cell biologist James Oschman, Rick has developed an effective way to quickly and dependably access energetic coherence, heightened states of consciousness, and authentic engagement and to integrate that and more into the lived life.