Yang Style Taijiquan Training with Master Fukui Yang and Rick Barrett

Nov 16, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018
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Taijiquan is usually taught from the outside in: you learn the choreography, practice for years, and gradually come to understand what’s going on inside. In this seminar, three teachers/healers with over 120 years of martial arts/clinical experience teach it from the inside out, showing not just how to feel the qi, but what to do with it.

Fukui Yang, Rick Barrett, and Abdi Assadi share their extensive knowledge and experience in a loving and understandable way, showing how to get the most out of your taijiquan practice, and how to teach it to others. Master Yang brings the unbroken tradition of authentic Chinese martial arts and philosophy. Rick Barrett takes us “through the Western Gate” to translate esoteric principles into teachable, experienceable abilities. Abdi Assadi brings decades of acupuncture experience and spiritual exploration.

Taijiquan is a martial art, a practice for health and healing, a moving meditation, and a spiritual practice. Each aspect will be explored and discussed, with lots of opportunities to really feel what is going on.

This seminar is for taijiquan teachers and intermediate/advanced students. It is organized around Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures, a short powerful Yang style form that Master Yang learned from his granduncle. Each posture in the form will be explored, analyzed, and tested in the light of key taijiquan principles:

  • Yin/Yang Theory and Practice
  • Insubstantial/Substantial (Xu/Shi)
  • Energetic Coherence (Zheng-ti Jin)
  • Central Equilibrium (Zhong Ding)
  • Five Elements (Wu Xing)
  • Song (Relaxation into essential structure)
  • Song Kua (Release of Hip Tension)
  • Joint Alignment and Sequential Activation
  • Jin (Expression of qi through the body, directed by consciousness)
  • Rooting
  • Shen (Spirit)


$240 for tuition.
On the register page, tuition, accommodations, and meals are included in these room prices.
Couples Queen and king prices are for 2 people.


7:30-9:30 pm
Introduction and Overview.
Xu/Shi: Insubstantial and Substantial.
YinYang Meditation
7-8 am
Warm-up Exercises
9-11:30 am Energetic Coherence, Tensegrity, and Song: How taijiquan utilizes the connective tissue system to generate whole-body energetic connection (zheng-ti jin) and effortless power without muscular contraction (jin).

Central Equilibrium (zhong-ding): Finding the “sweet spot” that energetically connects us to the yin qi of the earth and yang qi of the sky.

Song Kua: Release of subconscious hip tension that blocks qi flow.

2-4:30 pm Structure and the Nine-channeled Pearl:
Foot/Knee/Kua alignment
Yao (Lumbar spine and Ming-men)
Sequential activation of joints
Form study: Peng
7:30-9:30 pm Form study: Lu, Gi, An
Accessing jin, root, and structural integrity
Coherent ransitions
7-8 am
Warm-up Exercises
9-11:30 am Taijiquan Applications for Health, Healing, and Martial Arts


Master Fukui Yang

Master Fukui Yang was born in December 1958 in Hebei province to a family of Chinese Martial Arts tradition. Like many Chinese martial arts families, Master Yang’s family has a deep Chinese medicinal tradition, which can be traced back to the same roots as Chinese Martial Arts. He learned Chinese Medicine Meridian Theory from his family and took courses in schools. It deepened Master Yang’s understanding of Chinese Martial Arts, and at the same time it empowered him to cure sports injuries and illnesses using physical therapy, bone setting, Acupuncture, and Qi Gong methods.

In 1978, Master Yang was admitted to the Department of Martial Arts of the Tianjin Institute of Physical Education. There, he not only enhanced his martial arts skills, but also systematically studied Martial Arts Theory, Physiology, Anatomy, and Psychology.

At the All China Physical Education Colleges Martial Arts Competition in Lanzhou of 1980, Master Yang won championships for Staff, Broad Sword, and Ditang Quan. In 1982, he was the champion of the Taiji Push Hands Competition in Shandong Province.

Master Yang currently teaches Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine as well as Taiji Quan and Qi Gong at the Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry.

Rick Barrett

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 ofTai Chi Alchemy and has published two books,Taijiquan: Through the Western GateandFinding You in a World of It.Influenced by Martin Buber’sI 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.

Abdi Assadi

Abdi Assadi, M.S., Lic. Ac., is an acupuncturist and spiritual counselor. Born in Iran and raised in Africa, Asia and New York City, he has studied a range of healing practices including acupuncture, shamanism and psychotherapy.

He has studied TCM, Japanese and Vietnamese acupuncture and has practiced for thirty years. He has been a practitioner of external and internal martial arts for forty years.

His work centers on helping his clients use their disease and dysfunction as a doorway to spiritual serenity.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than the deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.