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  • Teaching Philosophy

    The Wang Zhi Ping Taiji Quan Health Centre aims to promote one of the greatest treasures of Chinese culture: the Tai Chi Martial Art.

    Wang Zhi Ping's Tai Chi has a quality to it which emphasizes natural movement with the Qi and 'feeling'. If you remain in a mainly conceptual state while performing the Tai Chi.

    His style of practice translates into his teaching philosophy which is a combination of guided training on a personal level with lots of practice work by the student and what he call 'natural movement and development'.

    Wang Zhi Ping – Chen Tai Chi

    He will use the words 'naturally' and 'fang sung' – relax, more than any other and wants each student to find their own natural movement. This is the movement of a body undisturbed by the stressful presence of a thinking mind while still functioning at a high level engaged with the World. It also requires that the body be free of the weight from past stress and tension.
    Perhaps this can be called a Zen Mind or to be in the Tao.

    This natural philosophy extends to his expectation of development, that the student will develop naturally, as they are ready and at times this doesn't mean when the students think they are ready. Patience is a virtue all things come in the right time. Movements which seem impossibly difficult at the wrong time, come without much effort when learning later with the bodymind ready

    Introduction to the School

    The Wang Zhi Ping Taiji Quan Health Centre was opened in March 2004 and is the first, and largest, facility in Yangshuo, China.

    The school is located in one of the most beautiful Areas of Yangshuo town. It is just adjacent to Yangshuo Park and nestled between picturesque karst mountains and a mystical lotus lake, allowing for complete privacy and seclusion while still being a short walking distance to Yanshuo central.

    The School site is more than 5000m2 of beautifully Lands caped training grounds, with its tall bamboo sprays, hovering old Osmanthus trees, fruit orchards, and large grassy areas.

    The School’s large Covered Training Area

    The morning walk to the school is a daily pleasure.

    The school includes a large main practice area with a yin yang in the centre (see picture) and a very extensive covered practice area for all-weather training. As such, the staff is very comfortable and experienced with teaching and assisting students from all walks of life.

    Learning Tai Chi outside in a beautiful place is a great joy and an essential part of the learning experience as the natural energy and good air helps us to rediscover the natural self within us.

    A Short Promotional Video Clip of the School A Slideshow of the School and its Surroundings
    (Fast internet connection required)
    Click here to view the movie… A Tour Round the School

    What can I learn?

    As a new student what you learn will depend on your own background and starting point.

    You may learn Yang Style for the entire period of you stay or a combination of Yang and Chen or just Chen for appropriate students.

    Wang Zhi Ping will advise you where best to start.

    The school teaches:

    -Chen Style Tai Chi Lao Jia Yi Lu 75
    -Chen Style Tai Chi Lao Jia Er Lu
    -Chen Training Form 21.
    -Chen Form 32 (Created by Wang Zhi Ping)
    -Chen Sword and Sabre Forms
    -Simplified Yang Style 24
    -The 42 Style and 42 Style Sword.
    -Yang and Chen Basic Movements(Chan Si Gong)
    -Internal Qi Gong Exercises and Nei Gong
    -Shaolin Qi Gong Exercises (physically demanding)
    -Two Person Pushing Hands.
    -The Chinese 5 Animal Exercises

    Students performing Chen Basic Exercises
    Stamdomg Pole Qi Gong
    Properly prepared students may also be offered Advanced Fah Jing movements and more advanced weapon forms and preparation training for competitions.

    Teaching Style

    The School’s teaching methodology is to teach small groups (two student – six student) as much as possible, and sometime so a student will receive personal attention for a while then be given time to practise the moves and integrate them while other students are taught.

    Great emphasis is placed on the importance of practice and integration. This means that students are expected to diligently practise each bit of new teaching over and over again before moving on to the next movement, or exercise.

    The teachers will supervise either intensively or from a distance, with intervention when the moves are done incorrectly. This allows maximum benefit to be taken from the teaching and time spent at the school.

    Teaching is Done in Small Groups
    or 1-1 if Possible

    While the school aims to give students the maximum one – two contact they can offer, this will depend on student numbers at the time. Obviously sudents attending during low seasons can expect more one – two.

    Tai Chi is a perfection path and the journey is not easy.

    Student s Training in a Chen Style

    An important aspect of the School’s teach health Qi Gong except style is it’s use both Yang style and Chen Style Tai Chi.

    In essence this is a Chen school which uses the Yang Style and Health Qi Gong as a path to develop soft movement within the Chen Tai Chi.

    Most Western people are not relaxed enough in their bodies to easily achieve a state of ‘ Fang Sung’ while performing the Chen.

    We consider the Yang style and Qi Gong an efficient tool to achieve this rather than just practising short Chen Forms.

    At the same time the school is a good place to develop the Yang Style and for many students this will be all that they require to take away and practice for the rest of their life, so gaining the health and lifestyle benefits of Tai Chi.

    Even the Yang Style cannot be performed ‘softly’ in the beginning by most people, So the initital stages of practice are simply a matter of imitating the ‘ real’ movement of the teacher as well as possible.

    The development of ‘softness’ in the movement takes time and cannot be expected in the beginning. The school uses Internal Qi Gong exercises, both moving and still to awaken the studen’s Qi and cultivate it. How long this process takes is individual, but the necessary tools are offered and it remains for the student to put them into practice on a daily basis. Eventually the Tai Chi naturally starts to get softer as the Qi fills the movement and at this stage the Tai Chi itself cultivates and purifies the Qi.

    The school places great emphasis on basic exercises or movements for the Yang and Chen Tai Chi. Qi Gong. Chan Si Gong / Silk Reeling and other exercises are practised on a daily basis, usually in the morning.

    Ba Duan Jin is taught along with a very intense internal exercises to open and strengthen the body and we offer tailored exercises for specific problems.

    Two person Pushing Hands is a good way to develop sensitive movement and is also taught when appropriate.

    Wang Zhi Ping & Chang Chang
    Pushing Hands

    Finally once a student or group of students have learnt a signficant amount of a given form, then performance practice is done together, with one of the teacher leading.

    Our Teaching Programmes
    1) One Month + Yang Style 24 Training Programme

    This programme is suitable for beginners looking to take their first steps in Tai Chi, or for those who already practice Yang style Tai Chi and wish to develop their movement.

    The Simplified Yang Style 24 is a short, relatively simple sequence which can be learnt comfortable in a month practising twice a day.

    This is sufficient to achieve a reasonable foundation in the form to take away for development on ones own for a while.

    Wang Zhi Ping teaching Yang Style

    Real proficiency and ‘fangsung’ is a longer journey and requires much practice.

    On this programme students will learn Simplified Yang 24, Yang Basic Exercises, Standing pole Qi Gong,Basic Internal Nei Gong (Qi Gong ) exercises, Ba Duan Jin and possible a little Pushing Hands.
    There may also be tasters of Chen Chan si Gong when appropriate.

    Students with more time have the option of changing to a Chen Programme or of further refining their Yang or of learning Competition 42.

    2) Two Month - Chen Training Program

    This programme serves as an introduction to Chen Tai Chi and is suitable for beginners new to Tai Chi and for those new to Chen Tai Chi but familiar with the Yang Style. Please note, the health and fitness requirements are higher than for the Yang Style Program.

    It is also a good training program for those who already practice Chen but want additional guided instruction.

    During the first month typically a student will begin with Chen basic exercises to learn about or further develop soft movement and including strength and stamina building exercises. The student will then progress to Chen Style Form 32 as the student is ready.This program also includes Chan Si Gong, Qi Gong, and Shaolin Nei Gong.

    If you discover you are not ready to take on this training, There is no problem in staying with the Yang Tai Chi.

    Wang Zhi Ping teaching Chen Style
    In the second month the student will continue learning the Chen Style Form 32 with deeper instruction on and more attention paid to the more demanding Fah Jing movements. We expect the morning s to be spent in training with Internal Qi Gong, Basic Movements and Chang Si Gong and the afternoons to be spent learning form movements.

    3) Three Month Chen Training Program

    This program includes the Two Month Training Program with the addition of the third month the student may elect to either learn the Yang Style Form 24, in order to soften the form and further quiet the mind or choose to remain in the Chen Style track by learning the Lao Jia 1 Lu Form 75. The Lao Jia Yi Lu form is the complete sequence taught to a competition standard.Students will naturally benefit from more training on this programme.

    Students with more time can move on to personally tailored programs under the guidance of the Principle Master.

    Learning Chen Tai Chi is a big journey requiring much effort but the rewards are great.

    Our programme offer you an entry into this World which is difficult to attain in a Western Country learning part – time in evening or weekend classes.

    Students with more time move onto the adhoc personally tailored Chen Programme.

    4) One Month or more Tailored Chen Training Program

    This is an adhoc programme offered to students Already proficient in Chen either with this school Or another.

    Please discuss you background and needs with the school before taking this programme.

    If in doubt about you level it is better to try and come For two months and leave yourself free to take the introductory Chen programme to avoid wasting time.

    We will tailor our training to meet you needs whether In further developing Chen Lao Jia or progressing Through the full range of Chen Tai Chi Training.

    We are happy to consider students who wish to train For six months or a year or two. we can help you decided the best way to achieve your goals. Yangshuo is a comfortable and extremely affordable town for foreigners in which to live, study.
    Please discuss you background and needs with the school.

    Wang Zhi Ping Showing Martial Chen Tai Chi
    Note:These programmes are to give students an idea of what to expect. Training at the school is done on individual tailored basis generally and will vary with each students needs.
    (Recent students have received a fitness training programme prior to their Tai Chi training which has been useful for them.)

    It may also be possible to come to the school for shorter periods such as one or two weeks but you should discuss this with them by email.

    What do I need to study Tai Chi
  • First and foremost, a good Tai Chi student needs MOTIVATION.
  • Time and patience
  • Individual, personalized instruction from a gifted, superior teacher with years of experience and training.
  • A tranquil, serene setting that affords one to be in touch with nature.
  • Plenty of practice time without distraction.
  • A comfortable place to live with good food to eat.
  • Training at an affordable price
    The Taiji Quan Health Centre and Yangshuo can offer you all the above and more

  • When can I start my Training Progamme?

    From the 1st August 2007, the school will take in Tai Chi beginners at any time except Saturday and Sunday.

    These are symbolic days in Chinese culture but also miss national holidays.

    On these days they will start teaching Yang Style24.

    This doesn’t mean that you can’t arrive at the school at other times, especially if you are only coming for a short period and can’t make these dates – but please discuss this with the school before arriving.

    Students already skilled in Tai Chi or with specific requirement will remain on an adhoc basis. Please discuss this with the school

    Note: We would appreciate it if students would email before arriving if this is possible, even if you don’t know exactly when you might arrive.

    Other Martial Arts
    This is primarily a Tai Chi training school, but the teachers are also proficient in other martial arts especial Shaolin Kung Fu. They may offer this teaching to interested students – please discuss with the school.

    Chinese Language Lessons

    The School offers daily Mandarin language lessons.

    This is an ideal option for those wanting to develop their Mandarin skills as well as learn Tai Chi, as class times are arranged before and after Tai Chi teaching sessions.

    Contact the School for costs.

    School Teaching Time

    The school is open everyday from 7:30 to 11:30 am and 2:30 Pm-6.30pm. Actual class times vary with the season, as Tai Chi is practiced outdoors, and depends on the sunrise and sunsets. Generally, Instruction is given for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon on weekdays and for a half day on Saturdays.

    Students are encouraged to make full use of this time for their practice. The reality is that time, hard work a much effor are required to achieve success but the rewards are very, very great.

    Teaching is flexible here, and is purely focused on allowing the individual to learn as quickly and as well as they are able in the time they have available.

    Study Costs

    The School offers rates for periods of tuition which allow at least four hours training every weekday and two hours on Saturdays. The school is closed on Sundays.

    Rates are as follows:

    Weekly Rate: 1500RMB (6 days from Monday)
    Monthly Rate: 4000RMB - approx. $625, £384, €434

    For periods under One week’s tuition, the school charges 80+RMB / hour

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    Generally students are encouraged to study in a disciplined way on a monthly basis to get the most out of their time with the school.

    Students who have completed at least one month of study may pay the monthly rate for an additional month or if staying less than an additional month will be charged at a pro-rated monthly rate of 1000 RMB per week. For example, a six week training course would cost 4000RMB + 2000RMB = 6000RMB

    Accommodations and Living Expenses

    Yangshuo, in general, is very affordable to most Westerners and has accommodations to suite most budgets.

    Hotels are available to suit a range of budgets:

    Yangshuo has accommodation to suit most people and budgets

    For those students requiring a higher standard, there are brand new hotels providing a good standard ranging from 200 to 350 RMB per night, but there are also good hotels that can be found for 100 –150 RMB per night depending on the location and room type.

    The price of a decent hotel room decreases depending on quality, location, and room type and it is not difficult to find rooms for as little as 40-60 RMB per night.

    Lower prices may be available if you pay in advance for a long – term stay but the prices rise dramatically during Chinese holiday periods- Chinese New Year (Feb for two weeks), May 1- 5 and October 1-5.

    We will assist you with this at the beginning of your stay as best we can.

    Long-Term Accommodations

    The School is able to provide students with clean, comfortable accommodations within a short walking distance of the school at a reasonable monthly price. Guest House (small flat) rental is on a monthly basis and prices are about 550 RMB depending on the unit and the location. We have good relationships with the owners.

    A room in Boarding House 1 with attached bathroom A room in Boarding House 2 with shared bathroom
    The rooms are clean and tidy and well presented – House
    House 2 is extremely clean and tidy and is well lock

    The rooms are supplied with clean bedding, a television, and basic furnishings. The rooms come with hot water and electricity. All units also have heat and cool air- conditioning but they are attached to a meter and additional charges are applied for their use.

    Students requiring a higher standard of accomodation can make a long stay arrangement with one of Yangshuo’s hotels.

    Please discuss your needs with the School prior to arrival so that we can arrange things for you.

    Nb: Each room comes with hot and cold air conditioning but the electricity for this is charged on a meter.

    Other Basic Expenses?

    Yangshuo is one of the most affordable travel destinations in China. While it is true that the more popular “West Street” is more expensive than other areas of Yangshuo, it is still very cheap compared to the West and remains a good value for the Western traveler.

    Restaurants provide a good quality, safe-to-eat for about 15 to 30 RMB per meal。 Generally, it is also fairly safe to eat in places catering to local people or in the markets. These places are significantly cheaper and meals can be a low as 3 to 6 RMB for a meal of soup noodles or dumplings.

    Local transportation is a good value. The town is easily traversed by foot, thus everything is in walking distance. However, many people prefer to rent bicycles. The price ranges from 5-20 RMB per day depending on the quality and style of bicycle. Many rental places will rent for much cheaper for longer term rentals and for advanced payment.

    Motorized bicycles are also available for rental. Taxis, both motorized bikes and cars, are relatively cheap but make agreement about price and destination prior to getting in or on to avoid any discrepancies.

    There are also small shuttle buses all over Yangshuo that can be as little as 1-2 RMB per trip depending on the destination.

    Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage therapy are mainstays for the Chinese as well many Tai Chi students. Acupuncture ranges from 5—60 RMB per session and massages range from 40-100 RMB per hour depending on the establishment.

    When is the ‘best’ time to come?

    There are no perfect times to come here to study as much depends on your personal preferences for hotte colder etc. and the wider weather patterns that year.

    Generally for most people staying 2-3 month reliable periods are the Spring and Autumn and one can make a personal choice to start earlier or later depending on whether you don’t mind a little cold weather or hot weather.

    At the same time many people love the Summer here and don’t mind or enjoy hot weather and so this can be a good time to study using the early mornings and early evening for Tai Chi and leaving the daytime free for enjoying Yangshuo’s surrounding scenery, caves,water activites etc.

    The other factor to take into account is that during ‘lower’ seasons,when the school may be less busy, there is more chance of getting individual tuition with the teachers.

    Finally everyone has to consider influences from their home situation.

    The main thing is that you are able to learn Tai Chi well when you come and the school’s covered areas have dealt with the most difficult problem limiting study which was wet weather.

    How do I get to the school?

    If you are outside China, then travel to china and Guilin is easy and reaonably priced:

    Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai are major travel hubs and can be reached from most internation airports.

    From Hong Kong, you can fly direct to Guilin, or take a cheaper flight from Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Zhuhai which are just across the border of mainland China. Guangzhou has the best schedule.

    From Thailand the flights to Guilin are very convenient and reasonably priced on Bangkok Airways or China Southern Airways. The author recommends Bangkok Airways.

    If you are in China then travel to Guilin is straightforward:

    By Air: Guilin airport is the nearest airport and as this is a tourist area, it is well connected to the rest of China .From Beijing or Shanghai there are many flights each day to Guilin.

    By Train or Bus: Again Guilin is well connected by train to the rest of China. There are direct trains all the way from Beijing or Shanghai down to Guilin.

    Those more experienced in China can save money on the journey between Guilin and Hong Kong by travel by bus or train to and from Shenzhen. This is approximately 200 – 300Y for both. Note buses will stop at Yangshuo if you ask, but the destination to mention in Shenzhen is Guilin. Train travel to Guilin only.

    Please note the local flights are very reasonably priced (600 Y from Guangzhou) and so unless you really to save money we recommend flying to Guilin.

    Transfer from Guilin:

    Taxis direct from Guilin airport to Yangshuo are expensive 500 Y +, however if you email the school with you arrival time and flight number we can arrange a taxi to meet you at the airport with a card showing you name etc. at a cost of 200Y. This is recommended especially for night time arrivals in Guilin. There is no problem arriving at night as a woman in Guilin airport as long as we arrange for a taxi of our choice to meet you.

    There is also a low priced bus to Guilin most of the time, where you can arrange a taxi by youself for about 150 – 200Y.

    Between Guilin and Yangshuo there are two modes of public transport: Government direct buses between the Yangshuo Bus Station and Guilin Bus Station which cost 15Y and take an hour and a quarter and Private Mini Buses between the Yangshuo Bus Station area and the Guilin Railway Station for about 12Y which take longer, The latter are a stopping service and we do not recommend you use them especially when travelling with luggage. There have been reports of crime on these buses. The owners may try and take advantage of you ignorance and persuade you to take them, but we recommend walking to the bus station.

    If you are already in Yangshuo:

    Please look at the details on our Contact Page for reaching the school.

    Chinese Visa Regulations

    Generally the visa situation for China is very generous and it is straightforward to get visas for longterm stay especially in Hong Kong. China has several categories of visa:

    L – Tourist
    F – Business
    X – Student
    Z – Working

    Most visitors to China will enter on a Tourist Visa which allows stays of either one or two months and come either as a single entry visa or a double entry.

    Make sure you get a double entry of you plan to come in more than once with the same visa.
    Hong Kong is not treated as part of China visa wise and movement between Hong Kong and the mainland considered an ‘entry’ into China.

    Citizens from many countries are entitled to a Visa on Entry for Hong Kong which makes life easier. This is true for Mainland China.

    Visas can be extended within China itself twice by a month each time. Visa extension is a straightforward process in Guilin taking 5 working days to process. A 1 month visa can therefore give you 3 months in china, a 2 month visa can give you 4 months in total.

    Hong Kong has special visa services and it is possible to obtain a 3 month multiple entry tourist visa but I don't believe this can be extended. Maybe once?

    It is also generally possible to obtain longer stay visas for most nationalities in Hong Kong by applying for Business visas (F) which are available for stays of 6 months or 1 year. This visa, from experience is available from agencies in Hong Kong who have good relations with the visa office and they don’t require details of you business plans in China. ‘ F ‘ visas issued elsewhere appear to be different.

    Of special note, Hong Kong, from an immigration and visa perspective is separate from the rest of mainland China and carries a special status. Therefore, traveling to Hong Kong is considered leaving mainland China and requires a visa in order to reenter. Mainland China visa are extremely easy to obtain in Hong Kong and can be obtained at most concierge desks in one day. This convenience, however, comes with a price. The Lonely Planet is a good source for visa agencies in Hong Kong. Otherwise try: China World Travel Service in Kowloon ( Nb. Uk & American citizens now pay a little more than other countries)

    Nb: It appears to be difficult for those of American or Israeli nationality to obtain long stay visas for China. Don’t worry this isn’t disastrous for Tai Chi study at least because you are able to extend the one month visa in Guilin twice to give you three months, and then you just make a trip to Hong Kong which isn’t too far to get a new visa and repeat the process. Hassle – a little, but less so than other countries.

    It is actually straightforward to go to Yangshuo and set up life there. As long as one respects the law in China they seem content to allow people to live there either on long term visas which you keep renewing or on working visas which allow temporary residencey. Working in China generally requires that you work for a company who apply for a working visa for you which can take a few months to arrange.

    Nb: The school and webmaster take no responsibility for the accuracy of this information as it is something which can change depending on China’s relations with other countries. It should be regarded for guidance only.

    How do I book?

    Its very simple -just email the school at the address below
    Wang Zhi Ping's assistant He Pin will handle everything from there on.

    Once you have completed your booking. simply contact the school a few weeks before you due to arrive and we will arrange for you to be met at Guilin Airport if this is relevant (~200Y for taxi) and booking your accommodatiion.Then call the school and we will come and meet you either that day or the next morning. Other routes: If you like to choose that youself will direct to Yangshuo. You can call the school when you arrive Yangshuo bus station after. We will pick you up at Yangshuo bus station.

    Our school Mob: (0) 13517865736

    A few more pictures of the school and its surroundings…

    So why not learn Tai Chi……
    The Yangshuo(West Street)Taiji Quan Health Centre,
    Bao Quan Road,
    Guangxi GuiLin,

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