Category Archives: Seminars

Workshop Report: The Fine Art of Choking

A demonstration and workshop on the fine art of choking was a change in schedule for the Saturday morning Kung Fu class last week. Black sash instructor, Mike Gruber—highly knowledgeable about Kung Fu, and an expert Judo player—opened the class, … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Core Movements

This is the PDF booklet to accompany our seminar, A Taste of Tai Chi: Core Moves and Energies. If you are interested in upcoming dates for this class, click HERE. If you would like to see the whole menu of … Continue reading

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The Heart of Qigong: Ongoing Class

We are once again offering our ongoing course in the fundamentals of Qigong. This survey style course will offer diverse Qigong principles and methods. For instance, one routine will give you the feeling of practicing Tai Chi (or enhance the … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Linking Fist Form: 6 Week Class

If you have always wondered what authentic Kung Fu feels like, this is a great place to find out.  This workshop, will teach you a Kung Fu Linked Form designed by one of the world’s top teachers, Adam Hsu. An … Continue reading

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Martial Qigong Seminar: The Internal Supports the External

Qigong. Long before most people had heard the name, martial artists incorporated it into their training. This unique seminar introduces Qigong routines gathered from diverse martial arts styles. Surprisingly simple and direct, these exercises can be practiced by anyone, from … Continue reading

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2016 New Classes and Seminars

We offer authentic, traditional training and experiences in the treasure that is Chinese martial arts and energetics. The Academy is Santa Cruz’s oldest Chinese martial arts school. For more than 25 years we have built a community of students and … Continue reading

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Essential Core of Tai Chi Chuan: FREE Seminar

What is the flavor of Tai Chi? What makes it so special? Why do we say a person “plays” Tai Chi? Why is it so important to understand that Tai Chi is NOT an exercise? Without losing an ounce of … Continue reading

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Martial Arts and Feng Shui

Traditional kung fu schools are not known for being pretty. Most martial artists can report a long history of working out night after night in basements, garages, parking lots, and warehouses. I taught my first Tai Chi class 30 years … Continue reading

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Feng Shui for Health

Classical Feng Shui confirms the view that humans are intimately connected to the natural environment. The same energies that animate the world around us also move through our own bodies and contribute directly to our health and vitality. This seminar … Continue reading

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Fundamentals of Kung Fu: 6 Week Class

What do you know about Kung Fu? Kung Fu is so many things, and if we limit ourselves to what we see in the movies we are really cutting short most of its greatness. As a 5000 year old art, … Continue reading

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Qigong Basics and Practice: 6 Week Class

Qigong (Chi Kung) is a contemporary name for “Internal Work, ” which comprises a catalogue of Chinese health exercises and routines that date back hundreds of years. There are a number of ‘qigongs’—over 1000 of them!—some for very specific health … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Push Hands

Tai Chi Chuan is much more than a slow-moving dance performed on a beach at sunset!  This classic martial art combines proper structure with qigong and other principles derived from Chinese medicine. This exquisite practice incorporates health, self-defense, performance and … Continue reading

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Workshop: Introduction to Kung Fu, The Mother of All Martial Arts

What do you know about Kung Fu? Kung Fu is so many things, and if we limit ourselves to what we see in the movies we are really cutting short most of its greatness. As a 5000 year old art, … Continue reading

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Intent and Shape Boxing: Xing Yi’s 5 Elements

What did martial arts look like in the time of Marco Polo? Join our six-week seminar course and experience one of China’s most profound ancestor styles. Xing Yi is symbolically named for the interplay of the Five Elements, an ancient … Continue reading

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Tai Chi for Health: Core Movements

In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn an easy, beautiful and traditional routine based on 5 energies of Tai Chi. This is NOT a TV version: it is a concentrated form that integrates movement, breathing, and intent to create … Continue reading

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