English version: Fred-and-Lucy-programme
Crnogorski: Fred-Lusy prog CG (1)-2
New Tai Chi and Qigong course for beginners in Podgorica
Starting 4th September, Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:00 to 19:05
Venue: Plesnog kluba Sonrisa (Vasa Raičkovića 2 b)
As the number of participants is limited, please register in advance
or via our Facebook page: Tai Chi Crna Gora
Novi tromjesečni Tai Chi i Qigong kurs za početnike u Podgorici!
Od 4. septembra, poneđeljkom i srijedom od 18 do 19.05 h u prostoru Plesnog kluba Sonrisa (Vasa Raičkovića 2 b).
Više informacija na 067 283 410.
Prijavite se na email@example.com ili na FB Tai Chi Crna Gora.
Broj polaznika je ograničen.
Tai Chi Chuan klub Zhao Youbin poziva vas na početni stepen Qigong vježbe Ma Wang Dui Daoyin Shu i samomasažu meridijana.
Radionica će se održati u Podgorici, 9. juna od 19 do 21 h (Tuishou i Osnove borilačkih aplikacija, https://goo.gl/muES15 ) i 10. juna od 9 do 12 i od 15 do 18 h (Zdravstveni Qigong, https://goo.gl/AgaA9Q).
Radionicu će voditi majstor Chen Shining, glavni instruktor i predsjednik Zdravstvenog qigong saveza Slovenije, i viša instruktorka Zdravstvenog Qigong saveza Slovenije Tina Hribar.
Radionica je namijenjena kako početnicima tako i polaznicima koji već praktikuju Qigon i Tai Chi.
Cijena: 80,00 € za obje radionice, odnosno 20,00 € za radionicu 9. juna ili 60,00 € za radionicu 10. juna. Uplate se vrše do 3. juna na žiro račun Kluba:
Crnogorska komercijalna banka
Broj računa: 510000000008585122
Naziv imaoca računa: Tai Chi Quan Klub „Zhao You Bin“ Podgorica
Tačno mjesto održavanja biće naknadno objavljeno u zavisnosti od broja prijavljenih učesnika.
It is with great sadness that I learned about the death of Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan on 27th March. With him, the Tai Chi world loses a superlative exponent of Yang Style Tai Chi and one of the last 5th Generation descendants of the Yang family.
Sincere condolences to his family.
Like Grandmaster Zhao Youbin, Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan was a 5th Generation descendant of the Yang family. They were cousins, as their fathers, Zhao Bin and Fu Zhong Wen, had married into the Yang family and in addition were both disciples of Yang Cheng Fu.
Fu Sheng Yuan (1931- 2017) was the son of Fu Zhong Wen and Zou Kuei Cheng, who was the great-grand-daughter of Yang Chien Hou.
Fu Sheng Yuan began his training at a very young age and following in his father’s footsteps he began his training at the age of 9.
Yang Cheng Fu’s wish was for Fu Zhong Wen to pass on the family art of Tai Chi to the world, but due to restrictions on travelling out of China at that time, Fu Zhong Wen was unable to fulfill his master’s wish of spreading Tai Chi to the rest of the world.
In 1989 Fu Sheng Yuan and his family emigrated to Australia. When Fu Sheng Yuan and his family arrived in Perth, they were welcomed by the ex-Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Fu Sheng Yuan established the Fu Sheng Yuan Tai Chi Academy in Perth and continued his father’s legacy of spreading the art of Tai Chi to the world. He was also continually invited to teach all over the world.
Master Fu Sheng Yuan was the only person outside China to be awarded by the Chinese Wushu Association with the Grading of 8th Dan (Silver Dragon Badge) and James Fu his son was awarded with a 6th Dan (Gold Tiger Badge). James Fu has since achieved a 7th Dan grading.
Master Fu was also honoured by the Chinese Wushu Association with a lifetime achievement award for his contribution in promoting Tai Chi around the world . The association presented him with a certificate and a Gold Cup acknowledging his hard work in travelling around the world teaching Tai Chi and promoting the Chinese Martial Arts Culture.
[This short biography is based on information found at http://staging.fushengyuan-taichi.com.au/gallery/fu-sheng-yuan%5D
As is well known, Master Fu’s father, Fu Zhong Wen, is the author of Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan, the book whose translation into English by Louis Swaim is regarded as the definitive guide to Yang Style Tai Chi by all practitioners of the art outside China.
You can watch Master Fu pushing hands with his son here:
and here you can watch him doing the 85 form:
My knowledge of Chinese being virtually non-existent, I was very lucky that my friend Helen happened to be in Xi’an and kindly acted as an interpreter every day. Helen is originally from Xi’an but moved to Toronto many years ago. Apart from being fully bilingual, she also practises both Yang- and Chen-style taiji quan.
On February 23rd, I went to Gaoling to visit the school where Sifu’s father, Zhao Bin, was once a student. Some of Sifu’s disciples now go there twice a week to whip up young people’s interest in taiji and in wushu more generally.
From about 6 o’clock in the morning, Lumpini Park in central Bangkok becomes a practice area for countless fitness, taiji, bagua, etc enthusiasts.
Lucy Gardner (author of The Tai Chi Companion) and Fred Behar (her partner and teacher) live in Thailand about half of the year. They practise and teach in Lumpini every day.
Fred is the founder of the Central Equilibrium School of taiji and also created his own style of tui shou.
Time to say goodbye …
Dear Taiji Friends,
The year before last, at the end of December 2015, I announced my intention to step down as President of our club. I had been in that function since the very beginning, and it was high time someone else took over.
In healthy clubs, just like in healthy democracies, elections should be held on a regular basis.
It is for me a great pleasure to announce that our Executive Committee has unanimously voted for Ms Lida Vukmanović-Tabaš.
In other words, Lida is now the new President of the Zhao Youbin Taiji Quan Club of Montenegro.
I wish to congratulate Lida on her nomination. We all know how committed she is to teaching Taiji and Qigong and to making these wonderful arts more widely available.
Let’s all wish her the best of luck and continue to give her as much support as we can.
As you probably know if you’ve visited this blog before, I first practised Taiji Quan in a group when I was a student at Edinburgh University in the early nineties. The classes I attended where organised by the local branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, a world-wide network of instructors and practitioners founded by Master Moy Lin-shin.
It is while practising with the TTCS that I learned the second set of “warm-up exercises” that I now teach in my own Taiji Quan classes.
My favourite exercises from that set were always the don yu and the tor yu. I could feel that they were doing me good, but I knew nothing of their origin. It is only recently that I decided to try to find out more.
If you explore these two very informative and well-researched sites
you will learn that these exercises are products of the Xing Yi Quan (= Hsing-I Chuan) and/or Yiquan tradition.
Xing Yi Quan and Yiquan, together with Baguazhang, Liuhebafa (= Lok Hup Ba Fa) and of course Taiji Quan, constitute the family of the so-called Chinese internal martial arts. Mr Moy Lin-shin learned all these internal martial arts. While in Hong Kong, he studied Yiquan with Master Liang Zi Peng (=Liang Zhi Peng / Leung Tze Pang / 梁子鵬), for whom the don yu and the tor yu, together with zhan zhuang, were “the three treasures of Southern Yiquan”.
There is a great video of Master Liang Zi Peng performing tor yus and don yus at
This was filmed a long time ago, which explains the poor quality, but it is an invaluable historical document.
These exercises were later modified by Mr Moy Lin-shin in the same way as he modified the traditional Yang-style Taiji form.
Conversely, I do not teach the don yu and the tor yu in exactly the same way as I learnt them because I now teach a traditional Yang-style Taiji form – Mr Zhao Youbin’s.
This is the state of my research to date. I do not know if it is Master Liang Zi Peng who “invented” the don yu and tor yu, or if he learnt them from one or more of his own teachers. If I manage to find out more about the history of these great exercises, I’ll update this brief overview.
Meanwhile, let’s keep practising.
Master Liang Zi Peng
The Chinese Zodiac
The Chinese animal zodiac, or shengxiao, is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its reputed attributes. Traditionally these zodiac animals were used to date the years.
The 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal.
Chinese Zodiac Origins — Why 12 Animals
The 12 animals were chosen deliberately, after many revisions. The zodiac animals are either closely related to ancient Chinese people’s daily lives, or have lucky meanings.
The ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are six of the main domestic animals raised by Chinese people. The other six animals: rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, and monkey are all loved by the Chinese people.
Why the 12 Zodiac Animals Are in That Order
The 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in a fixed order according to Chinese Yin and Yang Theory and perceived attributes.
The yin or the yang of the animals is defined based on the odd or even number of their claws (or toes, hoofs). The animals are then arranged in an alternating (complementary) yin-yang sequence.
Usually an animal has is the same number of claws on its front and rear legs. However the rat has four toes on its fore legs and five on its hind legs. As the old saying goes, “a thing is valued in proportion to its rarity”, so the Rat ranks first of the 12 zodiac animals. It uniquely combines the attributes of odd (yang) and even (yin). 4+5=9, and yang is dominant, so the Rat is classified as odd (yang) overall.
|Zodiac Animal||Toes Per Limb||Odd/Even||Yin/Yang|
|Rat||4 front; 5 back||(even and) odd||(yin and) yang|
Each animal has symbolic meanings given to it by the ancient Chinese. These animal attributes comes in six contrasting pairs that must be harmonized, like yin and yang, and are the primary factor governing the order of the zodiac. (Presumably the attributes most valued by ancient Chinese are first and so on.) The strong yang attribute comes first, then the balancing yin attribute.
|Rat||Wisdom||Wisdom without industriousness leads to triviality.|
|Ox||Industriousness||Industriousness without wisdom leads to futility.|
|Tiger||Valor||Valor without caution leads to recklessness.|
|Rabbit||Caution||Caution without valor leads to cowardice.|
|Dragon||Strength||Strength without flexibility leads to fracture.|
|Snake||Flexibility||Flexibility without strength leads to compromise.|
|Horse||Forging ahead||Forging ahead without unity leads to abandonment.|
|Goat||Unity||Unity without forging ahead leads to stagnation.|
|Monkey||Changeability||Changeability without being constant leads to foolishness.|
|Rooster||Being constant||Being constant without changeability leads to woodenness.|
|Dog||Fidelity||Fidelity without amiability leads to rejection.|
|Pig||Amiability||Amiability without fidelity leads to immorality.|
Source: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/ Much more information on the website!
“Fan through the Back”
Yang Chengfu 1934 (aged 51)
On 16th and 17th September, the Zhao Youbin Taiji Club (Podgorica) had the pleasure to host a workshop run by Nils Klug. The aim of the workshop was to introduce participants to the art of tui shou (push hands) and to some of the martial applications of certain Taiji postures.
We already knew that Nils is a seasoned Taiji and push hands practitioner, and we soon discovered that in addition he is also an excellent and warm-hearted teacher. Although the group was very heterogeneous in terms of expectations and personal experience of Taiji, Nils managed very quickly to find some common ground and develop a programme which seemed to grow organically from our questions, while it also had a clear structure. A perfect example of a bottom-up approach!
We enjoyed the fine balance between theory and practice and also the fact that the programme had more depth than breadth. We have gained a better understanding of some of the things we do in our training and learnt a number of exercises that we can practise to strengthen our foundation … until Nils’ next visit, which we are already looking forward to.
By the way, Nils’ sites contain a wealth of information about Taiji and push hands. Do visit them!
These four photos stubbornly refused to get rotated: