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Seven Mountains Wellness & Martial Arts OUTDOOR KUNG FU & TAI CHI IN CENTRE COUNTY, PA, USA

NEWS

  • NEW OUTDOOR SOCIALLY DISTANCED PROGRAMS BEGIN IN APRIL 2021
  • To sign-up for your first class, email 7mountains7stars@gmail.com
  • SIGNUP SPECIAL: SAVE $20 on your first month tution!
  • Currently accepting enrollment for the beginning of June, July, and/or August

WU-TANG TAOIST KUNG FU, TAI CHI, QIGONG, MEDITATION, & SWORDSMANSHIP

Evening Tai Chi Class

  • Classes at Tudek Park, State College
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 5:30PM ~ 7:00PM

Study the foundational & core practices of tai chi, with our outdoor classes. This program is specifically designed to teach the the primary body mechanics, alongside the ability to instantly apply these benefits to your everyday life.

Our wellness and martial programs begin with the same curriculum. The programs will separate after grasping the basic body & movement skills.

  • 1-month tuition: $79
  • 3-month seasonal tuition: $199

Save $10/month/person when signing up with friends, family members, and/or significant other.

No contracts. No uniforms. No gear purchases. No additional fees.

Evening Kung Fu Class

  • Class at Tudek Park, State College
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 7:00PM - 8:30PM

Dive into the traditional kung fu methods of the Taoists priests that lived and trained in the famous Wu-Tang Mountains of China. Teacher Xia offers a dynamic, strategic, and applicable approach; translating traditional kung fu methods for performance and combat functionality.

This class mixes flexibility, strengthening, cardio, quick thinking, physics of body mechanics, self-defense, and combat awareness. Additionally, this style offers some of the most stunning forms/choreography in all of martial arts.

Students are welcome to focus on the performance or combat aspects as their interests

  • 1-month tution: $79.00
  • 3-month seasonal tution: #199.00

Save $10/month/person when signing up with friends, family members, and/or significant other.

No contracts. No uniforms. No gear purchases. No additional fees.

ABOUT SEVEN MOUNTAINS WELLNESS & MARTIAL ARTS

7SWMA offers classical Wudang (Wu-Tang) internal martial arts & the traditional Daoist (Taoist) wellness & fitness practices. All programs are taught by recognized Wudang Daoist swordsman, Michael Xia Chongyi.

Extracting the source benefits from the traditional martial arts, our programs focus on correct posture, alignment, & the functional development of the joints & support structures of the body. With the goal of creating tangible & authentic benefits to one's health & self, 7MWMA ensures that all material is grounded–without a reliance on mysticism– and has been used heal and strengthen the body for thousands of year. Many martial arts programs compromise health for combat or flashy skills, & eventually require knee & hip replacements; along with long term pain & injury. But because of our internal approach, our lineage masters have continued their training into ages over 100 years.

7MWM offers both wellness & martial courses, along with the combined practices. Those interested in wellness without combat will enjoy our Life Nourishing Tai Chi program, along with our meditation & qigong training.

Those that are interested in the classical Wudang martial arts for self-defense, weapons training, fitness, & performance skills, will enjoy our Kung Fu programs. Each student can focus on different skills and practices depending on their goals.

WELLNESS v FITNESS

The ideas of wellness and fitness can sometimes be confused or treated as the same thing. But they are both unique from one another. As aspects of health, wellness can be consider yin, while fitness is considered yang. What does this mean?

Yin is about turning inward, introspection, and reinforcing what you have. Building the small muscles groups & tendons, our wellness training allows someone to reach their maximum health. Maintaining one's health to prevent the declines of age, laziness, and dealing with pass injuries, are all qualities of one's wellness. Getting through day to day life becomes easier as you refine your wellness. Your ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time, using all your joints, core strength, and a focused mind are all aspects of wellness.

Fitness on the other hand, is the yang idea of health. Fitness includes cardio, strength, flexibility, & expanding one's ability to interact with the world around them. While wellness increases the quality within, fitness increases the qualities to interact outward. Your ability to lift more, run faster, wrestle stronger, touch your toes are all aspects of fitness.

All training is both! If you practice wellness skills, you will gradually become stronger, better cardio, etc. And when you lift weights or run, your gains will be noticeable faster, but you will be more prone to injury without practices that also develop the supportive structures for sustainability.

Many martial arts sacrifice wellness for fitness. This is true about many practices. Even yoga has these two polarities in the different styles! In the Wudang & Daoist arts, we have both practices. Younger students are recommended to train 70% fitness & 30% wellness. As you age, you will want to preserve the benefits you gained with your fitness practice, and prevent injury. To do, over the lifetime of your training, you will begin to switch their balance to 70% wellness. Those that are dealing with injuries, getting over sickness, or are starting physical activities late in life should focus mostly on wellness until they feel comfortable with all the primary skills for healing & protecting the body.

  • Tai Chi - Tai Chi (or Taijiquan, traditionally) is one of the most prestigious martial arts in the world. The most practiced martial art in the world, tai chi has developed over the past 100 years into something completely new. With a focus on wellness & health, many martial artists in their old age will transition into more internal and softer martial arts, as a way to preserve the body & prevent injuries. As the art grew into a health program instead of a martial skillset, Taijiquan become what we call Tai Chi. Here at 7MWMA, our tai chi programs are based on Xia's completely redesigned approach to tai chi for health. Life Nourishing Tai Chi extracts those key principles that have been lost over the years as people practiced only the dance (the choreographed form of all the movements), and lose the qualities. In this program, the basic mechanics are discovered, and put into the body. Life Nourishing Tai Chi amazes all students when even after the first class, they begin seeing their body and interactions with the world in a new way. If there is one health program Xia would recommend, it would be the LNTC program.
  • Qigong - Qigong is a term we use in the west that blankets a wide array of wellness practices. The umbrella called Yang Sheng Gong (Life Nourishing Arts) includes all practices that focus on health and development. When you do fitness, this is body work. When you coordinate breath and action with the focus on a health benefit, this is Qigong, or effort/energy work. When you practice internal body awareness and traversing intention, you are now practicing spirit/intention work. All of our health arts are a combination & a variety of these practices. Qigong is the term that is most familiar for these types of awareness development, moving the joints, & stretching the body while doing breathing meditations.
  • Meditation – Meditation is the cornerstone of spirit practices. Not spirit in a magical sense, but as a collective term for willpower, intention, perseverance, focus, & the other mental and personality traits. Meditation is not about seeing who can sit still the longest (only in the kids class). Meditation is not about achieving some mystical skill or clairvoyance. If you can practice meditation, you are enhancing your mental flexibility & constitution in all situations. By being able to return to a meditative mind throughout your day will bring both health and energy benefits through out your day. Our meditation exercises are all from our Daoist lineages, as Xia has structured the program to develop the skills & abilities, instead of just mimicking an image, idealization, or misconception of what meditation is.

CLASSICAL WUDANG MARTIAL ARTS

"In the north, Shaolin is respected. In the south, Wudang is revered."

Wudang–or Wu-Tang–kung fu is one of the most famous martial arts in the world. Even if you haven't heard of that! Infact, Tai Chi (Taijiquan) is a traditional Daoist martial art, born on the Wudang Mountains. In addition to Tai Chi, the monks in these mountains were famous for their longevity, internal cultivation, & swordsmanship.

The Daoist were focused on internal cultivation and serving their communities. But as traveling priests, they were required to learn martial arts so bandits and gangs would not rob them. In addition, many military generals would retire from the world in the peaceful temples Daoist have in the most remote mountains. By learning from these generals, and with experience on the road, the Daoist combined their wellness & fitness practices with the necessary martial skills.

The primary martial arts you will find at 7MWMA:

  • Xingyi – Our foundational traditional combat art. Xingyiquan (intent-to-form boxing) is designed to delivery explosive power from the ground up through the body, this art focuses all of the necessary methods of delivery power for striking, clinch fighting, & wrestling.
  • Sanfeng – Sanfeng Sect martial arts are named after Zhang Sanfeng, the creator of Taijiquan. Xia is 16th generation in the Sanfeng linage, meaning he is 16 generations of students & teachers passing this art to modern times.
  • Taiji – The most famous and most practiced martial art in the world, tai chi was originally a combat system focused on understanding how power and pressure interact in a fight. Generally speaking, Taijiquan is not a useful martial art for self-defense. But what makes it such a profound combat art is when it is used in combination with any other martial art. Taiji will enhance all internal and external combat skills. Because it is also wellness oriented, Taiji progress is slow, yet life changing.
  • Bagua – The most comprehensive martial are in the world, Baguazhang–Eight Trigram Palm–combines 8 styles, each with 64 basic techniques & 3-8 variations for each. This complex art focuses the training on various footworks. Most famously, bagua is often seen walking in circles. Although many people claim this art was designed for fighting multiple opponents, in actuality, the function of this style is based on transitioning angles for ideal deflection with structural alignment, superior position with complex but naturalized footwork, & an ability to perform a variety of techniques in every situation and from every position you find yourself in.
  • Wu-Tang Sword – In the world of modern Chinese swordsmanship, Xia is regarded as a pioneer as Xia is famous for extracting the key principles of swordsmanship, and reintroducing the world to the authentic combat abilities that have been lost over the centuries of modern weaponry. As most schools teach a sword form, Xia's Daoist Sword Arts curriculum focuses on skill development, physics with body mechanics, wellness, fitness, combat clarity, moving meditation, and a qigong; all at once.

We focus on progressive sparring and fencing. This means we always begin light, slow, & easy. Then as you get comfortable over time, you will begin increasing your coordination, reaction time, and general awareness of each situation. Using his understanding of swordsmanship & fencing, Xia has created the Taiji Fencing sport, which is now practiced on every continent, by over 100 schools.

OTHER PROGRAMS 2021

Morning Tai Chi & Kung Fu

Morning Tai Chi & Kung Fu @ Bernel Road Park @ Monday & Wednesday @ 7:30AM - 9:30 (flexible)

A mixed-arts class with group warmups & individualized training. Available for every goal (wellness, fitness, & martial arts). Youth are welcome w/ parent enrollment & participation

  • 1-Month Tuition: $69
  • 3-Month Tuition: $179

**Saturday Excursion Training is included!

No uniform required for sign-up All classes are outdoors & socially distanced Masks are required when there is a group

COMING THIS SUMMER

Saturday Training Excursions

Saturday Excursions (2-3/month) at various state parks & natural areas in Centre County. Proximately 8AM-2PM (flexible)

Meeting in a local state forest/park, the group will train in nature. Everyone will work on their personal routine, with special additional material provided each session.

  • 1 class: $50
  • 3 classes: $119

**Saturday Excursions are included with all other programs! These are scheduled in advance, and the schedule changes depending on the month.

No uniform required for sign-up. All classes are outdoors & socially distanced. Masks are required when there is a group.

School Membership

Sign up for all our programs. Come to which ever sessions fit your schedule best.

••Currently socially distanced due to covid, unless enrolled as a couple/group

  • 1-Month Tuition: $108
  • 3-Month Tuition: $270

No uniform required for sign-up. All classes are outdoors & socially distanced. Masks are required when there is a group.

Private Training

1 hour 30 minutes · $100

For those with extra social distancing concerns, specific goals and/or ailments, or learning limitations are invited to sign up for private training. These 1 hour & 45 minute sessions are customized to the student, and include an additional 15mins available for discussion & notes. If you have a consistent schedule, prices will be adjusted & you are welcome to join us for the Saturday Excursion Training.

YOUR TUTION COSTS AT SIGN UP WILL NEVER INCREASE. BE SURE TO SIGN UP BEFORE OUR SUMMER TUITION ANNOUNCEMENTS BY MAY.

**Those with financial difficulties are invited to send an email, & we will see what options are available

OUR TEACHER'S WORKSHOPS & TRAINING COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD!

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL • PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO • WILKES-BARRE, PA • WASHINGTON, D.C. • WUHAN, CHINA • PHILADELPHIA, PA • ESTES PARK, CO • GUADALAJARA, MEXICO • MANHATTAN, NYC • HOUSTON, TX • MORGANTOWN, WV • BLACK MOSHANNON, PA • DENVER, CO • WUDANG MOUNTAINS, CHINA • PHOENIXVILLE, PA • GRAND JUNCTION, CO • CHINATOWN, NYC • HARRISBURG, PA • AUSTIN, TX • BOULDER, CO • ROMA, MEXICO CITY

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