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Tai Chi Buddha
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Shaolin Kids
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Tai Chi Seniors
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Chinese Classical Weaponry
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Annual Chinese Gongfu & Taijiquan Tournament
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SCM Summer Push Hands Tournament
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California Push Hands Championship Tournament
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Kung Fu Clothing
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Bodhidharma = Patron Saint
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Tai Chi Youth Nonprofit Education Organization
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Tai Chi Buddha

Launched in 2008, Tai Chi Buddha programs are the satellite programs offered by Buddha Kung Fu for teaching primarly, Yang Style Tai Chi.

Master Zhen the golden rooster.Classes include the same Standing Stretches or Yoga Stretch Routine used in all Buddha Kung Fu programs.

The stretching is followed by an aerobic workout of punching and kicking exercises.

A water break is followed by bookwork and spiritual group discussions. The pages read are marked by the instructor to fulfil the reading requirements of the student's belt rank level.

Qigong exercises energize the class to perform the Yang Taijiquan Short Form of Shaolin Chi Mantis in entirety. Then, still warm with energy, the class practices the self-defense and tournament competition techniques of PUSHING HANDS, a simple contest without punching as students try to unbalance their opponent and gain a point when their opponent raises a foot from the ground. Shaolin Logo of Buddha Kung Fu

The last part of the class is spent learning the Tai Chi Short Form "dance." Once the movements are learned, the breathing is coordinated with the movements to create a "moving meditation." As qi energy becomes apparent, it can be manipulated during the Tai Chi Form to accomplish any qigong effects.

Lastly, the students learn how to use every single of movement of the Tai Chi Form for self-defense purposes.

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Patriarch Zhen Shen-Lang performs the "Rock Horse" with son, Zhen Song-Dao.

2005 Commerce Street Fair, Tujunga, California

The Shaolin Chi Mantis SHAOLIN KIDS PROGRAM utilizes the same books and curriculums as the adult programs. Students will discover that their answers to some questions will be different in just one year. People don't realize how much their perspectives and attitudes change over the years.

Even one year later, some of my students realize that they would answer questions in their Kung Fu Notebook differently after maturing in our classes.

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SPACERTai Chi Seniors

Utah Phase 1 Poetry Book by The Hippy Coyote
"Parting The Horse's Mane"
from the Shaolin Chi Mantis
Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form

During the mid 1990s, Buddha Zhen taught Youth and Senior Programs at the YWCA in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2004, Buddha Zhen relaunched his Senior Tai Chi Program at his local Tujunga, YMCA.

"I've made only one change in the Tai Chi Form to make it easier for the seniors," explains Buddha Zhen. "I only altered the Crane Stances with one leg high to be Heel Stances with the heel of the foot barely touching the floor. Other than that, the kids, the seniors, and the adults all get the same Yang Style Tai Chi Form.

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Chinese Classical Weaponry

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Do your kids need something to do?

I started importing weapons while I was in Utah. The Karate stores could order a few of our clothes and weapons through their martial arts distributors -- but I needed a better selection.

In Utah I rarely sold wepons outside of my classes. I didn't mind making a few spears and swords each semester.

Then i moved back to California. For the past half dozen years I was having to carve a couple spears and build a couple swords each week... I didn't have the time and my profit margin was minimal. Even my prices still reflected my desire to give my students a good deal.

After 911, when postage prices increased, I was charging more for postage than the price of the weapon... some people were complaining.

So I stopped my custom weapon building. Ah. Now I just have to make a couple per semester for my own students again.

I still import for my students, and if you want a sword or weapon, I'll be glad to help you. I haven't raised my prices much so be warned, the postage will cost more than you expect on long weapons like staffs and spears...


SPACERAnnual Chinese Gongfu & Taijiquan Tournament

Autumn Flavours POETRY BOOK by The Hippy Coyote
Utah Zhen kills a cloud.

Our goal is to provide a tournament in which Kung Fu stylists can compete with Kung Fu judges with events that don't take place in Karate tournaments, such as Push Hands competitions.

Kung Fu styles are subdivided into Northern styles and Southern Styles, with weapon competitions mixing all styles.

Tai Chi has its own divisions with Push Hands competitions and a special applications divisiion.

Although we could include Lion Dancing, we realized that throwing a small tournament in Utah was an all-day event with the categories we started with.

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SPACERSCM Summer Push Hands Tournament

Taijiquan Pushing Hands
Our Utah Board of Trustees
Battle out the Tai Chi Youth budget.

Each summer in Liberty Park, we held our SCM Summer Push Hands Tournament.

When we established the Tai Chi Youth nonprofit organization, we were able to get better discounts on Park rentals, insurance, and had donors who made this a really fun event.

The winners of this tournament are "seeded" (ranked) for the upcoming California Push Hands Championship.

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SPACERCalifornia Push Hands Championship

Taijiquan Pushing Hands

Based on the winners of the SCM Summer Push Hands Tournament, this is our second Push Hands tournament held each year.

Sometimes we have a Push Hands tournament during our Annual Chinese Gongfu & Taijiquan Tournament held each November.

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SPACERKung Fu Clothing

Kung Fu in the Park, Utah

Most of it is still imported from China.

We've got T-Shirts for both Shaolin Chi Mantis and the Tai Chi Youth schools. Yes, it is okay to wear your Shaolin Chi Mantis shirts to a Tai Chi Youth class.

And yes, you can wear Tai Chi Youth shirts in any of our Shaolin Chi Mantis classes.

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SPACERBodhidharma = Patron Saint

Warrior Monk of Indian Buddhism DA MO


Bodhidharma was the 28th Patriarch of Buddhism in India.

He walked from India to China.

He met the Emperor of China.

He retired at the Shaolin Monastery on Mt. Songshan.

He invented Kung Fu and Zen-style Buddhism.

He lived alone in a cave for seven years writing books.

He accomplished much more than he probably intended.

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SPACERTai Chi Youth nonprofit education organization

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Shaolin Chi Mantis launched Kids programs during the early 1990s.

In 1994 Shaolin Chi Mantis donated scholarships to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations for classes held at the YWCA in Salt Lake City.

This program became so successful that Buddha Zhen changed his mind from forming a Buddhist Church named, Shaolin Zen, to the nondenominational education organization, Tai Chi Youth.

Tai Chi Youth is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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