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ZEN  BUDDHISM                    Seminars by Buddha Zhen                      SHAOLIN  ZEN

Seminars
of Shaolin Zen

Shaolin Zen Spiritual Bootcamp
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Tai Chi Winter Seminar
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Tai Chi Qigong Meditation
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Tai Chi Staff
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Combat Taiji
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Tournament Tai Chi
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Push Hands Workshop
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Judging Seminar
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SCM & TCY Summer Push Hands Tournament
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SCM & TCY California Push Hands Championship
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SCM & TCY Annual Chinese Gongfu & Taijiquan Tournament
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WORKSHOP - All Levels

Shaolin Zen Spiritual Bootcamp

Utah Phase 1 Poetry Book by The Hippy Coyote
Buddha Zhen representing China in the Annual Jordan Peace Gardens Event

Also advertised as "ZEN BOOTCAMP."

Created in 1998 for the Buddhism Conference in San Diego, California, this all-day workshop was originally designed for Buddhist Monks and advanced Buddhist practitioners.

We've REDUCED THE PRICE and REDUCED THE TIME to make this a workshop anyone can appreciate. Your life is under your control -- you are just unaware of it.

Join Buddha Zhen on a discovery of your own soul to reveal and determine your path in life.

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SEMINAR - Beginner

Tai Chi Winter Seminar

Autumn Flavours POETRY BOOK by The Hippy Coyote
Talk to the foot.

Bring your questions or just enjoy the ride as Buddha Zhen leads through many of the concepts and attributes of Taijiquan "Tai Chi".

Usually this is an introductory seminar for persons not acquainted with Tai Chi. Most Americans believe that Tai Chi is for "seniors in the park, moving very slowly." This is a false impression of the world's most formidable, and even deadly, martial art.

Buddha Zhen is the first generation of non-Chinese to teach Yang Style Taijiquan, Shaolin Kung Fu, 7-Star Praying Mantis Boxing, and the Tai Chi Praying Mantis styles of Chinese martial arts, or Kung Fu.

Tai Chi requires years of contiuous effort and study to master. Enjoy this glimpse into possibilities and potentials of Tai Chi, "Taijiquan," the "Supreme Ultimate Boxing Style."

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SEMINAR - Intermediate +

Tai Chi Qigong Meditation

Autumn Flavours POETRY BOOK by The Hippy Coyote
Arch of the foot = palm of the hand.

Qigong, breathing exercises, qi energy flow... had all been developing for hundreds of years before the Daoists started construction of their Wudang Temple.

"Whether you call it Buddhist Breathing or Daoist Qigong," explains Buddha Zhen, "It is mastering the energy already flowing within you. First I make you aware of it. Second I show you how to focus on it. Third i teach students how to enhance it. However, in the fourth stage when you can move and manipulate your energy -- that's where the magic and the healing come into play."

Although you may need to be an Intermediate Level or Advanced Tai Chi practitioner to make use of many of these technigues, follow along and do your best. Beginners allowed.

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SEMINAR - Intermediate +

Tai Chi Staff

Blue Buddha
Luohan Staff = Guardian of Heaven

Traditional Chen Taijiquan includes staff, spear and sword training.

"Wood is my favorite Tai Chi weapon," explains Buddha Zhen. "Metal sucks my energy out -- with the exception of aluminum, but wood is easier to control or use while manifesting qi "chi" energy."

"When I broke my arm last year, I had planned to build it back up with my double broadswords, (shuang dao, or cern do). But it was my staff class that rebuilt my shoulder. It somehow has caught up and surpassed my left arm in strength again."

"I enjoy doing qigong when I'm with my staffs, spear, or wooden swords. Let me show you some of my qi energy discoveries, and unique ways of playing with it."

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SEMINAR - All Levels

Combat Taiji

Autumn Flavours POETRY BOOK by The Hippy Coyote
Victory over a taller and stronger opponent.

When Yang Chen Fu stole the Chen Style Taijiquan, he proved it's value by beating up every prize fighter in his village.

Two of my Taijiquan Masters made me promise, as one said, "Don't turn this into yoga Tai Chi," states Buddha Zhen.

That was twenty five years ago and Buddha Zhen has kept his promise by expanding the Tai Chi instruction to include 57 required Qin Na techniques. Each student must demonstrate three self-defense moves for each of the sixteen Tai Chi sections.

Several of Buddha Zhen's students have claimed that Tai Chi movements saved their lives in dangerous confrontations.

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SEMINAR - Intermediate +

Tournament Tai Chi

Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu and Taijiquan
Sponsored by Shaolin Chi Mantis.

Tai Chi Youth not for profit education organization

How do you score points with Tai Chi?

Let Buddha Zhen show you how to improve and make use of the traditional concepts of Daoism and Taijiquan to improve your Tai Chi performance.

Bring your best Tai Chi to this seminar. Buddha Zhen guarantees he can improve something in your performance or style, no matter what level of proficiency you are.

Learning to "see" and analyze each other's Tai Chi will also help each participant to improve their own Form. Come and improve.

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SEMINAR - All Levels

Push Hands Workshop

Get pushy
Pushing the Cross Up

This Push Hand Workshop is required for persons to compete in our Push Hands Tournaments.

Without this class or Buddha Zhen's approval, we don't want to teach you Push Hands during the tournament.

Every serious Push Hands enthusiast should take advantage of this opportunity to Push Hands with some new opponents and learn tricks from Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang, the Spirit Wolf of Truth.

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SEMINAR - All Levels

Judging Seminar

Flying Buddha
Score by balance, focus, technique, attitude, character, personality, power, efficiency, effectiveness, and purpose. Go on. Do it!

These mock tournaments are fun and daring as students get to test their Forms and performance abilities.

Also important, is that the judges learn the rules of Shaolin Chi Mantis and learn how to improve their judging skills before they make mistakes that could diminish a competition.

"Judging is much more difficult that performing," states Buddha Zhen. "Sure, I'm tense and spending extra time stretching, and warming up, and practicing before a competition, but then--once you've performed -- it's over! Whew! But not for the judges. They have to put every ounce of focus and concentration into EVERY competitor's performance--and then do it again for a whole new set of competitors. Now that's hard work!"

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TOURNAMENT - All Levels

SCM & TCY Summer
Push Hands Tournament

Use your body correctly
Payback is a push.

After several years of attending, competing, and judging in many statewide Karate tournaments of the nineties, Buddha Zhen decided to promote and sponsor his own "Kung Fu Only" tournaments, so that Kung Fu stylists would be more enthusiastic to compete and display their talents.

Push Hands Tournaments however, became an event that Buddha Zhen encouraged the Utah Karate schools to attend. So, with the only qualification being to attend one of Buddha Zhen's Push Hands Workshops, the Shaolin Chi Mantis Push Hands Tournaments grew steadily during the 1990s.

This SUMMER PUSH HANDS TOURNAMENT was the first official Push Hands Tournament of Shaolin Chi Mantis in 1994 and is still held each year wherever Buddha Zhen is residing.

The winners of this Summer Push Hands Tournament are 'seeded' for the upcoming SCM & TCY California Push Hands Championship held each September, sponsored by Buddha Kung Fu.

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TOURNAMENT - All Levels

Buddha Kung Fu California
Push Hands Championship

Autumn Flavours POETRY BOOK by The Hippy Coyote
The original translation for "Karate" was "Chinese Hand," referring to the power and versatility of the open hand instead of a fist. Tai Chi Pushing Hands teaches students to win physical battles without pummeling or breaking their knuckles.

The First, Second, and Third Place winners of the Summer Push Hands Tournament are the 'seeded' champions of this tournament, since 2008, known as, Buddha Kung Fu California Push Hands Championship.

Originally, this was the Shaolin Chi Mantis & Tai Chi Youth Push Hands Championship.

Until the the third, seccond, and first place competitions are held in each division, the Summer Tournament champions will be able to wait until it is time to "defend their title."

Shaolin Chi Mantis and Tai Chi Youth tournaments are STATIONARY PUSH HANDS competitions. A person loses by lifting one foot off the ground. A hand touching the ground also is a loss.

Winning is based on balance, Tai Chi skills, and flexibility. Strategy, deception, and speed are also beneficial... so come take a look at what the best of the best can do.

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TOURNAMENT - All Levels

SCM & TCY Annual Chinese
Gongfu & Taijiquan Tournament

Spreading Zen with foot
Talk to the foot.

After starting his Push Hands tournaments, Buddha Zhen, with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Utah Arts Council, and many other Salt Lake City donors, launched the first KUNG FU TOURNAMENTS ever held in Utah.

Buddha Zhen also sought to bring more harmony and friendship between the half dozen Kung Fu schools in Utah by encouraging them to perform exhibitions of their school styles at these events.

Contact Buddha Zhen or the SCM Tournament Director for details on your Kung Fu school performing at our annual tournament.

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