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For numerous years, Gordon Faulkner, Maria Faulkner, and Bob Lowey have been travelling to China combining their energy with that of their students from both of their Schools who accompanied them as entourage

Gordon is Principal Instructor of the Chanquanshu School of Taoist Arts and President of the Scottish Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association (DYYSGA). Bob Is Principal Tutor of the 7 Stars School of Taijiquan, Vice President of the Scottish Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association, Executive Member of the TCUGB and Technical Panel Member of the TCUGB.

Their Principal Teachers in China are Professor Zhang Guangde in Beijing, and Master You Xuande of Wudang Shan, Hubei Province

All trips to China are organised by Maria Faulkner through her own Company M.A.P.S. with liaisons between her and our Chinese friend, interpreter and “Oracle,” Madam Zhoujin Kan.

Originally from Shanghai, Zhoujin has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Far East. Having lived in Hong Kong where she studied, she moved to Germany and eventually settled in Beijing where she worked in the Sports University’s Library from 1983 – 88. This complimented her interests of Literature, Music and Philosophy. With a command of Mandarin, Cantonese, German, French and English languages, Zhoujin studied Daoyin Yangsheng Gong with Professor Zhang Guangde which led to further travels to France and Austria where she acted as interpreter.

As Associate Professor trained in T.C.M. and Daoyin Yangsheng Gong, Zhoujin has succeeded in her post as International Programme Coordinator for Beijing University of Sports Education, interpreter to the Professor and a very dear friend of ours.

Every year when we travel in Beijing, noticeable transformations to the City’s skyline and buildings stimulate our conversations. This year was no different as we travelled along the smooth new motorway toward the outskirts of the Capital. Beijing is no doubt becoming a very beautiful and advanced Metropolis that would put many of our WesternCity’s to shame.

With greetings of “ Zaoshang Hao” and “ Ni Hao Zuggerland Pengyou”, we were welcomed to our chalets of the Beijing University of Physical Education Hotel by the staff and our friends that we had not seen for one year. Professor Zhang was teaching in America and we would be instructed by the Associate Professor of the Wu Shu Department – Hu Xiao Fei for the forthcoming week.

Master Hu was in great spirits during our time spent with him. We trained every morning learning the 1st of the 3 Taiji Zhang’s (Palm Forms) having learned the other 2 Forms previously. These Forms are not only beautiful to practice, but as with all Daoyin Forms, subtly nourishes every organism in your body as well as concealing martial intent.

The postures are aimed at working the musculo skeletal system while triggering precise acupuncture points that relate to specific organs or to stimulate the flow of Qi. Daoyin (Guiding and Conducting) Yangsheng (Nourishing the Vital Principle) Gong (Skill / Exercise) is a comprehensive system of gentle exercises that combines breath control, self – massage, modern medical theory and ancient movements.

Like many of the Daoyin Forms, this, Taiji Zhang series involved spiralling the body and some uncomfortable (to the Western body) postures – and we paid for this!

The group was in general agreement, even those who were experiencing Taiji Zhang for the first time, that Master Hu was highly proficient and instructed in an easily understanding manner.

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