WU SHEN TAO NEWS August 2019

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Here is a partial list of various Tournaments this Summer/ Fall. 

  ICMAC Championships, Orlando Florida, July 5-7 2019 ,  www.kungfuchampionship.com

 Kuoshu Championships - Hunt Valley MD - July 26-28 Delta Hotel - usksf.org/kuo-shu-championship-tournament 

U S Capitol Classics/ China Open- Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Saturday Aug. 10

 US Challenge- Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center- Sunday October 13

 US Open –Long Island University, Post Pratt Recreation Center, NY October 13 -www,wfmaf.org


During the weekend of July 5-7, 2019 the ICMAC International Championships were held at the Rosen Conference Center and Resort.  The Rosen Center was an excellent place to hold the event because it was large, comfortable and was located within easy walking distance to many local restaurants and places of interest.

The tournament itself, although a bit smaller than last years’ 20th Anniversary edition, it still hosted a moderately large contingent of competitors, judges, VIP’s and spectators from across the U.S and abroad. This has become one of the best organized Tournaments in the country and this years’ event was not an exception.

Wu Dang Longmen brother and Wu Shen Tao instructor Terence Nicholson competed earning Silver in both Advanced Xing-I Chuan empty hand forms and weapons.                                                                 

Our own Grand Master Liu Xiao Ling was also inducted into the ICMAC Hall of Fame in the Senior Grand Master Category.

The tournament was a pleasure to be a part of with friendly knowledgeable judges and participants and we plan on attending next year’s event. We are also hoping to bring a team of competitors to the event next July to also enjoy this high- level event.

Kuo Shu International Championships

The 2019 U.S. Kuoshu Federation International Championships was held July 26-29th at the Marriott Delta Hotel in Hunt Valley MD.  The event drew many competitors from this and other countries and continued its reign as the largest and best run event in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  This event has seen an increase in the quality of its’ competitors in most divisions. The Lei Tai Full contact fighters definitely seemed to be of a significantly higher caliber than in some previous years. I’d also like to give some special attention to Little Creek Tai Chi /Kung Fu for having tournament Lei Tai Champions in both the men and women’s Fighting divisions.  It’s great to see Internal stylists producing fighting champs. The Master’s Demos were of very high caliber this year and Kung Fu brother, Master Alexander King performed a highly appreciated exhibition of Xing-I Chuan.  Wu Dang Kung Fu brothers Terence Nicholson and Alain Jachiet competed and battled it out to take Gold and Silver respectively in Advanced Xing-I, empty hand form.   Alain easily took Gold in Advanced Bagua and Terence went on also earn gold doing Fei Hong Sword and Tombei Chuan,  The lone Wu Shen Tao competitor this year and first time advanced level competitor Marketa Ebert, earned Bronze in Tai Chi Sword, and Gold in advanced Tai Chi and Pushing Hands.  All in all our few competitors made their presence quite known. Onward and upward!!


Gaithersburg location news

Our sister school Clear Circle Holistic Training Center is located in Gaithersburg MD at 329 B Main Street in the lower level suite, below the Rose Spa and Salon in the Kentlands’ complex.

The space is larger than our former location and is also close to two outdoor training areas when the weather permits. This space is dedicated to private, semi-private and small group classes only. Instruction available there ranges from Qigong/ Neigong , Tai Chi and other Internal martial arts, Swordplay, Meditation, Self Defense, Contact Fight training, nutrition and other skills related to those mentioned above.

Call 301-651-3617 or email: longmen987@gmail.com to inquire or to register for your introductory lesson.



The next installment of “Something to meditate on”, after a short hiatus, will continue soon on our Qigong/ Meditate page (DCMDTaichi.com). It is produced by long time collaborator, training partner, and good friend Henry C. Brennan. He has an extensive background in Martial and Energy arts beginning back in the 1970’s. His specialty is energy cultivation with a focus on passive and active work along with methods and strategies of how to apply these skills to one’s daily life.

He shares concepts of the work by providing snippets of wisdom and knowledge each month on our Qigong/ Meditation page.

Interested individuals can also now begin online training with him to use the distilled exercises and methods of this path. I recommend that you feel free to check in bi-weekly for the next nugget along the path toward potentiating oneself.



We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday AUGUST 14h, 2019 from 7:30-9 PM. Bring a wooden sword, eye protection and groin protection (optional). All students are encouraged to attend regardless of experience.



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Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (27 years and counting). We hold the Free Takoma Park Community Workout, 3 blocks away, at the Roda Movement Center which is located at 7014 Westmoreland Avenue (just off Carroll Avenue) in Takoma Park, MD.  It is located just behind the Gazebo located on Carroll Avenue and across from the House of Musical Traditions.  The workout takes place on Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Feel free to contact us at longmen987@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.




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-Charles Luckman

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

-Lao Tzu

If you want others to be happy practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion.

-Dalai Lama