Tag: Dragon

Happy Year of the Dragon! 🐉

Happy Wood Dragon Year!
恭賀新禧 – Gōng Hè Xīn Xǐ!
Happy Lunar New Year to you and yours!

 

This year, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is a Green Wood Dragon year, and promises to be full of changes and transformation, which are characteristics of Dragons, as well as the essence of the martial art of Bagua Zhang.
We may find it especially helpful this year to stay present, be true to hearts and tune in to our intuition to ride the waves of change coming our way.

 

Happy Losar!

 

I must admit that though there is a great deal of tumultuous events happening in the world at large, I have a feeling of excitement and anticipation in what this year will bring. This feeling seems linked to my lifelong fascination with Dragons, as if this moment helps me sense their daunting, invigorating presence more than usual.

 

Some of my earliest and most vivid dreams involve the connection I’ve felt with Dragons throughout my life. These mysterious fabulous beasts have inspired me in so many ways, including leading me to my lifelong path in the martial arts. It is not surprising, therefore, that the martial art system that continues to fascinate me the most is Bagua Zhang, with its coiling, sinuous movements that seem to embody the essence of a Dragon’s Spirit.
This is also why I was intrinsically drawn to Cheng Tingua’s expression of this art, the flow and power of his “Swimming Body Dragon Shape Bagua Zhang” being even more Dragon-like than other branches of Chinese Martial Arts.

 

“Green Dragon Stretches Claws” from Cheng Tinghua’s Swimming Dragon Bagua Zhang

 

“[The dragon] is the spirit of change, therefore of life itself. We associate him with the supreme power or that sovereign cause which pervades everything, taking new forms according to its surroundings, yet never seen in a final shape. The dragon is the great mystery itself. Hidden in the caverns of inaccessible mountains, or coiled in the unfathomed depth of the sea, he awaits the time when he slowly rouses himself into activity. He unfolds himself in the storm clouds; he washes his mane in the blackness of seething whirlpools. His claws are in the fork of the lightning; his scales begin to glisten in the bark of rain-swept pine-trees. His voice is heard in the hurricane which, scattering the withered leaves of the forest, quickens a new spring. The dragon reveals himself only to vanish. He is a glorious symbolic image of that elasticity which shakes off the inert mass of exhausted matter. Coiling again and again on his strength, he sheds his skin amid the battle of elements, and for an instant stands half revealed by the brilliant shimmer of his scales. He strikes not till his throat is touched. Then woe to him who dallies with the terrible one!” 

by Japanese scholar Okakura-Kakuzo in his Awakening of Japan (1904) (pp 77-79)

 

Dragon riding waves of change
 

 

 
Dragon Shape Bagua Zhang Training Manual  📖 🐉

 

I’m also announcing that I’ve been editing the final draft of my “Dragon Shape Bagua Zhang Training Manual,” which I’ve been working on for over a decade, and planning to self-publish later this year.

 

This training manual is designed to be a reference and study guide for my students, as well as others interested in learning in-depth training methods of this martial art.
This first edition is also an outline for video instructional materials that I’m hoping to start production on later this year as well.

 

As I narrow my search for a specific self-publishing company, I plan to start a crowdfunding campaign soon to cover the self-publishing printing costs for the first edition.
Stay tuned, and let me know if you’re interested in getting a copy of this book!

 

‘Elemental Dragons’ by Dennis Mace

 

Accepting New Bagua Zhang Students at the Mace Martial Arts WuGuan! 🐉 

 

We have space for a couple more in-person students for group classes at our new WuGuan, message us if you’re interested in learning Bagua Zhang Kung Fu!

 

Dragon Shape Bagua Zhang 龍形八卦掌 – 2022 Demo
 

Bagua Zhang Classes are held on
💠 Sundays 11am-12:30pm
💠 Thursdays 7pm-8pm

 

at:
Towns at Riverfront
(Please register for classes for address)
Everett, WA
United States

 

Please RSVP to all classes you plan to attend, to confirm location and schedule.

 

Space limited to 5 students per class for in-person training — please message ahead to confirm your spot!

 

💠 We also have times available for private lessons if the group classes do not work for your schedule.

 

For students joining remotely via Zoom, we can host classes for up to 100 participants on our Zoom account.

 

At Mace Martial Arts, we value the sanctity of all life, celebrate diversity, cultivate peace and justice, and accept students who are interested in learning how to improve and protect themselves. We have a zero-tolerance policy for bigotry and will reject any potential or current student who bullies or discriminates against others based on ethnicity, religious beliefs, or gender/orientation. 

Memorial Day 2020, Phase 2 & Remote Memberships

Training self-defense at Mace Martial Arts

I wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend with your family, as we honor those who have served our country and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, especially now in light of the unprecedented and unpredictable changes we are all facing this year. 


The next step in gradually lifting social distancing restrictions for the pandemic may come in early June — When Phase 2 rolls out, we will resume in-person classes at Mace Martial Arts, as Washington Governor Inslee indicated that martial arts is part of the activities allowed for small gatherings. This will include private lessons as well as small group classes of up to five people. 


I will confirm when in-person classes will resume when Governor Inslee gives the order to move into Phase 2 of the gradual lifting of the Pandemic quarantine measures. 


But wait, there’s more: I will continue to broadcast the group classes live remotely on Zoom, so that students that are unable to come to class, are too far away, or don’t feel comfortable yet to attend in person, can still follow along online. 


This Remote Membership will give you the ability to continue training by following along with our regular group classes, and see us go through exercises, forms, applications and partner drills live. Since I’ll be focused on teaching students that attend classes in person, instead of monitoring Zoom, I will be available to answer questions after class from both in-person and remote students via via the discussion board on our members-only Mace Martial Arts private chat group

The Remote Membership will be half the price of the in-person monthly Membership, but will still give you the ability to keep training with us and access to student resources at Mace Martial Arts.