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Dan Haikou Kung Fu (DHKF)
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The mission of the U.S. Tai Chi Academy (USTCA) is to provide affordable instruction in the martial arts of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) and Dan Haikou Kung Fu (DHKF) in an environment devoid of any Eastern mysticism, new age philosophy or symbolism.  The USTCA is a leader in providing instruction in an environment encouraging individual strength and ability.  If you've ever wanted to study martial arts but have hesitated because of performance or social anxiety then USTCA is the school for you.


HISTORY


Taijiquan commonly referred to as Tai Chi means "Supreme Ultimate Fist."  There are four major styles of Taijiquan: Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun.  It is believed that the Yang, Wu and Sun developed from the Chen style.  Chen Wangting of the Chen family (9th generation) founded the Chen style.  Yang Lu-Chan (1799-1872) was the first person outside of the Chen family to learn the art.  Yang Lu-Chan then developed the Yang style during the second-half of the 19th century.  Yang Lu-Chan passed his knowledge to his son Yang Cheng-Fu (1883-1936).  Around 1930 Cheng Man-Ch'ing began studying with Yang Cheng-Fu and later abbreviated the Yang Style Long Form to create the Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form (also called the Short Form 37).  In 1964 Cheng Man-Ch'ing moved to New York and taught as the New York Tai Chi Association located at 211 Canal Street, Manhattan, New York.  One of Cheng Man-Ch'ing's students T.T. Liang taught Lawrence Galante, Ph.D.  Sifu Daniel Rodriguez (Sifu Dan) studied with Master Galante and three other instructors.    


MARTIAL ARTS BIO


Sifu Dan was born in Manhattan, New York and he grew up in the Bronx and White Plains, New York.  He began his martial arts studies at age 13 in USA Urban Goju Karate at the Northern Westchester White Plains Family Center established by Shihan William Grady; Shotokan Karate with Shihan Minoru Horie and Hung Gar Kung Fu with Sifu Joseph Demundo at Yee's Hung Gar International Kung Fu Association in lower Manhattan.  However, his martial art journey ended when he was first introduced to Taijiquan.  Sifu Dan's first exposure to Taijiquan began at the Westchester County Continuing Adult Education Program where he learned the Yang Style Short Form.  He continued his Taijiquan studies at the Tai Chi School of Westchester under Sifu Domingo Colon and Lawrence Galante's Center for Holistic Arts.  Sifu Dan studied the Ten Posture and Yang Style Long Form as well as Wing Chun Kung Fu with Sean Leydig founder of the Hand 2 Hand Chinese Kickboxing Club.  Sifu is a Yang Style Taijiquan instructor recognized by the United States Martial Arts Federation, under the tutelage of Shihan Bruce Brethers a senior student of Dr. Herr Yue Wong founder of Ching-Yi Kung Fu. 


DAN HAIKOU KUNG FU


Dan Haikou Kung Fu (DHKF) is a four level, seven sash eclectic martial arts program. The DHKF curriculum was developed from 2005 to 2015 and officially approved by the USTCA in 2016.  DHKF is focused on the Chinese internal arts (Taijiquan) and external arts of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Shaolin Kung Fu and stick fighting.  Fighting and self-defense applications and exercises from each of these martial art forms are taught.  Sifu Dan created the curriculum using the adage "Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is essentially your own."  DHKF requires compentencies in three Taijiquan Forms, a Two-Man Tai Chi San Shou Form, Shaolin Chin Na, Wing Chun Form (Sil Lim Tao), Wing Chun Muk Yan Jong (Wooden Dummy), and stick fighting.  The rank of Black Sash is awarded t students who have successfully completed the entire curriculum and demonstrated the appropriate level of skill.


TRACKS OF STUDY


There are two tracks of study and certification at the USTCA: the Taijiquan Form Program (TFP) and the DHKF program.  The TFP is for students who want to learn Tai Chi forms for health and exercise benefits.  Three forms are available, the Ten Posture Form, Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form and the Yang Style Long Form.  The DHKF program is for those who want instruction in a comprehensive martial arts program that leads to a Black Sash after much study and dedication.  Instruction in TFP is provided through private and group lessons and for those who are unavailable to attend classes in person Skype lessons are available for pre-approved dedicated students.  Instruction in DHKF is provided through private and group lessons.  Skype lessons are NOT available for DHKF. 


Discounts are available for law enforcement and active military personnel and their families.


AFFLIATIONS


United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF) - Member

The Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers (FCPO) - Member

IDEA Health and Fitness Association - Member

National Center for Crisis Management - Board Certified Crisis Chaplain

National Organization for Victim Assistance - Member

Resilience International Group (www.rigaid.org)

Cleanwaters Counseling Ministries (www.cleanwaterscounseling.com)


BROWN SASH (LEVEL THREE)

1. Yang Style Long Form (M59-108)

2. Two-Man Fighting Form (M33-42 A&B)

3. Shaolin Chin Na (21-26)

4. Wing Chun Muk Yan Jong Form (5-8)

5. Wing Chun Blocks/Trapping Hands

6. Tai Chi Posture Applications



WHITE TO YELLOW SASH (LEVEL ONE)

1. Warm-up Exercises

2. Ten Posture Form (M1-10)

3. Two-Man Fighting Form (M1-8 A&B)

4. Shaolin Chin Na (1-4)

GREEN SASH ( LEVEL TWO)

1. Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form (M1-37)

2. Two-Man Fighting Form (M9-16 A&B)

3. Shaolin Chin Na (1-4)

4. Tai Chi Posture Applications

BLUE SASH (LEVEL TWO)

1. Yang Style Long Form (1-17)

2. Two-Man Fighting Form (M17-24 A&B)

3. Shaolin Chin Na (11-16)

4. Wing Chun Sil Lim Tao Form

5. Wing Chun Blocks.Trapping Hands

6. Tai Chi Posture Applications 

RED SASH (LEVEL THREE)

Yang Style Long Form (M18-58)

2. Two-Man Fighting Form (M25-32 A&B)

3. Shaolin Chin Na (17-20)

4. Wing Chun Muk Yan Jong Form (1-4)

5.Wing Chun Blocks/Trapping Hands

6. Tai Chi Posture Applications

BLACK SASH (LEVEL FOUR)

1. Two-Man Fighting Form (M43-51)

2. Shaolin Chin Na (27-31)

3. Multiple Attacker Sparring 

4. Stick Fighting

BLACK SASH 1ST DEGREE 


Minimum of 52 hours teaching.

Taijiquan Form Program

Yang Lu-ch'an

1799-1872

Yang Ch'eng-fu

1883-1936

Cheng Man-Ch'ing

1902-1975

Tung Tsai Liang

1900-2001

Ten Posture Form

SECTION ONE

1. Preparation

2. Opening

3. Repulse Monkey

4. Brush Knee and Push

5. Parting Wild Horses Mane

SECTION TWO

6. Wave Hands Like Clouds

7. Golden Pheasant Stands on One Leg

8. Separate Foot

SECTION THREE

9. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

10. Cross Hands

Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form

SECTION TWO

14. Carry Tiger to Mountain

15. Diagonal Single Whip

16. Fist Under Elbow

17. Step Back and Repulse Monkey (right,left,right)

18. Diagonal Flying

19. Wave Hands Like Clouds

20. Single Whip

21. Snake Creeps Down

22. Golden Pheasant Stands on One Leg

23. Block Right, Separate Right Foot

24. Block Left, Separate Left Foot

25. Turn Around, Strike with Heel

26. Brush Knee and Push (left,right)

27. Punch Downward

28. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

29. Single Whip


Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form

SECTION ONE

1. Preparation

2. Opening 

3. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

4. Single Whip

5. Play the Guitar

6. Shoulder Press (Lift hands/Raise Hands)

7. Crane Spreads its Wings

8. Brush Knee and Push - left

9. Play the Guitar

10. Brush Knee and Push - left

11. Deflect Downward, Parry, Punch

12. Withdraw, Push

13. Cross Hands




Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form

SECTION THREE

30. Four Corners (1-4)
31. Grasp Sparrow's Tail
32. Single Whip

33. Snake Creeps Down

34. Step Forward to Seven Stars

35. Step Back to Ride the Tiger

36. Turn Body to Sweep Lotus, Horizontal Kick, Brush Knee

37. Bend the Bow and Shoot the Tiger, Parry, Punch, Withdraw, Push, Cross Hands

Yang Style Long Form

Section One

1. Preparation

2. Opening

3. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

4. Single Whip

5. Play the Guitar

6. Shoulder Press (Lean Forward)

7. Crane Spreads its Wings

8. Brush Knee and Push - left

9. Play the Guitar

10. Brush Knee and Push - left

11. Brush Knee and Push - right

12. Brush Knee and Push - left

13. Play the Guitar

14. Brush Knee and Push - left

15. Deflect Downward, Parry, Punch

16. Withdraw, Push

                     17. Cross Hands 

Yang Style Long Form

Section Two

18. Carry Tiger to Mountain

19. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

20. Diagonal Single Whip

21. Fist Under Elbow

22. Step Back and Repulse Monkey - right

23. Step Back and Repulse Monkey - left

24. Step Back and Repulse Monkey - right

25. Diagonal Flying

26. Play the Guitar

27. Shoulder Press

28. Crane Spreads its Wings

29. Brush Knee and Push - left

30. Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

31. Fan Through the Back

32. Turn and Chope with Fist

33. Deflect Downward, Step Forward and Punch

34. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

35. Single Whip

36. Wave Hands Like Clouds (4x)

37. Single Whip

38. High Pat on Horse

39. Block Right

40. Separate Right Foot

41. Block Left

42. Separate Left Foot

43. Turn and Kick with Left Sole

44. Brush Knee and Push - left

45. Brush Knee and PUsh - right

46. Punch Downward, Turn

47. White Snake Darts Tongue

48. Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch

49. Kick with Right Sole

50. Hit the Tiger - left

51. Hit the Tiger - right

52. Kick with the Right Sole

53. Double Wind to the Ears

54. Kick with the Left Sole

55. Turn and Kick with Right Sole

56. Step Down and Punch

57. Withdraw, Push


Yang Style Long Form

Section Three

59. Carry Tiger to Mountain

60. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

61. Diagonal Single Whip

62. Parting Wild Horses Mane - right

63. Parting Wild Horses Mane - left

64. Parting Wild Horses Mane - right

65. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

66. Single Whip

67. Four Corners 1

68. Four Corners 2

69. Four Corners 3

70. Four Corners 4

71. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

72. Single hip

73. Wave Hands Like Clouds (4x)

74. Single Whip

75. Snake Creeps Down

76. Golden Pheasant Stands on One Leg - left

77. Golden Pheasant Stands on One Leg - right

78. Step Back and Repulse Monkey - right

79. Step Back and Repulse Monkey - left

80. Step back and Repulse Monkey - right

81. Diagonal Flying

82. Play the Guitar

83. Shoulder Press

84. Crane Spreads its Wings

85. Brush Knee and Push - left

86. Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

87. Fan Through the Back

88. Turn and Chop with Fist

89. Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch

90. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

91. Single Whip

92. Wave Hands Like Clouds (4x)

93. Single Whip

94. High Pat on Horse

95. White Snake Spits Tongue

96. Turn and Cross Kick

97. Step Down and Punch Downward

98. Grasp Sparrow's Tail

99. Single Whip

100. Snake Creeps Down

101. Step Forward to Seven Stars

102. Step Back to Ride the Tiger

103. Turn Body to Sweep the Lotus

104. Horizontal Kick and Brush Knee

105. Bend the Bow and Shoot the Tiger

106. Parry and Punch

107. Withdraw and Push

108. Cross Hands




Taijiquan can seem very confusing at first. Not only do you need to learn the names and correct way to perform a posture but one must also remember the sequence of movements. Additionally, one must be cognizant of which direction you should be facing: North (12 o'clock), South (6 o'clock), West (9 o'clock) or East (3 o'clock).


Do not rush through your practices but rather slowly learn each movement correctly, consistency is the key. As you train you will soon recognize some immediate effects such as better balance, posture, stronger legs, stress relief, and a general sense of greater health.


Finally, I would like to address the different types of students I've encountered. Some students with previous Taijiquan experience may not believe they can learn anything new from others. Some students might struggle with remembering posture names, sequence or how to perform them correctly however, they train diligently. Other students quickly catch on and seem natural however they do not practice regularly. It's the student who practices, struggles and is willing to be taught that will become a well-rounded practicioner. Remember this is a journey and not a race. Which student are you?  


Daniel Rodriguez, Sifu

Taijiquan Form Program (Private Instruction)

Private instruction is available at a cost of $20/half hour (active military and law enforcement personnel receive a $5 discount). Semi-private Instruction for two individuals is $15 each/45 minutes (total $30). Three forms are available: Ten Posture, Cheng Man-Ch'ing (Yang Style Short Form 37) and the Yang Style Long Form.



Group Instruction (Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form)

Group instruction is provided at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia but is limited to the Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form only. Classes are provided on Tuesday nights at 7 pm. For tuition information and to register go to www.workhousearts.org.

Video Instruction (TFP Only) 

Video instruction in the Ten Posture Form, Cheng Man-Ch'ing Form and Yang Style Long Form is available for students unable to attend private or group instruction. Online students are just as much part of the school as those attending in person. Students must have access to FaceTime or Tango Chat.  The first lesson is free so that the student can determine if online training is right for them. One lesson is provided each week. Tuition is $20/half hour (active military personnel and law enforcement receive a $5 discount).  

Group Instruction (Dan Haikou Kung Fu)

Group instruction is provided at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. Classes are provided on Tuesday nights at 8 pm. For tuition information and to register go to www.workkhousearts.org.

Private Instruction (Dan Haikou Kung Fu)

Private instruction in DHKF is provided at a cost of $20/half hour (active military and law enforcement personnel receive a $5 discount). Semi-private instruction for two individuals is $15 each/45 minutes (total $30). Note: Video instruction is not provided in Dan Haikou Kung Fu.

Video Instruction