This course consists of beginner and intermediate level classes taught by Grandmaster Suibin Liu, visiting from Sichuan, China. Grandmaster Suibin Liu is the 36th Generation Head of the Qingcheng Mountain Taoist Martial Arts School that holds many secret methods of Qigong and Tai Chi to develop and strengthen one’s health and internal energy. This is a rare and precious opportunity to learn directly from Grandmaster Suibin Liu.
The beginner class is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of Tai Chi or exercising in general and will like to learn a short but effective Tai Chi routine (QingCheng six forms) that can slowly but surely put one back onto the path of fitness and health. QingCheng six forms is relatively easy to learn, and a single repetition can be performed in 2 to 3 mins in very small space without special equipment. This six forms Tai Chi is the condensed essence of Qingcheng Mountain Tai Chi.
The Intermediate class is suitable for students who had taken a beginner class and will like to go deeper into Qingcheng Tai Chi and learn other advanced Tai Chi health techniques as well.
Below are more information about Qingcheng Mountain Tai Chi and Grandmaster Suibin Liu.
Please note class details at end of this page
About Qingcheng Mountain and Tai Chi
Qingcheng Tai Chi originated from the birthplace of Taoism, Qingcheng Mountain, in Sichuan Province, China. Qingcheng Mountain is one of the most important Taoist centers in China. It is blanketed with dozens of ancient sacred temples. The mountain range has thirty-six peaks, the tallest of which stands over 4,000 feet high. Rising majestically from the plains of Chengdu in Sichuan province. Qingcheng is intimately connected to the Dujiangyan (都江堰) irrigation system, one of the world’s oldest, dating back to 256 BCE and still functioning today. In the year 2000, Qingcheng and Dujiangyan were inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Qingcheng Tai Chi, also known as Qingcheng Mountain Xuanmen (Profound Gate) Tai Chi, is the core of the famous Qingcheng Mountain Martial Arts School in China; one of the top lineage of Taoist kungfu. Qingcheng Tai Chi is not just a martial art. It encompasses philosophy, art, music, medicine, astrology, and started from the Han Dynasty; making it one of the oldest traditions of martial arts flourishing today. Qingcheng Tai Chi was traditionally practiced and passed by succession line of lineage heads of the Qingcheng Mountain Martial Arts School. Grandmaster Suibin Liu felt this Tai Chi would benefit the world and should not be owned by Lineage Holders only. He appealed his Master and got his approval to reveal the first 36 movements of Qingcheng Tai Chi. However, 36 movements was too difficult for everyone to master hence Master Liu further refined and condensed its essence down eventually to 6 forms.
About Six Forms of Qingcheng Tai Chi
The Six Forms of Qingcheng Tai Chi is a routine specifically tailored for everyone (non-martial artist and martial artist alike) for the purpose of fitness, health enhancements and recovery. It’s particularly well suited for sedentary people. It is the essence extracted from 2,000 years of Qingcheng Mountain Tai Chi and Taoist Health knowledge. This exercise is for people who do not have much time for exercise and can only practice for a limited time and in a very limited space. It can also serve as martial artist’s foundational exercise.
Before the six form practice, a short set of circular movements exercise and warm-up the major joints of the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles (about 10mins). After warm-up, 5 to 10 repetitions of the six forms is practiced (10-20 minutes; each six forms routine takes 2-3 minutes). In total, 20-30 minutes of six forms Tai Chi exercise with warm-up exercises are recommended daily; which can be completed in two or three sessions.
With consistent daily practice, there will be good results within 3 to 5 days. With longer term adherence, one will notice improvements for health conditions such as shoulder inflammation, cervical spondylosis and cold hands; and increased vitality, and physical fitness. Dis-eases and sub-health could be diminished and kept at bay.
Qingcheng six forms is different from traditional Tai Chi; movements such as raise the elbows, lift the shoulder, raise the head, etc. are utilized and not shunned. Qingcheng Tai Chi has been developed by Taoist priests over thousands of years for self-defense, fitness and health enhancements and recovery using conventional and reversed (yang/yin) modes of reasoning.
About Grandmaster Suibin Liu
Grandmaster Liu started studying Qingcheng Pai at age six under his maternal grandfather. “I didn’t like it when I was young, but I was bullied and weak.”
However, as Liu grew older, he became serious about his practice and voracious about his research, exploring various styles from Shaolin, Wudang, and Emei. He trained in Sun Bin Quan (孫臏拳) in Shandong Province. “I bowed to more than ten masters and Daoist hermits. Most of my martial arts masters were bodyguards and military coaches. I am a disciple of Wang Shutian (王树田).” Professor Wang was a noted Sichuan Grandmaster and one of the primary architects of China’s free-sparring sport, Sanda (散打). Liu was a professional Sanda and boxing instructor for ten years. “If young people don’t learn fighting, it’s just flowery.”
Liu also graduated from Chongqing Medical School and practiced medicine for twelve years, so his emphasis on health stems from more than his Daoist style. In 1997, he grew away from fighting for sport and went internal. “Taiji changed my life. After teaching Sanda for ten years, I could fight, but my mind was not at peace. After learning Taiji, I don’t try to win all the time. I don’t have as many injuries. When you are middle-aged, if you don’t learn Taiji, you’ll die early and that’s against the Dao.”
After a successful competitive career that got him up on the podium six times in international competition, Liu returned to the study of Qingcheng Pai under the 35th lineage holder, Grandmaster Yu Guoxiong (余国雄). “Many young people win a few medals and can fight. They think they are good, but they do not really have a smooth life. Maybe they have a lot of anger issues because these people only learned the surface. They did not learn Daoism. I was lucky. In the ‘90s, I started following Grandmaster Yu.”
In 2001, Grandmaster Yu named Liu as his successor. “He passed down the hallmarks of the lineage holders to me: the sword, the seal, the robes and the quanpu (fist lyrics 拳譜).” The sword was a special sword form that only the lineage holder receives. “I want to release it but I cannot break the rules of tradition. There are three lu (literally ‘roads,’ but in this context it indicates separate forms 路). My teacher gave me permission to share the first lu, but he passed away before allowing me to share the rest.” The seal is a stone stamp, colloquially called a “chop,” that is the official signature for Qingcheng Pai. Quanpu are codified names of the techniques in a poetic form. These are commonplace nowadays for most of the popular Chinese martial arts, but for some more esoteric systems, these are still regarded as secret transmissions.
Today, Grandmaster Liu has adopted the Daoist name Xinxuan (信玄) but is far from becoming a hermit. In fact, he’s very active and even became a Guinness Record holder in a televised event. However, this was not the internationally recognized Guinness World Records established by the Guinness Brewery in the 1950s. China had its own Guinness Records. Zhongguo Dianshi Jinisi Jilu (China Television “Guinness” Records – jinisi is a phonetic translation of Guinness 中国电视吉尼斯纪录 ) was a Chinese production that appropriated the concept for their own television show. It was carried over a hundred TV stations in China and only stopped broadcasting recently. In 2000, Liu set the record for extinguishing the most candles by punching. He blew out thirteen candles set in a row 160 cm in length. “The first few are easy. The last few are very hard.”
Candle punching gained some popularity in the United States as a martial arts practice in the late ‘90s (see Candle Punching by Jeff Bolt, February-March 1998). It’s a great party trick for Kung Fu enthusiasts. “I don’t practice this technique anymore. It’s not good for your health. You have to expend too much energy and must rest for a long time afterwards. Candle punching trains speed and strength. My speed was clocked at six punches per second by CCTV. It also teaches penetrating power for your punches. When my teacher taught me, we only trained for a distance of 30 cm, the thickness of a human body. But later, the distance grew just from the students competing with each other. The real Guinness World Records requested that I reprise the stunt for them, but I declined. I’m too old already.”
Liu also holds another unusual record with the Chinese Jinisi. In December 2012, he had thirty-eight Taiji practitioners recite Qingcheng Taiji in Antarctica. That’s not really a category for the Guinness Book of World Records, but it rates for Jinisi.
Liu created “Tai Chi Wisdom” system of courses and has coached many universities and high-quality training institutions around the world. His disciples and students are in more than 80 countries around the world. He was selected as one of the top ten traditional martial artist in promotion festivals of 2017. Many times, he was invited by disciples to participate in large-scale activities at home and abroad, for politicians, film and television stars, cultural celebrities, entrepreneurs to do martial arts, Tai Chi shows, and health teaching; publishing books and CDs (15 sets). A former speaker at China Tai Chi Yoga; China-India International Yoga Festival, China Chronic Disease Management Conference, Tai Chi Culture and Health Qigong International Forum. Master Liu was also invited to be the martial arts instructor of the movie Treasure Map, based on a famous novel written by Chinese Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, that will be adapted into a 3D film.
Qingcheng Tai Chi Around the World
Grandmaster Liu has only 22 inner circle disciples but thousands of students. Of the 22 disciples, Daniel Crevier from Montreal, Canada, was Liu’s first foreign male apprentice and later Mariatu Kargbo from Sierra Leone become Liu’s 1st foreign female apprentice. The decision to admit Mariatu Kargbo and Daniel Crevier as apprentices came over the objections of older Qingcheng kung fu masters, Liu said. “They said foreigners invaded our country in the past. But I said that the Taoists promotes harmony and inclusiveness, let alone the fact that the students have nothing to do with old invasions. I am strict in admitting apprentices. But there were reasons to break the traditional rules for them. The relation between a master and his apprentice is like kinship. I should select the proper one. That’s why I have more than 20,000 students in the world, but only have admitted 22 apprentices.”, Liu said.
Liu said that Qingcheng Pai (school) is not exclusive to Qingcheng Mountain county or China. It should benefit more people and countries, letting them understand Chinese culture’s grandness and humanity. “Learning kungfu is a good way for foreigners to know Chinese culture,” Liu said.
Of the 650,000 residents of Dujiangyan region, Liu says over 200,000 study Qingcheng Pai, so many that, two years ago, China held a Tai Chi Elite competition there and last year the World Championship. Liu also says that Qingcheng Pai is in some fifty countries now, with some 100,000 outside of China, and 20,000 in France alone. Grandmaster Liu had vowed to reach and benefit 100 million students.
Qingcheng Pai Tai Chi had a role in the 2011 international blockbuster film Kung Fu Panda 2. Sichuan is home to many of the world’s last surviving wild giant pandas. The Dreamworks team visited The Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center for research, and Raymond Zibach, the production designer for the film, modeled some of the Tai Chi postures on Qingcheng Tai Chi as performed by Liu and his disciples.
Liu has also cultivated some very affluent patrons including some of the most successful entrepreneurs in China today, top-ranking government officials from thirteen Asian nations, and ambassadors and their spouses from thirty-two countries. He has developed health programs for Shell, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Already the author of several books, Liu works to keep his time-honored tradition current by developing smartphone training apps and special health programs.
His foremost health cultivation program is Six Form Qingcheng Tai Chi. “I created this six forms out of thirty-six movements from the first Tai Chi sequence. A lot of my CEO students suffer health issues, including shoulders, pains, cold feet, and poor circulation. The goal was to use the least movements over the shortest time, in the smallest practice space to obtain qi energy in the fastest way. It only takes two minutes of practice the six form.”
Grandmaster Liu sees that Tai Chi can help heal a broken world. “No matter how much the world is changing, everyone still wants a healthy body.”
Watch Six Forms Qingcheng Taichi on youtube:
Watch Qingcheng Pai and Grandmaster Suibin Liu:
Master Liu teaching six forms Tai Chi at Qingcheng Mountain Main Gate:
Master Liu teaching Dreamwork’s KungFu Panda production designer Raymond Zibach
Master Liu teaching Indian Actor Aamir Khan
Master Liu Teaching 30 International Supermodels
Master Liu Teaching Students in Paris
Master Liu with European Students visiting Qingcheng Mountain
Master Liu with Students in France
Master Liu with Students in Silicon Valley, California
Grandmaster Suibin Liu:
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Two years ago, I survived a heart attack. Western medicine failed to improve my condition and condemned me to lifelong reliance on medication; worst part was the side effects made my life miserable. I was lucky, a Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor turned my condition around. Once I got better, I started searching for an ideal exercise regimen. I concluded Tai Chi as a suitable choice. However, the learning curve for traditional Tai Chi was steep and most promise health enhancements after many many years of practice. I continued my search and found Qingcheng six form Tai Chi. After 9+ months of practice on a consistent basis I am pleasantly surprised at the benefits. Physically, I lost some unhealthy weight, my neck, shoulder and back pain disappeared. On a mental, emotional and spritiual levels, I am equanimous with a clear and calm mind and sense of inner power and energy. This has been one of the best investments I have made!
Allan Chan, Semiconductor Marketing Professional in Silicon Valley, California
After I learnt Qingcheng circular and six forms Tai Chi with Grandmaster Suibin Liu, and practiced for 30 minutes every day for more than 1 month, my heart and lungs obstructions were relieved. My blood circulation became better than before, and I’m rarely tired during the day. The tightness of in my neck and knees are gone too
Linda Xu, Housewife in Silicon Valley, California
I have been suffering from frozen shoulders in the past five years. I have tried various treatment options but none were very effective. Since last fall, I had to stop yoga practice because of the pain in my left shoulder. In March 2019, I accidentally saw a boot camp of Qingcheng Tai Chi on Eventbrite, which promises to alleviate shoulder problems, migraine problem, and cold hands and feet. I have all these problems. I registered out of desperation but also with considerable reservation because I had never practiced Tai Chi before and I did not believe that it would help me. I have been practicing it for more than a month now. My frozen shoulders have improved significantly. My hands and feet are not as freezing cold as before. Indeed, after merely two weeks of Tai Chi practice, I was amazed to find that I can do many yoga poses again, including the shoulder stand. Thank you, Grand Master Liu, for teaching me a simple routine that alleviates my problems. I am very pleased that my new love (Qingcheng Tai Chi) helps me to bring back my old love (Yoga).
王立华 (Li Hua Wang), Professor of International Business Management in Silicon Valley, California
二年前，刘绥滨掌门第一次在湾区开班，教授青城太极站功六式，朋友推荐我去上课。我从未接触过任何太极，也不相信其功效但碍于面子，只好去了. 心想三天的课，去一天就好了。可是，谁想到第一天课结束后，我双手掌侧多年的红色斑点，右手掌侧的红点儿消失了. 我倍感惊喜，立刻认定这个功法厉害，与我有缘从此，我便按刘掌门提出的每日坚持练功至少30分钟，直至现在有二十二个月了对我的改变无法言说，焕然一新的我，已是青城太极的忠实铁粉了.人生最大的惊喜就是不期而遇，感恩
Two years ago, Grandmaster Liu Suibin’s had his first class in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching Qingcheng Taiji six forms, and friends recommended me to attend his class. I have never touched any Tai Chi before, and did not believe in it’s efficacy, but I have to go because of obligation. I thought I would attend only one day out of the scheduled three days. However, who would have thought that after the first day of class, the red dot on the palm of my right hand disappeared. I had red spots on my palms for many years, and I was amazed and immediately decided that this technique was so powerful and I have to good fate to come across. I persisted in practicing Master Liu’s recommended regimen that takes 30 minutes daily. It’s been twenty-two months now and the rejuvenation in me is amazing. The renewed me naturally became an iron clad fan of Qingcheng Taiji. The big surprises in life often happen serendipitously. My deepest thanks and appreciation.
Lisa Deng, Housewife in Silicon Valley, California
Course Schedule and Content Details
2 Days Six Forms Qingcheng Tai Chi Boot Camp – Beginner Sep 21-22
Qingcheng Circle Forms (Warm up)
Six Forms of Qingcheng Tai Chi
2 Days Six Forms Qingcheng Tai Chi Boot Camp – Intermedate Level Sep 28-29
Other Tai Chi’s techniques for health
Demonstration of advance Qingcheng Tai Chi
1. Attire: loose clothing, layered, flat sole shoes.
2. Bring your water bottle
Qingcheng Tai Chi is a form of martial arts and may not be suited for people who have pain or difficulty moving one’s body freely. If you have pain or difficulty, please consult your doctor before participating in this program.
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