Marin Spivack Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Jia Barbarian Learning Outpost

Tiantan Park Public discussion & sharing for all members. This area is casual and public while other areas of this site contain structured teaching and private discussion. Tiantan park is a central Beijing public meeting and practice area for martial arts, health and all sorts of cultural activities in Beijing. People come to see their friends, take classes, play sports, exercise, develop hobbies and practice gongfu.

Member Introductions & Background

Introduce yourself, discuss your training, goals, and interest in gongfu, get to the know the community.
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Gongfu Lifestyle

Discuss and share all aspects of the gongfu practitioner's lifestyle
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Anything Gongfu Post

Discuss anything gongfu
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Gongfu Share and Discuss

Share and discuss publicly available gongfu videos pictures and articles from external sites such as youtube etc. This site is Chen Taijiquan focused but all gongfu subjects appropriate.
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Member Post

Post your own pictures videos and articles, discuss and critique. This area is not for the fragile because people will be honest in their reviews and responses
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Marin Spivack Media Post & Discussion

All members free to post; discussion of publicly available Marin Spivack gongfu materials and media, not a teaching area but general question answer and discussion.
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Advice Column

Get and share advice from novice to expert on your training questions and ideas, not a forum for teaching or correcting methods from Courtyard for example.
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Absurdity Post

This is for the worst, most ridiculous, humorous and tragic examples of gongfu, (and life) we all need the relief.
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Off Topic

Anything goes here
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West Gate Introductory student training level 1 This area of the forum is for focused discussion, sharing and will offer introductory training materials and lessons such as body warming practices, introductory form choreography instructional video lessons method and theory articles and more. Members can read and post. This area accessible by Qishi level students and above and will include many resources for those wanting to get on the training path. The West Gate of Tiantan park in Beijing was for many years the location of Chenyu Laoshi’s public classes. Several different packed clay and stone surfaced areas were used for group training. These classes were usually on weekends and included local part time students as well as visitors from other areas of China as well as international origins. This is where people may come to get an introduction to the art, style and practice in a group setting.

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