Cheng Ming, meaning “sincere and bright”, was the epithet of Master Wang Shujin. This expression refers to an open-minded and honest person, with no hidden agendas. With this mentality we want to spread in Europe the teachings of Grand Master Wang Shujin on traditional martial arts.
The Cheng Ming School offer a systematic and progressive study of Chinese Internal Martial Arts. We teach 6 arts closely connected to each other:
Instruction is offered at three different levels:
It is the starting point of the method, aiming at the development of the individual, of posture and subtle body awareness. It is common to all our students. This stage of practice focuses on Qigong, Taijiquan and meditation.
Students interested in Martial Arts can at this level engage in a more thorough approach to study, targeted to learning tui shou and Taijiquan martial applications for fighting and self-defense. Through the study of Xingyiquan and of Baguazhang they can deepen their understanding of discharging elastic inner power (fa-jing) and of spiral force. Advanced students complete their learning through the study of traditional weaponry.
Advanced students can, together with learning traditional forms, experiment a more direct approach to empty-handed fighting techniques through the use of protective gear and in the spirit of study, mutual exchange and friendship characterizing our Association.
CHENG MING EUROPE communicates its wealth of knowledge through the practice of classical forms, through which the body is conditioned and the student’s awareness increases.
Forms allow to wholly and thouroughly transmit Martial Arts in an unadulterated way, giving access to a refined and complete array of techniques. Crystallizing each movement in a model for study techniques are passed on from one generation to the other like a book inscribed in the living body.
This allows to maintain the parameters of each gesture unadulterated, and it will then be the student’s responsibility to fully draw out the potential buried in each technique through energy exercises, direct visual and physical contact with the teacher and explanations that show what, though not visible, is necessary for making every gesture effective.
Application-wise, forms are a manual engraved in the body, recording the experiences of past generations. Forms are a starting point for a study that never stops at the form itself, but draws inspiration from it to understand the subtleties and the secrets hidden within the folds of every movement. There must always be a balanced progression and relationship between form and substance.
As knowledge progresses martial applications are studied through technical analysis and推手 tui-shou, or push-hands. There are then groups aimed at preparing for combat, empty handed and wearing protective gear, that experiment with various forms of training.
We are a school of Traditional Martial Arts. Fighting and self-defense to us are tools to the study of our potential and to the investigation of our inner mechanisms. Martial Arts are the mean to keep being physically efficient and to become capable in the art as in life.
Out tool is the art of fighting, but our goal is harmony. The objective of Martial Arts is not the acclamation of violence, but to reduce the reasons for clashing and to bring forth peace.
The Chinese expression for martial art, 武術 wushu, is made of two characters: 武 wu, martial, and 術 shu, art. The character 武 wu is also made of two parts: 戈 ge, which is the name of a long weapon, similar to a spear; and止 zhi, meaning to stop. Thus the ultimate meaning of wushu is “the art of stopping weapons”, or “the art of stopping war”.
We practice so as to fulfill our potential and bring our existence to full development, to live fully through our actions. Our approach is wide, not limited to the sole dimension of fighting and personal defense.