Chuan Tao

  School of Tao Martial Arts was founded by Xian-Sheng (sensei) Ichin Shen. While developing Tai-Chi Skiing in Alaska "back" mountains in the winter of 1986, Xian-Sheng Ichin found the way of gravity, thus enlightened in Tao, and consequently developed Chuan-Tao.

Chuan-Tao is a practice (so-called Kung-Fu) developed out of Tao (the Way of nature) principles. By following the Way of nature, Chuan-Tao coordinates practitioners' bodies and disciplines practitioners' minds for the purpose of reaching a unified mind and body, and ultimately, brings practitioners to the enlightenment in Tao.

The enlightenment comes in all forms and shapes. Some gets it by a stroke of luck; however, for the most of practitioners, it's a long and hard practice.

To guide the practitioners in pursuit, the practice is broken down into three stages. First stage is "Mind over Body": in this stage, the practitioners learn all the fundamental functions of the body's physical movements, which include breathing, walking, moving, punching, kicking, and meditation. Second stage is "Body over Mind": by its nature, a healthy body is naturally pure, so the body is always balanced (coordinated), only when mind tries to grab a hold into the balance that tips the balance. Thus, once the body learns its natural functions, the practice turns to become cleansing the mind. To cleanse the practitioners' minds, the practitioners learn how to let mind follow the body. As the body moves according to its nature, mind unlearns itself. As nature trues, mind re-learns the true nature, thus, becomes a No-mind. With No-mind, the body moves with its natural agility and grace. The third stage is "no Body and no Mind": as mind and body merge into a unified mind and body, mind "sees," body "moves" spontaneously. As body moves naturally coordinated, mind merges into nature; mind forgets self, and body loses its form. When a practitioner reaches the stage of "no Body and no Mind," all is left is nature itself, the practitioner will have entered the realm of Tao.

Practicing Chuan-Tao trains the practitioners' bodies, and disciplines the practitioners' minds. When the body moves without extra movements, and mind thinks without extra thoughts, the practitioner move in unison. In unison, perfection prevails; Chuan-Tao weaves a space for perfection.

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