School’s Training Program

The study of Chinese internal martial arts is one that should not be taken lightly. It is a serious study that takes time, perseverance, commitment and vision. Just like any other art form, Chinese internal martial arts are taught and learned in stages with each new level building upon the physical, emotional transformation and mental understanding brought about from previous instruction and practice. There are no short cuts in martial arts study and only with constant practice along with proper instruction, will the student be able to reap the many benefits the arts has to offer.

The curriculum I present to you on this site is based on my own experience with my teachers and on my own development both as a student and instructor of martial arts. I must admit that my current pedagogical approach to presenting martial arts has evolved partly from mistakes I made years ago as a younger instructor and from my own experiential awareness as I continue on my own studies.

It has been said by those who came before us many years ago, that the Chinese internal martial arts are not for beginners. The early masters of the these arts would only teach the internal arts such as Tai chi, Xing Yi or Bagua to those students who already had some form of martial arts background. Thus the saying, “ The gates to Tai chi are through Shaolin kung Fu”. It was then considered that a new student of the art would already have trained his body and mind in other disciplines such as kung fu as a preparatory step towards the more physical and mental demands of internal arts study.

I’m fully aware that most prospective students do not have the prerequisites expected to commence internal arts training. To this end, I have designed a curriculum through which a new student can train his/her body and mind in preparation for internal practice.  The current program takes around 5 to 8 years to complete.  I’m equally aware that such lengthy process can be intimidating to the uninitiated and could potentially turn away those who want to just “try it” out of curiosity. It is not my intention to discourage anyone from studying Tai chi, or any of the internal arts.  However, I feel it is my obligation as one who wishes to transmit a tradition, to inform newcomers of the task ahead.

Downloads of study material:

Silk Reeling Cocoon 1
Silk Reeling Cocoon 2
The file below, you can right click and save the link to your hard drive. Or just click on the link and play it online.
Standing Meditation Music

Fernando Bernall, Lic. Ac. DOM (FL)
Providence, Rhode Island