Thank you for enrolling in the Wen Wu School. We hope your time with us will be both enjoyable and productive. Whatever your personal goals are for your taiji practice we pledge to do our best to help you achieve them. To assist us in this endeavor, we ask that all our students agree to, and abide by, the simple rules of conduct listed in the "School Rules" section below.
At the Wen Wu School our arts are taught in their traditional forms, but emphasis is placed on their value as "Life Arts" as opposed to the single vision of a fighting art. Additonally, as charter members of the Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi Association
, we support its mission and subscribe to its "Certified Teachers' Code of Conduct
." We encourage you not to feel pressured in your practice. Be patient and allow your skills to develop at a their own rate. Your teacher(s) will provide constructive criticism in the form of corrections, refinements, examples, and additional drills as needed. There is no competitive aspect to our training. The best way to measure your progress and success is by considering your personal improvement and development from month to month and year to year. Finally, each student determines the primary direction his/her training and practice will take (meditative, exercise, health, practical application, or any combination of the above). Master Jou Tsung Hwa, a widely revered teacher, and the author of The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan: Way to Rejuvenation, had these “Four Essentials for the Practice of Internal Arts” for his students. We encourage you to use them in guiding your own practice:
- Know yourself.
- Don’t overdo it.
- Do your best.
- Make a little progress every day.
Please make your instructor(s) aware of any limiting conditions or injuries you have. There are almost always alternative ways of stretching a particular muscle group or accomplishing other training goals. You do want to challenge yourself, but t’ai chi is not a “no pain, no gain” practice.
New students often ask the meaning of the Chinese syllables wen wu in our name. The Wen Wu School’s Guang Ping Yang style t’ai chi lineage is directly from Master Y.C. Chiang, in El Cerrito, CA. Master Chiang’s school is the Chung Hua Clinic and Wen Wu School of Martial Arts. We wanted to reflect that connection and show respect to our teacher (xifu) when we started teaching here. Chinese language is associative, and so often the meaning of characters is influenced by those nearby. In our context the wen translates as "culture" or "literature," and the wu is “martial” or “military” as in wushu, the traditional Chinese term for all "martial arts" in general. In Chinese there is a straight sword called a wen jian (scholar's sword) and one called a wu jian (soldier's sword). Keeping in mind the translation of t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan) as "grand ultimate fist/boxing" as well as Master Chiang's school name, we translate our name as the Walla Walla School of the Scholarly (Cultured) Warrior.
* Be on time, changed, and ready to begin class at the scheduled time.
* Always sign-in on the appropriate roll sheet.
* Be courteous and respectful towards teachers, assistants, and student peers.
* Follow instructions and maintain order and decorum.
* Conduct yourself with decency and humanity both during and outside of class.
* Refrain from violence, and observe the tenets of the Wen Wu School Code of Conduct:
Model Respect - Show Kindness - Observe Humility - Teach Courtesy
Maintain Honesty - Act with Responsibility - Seek Order - Cultivate Gentleness
Strive for Wisdom - Develop your Intelligence - Value Love