Zen Tai Chi (Da Bei Chuan)

DaBeiQuan is a martial art built on slow and intentional action. Students of DaBeiQuan often learn to chain together long series of fluid movements. Trying to mix hardness with softness, it's an art form that stretches the body as it relaxes the joints. Regular practice can result in increased muscle strength and greater balance. 

DaBeiQuan (“Great Compassion Fist”) began in Beijing in the early 20th century. After a personal tragedy, the buddhist monk QiYun turned to the teachings of the Great Compassion Mantra ("DaBei Zhou"). A spoken ritual, QiYun repeated it many times during dedicated practice until he recovered. He then named this unique style after the text that helped him through this difficult time.

 Lao Zhang Shrfu Master of Chen TaiChi, PaoChui, and DaBeiQuan

Lao Zhang Shrfu Master of Chen TaiChi, PaoChui, and DaBeiQuan

Anyone interested in cardio mixed with light, lower-impact movements will enjoy DaBeiQuan. If you have trouble moving or want healthier joints, we recommend you sign up for a class.

Interested in learning more about DaBeiQuan? We recommend visiting the any of the websites below:
Da Bei Quan at Flying Tortoise PDX
The Great Compassion Mantra

 Lao Zhang Shrfu teaching  Josef Haber

Lao Zhang Shrfu teaching Josef Haber