Entering the 'Mind Way' Gate...
The Master said: "I never try to make people open up [to the world of learning] unless they already have a pent up excitement about it. Then if I give them one corner [of a problem or point of study], if they do not come back to me with the other three corners I will not involve myself with them again."
子 曰 ： 「 不 憤 不 啟 ， 不 悱 不 發 ， 舉 一 隅 不 以 三 隅 反 ， 則 不 復 也 .」
Analects: Confucius - Chapter 7 - Verse 8 (DC Lau Translation)
Ch’an Dao Martial Arts Association (禅道武术协会) has existed for hundreds of years in the ancestral village of the Chan (陳) Family Clan. The ancestral village is called ‘Banana Village’ (香蕉村) – and is pronounced in the local Hakka-Cantonese dialect ‘Herng Jou Chin’, and in Manderin as ‘Xiang Jiao Cun’. Banana Village is situated in the Sai Kung area of the New Territories of Hong Kong. The style was brought to the UK in 1956 by Grand Master Chan Ting Sang - 陳天生 - (1924-1993). The style lineage is currently held by the 11th Generation Inheritor Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles in the UK. The style (or school) has a number of names such as ‘Chan Gar Kune’ (陈家拳 – Chen Jia Quan), or ‘Chan Family Fist’, and ‘Sin Do’ (仙道 – Xian Dao), or ‘Immortal Way’. In the mid 1990’s the CDMAA opened its doors to the general public for the first time in its history, and began teaching outside of the Chan family and the local Hakka Chinese community in South London.
The Ch’an Dao Martial Arts Association (CDMAA) is a UK (South London) based traditional school of Hakka Chinese martial arts, originating in the New Territories area of Hong Kong. The CDMAA is an Institute Member of the following organisations:
1) Richard Hunn Association for Ch’an Study (RHACS)
2) International Ch’an Buddhism Institute (ICBI)
3) Qianfeng Daoism (UK) (QD-UK)
The CDMAA is an educational establishment that through its unique psychological and physical martial based training programme, facilitates the preservation and transmission of a distinct lineage of rare Hakka Chinese martial arts (originating in North China), and in so doing enables spiritual, psychological, and physical growth in its students. Although based upon Ch’an Buddhist philosophy, and influenced by both Confucian and Daoist concepts, the CDMAA encourages advanced and progressive thinking in its students, and through the current 11th Generation Family Lineage Inheritor – Shifu Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD - is engaged with the cutting-edge of contemporary academia. The CDMAA acknowledges that the ancient wisdoms of the world are fully in accordance with Western post-modern thought and that as a consequence, a Chinese traditional martial path offers the individual the following developmental opportunities:
a) Psychological Discipline (Calm and Focused Mind)
b) Bodily Discipline (Physical Fitness)
c) Developmental Pathway (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
d) Counselling, Advice, and Support
e) Self Defence
Before considering membership of the CDMAA please be advised of the following conditions:
The CDMAA is not a commercial enterprise, and does not endorse any other individual or group, or grant permission for any other individual or group to teach martial arts outside of the CDMAA. The CDMAA does not confirm (or deny) the bona fide status of any other individual or group, and does not recognise any 'legal' (or other) responsibility toward any other individual or group either within or outside of the UK. The CDMAA is not responsible for the conduct of other individuals and groups, and does grant or recognise martial arts 'grades' (such as 'coloured belts'), and does not validate the training status of individuals and groups that have not directly trained within the CDMAA.
CDMAA has six categories of training
Hall based training – open to the general public.
Outside based training – for established students in parks, and the countryside, etc.
Private based training – individual one-to-one tuition – for established students.
Internet tuition - established CDMAA Training Hall students.
Honorary National Membership - practitioners of other styles (subject to limitations).
Honorary International Membership - practitioners of other styles (subject to limitations).
He who controls his hand, controls his foot, controls his speech, and has complete control of himself; who finds delight in Insight Development Practice and is calm; who stays alone and is contented; — him they call a bhikkhu.
eko santusito tamahu bhikkhum.
Dhammapada: Buddha - Chapter 25 - Verse 362
The CDMAA is a family based Chinese martial arts tradition. Its student body is drawn from family members and the general public. The CDMAA’s work in society is motivated by the Bodhisattva Vow which advocates the generation and application of Wisdom, Loving Kindness and Compassion toward all beings. The materials offered on this site are designed to assist the spiritual, psychological and physical develop of the interested individual. The ability to acquire self-defence efficiency in body and mind is relatively simple when compared to achieving a permanent transformation of mind and body. In other words, anyone can act 'violently' within the environment because they experience a corresponding 'violent force' within their minds. The objective of the CDMAA is to generate the inner and outer conditions whereby ALL greed, hatred and delusion are permanently 'uprooted' and no longer affect human thought or behaviour. In this regard, 'silence' can be as good a teacher as 'words' and it is incumbent upon each suitably motivated individual to take responsibility for their actions both 'inner' and 'outer'! If you can master standing in 'Horse Stance' properly - then we may well be in a position to establish further meaningful communication.
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