Yue Shan Guan ( 月山館 ) is a martial arts training activity led by Mark Raugas in Baltimore, Maryland. We train under the North American Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF) organization. Mark Raugas is the 40th chair lineal disciple of Shifu Zhang Yun, student of the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng.
Our practice is focused on the following martial arts:
- Yin & Cheng Style Bagua Zhang ( "Eight Trigram Palm" )
- Northern Wu Style Taiji Quan ("Grand Ultimate Boxing ")
- Hebei Style Xingyi Quan ( "Form Mind Boxing" )
- Liu Style Bagua ( "Eight Methods of Liu Dekuan" )
Collectively, these arts are referred to as the neijiaquán ( 內家拳 ) or internal schools of martial arts.
Each of these arts is a lifetime study:
- Bagua is known for its smooth and fluid nature, giving practitioners the ability to change spontaneously in response to an opponent's actions. Elements of the curriculum include the 8 Mother Palms (Ba Mu Zhang) and 8 Big Palms (Ba Da Zhang) of Cheng Ting Hua, 64 Circular Changes of Yin Fu, and 64 Linear Bagua Forms of Liu Dekuan.
- Taiji is known for its relaxed character, giving practitioners the ability to off-balance an opponent at first touch by borrowing their force. Elements of the curriculum include the 37 posture form of Wang Peisheng, Fixed Step Push Hands, Free Step Push Hands, Da Lu, and Neigong.
- Xingyi is known for its stability, giving practitioners an ability to express sudden and explosive power. Elements of the curriculum include San Ti Shi, 5 Elemental Fists, 12 Animal Forms, 10 Step Elemental Linking Form, and the Mixed Skills Form.
These three arts, when studied together, provide a full curriculum of both offense and defense, including practices of striking, locking, throwing, grappling, and a traditional weapons curriculum including methods of combat using the straight sword (jian), sabre (dao), and spear (qiang).
Practice of internal martial arts can provide benefits to health, fitness, body awareness, and combative ability. A practitioner over time can cultivate a deep awareness and relaxation of the body, mind, and spirit.
At our school, we put extra emphasis on locking, throwing, and grappling applications in a manner compatible with and driven by internal martial arts principles. This includes freestyle grappling practice and applications to self-defense.