First International Workshop on the Pre-Heaven Power Method




October 23-24, 2010



Chinese Taoist Martial Arts Association

5039 Oakton Street

Skokie, Illinois 60077





The purpose of this first workshop is to ground participants in the fundamentals for developing internal power through use of the Pre-Heaven Power Method.  Specifically, the workshop will cover the materials described in the Assistant Instructor section of the Curriculum.  While participants obviously cannot master all the material presented in a single weekend, it is nevertheless expected that participants will be able to both learn the fundamentals of the system and to understand how to develop their skills further.  Moreover, since the method is not tied to any particular style, participants should be able to walk away with knowledge about how to use the methods they have learned to enhance the results of their own training.

Since the organization is currently young, attendees will also have many opportunities to play key roles within the organization.



    Chief Instructor:  Wei-Chung Lin

     Associate Instructors:  Stephen Doyle, Andre Zielinski, Chris Freel, Andrey Korchagin, Lewis Rivera, John Ryan

     Assistant Instructors:  Robert Patelski, Daniel Polotsky



Saturday, October 23:

8:30 - 9:30 am     Registration

9:40 - 10:20 am     Introduction to the Pre-Heaven Power Method

10:30 am - noon    Session I       
Six stretching methods, Transmission of energy with curved back, Wrapping the hips exercise, The Swallow Flipping Standing Stake, The concept of the imaginary back wall, Lifting the Sky Standing Stake

noon - 2:00 pm    Lunch break

2:00 - 3:30 pm        Session II
Reviewing transmission of energy, Testing of Lifting the Sky Standing Stake: (1) Emphasize circling and (2) Emphasize transmission of energy, Taming the Earth Standing Stake (vertical circles) and its testing: (1) Emphasize circling and (2) Emphasize transmission of energy, Fajin testing based on Taming the Earth: Stage I  Fixed step with structure to rebound only

3:45 - 5:15 pm        Session III
Fajin testing based on Taming the Earth: Stage I Fixed step with structure to rebound only and Moving step

6:00 - 7:30 pm        Dinner at a Chinese restaurant

8:00 - 9:30 pm        Session IV    
Guided practice - time available to work on whatever areas you feel you'd like to, with the assistance of an instructor to help with details, explanations, etc.


Sunday, October 24: 

9:00 - 10:30 am Session V

Six stretching methods group practice, Review of transmission of energy, Review of the two standing stakes, Fajin testing based on Taming the Earth: Stage I Fixed step with structure to rebound only and Moving step


10:45 - noon Session VI

Continuation of Session IV and Splitting fist


2:00 - 3:30 pm Session VII

Smashing fist (moving step), Splitting fist, fajin testing of Taming the Earth standing stake


3:45 - 4:45 pm Session VIII

Demonstration of the Pre-Heaven Power Method not covered in this workshop, Discussion of formation of local practice groups


5:00 - 6:30 pm Session IX (optional)

Guided practice




Attendees of the seminar will receive a Trainee Assistant certificate after completing the two-day program.  This certificate will be a prerequisite for promotion to Assistant Instructor in a future workshop.


Pricing & Registration 



Premium Members

Regular Members


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Register Before October 18





Register After October 18





You can sign up for the workshop here

Also note that instructors or others who register 5 or more people for the workshop can attend for free. Details are available upon request by

You can also sign up at the Chinese Taoist Martial Arts Association (5039 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076) during its class hours (Monday through Friday 6:40 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday 1:40 pm to 4:30 pm) and pay with check or cash for the workshop.


What to Bring

Please bring comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and a separate pair of sneakers that have not been worn outside.  The training area is covered with a tough carpet (berber style) which is not friendly to bare feet or socks.



Travel information

Getting there by car:

Take I-94 to exit 37B (Dempster Rd, heading East).  Take a right onto Niles Center Rd, then turn left onto Oakton St.  The school is located on the right side of the street, about 1/2 a block down.


Getting there by air:

Fly into O'Hare Airport if possible; it's much closer than Midway Airport.  If you're renting a car, see the directions for getting there by car.  If you'd prefer not to, it's a short taxi ride.  Cabs can be picked up outside all the baggage claim areas at designated taxi stands.


If you need a return ride to the airport:

303 Taxi - 847-303-0303

American Taxi - 847-255-9600


Getting there by public transit:

 The #97 CTA Bus stops right at the school, and connects with the Skokie Yellow Line train and the Howard Red/Purple line train stop.  The fare is $2.25/ride, with $.025 transfers within 2 hours.  A fare transit card must be purchased for train rides; cash is accepted in addition for bus rides.



Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 Touhy Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 679-8900


Howard Johnson-Skokie
9333 Skokie Boulevard
Skokie, IL 60077-1310
(847) 626-0170


Wyndham International
6954 North Lehigh Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646-1349
(773) 792-5104



China Town Express
6121 Dempster Street
Morton Grove, IL 60053-2953
(847) 967-8822


Tub Tim Thai Restaurant
4927 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 675-8424


There is also a Subway next door to the school.


Chicago tourism information and points of interest:


For more information, please contact the organization at: (847)-673-9855, or

This workshop announcement has also been posted on




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