Personal Instruction

While I have personally enjoyed being a part of group instruction over the years, either as a facilitator or a participant, everything I currently teach I have learned through years of private or semi-private sessions. All of my students have shared with me how much more they learn privately over what they have studied in groups. For dedicated students seeking more in-depth exposure to the internal arts, as well as those seeking to focus on more specific details in their research and work, private/semi-private study is a superior way to acquire knowledge and skills. NOTE: Please Consult Your Personal Care Physician Before Beginning Any Training Program.


Currently, Gerald A. Sharp offers private lessons in Nei Jia Kung Fu Arts: Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, and Qi Gong. Private Lessons are taught at a frequency of twice a week to twice a month for optimal benefit. The curriculum currently offered is as follows:

1. Wu Style Taijiquan System:

Simplified Wu, Slow Set, Fast Set, 8 Methods Chi Kung, 5 Elements Chi Kung, Power Forms: Lan Cai Hua, Wu's Xingyi, Power Form (Canon Fist), Sword 1, Sword 2, Sword 3 (Double Sword), Broadsword, Spear 13, Spear 24, 2 Person Sword, 2 Person Spear (Sticky Sticks), Push Hands: 5 Single Hands, Solo Hands, 13 Methods, 5 Moving Steps (including Da Lu), and Applications/Concepts for the forms and Free Style. Sharp holds certificates from the late Ma Yueh Liang, Wu Jian Quan's son-in-law and his eldest daughter, Wu Ying Hua.

2. Jiang Rong Qiao's Nei Jia Kung Fu:

(Sharp holds a certificate in Jiang's Nei Jia Kung Fu from Zou Shuxian, Jiang Rong Qiao's adopted daughter, and studied with Cheng Jie Feng and Huan De Hai also of Jiang Rong Qiao's lineage.)

a. Xingyiquan: The 5 Fists, Mutual and Destructive Linking Sets, 12 Animals (Dragon, Tiger, Monkey, Horse, Water Lizard, Fighting Chicken, Falcon, Sparrowhawk, Snake, T'ai, and the Combined Eagle/Bear), Nei Gong (Qigong, Yi Quan, Healing Fists with Sounds), Animals Power Form (Hong Quan), Eight Methods, (Ba Shi Quan), 12 Animals Linking (Za Shi Chui), 3 Hands Clash, Wu Xing Pao, An Shen Pao, Five Elements Sword, Six Harmonies Broadsword, Spear, Sun and Moon Spear Blades, Kuan Dao, Five Elements Double Sword, 2 Person Five Elements Sword, 2 Person Five Elements Staff, Xingyi Push Hands, and Applications/Concepts for the forms as well as Free Style Concepts.

b. Baguazhang: The Mother Palms, Old 8 Palms, 72 Leg Techniques, Qigong, Straight Sword (Long Form), Broadsword, Kuan Dao, Deer Hooks (Long Form), Spear (Long Form), Two Person Spear, Double Sword (Long Form), Bagua Rou Shou (Stationary and Moving Practice as well as 8 Sets Long Two Person Set), as well as Applications for the forms and Free Style Concepts.

c. Nei Jia Concepts: Taiji Zhang Quan, Nei Jia Bian (A cane/whip with a 1st and 2nd Series), Yi Quan Zhangzhuan (with Fa Jing and Sound Training) and Applications for the forms and Free Style Concepts.

3. Liangong in 18 Forms:

A total of 54 exercises in all that are arranged into Three Series of 18 exercises each. These unique exercises address 1) Stress, strains, and sprains; 2) Joints and internal organs; and, 3) Chi, or life force, enhancement. Sharp holds a personal certificate from Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming, the creator of Liangong, for all three series.

4. Swimming Dragon Chi Kung:

All Five Phases are practiced including: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Previously in the West, the majority of book and video instruction has focused on the Metal Phase only. Long term instruction also includes the Five Phases of Standing, Sound Meditation, and Sitting that additionally focuses on Dantian rotation. This comprehensive, yet concise approach to Chi Kung was taught to Gerald A. Sharp by Ju Beng Yi, Guo Ling's inner door student.

5. Soaring Crane Chi Kung:

This distinct Chi Kung form is broken down into five sections for flowing and harmomizing the chi, and a sixth section that includes an active self directed standing meditation, which invites the practitioner to free themselves of all blockages and engage the body, mind, and spirit in an altered state to encourage a breaking through of self imposed limitations of balance, perspective, and limitations in movement. Sharp studied Soaring Crane with Wang Shunxi of Shanghai, a student of Zhao Jing Xiang, the creator of Soaring Crane Chi Kung.

6. Guo Ling Chi Kung:

Presented and taught are the complete walking methods and their host of variations, comprehensive Meditation (Five Phases & Health Enhancement), Ruler, and Sounds Meditations. Certified by Ju Beng Yi.

7. Yi Quan Chi Kung:

While Sharp studied the standing, sitting, and reclining meditation postures as an integral part of Xingyiquan training, the benefits that can be realized from standing and the push hands methods associated with the simplicity and density conjured from practice, it can be offered as a separate discipline for those that are interested. Sharp studied Yi Quan with Huan De Hai, a student of Wang Xiangzhai and Jiang Rong Qiao, as well as Cheng Jie Feng (Huan's student).

8. Chen and Yang Styles of Taijiquan:

Sharp teaches the Chen and Yang Style's of Taijiquan, Jian, and Dao, as well as Push Hands of these respective styles. Sharp is certified by Zhou Yuan Long who studied with Chen Zhaokwei and Fu Zhong Wen. Zhou is also credited as the artist whose classical drawings of Chen Zhaokwei, Chen Fake, Yang Chengfu, Wu Jianquan, Jiang Rong Qiao, to name a few have been used in texts authored by Gu Liuxin, Fu Zhong Wen, Jiang Rong Qiao and others--not to mention their reproduction world-wide in a variety of venues. Sharp also studied Chen Style Taijiquan with Huan De Hai and Cheng Jie Feng and received correction from Fu Zhong Wen and his son, Fu Sheng Yuan.

Sessions are specific, thorough, and are taught by amicable arrangement. A special "block" of four sessions, one and a half hours each for a total of six hours is offered at a savings, and allows for up to two people to study jointly. For more information, check out the "Private Classes" category.

To arrange a class or to make further inquiries, contact Gerald A. Sharp directly by email at: NOTE: Please Consult Your Personal Care Physician Before Beginning Any Training Program.