About the Instructor of Shaolin kung-fu and Tai-chi

mgr. ondrej divis the instructor.

Teaching at courses and seminars is led by Mgr. Ondřej Diviš, a long-time student of Chinese Shaolin kung-fu and Tai-chi Master Zhai Hongyin. The courses are in Czech and English.

Mgr. Ondřej Diviš

  • Born in 1985, father of three children
  • Master degree from the Charles University of Prague, The faculty of PE and Sports
  • since 2008 professional personal fitness trainer
  • since 2010 swimming teacher for children and adults
  • since 2018 Shaolin Kung-fu and Tai-chi instructor
  • XUpTrainer author – patented joints-friendly home gym equipment

The martial art I was searching for and never gave up on my heart until I found it became a way of my life when I met Master Zhai Hongyin, during his regular practice outside in the park. I felt that he was practising something that I have been looking for for a long time. I was already 25 years old at this time. The Master was just starting new courses in October, so I signed up right away. First, under the guidance of my Master, I began to devote myself to Chinese wrestling, later followed by Shaolin kung-fu sets and sanda techniques. At that time, I perceived Tai-chi as something slow and unsuitable for me. However, my opinion fundamentally changed when I had the opportunity to participate in a Tree Qigong seminar led by Master Zhai, where I had my first impressions of energy and since then I have also intensively studied internal styles such as Tai-chi, Bagua, Qigong and Tuishou. Subsequently, I began to understand how all fighting styles wonderfully complement each other and support each other’s progress in training.

In both Tuishou and Chinese Wrestling, I participated in the European International Chinese Wushu Festival in Prague three times and managed to win some medals as well – twice for 1st place in Chinese Wrestling and once for 2nd and 3rd place in Tuishou. However, the experience gained from these fights is significantly more valuable.

I have learned from Master Zhai the following martial arts styles:

Shaolin kung-fu martial art

12 Ways of Flexible Legs (Tantui), Cannon Fist (Gongli quan), Slicing Ax Style (Pigua quan), Wudang chudong, Milin sanshou, Shantongbei, Shaolin Short Staff, Shaolin Long Staff, Shaolin Sword

Shaolin kung-fu Wudang chudong – part of the set

Tai-chi and Qigong sets of internal styles:

Wudang Tai-chi, Tai-chi Sword, Bagua of Nine Temples, Bagua Circles, Bagua Qigong, Bagua Palm of Eight Trigrams, Tai-chi 13 Forms, Eight Methods of Tai-chi, Eight Powers of Tai-chi, Sleeping Qigong of Immortals, Qigong of Five Animals, Tree Qigong, Tai-chi of Seven Stars, Tai-chi Tuishou , Tai-chi column stance, Meditation techniques

Tai-chi Bagua of nine Temples – part of the set

Before I used to focus only on strength, speed and fight, but the impact of the Shaolin kung-fu and the Tai-chi practice into a everyday life is much deeper and more fundamental than I have ever expected. I am very grateful for the opportunity to project the benefits of this exercise into every day.

I am a father of three children whom I also started teaching Shaolin Kung Fu. After half a year, when I saw their huge progress in other team sports as well, I decided to open a Shaolin kung fu course for children and enable other children to learn this martial art.

Personally, I practice martial arts every day, and I can no longer imagine my life without these methods for cultivating my body, mind and spirit. Although I know I still have a long way to go, I am glad to pass some of the treasures of these wonderful exercises to others who are interested. I´m looking forward to meet you at practice. Ondra