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Brighton, England
Sat February 21 - Sun February 22
☯ Classical Yang-style Taijiquan Neigong—Alignment, Breath and Qi

Chen Yanlin's bookTaijiquan is often described as 'meditation in movement'. But meditative and energetic aspects of the art often take a back seat to outer form. This class will cover the entire 21 gesture 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body and Mobilizing Qi Method' (太極拳初步健身運氣法) and its relationship to 'breath placement' concepts and taijiquan 'standing-post' (taijiquan zhuangbu 太極拳之樁步). This neigong sequence first appeared in print in Chen Yanlinʼs (陳炎林) 1943 book 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled'.

Known also simply as 'Taiji Qigong' (太極氣功), this form is an excellent compliment to the traditional Yang long form and was considered by the early Yang masters to be an essential part of internal training.


times: Sat/Sun 10:30am-5pm
cost: £120
location:Middle Street Primary, Middle Street, Brighton (The entrance gate is the tall green one opposite Oasis on Middle Street.)
contact: Simon or Cher Robins 01903 369501 / 07825 410967

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Göttingen, Germany
Fri March 6 - Sun March 8
☯ Deutschland Taiji Projekt 2015: #1 Four-hands Foundations—Sizheng Tuishou #1

Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push-hands Full Curriculum! 

 'Four-hands' practice, known also as 'peng, lü, ji, an', provides the foundation for a solid understanding of the taijiquan theory. In 2015 we will study four-hands push-hands twice.

On this weekend we will study 'Four-square Push-hands' (sizheng tuishou) basic structure
—how 'backward' and 'forward' timings work, and how the 1-8 preparatory exercises relate to four-hands.  In our second Göttingen workshop in November we will learn the eight changes of the circle and how they can be applied martially.

On pushing hands with Master Raymond Chung (鍾蔭民 b.1913)
'At some point Master Chung indicated that it was okay for me to probe more deeply into his centre. What I found was incredible! As I explored various angles and approaches I had the feeling of pushing into soft, thick moss—alive and giving—but attached to something very solid. It was as if his centre was a stone his same height yet buried deep into the earth. It was then I realized how much work I had to do if I wanted to make real progress in the art—how little power I had compared to this old man.'
—Sam Masich 1985

(Sam's first teacher Brien Gallagher learned this material in the 1960's from Grandmaster Raymond Chung (b. 鍾蔭民 1913).
This is a tradition passed down hand-to-hand over a period of 80 years.)


This workshop is open to all taiji players!

times: Freitag 19:00-21:30 • Samstag/Sontag 10:00-17:30
cost: Full Weekend €200 • Friday only: €35 • Samstag/Sontag: 175€.
location: Sporthalle MPG II, Lange Geismarstrasse 81, 37073 Göttingen
contact: Christian Auerbach tel: 05594-261 c.auerbach@dao-schule.dewww.dao-schule.de

  *Deutschland Taiji Projekt*
 Program 2015

•  6.-8. Marz Workshop #1—Göttingen Four-hands Foundation (with Sam) (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de) 
• 
9.-10. Mai Interim trainingGöttingen  Study group training session (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)
•  26.-28. Juni Workshop #2—Hannover 5 Section Schwert Soloform (with Sam) (taiji-im-park@mail.de) 

Berlin Summer Camps
15.-18. August
6th Berlin Push Hands Camp 
 88 Traditional Yang-style Two Person Sparring Form
20.-23. August 
4th Berlin Taiji Weapons Camp
5 Section Two Person Taiji Sword Form

3.-4. Oktober Interim trainingHannover  Study group training session (taiji-im-park@mail.de)
•  20.-22. November Four-hands Changes Workshop #3—Göttingen (with Sam) (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Madrid, España
Fri March 13 - Sun March 15
☯ Las 37 aplicaciones de Yang Chengfu ☯ Yang Chengfu’s 37 Applications

El maestro Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫 1883-1936) describe treinta y siete formas principales en su libro de 1931 "Método y Aplicación del Taijiquan" (Tàijíquán Shǐyòngfǎ 太極拳使用法). Sugiere que estas formas son esenciales para la comprensión de la aplicación marcial. Después de listar todos los movimientos en la forma larga afirma, "La secuencia completa de setenta y ocho posturas descrita anteriormente está compuesta en su totalidad de treinta y siete formas distintas." (以上太極拳名稱三十七全套七十八個姿式完)


Aunque muchos profesores de Taijiquan se colocan dentro del linaje de este maestro famoso, pocos trabajan con su método. En este fin de semana vamos a empezar a estudiar  las fascinantes y sorprendentes aplicaciones que Yang Chen Fu había procurado que todos supiéramos.

Master Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫 1883-1936) describes thirty-seven core forms in his 1931 book, ‘Taijiquan Method and Application’ (Tàijíquán Shǐyòngfǎ 太極拳使用法). He suggests that these are essential to the understanding of martial application. After listing all the forms within the long form he
 states, "The full seventy-eight posture sequence above is comprised entirely of thirty-seven distinct forms." (以上太極拳名稱三十七全套七十八個姿式完)


While many taijiquan teachers place themselves within this famed master's lineage, few work with his actual method. On this weekend we will begin to study of the fascinating and surprising applications that Yang Chengfu had intended us all to know!
horario/times:
Viernes/Friday 13: 18:30 to 20:30
Sábado/Saturday 14: 10 13:30 and 16 to 19
Domingo/Domingo 15: 10 to 13:30 and 16 a 19

lugar/location: Escuela Superior Serrato. Calle Almansa 47. Madrid. (Zona Cuatro Caminos)
precio/cost: Solo Viernes/Friday only: 40€.  Fin de semana completo/Full weekend: 140 € (antes del 10 enero: 130€)
Más información/more info: jarnanz@yahoo.es y 647 69 79 52 (Javier).

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Vancouver, Canada
Fri March 20 - Sun March 22
☯ Push Hands 'Four Do's' & Yang Taijiquan 21 Neigong

On Friday evening we will explore the 'four do's'—‘sticking,' ‘adhering,' ‘connecting,' ‘following’ (zhān nián lián suí 粘黏連隨)—energetic qualities critical in deep-sticking push-hands. These words appear—along with the 'four don'ts' 'reaching,' 'skewing,' 'losing,' resisting' (dǐng piān diū kàng 頂偏丟抗)—in several classical taijiquan writings. Together they provide a clear picture of what taijiquan players need to focus on if their push-hands is not to degenerate.

Saturday/Sunday:
Chen Yanlin's bookTaijiquan is often described as 'meditation in movement'. But meditative and energetic aspects of the art often take a back seat to outer form. This class will cover the entire 21 gesture 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body and Mobilizing Qi Method' (太極拳初步健身運氣法) and its relationship to 'breath placement' concepts and taijiquan 'standing-post' (taijiquan zhuangbu 太極拳之樁步). This neigong sequence first appeared in print in Chen Yanlinʼs (陳炎林) 1943 book 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled'.

Known also simply as 'Taiji Qigong' (太極氣功), this form is an excellent compliment to the traditional Yang long form and was considered by the early Yang masters to be an essential part of internal training.

location: To be announced
cost: Full weekend $285
(Early bird price $260—payment deadline Feb. 20)
 Push-hands Four Do's Friday night-only 7-9:30pm $50
 Yang Taijiquan Neigong Sat/Sun only 10am to 6 pm. $260 (Early-bird $245).
contact: Michael Blackburn m_l_blackburn@yahoo.ca (778) 228-3500

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


México City, México
Fri March 27 - Sun March 29
☯ Push-hands • Jue-shou & Sensing-sword

 覺手覺劍
Viernes: Revisión de la forma de Espada en 5 Secciones
Esta tarde estaremos revisando y respondiendo preguntas sobre la Forma Individual de Espada en 5 Secciones en su totalidad.
Sábado/Domingo: Manos Sensibles y Espada Sensible (Jue-shou y Jue-jian)

Jue-shou o ‘manos sensibles’ provee las bases para el estudio de empuje de manos (push-hands) y jin -las energías cinéticas que están presentes en todo el taijiquan. Este fin de semana veremos la relación de las manos sensibles con las primeras 5 energías clásicas de empuje de manos del taijiquan—energía adherirse-pegarse  (zhān-nián jìn 粘黏勁), energía escuchar (tīng jìn 聽勁), energía comprender (dǒng jìn 懂勁), energía recibir (zǒu jìn 走勁) y energía neutralizar (huà jìn 化勁).

El trabajo de la espada de Taiji en pareja es similar al empuje de manos de Taiji. Taiji zhan-nian jian o ‘espada que se adhiere’ también requiere la habilidad de escuchar, entender, recibir –pero con la hoja.
Muchos conceptos de jue-shou se aplican directamente a jue-jian. Ambos, manos sensibles y espada sensible, son componentes del programa en 5 Secciones de Taijiquan e importantes en el taijiquan tradicional.

覺手覺劍
Friday:
Review 5 Section Taijijian solo sword form
This evening we will review and answer questions about the entire 5 Section Taiji sword form.
Saturday/Sunday: Sensing Hands & Sensing Sword
(Jue-shou & Jue-jian)

Jue-shou or 'sensing-hands' provides the basis for the study of push-hands and jin—the kinetic energies underlying everything in taijiquan. On this weekend we will look at sensing-hands and its relation to the first five classical taijiquan push-hands energies—adhering-sticking energy (zhān-nián jìn 粘黏勁), listening energy (tīng jìn 聽勁), comprehending energy (dǒng jìn 懂勁), receiving energy (zǒu jìn 走勁) and neutralizing energy (huà jìn 化勁).

Taiji
partner sword work is similar to taiji push-hands. Taiji zhan-nian jian or 'sticking sword' also requires the ability to 'listen', 'understand' and 'receive'—but with the blade. Many concepts from jue-shou are directly transferable to jue-jian. Both sensing-hands and sensing-sword are components of the 5 Section Taijiquan program and important in traditional taijiquan.

costo: 
TODO el workshop—Viernes a Domingo (Fri-Sun): $250USD ($225USD si te registras antes del 20 de Febrero/if pre-registered by February)
Sólo Viernes (only Fri): $50USD ($45USD antes del 1 de abril/pre-registered)
Sólo Sábado o Domingo (only Sat or Sun): $100USD ($95USD antes del 20 de febrero/pre-registered)
ubicación (location): Será anunciada. To be announced.
contacto: Ricardo Buenaventura quzaribu@hotmail.com 55-1651-7848 • Yanira Rodriguez Masich masich.internal.arts@gmail.com


Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Milton, Ontario, Canada
Sat May 16 - Sun May 24
2015 • 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive (part 1—May) 五段太極拳


In this intensive we will be focusing on the 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum in its entirety with the purpose of developing high level practitioners and instructors.


Learn the entire 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum!
including:

• All five 5 Section Taijiquan forms (Tao lu)
• Sensing-hands bare-hand partner practice (Jue-shou)
• Sensing-Sword sword partner practice (Jue-jian)
• 5 Section Taijiquan Core Principles & Five Words

Participants will advance greatly in all practical and theoretical aspects of the 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum and, for those doing the instructor training be well prepared to share the material with others. Upon satisfactory completion, each class member will receive either a 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum certificate or a 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Instructor certificate.

Eligibility: This course is designed for students who wish to complete the entire 5 Section Taijiquan syllabus as taught by the program’s founder Sam Masich. To be eligible for participation students must have studied approximately 60% of the technical material prior to the start date of the class.* Ideally, this will have been with Sam or his advanced students but work with other teachers will be taken into consideration as well. Students must be willing to commit to the schedule of training and meet financial commitments.

Framework: The first part of the course will be held in Milton, Ontario, Canada. Classes will take place in four day blocks running Saturday through Tuesday (Wednesday break) and Thursday through Sunday. (Some subjects may be taught in seminar format allowing the participation of outside students.)
Class times will be: 9:30am-12:30pm; 2:30-5:30pm each day.
Sun/Mon and Fri/Sat evening instructor’s sessions 7:30-9:30.
 
2015 5 Section Taijiquan Intensive
 
Workshop application
form (PDF)

Financial: Information can be found in the application above.

*Prior to this intensive Sam and other instructors may offer courses or tutelage in topics which support the curriculum eligibility requirement. Candidates may apply for this intensive if they have the intention of boosting their knowledge of the syllabus to 60% (i.e., three of the forms and/or jue-shou practices).

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Vancouver, Canada
Sat July 18 - Tue July 21
☯ 19th Vancouver Push Hands Camp: Fixed-step Four-hands (Dingbu Sizheng Tuishou)

 Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push Hands Curriculum!
2015 Dingbu Sizheng Tuishou (定步四正推手)
 
During these four days we will study on the foundational 'Four-square Push-hands' (sizheng tuishou 四正推手) in its 'forward' and 'backwards' timings. Four-hands provides the template for the practices which ultimately reveal the theory of taijiquan. As well, we will study the 'eight changes' of the four-hands circle and their applications.

Correct practice of fixed-step 'Four-hands' (Dingbu Sizheng Tuishou 定步四正推手) brings forth the meaning of virtually all taijiquan practices. Within four-hands there are two main timings—'forward' and 'backward'.

Forward timing four-hands provides the clearest means of mastering the peng, lü, ji, an method. It is exacting in its expression of these four 'square' energies (sizheng
四正) and is rhythmically more advanced than the backward timing which is necessary for study of the fundamental structure of sizheng tuishou and for learning rhythmic qualities within push-hands.

Combined with the eight reversals, fixed-step four-hands allows practitioners to step into the world of classical taijiquan martial application.
This workshop will provide the foundation for Huobu Sizheng Tuishou (活步四正推手) to be studied in the 20th Vancouver Push Hands Camp.

 The class is open to experienced players and new learners.   

On pushing hands with Master Raymond Chung (鍾蔭民 b.1913)
'At some point Master Chung indicated that it was okay for me to probe more deeply into his centre. What I found was incredible! As I explored various angles and approaches I had the feeling of pushing into soft, thick moss—alive and giving—but attached to something very solid. It was as if his centre was a stone his same height yet buried deep into the earth. It was then I realized how much work I had to do if I wanted to make real progress in the art—how little power I had compared to this old man.'
—Sam Masich 1985 

(Sam's first teacher Brien Gallagher learned this material in the 1960's from Grandmaster Raymond Chung (b. 鍾蔭民 1913). This is a tradition passed down hand-to-hand over a period of 80 years.)


Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training.

schedule: Vancouver Push Hands Camp: July 18-21. 10am to 5:30pm.
cost: $650 (Early Bird: $600 if registered by May 15)
• Push Hands Camp + Taiji Weapons Camp together $1200 ($1100 if registered by May 15 )
   $200 nonrefundable deposit* by May 15 ($400 both camps)
location: TROUT LAKE (We will meet at the south end of Trout Lake, just south of the beach.
Trout Lake is centrally located in East Vancouver, just two blocks east of Commercial Drive. You can get there by SkyTrain (Commercial Station) or by several bus-routes, including the 99 B-line from UBC.
contact: Michael Blackburn m_l_blackburn@yahoo.ca (778) 228-3500

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Vancouver, Canada
Thu July 23 - Sun July 26
☯ 2nd Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Camp—13 Power Taiji Sword (+ Sabre review)

十三勢太極劍(+刀)
This 2nd Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Camp continues with the thirteen power weapons theme. This series marks the first time Sam has offered instruction on the weapons of taijiquan in the four-day summer camp format in Vancouver. Over the course of the next several years we will study the 'taijidao' (sabre), 'taijijian' (straight-sword), 'taijiqiang' (spear) and 'taijiji' (halberd) with a special focus on the 'shisan shi' (13 Power) theory of each weapon.

This year's event will be devoted to the study of the 13 Power Taiji Straight-sword. Graceful and profound, the taiji sword has it roots in the famed fencing skills of Wudang Mountain (武當山), home of mystical sage Zhang Sanfeng (張三丰). Taijijian (太極劍) is the most popular of the weapons in taijiquan curriculum. The main focus of this year's work will be thirteen power sword and it's 'eight gates and five-phases' taiji straight-sword drills. The practical simplicity of the the thirteen powers idea brings the sword to life, enlivening solo forms and partner practices.

The foundation for thirteen power taiji straight-sword can be found in the thirteen power taiji sabre (太極十三勢刀). The straight-sword makes elegant the coarse simplicity of the taijidao and clears a path for later study of taijiquan's thirteen power spear (太極十三勢槍). This straight-sword class will include a review of the thirteen power sabre to better understand the relationship between the two weapons.

Please bring:
Mandatory—a wooden taiji straight-sword. Ideally,  wooden taiji sabre (a japanese style 'katana' is fine)
Not mandatory but suggested—a metal sword (and sabre); a protective fencing mask; protective glove for your sword hand.

Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training.

schedule: Vancouver Push Hands Camp: July 23-26. 10am to 5:30pm.
cost: $650 (Early Bird: $600 if registered by May 15)
• Push Hands Camp + Taiji Weapons Camp together $1200 ($1100 if registered by May 15 )
   $200 nonrefundable deposit* by May 15 ($400 both camps)
location: TROUT LAKE (We will meet at the south end of Trout Lake, just south of the beach.
Trout Lake is centrally located in East Vancouver, just two blocks east of Commercial Drive. You can get there by SkyTrain (Commercial Station) or by several bus-routes, including the 99 B-line from UBC.
contact: Michael Blackburn m_l_blackburn@yahoo.ca (778) 228-3500

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Germany
Sat August 15 - Tue August 18
☯ 6th Annual Berlin Push Hands Camp ☯ The 88: Taiji Sanshou 88 Sparring Form


八十八楊式太極散手
Four Days of Partner Training!
with Sam & Yanira Masich

The 88 movement Yang-style Taijiquan Sanshou (Sparring) routine is the bridge between push hands and taijiquan free sparring. The sequence is long and graceful, with an emphasis on correct positioning an sensitive listening.

Part of the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan curriculum, the '88' is the 'parent form' of the 5 Section Taijiquan Partner Form and for many taijiquan players represents the high point of the art in terms of training routines. Opportunities to find instruction in this traditional sanshou sequence are rare.  

Bonus! Upon request once you've registered for this intensive workshop we'll send you, by email, a PDF (10 MB) of the fully detailed, translated and illustrated form from Chen Yanlinʼs (陳炎林)1943 manual: 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled' (太極拳刀劍桿散手).

88 Sanshou names (PDF)

cost/Kosten: 450€ (€425 if preregistered by July 15 • bei Voranmeldung bis 15. Juli)
***875€ for Berlin Push Hands Camp+Taiji Weapons Intensive together (€825 if preregistered by July 15 • bei Voranmeldung bis 15. Juli)***
location:
Erich-Müllerstr. 12 Berlin, Lichtenberg (Rummelsburger Bucht)
times:
10.00-17.30 daily (13.00-15.00 break)
contact/Anmeldung:
Yanira Masich +49 (0)171 1105866 masich.internal.arts@gmail.com
Accommodations available at (Mögliche Unterkünfte unter): Das Andere Haus 8
Contact: Huberta (für nähere Informationen kontaktieren.) Anreise/Directions

Bank Transfer Information:
Name: Samuel Masich
Bank: Commerz Bank
Account/Konto: 0447113100
IBAN: DE89 1008 0000 0447 1131 00

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Germany
Thu August 20 - Sun August 23
☯ 4th Annual Berlin Summer Taiji Weapons Intensive ☯ 5 Section Taiji Partner Sword Form

五段太極拳對練劍
Four Days of Partner Sword Training!
with Sam & Yanira Masich

Study of the 5 Section Taijiquan Partner Sword Form brings a new dimension to both the sword and to taijiquan partner training. Along with gaining a deeper understanding of the many fascinating skills particular to the sword, players can improve their ability to sense and respond to a partner using taijiquan principles.

In China, masters of the jian (sword) had a profound effect on almost every aspect of life and were instrumental in shaping the country’s history, folklore and performance culture. In the class we will learn and enjoy the sword as a form of art and self defense. Please bring both a wooden and metal sword if possible.
*Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training. Suitable for both early and advanced practitioners.

About the Berlin Summer Taiji Weapons Intensive
This four-day event is the fourth in a series of summer workshops dedicated to the the study of taiji weapons: taijidao (sabre), taijijian (straight-sword), taijiqiang (spear) and taijiji (halberd).

5 Section Taijiquan Partner Sword Form

visit DVD page

download form names

cost/Kosten: 450€ (€425 if preregistered by July 15 • bei Voranmeldung bis 15. Juli)
***875€ for Berlin Push Hands Camp+Taiji Weapons Intensive together (€825 if preregistered by July 15 • bei Voranmeldung bis 15. Juli)***
location: Erich-Müllerstr. 12 Berlin, Lichtenberg (Rummelsburger Bucht)
times: 10.00-17.30 daily (13.00-15.00 break)
contact/Anmeldung: Yanira Masich +49 (0)171 1105866 masich.internal.arts@gmail.com
Accommodations available at (Mögliche Unterkünfte unter): Das Andere Haus 8
Contact: Huberta (für nähere Informationen kontaktieren.) Anreise/Directions

Bank Transfer Information:
Name: Samuel Masich
Bank: Commerz Bank
Account/Konto: 0447113100
IBAN: DE89 1008 0000 0447 1131 00

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


London, Ontario, Canada
Sat October 17 - Sun October 25
2015 • 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive (part 2—October) 五段太極拳

In this intensive we will be focusing on the 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum in its entirety with the purpose of developing high level practitioners and instructors.

Learn the entire 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum!
including:
• All five 5 Section Taijiquan forms (Tao lu)
• Sensing-hands bare-hand partner practice (Jue-shou)
• Sensing-Sword sword partner practice (Jue-jian)
• 5 Section Taijiquan Core Principles & Five Words

Participants will advance greatly in all practical and theoretical aspects of the 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum and, for those doing the instructor training be well prepared to share the material with others. Upon satisfactory completion, each class member will receive either a 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum certificate or a 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Instructor certificate.

Eligibility: This course is designed for students who wish to complete the entire 5 Section Taijiquan syllabus as taught by the program’s founder Sam Masich. To be eligible for participation students must have studied approximately 60% of the technical material prior to the start date of the class.* Ideally, this will have been with Sam or his advanced students but work with other teachers will be taken into consideration as well. Students must be willing to commit to the schedule of training and meet financial commitments.

Framework: The second part of the course will be held in London, Ontario, Canada. Classes will take place in four day blocks running Saturday through Tuesday (Wednesday break) and Thursday through Sunday. (Some subjects may be taught in seminar format allowing the participation of outside students.)
Class times will be: 9:30am-12:30pm; 2:30-5:30pm each day.
Sun/Mon and Fri/Sat evening instructor’s sessions 7:30-9:30.
 
2015 5 Section Taijiquan Intensive
 
Workshop application
form (PDF)

Financial: Information can be found in the application above.

*Prior to this intensive Sam and other instructors may offer courses or tutelage in topics which support the curriculum eligibility requirement. Candidates may apply for this intensive if they have the intention of boosting their knowledge of the syllabus to 60% (i.e., three of the forms and/or jue-shou practices).

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop