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Hannover, Deutschland
Fri November 28 - Sun November 30
☯ Deutschland Taiji Projekt 2014: #3 • The '1-to-8': level 2

On Friday night we will study jue-shou or 'sensing-hands'. The focus is on establishing and maintaining connection in a principled way. This study is based on five simple operations and the first five of twenty-five kinetic energies employed in taijiquan. This is a great introduction to push-hands work and to the way that Sam teaches. It is excellent preparation material for the weekend to follow.

The main Saturday/Sunday event continues the work with the 8 basic push-hands drills started in Göttingen in June. As well as reviewing the foundational 'one-to eight', we will look at how to link the forms to develop a continuous practice.

The 'Eight Disc-framed Fixed-step Push-hands' (Ba Pan Jia Zi Dingbu Tuishou 八盤架子定步推手) are like a good coach, leading students progressively, step-by-step into comprehension and skillfulness. The drills are designed so cleverly that little else is needed in the way of partner preparation in order to begin the more complex formal work to follow.

The importance of these exercises was impressed upon Sam by his first teacher Brien Gallagher who in turn learned them from Master Raymond Y. M. Chung (b. 1913). Master Chung emphasized the importance of the 'one to eight' to the point of suggesting it was unlikely that one could acquire any significant level of mastery in traditional push-hands without first grasping these drills. It is not surprising that Master Chung, Brien and other students of the 8 Disc method would adhere so strongly to this philosophy, considering the stress Chen Yanlin himself places on the subject in his introduction to the subject from his 1943 book.

Chen Yanlin's original introduction:
Practicing the gestures of 'Thirteen Powers Boxing' the body, mind and qi are all nourished. In order to advance further, one must learn each of the energies: listening, comprehending, sticking and issuing. These cannot be achieved without (studying) push-hands. Nowadays, players begin their push-hand practice with the fixed-stance practice ‘peng, lü, ji, an’ sizheng tuishou (four-hands) as their commencement training and do not know the beginning order in which to practice. First one must practice the eight methods.



***This workshop is open to all taiji players!***

The Deutschland Taiji Projekt began in April 2009 as the 'Hannover Taiji Projekt'. This year the Projekt has expanded to include a workshop in Göttingen with Sam and two practice sessions for the group to get together and train the material learned in the 'Saminars'.


times: Freitag 19:00-21:30 • Samstag/Sontag 10:00-17:30
cost: Full Weekend €200 • Friday only: €35 • Samstag/Sontag: 175€.
location: Jugendzentrum Nordstadt Am kleinen Felde 28
contact: Oliver Rust <taiji-im-park@mail.de> website: Tai Chi im Park

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


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


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". 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


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


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