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Hannover, Germany
Sat April 30 - Sun May 1
☯ Deutschland Taiji Projekt • Trainingstreffen #2 mit Yanira Masich

 Gegenseitig unterstützendes Training der von Sam gelernten Übungen 
Es ist wichtig, sich Zeit zu nehmen, um das in der Seminarreihe des Deutschland Taiji-Projektes gelernte Material zu üben und zu wiederholen - wollen wir im Curriculum vorwärts kommen und das Material verstehen. In diesen ‚Zwischen den Saminaren Trainingstreffen’ können wir wiederholen und uns auf das, was als nächster Lernschritt (alternativ: ‚Arbeitsschritt’ klingt unfreundlicher im Deutschen) ansteht, vorbereiten.

Yanira Masich begann ihr Taijiquan-Studium 1996 an der National-Universität von Mexiko nach einer Karriere als Leichtathletin, in der sie auch mexikanische Rekordhalterin über 100 Meter Damensprint war. 2002 wurde sie Co-Instructor des UNAM Taijiquan-Programmes und hat seitdem mit Menschen in Mexiko, Kanada, Deutschland, England, Schottland und anderen Ländern gearbeitet. Yanira unterrichtet in vollem Umfang das traditionelle Yang-Stil-Curriculum und das 5 Section-Programm und war 2015 Assistenzlehrerin bei dem „5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum & Instructor’s Certification Program“. Mit Ihrem zusätzlichen Hintergrund aus der Heilmassage hilft sie Ihren Schülern, ihr eigenes Herz zu finden, indem sie das Herz des Taijiquan erfahren.

Between Saminar Training Meetings
Finding the time for practicing and reviewing the material we learn in the Deutschland Taiji Project workshop series is important if we want to keep moving forward with the curriculum and our understanding of the material. In these 'Between Saminar Training Meetings' we can review and prepare for the work to come. 

Yanira Masich began her taijiquan studies in 1996 at the National University of México following an athletics career which included being Mexican national women’s 100 metre record holder. In 2002 she became a co-instructor in the UNAM taijiquan program and has since worked with students in México, Canada, USA, Germany, England, Scotland and other countries. Yanira teaches the full curricula of traditional Yang-style Taijiquan and 5 Section Taijiquan and was the assistant instructor of the 2015 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum & Instructor’s Certification Program. With a further background in therapeutic massage, she helps students find the heart by finding the heart of the art.
 
times: Freitag 19:00-21:30 • Samstag/Sontag 10:00-17:30
cost: Samstag/Sontag: ???
location: Jugendzentrum Nordstadt Am kleinen Felde 28
contact: Oliver Rust <taiji-im-park@mail.de> website: Tai Chi im Park



2016
2016 Program
• 30.4.-1.5—Hannover (Termin nicht festgelegt)  Trainingstreffen #2 (taiji-im-park@mail.de)
• 3.-5. Juni—Göttingen Seminar #2 Moving Step Four-hands (with Sam)  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)    

Berlin Summer Camps

20.-23. August
7th Berlin Push Hands Camp ☯ 88 Yang-style Two Person Sparring Form (with Yanira & Sam)
25.-28. August 
5th Berlin Taiji Weapons Camp ☯ 5 Section Two Person Taiji Sword Form  (with Yanira & Sam)

• 24.-25. September—Göttingen Trainingstreffen #3  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  
• 18.-20. November—Hannover Seminar #4  Sensing-hands/Sensing-sword (with Sam)  (taiji-im-park@mail.de) 

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Daqingshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China
Sat May 14 - Mon May 16
6th Daqingshan International Push Hands Competition 2016

Daqingshan—'Big Green Mountain'—lays about 16 km Northwest of Rizhao in Shandong Province in China. The annual Daqingshan Push Hands Competition, which is into it's sixth year, has made waves in the international taijiquan community. Detractors protest, 'It's not taiji!' Supporters claim ' the best event going. The 2015 event, with its ¥100,000 grand champion's prize, drew many of the most notable competitors in China and more competitors than the China national Push Hands Championships! The event's winner, Jiang Linghui (蒋凌晖), who won the previous year as well, faced controversy when he was clearly thrown but given a deciding point. According to a police investigation—for which I was a witness—the referee's call was right! Lots of action, lots of drama, lots of fun. It was a great honour to serve as a line judge at last year's competition and I recommend the event for its professionalism, fairness, and its role in promoting and advancing taijiquan.

In this past half year I've been co-developing a new division for the 2016 Daqingshan Push Hands Competition with event promoter, and man behind the mountain, Master Chen Zhonghua. The new event, called 'Small Circle Restricted Step Push Hands Competition' (小圈定步推手比赛), has been added to the competition. Master Chen and I feel that the Small Circle Restricted Step event will allow participation for those who might not be as well suited to the Large Square Moving Step (小圈定步推手比赛) event. The Small Circle event is unique in that each match involves both ‘Fixed Forward Foot’ and ‘Free Stepping’ rounds.

If you are interested in attending this competition you can find detailed information here. If you are interested in complete rules for either or both event contact Sam directly.

Synopsis:
Small Circle Restricted Step Push Hands Competition 小圈定步推手比赛
In a Small Circle Restricted Step Push Hands match two players compete inside a 2 metre diameter concentric ring for 3 minutes of ‘stop time’ push hands play—two 1 minute rounds of ‘Fixed Forward Foot’ and 1 minute of ‘Free Stepping.’ A single point is awarded when one of the players is: off balance; illegally reverses stance; steps outside the ring; endangers him or herself; avoids play or commits a ‘Personal violation error’ (described below). Two points are awarded when a player touches down with any part of the body other than the feet and also for ‘Serious personal violation errors’ (described below). If one player reaches a superiority of 10 points, he or she automatically wins the match.

Synopsis Large Square Moving Step Push Hands Competition 大方活步推手比赛
In a Large Square Moving Step Push Hands match two players compete inside a 6x6 metre square ring for two 2 minute ‘stop time’ rounds of push hands play. Two points are awarded for a ‘clean take-down’ (when the losing player touches down with any part of the body other than the feet AND the point awarded remains standing). A single point is awarded when the take-down is successful but not clean (when the losing player touches down with any part of the body other than the feet AND the point awarded player also falls, but clearly AFTER the first player has fallen). A single point is awarded when one player steps outside the play area or commits a ‘Personal violation error’ (described below). If one player reaches a superiority of 10 points, he or she automatically wins the match.

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Gatineau, Canada
Fri May 27 - Mon May 30
☯ The 88: Taiji Sanshou 88 Sparring Form

Quatre jours de pratique avec un partenaire!
Maitrisez le curriculum complet de pousse-mains du tai chi traditionnel de style Yang!

Au cours de cet atelier de quatre jours nous étudierons la forme de 88 qui est une extension de la théorie des 13 énergies.
La forme de 88 mouvements de pratique à 2 personnes du tai chi traditionnel de style Yang fait le pont entre le pousse-mains et la pratique de combat de tai chi libre. La séquence est longue et gracieuse avec une emphase sur les postures justes et la sensibilité de l’écoute. Elle est à l’origine de la forme de 5 sections à deux personnes et pour plusieurs elle constitue le crème de l’art en termes de formes. Les occasions de trouver un instructeur de la forme 88 sont rares et Sam est un des présentateurs les plus clairs de celle-ci.

Four Days of Partner Training!
Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push Hands Full Curriculum!
 On this weekend we will study the '88' (Taiji Sanshou 88 Sparring Form) which is an extension of the thirteen powers theory. 

The 88 movement Yang-style Taijiquan two person traditional 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. This is the parent form of the 5 Section Taijiquan two person exercise and, for many taiji players, represents the cream of the art in terms of forms. Opportunities to find instruction in the 88 are few and far between and Sam is one of its clearest presenters.

*PDF free download*
88 Sanshou names
Horaire/Frais:  10h00 à 17h00
Tous les quatre jours (All four days): $450 ($420
si pré-enregistré -if pre-registered - Apr. 29)
• Avez-vous participé à tous les 5 ateliers précédents de cette série? Vous vous qualifiez pour une réduction additionnelle de 10%!
• Have you been to all 5 previous workshops in this series? Then you qualify for a 10% discount!

Contact/Pré-enregistrement: Réal Lalande (819) 778-0147 centretaichigillesvaillant@yahoo.ca ou (or) Jacques Michaud: (819) 772-476 

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Göttingen, Germany
Fri June 3 - Sun June 5
☯ Deutschland Taiji Projekt • Moving Step Four Hands

'Four-hands' is the clearest expression of the peng, lü, ji, an method. It can be practiced with forward, backward and other timings as well as with directional changes and applications.

Moving-step four-hands practices (
huobu) help practitioners to develop the footwork needed for supporting four-hands, dalü and applications.  We will learn the basics of the two main moving step practices, called 'follow-step' (shunbu) and 'cover-step' (taobu).

On pushing hands with Grandmaster 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.de • www.dao-schule.de


2016
2016 Program
• 3.-5. Juni—Göttingen Seminar #2 Moving Step Four-hands (with Sam)  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)    

Berlin Summer Camps

20.-23. August
7th Berlin Push Hands Camp ☯ 88 Yang-style Two Person Sparring Form (with Yanira & Sam)
25.-28. August 
5th Berlin Taiji Weapons Camp ☯ 5 Section Two Person Taiji Sword Form  (with Yanira & Sam)

• 24.-25. September—Göttingen Trainingstreffen #3  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  
• 18.-20. November—Hannover Seminar #4  Sensing-hands/Sensing-sword (with Sam)  (taiji-im-park@mail.de) 

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Daqingshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China
Fri July 1 - Thu July 21
2016 Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive Level II


揚式太極拳馬希奇内家拳法
2016 Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive Level II
• Advanced Curriculum & Inner Structure of Yang-style Taijiquan 
• Certificate in Masich Method Yang-style Taijiquan
Daqingshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China
with Master Sam Masich 

The 2016 Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive Level II is a certification class for taijiquan players already versed in the full curriculum of Yang-style Taijiquan as taught by Master Sam Masich.

Objectives of the course: This intensive will focus on the energetic and theoretical substructure of the full curriculum of Masich Internal Arts Method Yang-style Taijiquan. It is expected that participants will advance to master level understanding in all practical and theoretical aspects of the Yang-style Taijiquan curriculum. Upon satisfactory completion, each class member will receive a Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Certificate signed and seal-stamped by Master Samuel A. Masich.

For more information and to apply.


Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Vancouver
Sat July 30 - Tue August 2
☯ 20th Vancouver Push Hands Camp! Dalü The Large Roll-back

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

Over these four days we will study the 'Large Rollback' (Dalü) which is an extension of Four-hands (Sizheng Tuishou). 'Dalü' an extension the peng, lü, ji, an method but with 'cai'/'lie' substituting for 'lü' and 'zhou''/'kao' substituting for 'ji'. The dynamic stepping patterns of the Large Rollback highlight the combination of agility and rootedness in taijiquan. 

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 (鍾蔭民 b.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 30-August 2. 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 August 4 - Sun August 7
☯ 3rd Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Camp—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 Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Intensive
This four-day event is the third 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

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


schedule: Vancouver Push Hands Camp:
 August 4-7. 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


Madrid, Spain
Sat August 13 - Tue August 16
☯ 'Linking Fists' Taiji Lianhuanquan • 9º Campamento de 4 dias de Empuje de Mano

太極連環拳
The 9th Annual Madrid Push Hands Camp

Four Days of Applications Training!

Past generation masters practiced linking fist (lianhuanquan 太極連環拳) methods as a preparation for push-hands training. This exciting four day event will help bring your push-hands up to the level of meaningful self defense. The training is dynamic yet safe and will bring your understanding of taijiquan to a whole new level.

Madrid is a fun and dynamic city! Puerta del Sol, the Reina Sofia Museum and of course tapas!


horario/times: de 10 a 18:30
lugar Escuela Superior Serrato Calle Almansa 47,28039 Madrid, España (Zona Cuatro Caminos)
precio/cost 375€. 350€ para reservas confirmadas antes del 15 de junio.
contact: Javier (+34) 647 69 79 52 jarnanz@yahoo.es aprendetaichi.com

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Germany
Sat August 20 - Tue August 23
☯ 7th 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. 
Were you at the 2015 Summer 88 Camp? This is a great opportunity to learn the other side of the form!


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
 
2016 Program
Berlin Summer Camps
20.-23. August
7th Berlin Push Hands Camp ☯ 88 Yang-style Two Person Sparring Form (with Yanira & Sam)
25.-28. August 
5th Berlin Taiji Weapons Camp ☯ 5 Section Two Person Taiji Sword Form  (with Yanira & Sam)

• 24.-25. September—Göttingen Trainingstreffen #3  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  
• 18.-20. November—Hannover Seminar #4  Sensing-hands/Sensing-sword (with Sam)  (taiji-im-park@mail.de)

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Germany
Thu August 25 - Sun August 28
☯ 5th Annual Berlin Summer Taiji Weapons Camp ☯ 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
 
2016 Program 
Berlin Summer Camps
 
20.-23. August
7th Berlin Push Hands Camp ☯ 88 Yang-style Two Person Sparring Form (with Yanira & Sam)
25.-28. August 
5th Berlin Taiji Weapons Camp ☯ 5 Section Two Person Taiji Sword Form  (with Yanira & Sam)

• 24.-25. September—Göttingen Trainingstreffen #3  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  
• 18.-20. November—Hannover Seminar #4  Sensing-hands/Sensing-sword (with Sam)  (taiji-im-park@mail.de)

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Göttingen, Germany
Sat September 24 - Sun September 25
Deutschland Taiji Projekt • Trainingstreffen #3

 Gegenseitig unterstützendes Training der von Sam gelernten Übungen 
Es ist wichtig, sich Zeit zu nehmen, um das in der Seminarreihe des Deutschland Taiji-Projektes gelernte Material zu üben und zu wiederholen - wollen wir im Curriculum vorwärts kommen und das Material verstehen.
In diesen ‚Zwischen den Saminaren Trainingstreffen’ können wir wiederholen und uns auf das, was als nächster Lernschritt (alternativ: ‚Arbeitsschritt’ klingt unfreundlicher im Deutschen) ansteht, vorbereiten.

Between Saminar Training Meetings
Finding the time for practicing and reviewing the material we learn in the Deutschland Taiji Project workshop series is important if we want to keep moving forward with the curriculum and our understanding of the material. In these 'Between Saminar Training Meetings' we can review and prepare for the work to come. 

times: Samstag/Sontag 10:00-17:30
location: Sporthalle MPG II, Lange Geismarstrasse 81, 37073 Göttingen
contact: Christian Auerbach tel: 05594-261 c.auerbach@dao-schule.de • www.dao-schule.de



2016
2016 Program
• 24.-25. September—Göttingen Trainingstreffen #3  (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  
 
• 18.-20. November—Hannover Seminar #4  Sensing-hands/Sensing-sword (with Sam)  (taiji-im-park@mail.de)

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Germany
Sat October 1 - Sun October 2
Autumn Training with Yanira ☯ Push-hands and Sparring Forms

Once that we learn that new and wonderful partner material, the challenges of how to train and improve set in. Finding practice partners and a teacher to answer questions and give feedback makes a big difference in progress. Yanira is offering these seasonal reviews focused on partner practice.

Autumn Session
Saturday
We will be reviewing:
• Stepping Drills
• Four-square Push-hands Follow-step & Cover-step Push-hands

Sunday
We will will be reviewing:
• The 88 (Yang Style Taiji Sanshou)
• The 5 Section Taijiquan Partner sword form

cost: 60€ (Single day 35€)
location:
Erich-Müllerstr. 12 Berlin, Lichtenberg (Rummelsburger Bucht)
times:
10.00-17.30 daily (13.00-15.00 break)
contact:
Yanira Masich +49 (0)171 1105866 masich.internal.arts@gmail.com


Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


London, Ontario
Fri October 14 - Sun October 16
☯ Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' #1 (Baduanjin 楊式太極拳八段錦)

Friday evening: Four Push-hands Tricks
On this evening we will look at some fun and practical push-hands techniques that can be used for free style push-hands play. These 'tricks' are all based on the principles of jue-shou sensing-hands and will deepen our exploration of the 'four do's'—‘sticking,' ‘adhering,' ‘connecting,' ‘following’ (zhān nián lián suí 粘黏連隨), and the
'four don'ts'—'reaching,' 'skewing,' 'losing,' resisting' (dǐng piān diū kàng 頂偏丟抗).
 
  
Saturday & Sunday: Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade'
Chen Yanlin's bookTaijiquan is often described as 'meditation in motion' but meditative and energetic aspects of the art often take a back seat to the outer movements of the form. Learning this type of 'taiji qigong' (太極氣功) will transform your understanding of the art and add depth to your practice. Fragments of the Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' (Baduanjin 楊式太極拳八段錦) have been passed down through various sources but it is not common to find instruction in the entire set. The material was considered by early Yang masters to be an essential part of internal training. While parts of this neigong practice have appeared in print, for example in Chen Yanlinʼs (陳炎林) 1943 book 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled', to date there is no full rendering of a Yang 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' in English.

In this class we will learn, in detail, the first three sections of the Yang Taijiquan Baduanjin—Section 1: Peng and An; Section 2: the 21 gesture 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body and Mobilizing Qi Method' (太極拳初步健身運氣法); and Section 3: The Waist and Spine. We will continue to learn the next five sections of the Yang Baduanjin as well how to apply this neigong to other practices in the next two sessions in May and October 2017.

Schedule Fri. 7-9:30pm Sat/Sun. 10am-5:30 pm
location The Epiphany Memorial Hall (19A Holborn Ave.)
cost Full weekend $285 (Early bird price $275—payment deadline Sep. 20)
        Friday night only $50
        Sat/Sun $250 (Early-bird $235)
contact Chuck Stratton info@londontaijiquan.ca 519-550-2709  

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Vancouver, Canada
Fri October 21 - Sun October 23
☯ Yang 108 Form & the 37 Essential Forms (揚式太極拳三十七重要式)

The traditional Yang-style Taijiquan 108 movement solo bare-hand routine is what started the modern taijiquan revolution. It is famous around the world and its variations are practiced endlessly. Many of the past masters emphasized the importance of another aspect necessary to mastering the long form, the by-now-almost-forgotten 37 Essential Forms (揚式太極拳三十七重要式), that comprise the basis the traditional routine.

Saturday/Sunday we will explore the first paragraph of the Yang 108 form in depth focusing on the Essential Forms that appear through the first section, and on martial applications of the single forms. Your practice of the solo routine will improve greatly as you integrate this material. At once traditional and progressive, this highly principled approach to taijiquan study never fails to leave a lasting impression.
* It is recommended that participants know some variation of the long Yang form before the start date of this course.

Friday night we will look at the relationship between the 'Five stance-phases' (Wubu 五步) and two 'Post-standing' (站樁) exercises, ‘Horse-stance Post-standing' (mabu zhanzhuang 馬步站樁) and 'River Post-standing’ (chuanzishi zhanzhuang 川字式站樁). These practices are considered essential to the entire curriculum.

Schedule Fri. 7-9:30pm Sat/Sun. 10am to 6 pm
location to be announced
cost Full weekend $285
(Early bird price $260—payment deadline Sept. 20)
Friday night-only $50
Sat/Sun only $260 (Early-bird $245).
contact Michael Blackburn m_l_blackburn@yahoo.ca (778) 228-3500 

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Gatineau, Canada
Fri October 28 - Sun October 30
☯ Taiji Sabre (太極刀) + Taiji Dagger (太極尖刀)

Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Weapons Full Curriculum!
This unique three year long series covers the weapons curriculum of Yang-style Taijiquan and includes Taiji Dagger (Jiandao 太極尖刀), Taiji Sabre (Dao 太極刀), Taiji Straight-sword (Jian 太極劍), and Taiji Spear (Qiang 太極劍). Learn the traditional forms and the thirteen power concept for each weapon. Sam's approach to this subject will provide students with deeper insights into taijiquan's concepts of health, self defence and self-cultivation.

Saturday/Sunday—Taiji Sabre 太極刀
This weekend we will study the solo sabre form popularized by Fu Zhongwen in his 1959 co-authored book 'Taijidao' (太極刀). The form follows the rhythm of a thirteen line poem (Taijidao Jue 太極刀訣) and is therefore known as 'Thirteen Taiji Sabre.' The sabre is a relatively simple weapon, the mastery of which, prepares students for complexities of the straight-sword and spear. Please bring a wooden or metal taiji sabre. A Japanese style 'katana' will work. Excellent taiji sabres can be purchased from the Yang Family website here.

Friday evening—Taijij Dagger 太極尖刀
As an inauguration to this workshop series (and as preparation for the sabre) Sam will present a short taiji dagger form that follows the traditional thirteen powers concept found throughout taiji weapons studies. The dagger is knife length weapon with no sharp edges. This short form will give students a first glimpse at the taiji weapons concept. Please bring a wooden or metal knife wrapped in hockey tape.

Horaire/Frais:
Vendredi soir (Fri. eve): 19h00 à 22h00 seulement: $50
Samedi ou Dimanche (Sat or Sun): 10h00 à 17h00) seulement: $130
Samedi et Dimanche
(Sat and Sun): $250 ($235 si pré-enregistré—if pre-registered—Sept. 29)
Fin de semaine (whole weekend): $275
($250 si pré-enregistré—if pre-registered—Sept. 29) Location: Centre de tai chi Gilles-Vaillant, 109 rue Wright, Gatineau, Québec
Contact/Pré-enregistrement: Réal Lalande (819) 778-0147 centretaichigillesvaillant@yahoo.ca
ou (or) Jacques Michaud: (819) 772-4769
 
2016-2019
Yang-style Taijiquan Weapons Full Curriculum  
1. Oct. 2016      ‘Fu Zhongwen’ 13 Taijidao Sabre form (十三勢太極刀) +Friday Taijijiandao Dagger (太極尖刀)
2. May. 2017     'Chen Yanlin' 32 Taijidao Sabre form (三十二式太極刀) +Friday Taijidao applications form (太極刀法实用练习)
3. Oct. 2017      Thirteen-powers Taijidao (十三勢太極刀) solo and partner training
4. May. 2018     Yang 54 Taijijian Straight-sword form (五十四式太極劍)
5. Oct. 2018      Thirteen-powers Taijijian (十三勢太極劍) solo and partner training + Friday Sensing-sword (覺劍)
6. May. 2019     Thirteen-powers Taijiqiang Spear Training (太極十三勢槍) FOUR DAY solo and partner training

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Brighton, England
Sat November 5 - Sun November 6
☯ 13 Power Taiji Sword (+ Sabre review) 十三勢太極劍(+刀)

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

The foundation for thirteen power taiji straight-sword is 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.
Not mandatory but suggested—A wooden taiji sabre (a japanese style 'katana' is fine), a metal sword; a protective fencing mask; protective glove for your sword hand. Any 'soft' sabre/swords you can bring will also be helpful. Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training.

times: Sat/Sun 10:30am-5pm
cost: £135
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 07825 410967 / 01903 369501




Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Invorio, Lago Maggiore, Italy
Sat November 12 - Sun November 13
☯ Four-hands Foundations (Sizheng Tuishou 四正推手)

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.

On pushing hands with Master Raymond Chung
'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!

orario/times: dalle 10 alle 17:30
location: Via Vergante 49 (between Lago Maggiore and Lago d'Orta)
cost: 195€ (165€ se confermato entro il 30 settembre con acconto di 100 euro)
(165€ if confirmed before Sept. 30 with a 100€ deposit)
contact: Chiara Vendettuoli 0039-3389965638 chiaravendettuoli@gmail.com

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Hannover, Germany
Fri November 18 - Sun November 20
☯ Von den Sp�renden H�nden zum Sp�renden Schwert ... und wieder zur�ck! ☯ Sensing Hands to Sensing Sword... and back!

Taiji-Partnerarbeit mit dem Schwert gleicht dem Taiji-push-hands in vielem. Taiji zhan-nian jian, das �klebende Schwert�, erfordert ebenso die F�higkeit zum �Zuh�ren� �Verstehen� und �Annehmen� � jedoch mit dem Schwert. Viele Konzepte des jue-shou � Sp�rende H�nde � sind direkt �bertragbar auf das jue-jian - Sp�rendes Schwert. Beides, Sp�rende H�nde und Sp�rendes Schwert, ist Bestandteil des 5 Section Taijiquan-Programmes und wichtig im traditionellen Taijiquan.

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.

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