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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


Madrid, España
Sat August 8 - Tue August 11
☯ Las 37 aplicaciones de Yang Chengfu ☯ Yang Chengfu’s 37 Applications

8º Campamento de 4 dias de Empuje de Mano
¡4 días completos de entrenamiento!

 
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.

The 8th Annual Madrid Push Hands Camp
Four Days of Applications Training!

 
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!

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 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


Hannover, Germany
Sat October 3 - Sun October 4
☯ Deutschland Taiji Projekt 2015: Interim Training #2 ☯ Trainingstreffen #2

Contact: Oliver Rust (taiji-im-park@mail.de) for this weekend's Interim training subject, location and times.

*Deutschland Taiji Projekt*
 Program 2015
 

•  20.-22. November Four-hands Changes Workshop #3—Göttingen (with Sam) (c.auerbach@dao-schule.de)  

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Milton, Ontario, Canada
Fri October 16 - 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:
• This is the second part and will be held in Milton, Ontario , Canada from October 16-25.
This second part was to have place in London but the has been changed to Milton

• Classes will take place in four day blocks running Saturday through Tuesday (Wednesday break) and Thursday through Sunday.
• To allow some participation of outside students these subjects will be taught in seminar format.
  The 5 Section Chen form
from May 22-24. (The class begins on May 22 at 7pm)
  The 5 Section 2 person sword from October 16-18 (This class begins on Oct. 16 at 7pm)
• 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. The cost includes both the May and October sessions.

*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


Milton, Ontario, Canada
Fri October 16 - Sun October 18
SPECIAL EVENT ☯ 5 Section Taijiquan Partner Sword Form 五段太極拳對練劍

This is a unique opportunity to study alongside the excellent members of the '2015 • 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive' during the 5 Section Partner Sword portion of their training. There will be taiji players from Germany, England, Italy, México, USA and Canada!

The 5 Section Taijiquan Partner Sword Form brings a new dimension to both sword study and to taijiquan partner training. Along with gaining a deeper understanding of the many fascinating skills particular to the sword, taiji 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 terms of self-cultivation, the sword master sees one edge of the weapon as cutting through worldly folly and the other as cutting through self illusion.

Study of the Wuduan Taijiquan Duilian Jian demands a clear understanding of taijiquan core-principles and allows taiji players to apply their experience in new and dynamic ways. This intermediate-advanced partner sword form can function as an excellent preparation for sword and other apparatus training found in traditional styles of taijiquan.

schedule: Friday night 7-9:30pm. Saturday/Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm (break from 1-3pm)
cost: Full weekend $285 (Early bird price $260—payment deadline Sept. 16. CTF members by Sept. 23). You can pay by cheque, cash or email transfer.
location: Milton Tsuruoka Karate Dojo 761 Main St. E. Unit 3, Milton, Ontario
This class was to have taken place in London but has been changed to Milton
contact/preregister: Jill Heath <jillmheath@earthlink.net> (905) 467-8180

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Gatineau, Canada
Fri October 30 - Sun November 1
☯ Maitrise du Pousse-mains : Dalü ☯ Push Hands Mastery: 'Large Rollback'—Dalü

Maitriser le Curriculum complet de pousse-mains traditionnel Yang!
Au cours de cette fin de semaine, nous étudierons le « Grand Rouler à l’arrière » (Dalü) qui est le prolongement du travail à quatre mains (Sizheng Tuishou).

Le « Dalü »  est le prolongement de la séquence peng, lu, ji, an avec la différence que « cai/lie »  est substitué à lu et que « zhou/kao »  est substitué à ji. La séquence dynamique des déplacements du « Grand Rouler à l’arrière » démontre la combinaison d’agilité et d’enracinement présente dans le taijiquan. 

Il y a un groupe d'étudiants qui travaille chaque semaine sur ce sujet au Centre de tai chi Gilles-Vaillant. Vous pouvez contacter Réal Lalande (information ci-dessous)

L'expérience du pousse-mains avec Maître Raymond Chung (né en 1913)
« À un certain moment Maître Chung m'indiqua que je pouvais pousser plus profondément dans son centre. Ce que j'ai trouvé était incroyable! Comme j'explorais différents angles et différentes approches, j'ai eu l'impression que je poussais dans  une mousse épaisse et douce – vivante et accueillante – mais attachée à quelque chose de très solide. C'était comme si son centre était une pierre de sa taille mais enfouie dans le sol. C'est alors que j'ai réalisé tout le travail qu'il me restait à faire pour accomplir de véritable progrès dans cet art et le peu de puissance que je possédais comparé à ce vieil homme. » – Sam Masich 1985
(Brien Gallagher, qui fut le premier professeur de Sam a appris ce matériel dans les années 1960 du Grand Maître Raymond Chung (né en 1913)


Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push Hands Full Curriculum!
 On this weekend 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.

There is a group of practitioners working weekly on review and preparation at the Centre de Tai Chi Gilles-Vaillant. Contact Réal Lalande (info below)
 


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!)


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—Apr. 29)
Fin de semaine (whole weekend): $275
($250 si pré-enregistré—if pre-registered—Apr. 29)
***Participez-vous également aux atelier de Milton?
Vous vous qualifiez pour une réduction de 15%!
 ***Are you participating in 2015 • 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive in Milton?
Then you qualify for a 15% discount!
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

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Göttingen, Germany
Fri November 20 - Sun November 22
☯ Four-hands Changes—Sizheng Tuishou 2


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

Friday evening: Four Push-hands Tricks
On this evening we will look 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.

Saturday & Sunday:
Four-hands Changes 
'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 the eight changes of the 'Four-square Push-hands' (sizheng tuishou). These changes allow players to operate the circle smoothly and hold the key to many of taijiquan's martial applications. During the weekend we will also review the
'backward' and 'forward' timings and how the 1-8 preparatory exercises relate to four-hands. 

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.dewww.dao-schule.de

This event is part of the
  *Deutschland Taiji Projekt*

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Daqingshan Mountain, Shandong Province, China
Fri July 1 - Mon August 15
Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive (II)

       馬希奇内家拳法揚式太極拳总课程 
 2016 Yang-style Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive (II)
• Advanced Curriculum & Inner Structure of Yang-style Taijiquan
• Certificate in Vital 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 Vital 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