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Vancouver, Canada
Thu July 24 - Sun July 27
☯ Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Camp—13 Power Taiji Sabre

十三勢太極刀

The Vancouver Summer Taiji Weapons Camp will mark the first time Sam has offered instruction in the taiji weapons in the form of four-day summer events 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 entirely to the study of the 13 Power Taiji Sabre—probably one of the least understood components of the taijiquan curriculum. The class will include study of the classical form: Yang Style Taijidao Applications (楊式太極刀法实用假设练习). We will use solo and partner work, including some light fencing, to illuminate the concepts behind this fascinating work.

Considered to be less graceful than the taiji straight-sword, the sabre provides the foundation for all taiji weapon training, introducing blade behaviour, understanding of range and the basic concepts of bare-hand combined with weapon work. The elegant simplicity of the the thirteen powers idea is most evident with taijidao. The weapon itself tells the story plainly and in clear language. With a combination of solo and partner sabre play, participants will learn about taiji in a whole new way.

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

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

schedule: Taiji Weapons Camp (13 Power Sabre): July 24-27 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.
***We are NOT meeting at McBride Park!***
contact: Michael Blackburn m_l_blackburn@yahoo.ca (778) 228-3500

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Madrid, España
Sat August 9 - Tue August 12
☯ 8º Campamento de 4 dias de Empuje de Mano—Las energías consumadas ☯ 8th Annual Madrid Push Hands Camp-The Consummate Energies

Las energías consumadas

Las formas de Taijiquan y la práctica en parejas están basadas en "jin": energías discretas cinéticas. Las más famosas son las bamen u "Ocho Puertas": "peng, lü, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou, kao". En este interesante curso de cuatro días estudiaremos las últimas de las "25 energías": "larga", "interceptadora", "perforadora" y "vacía" que siguen a las 8 Puertas. Estas últimas pueden ser descritas como las "energías consumadas" en cuanto a que unen las cualidades de las 20 energías que hemos estudiado hasta ahora.

Aunque este se puede considerar un trabajo avanzado, Sam lo aproximará de manera que pueda involucrar a todos los niveles de práctica. los participantes nuevos en este trabajo disfrutarán de una revisión de las energías: adherirse, escuchar, entender, recibir, neutralizar, atraer, emitir, tomar prestado, abrir, cerrar, elevar, hundir, peng, lü, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou, kao.

The Consummate Energies

Taijiquan forms and partner practices are based on 'jin': discrete kinetic energies. The most famous of these are the bamen or 'eight gates': 'peng, lü, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou, kao'. In this exciting four day workshop we will look at the last of the '25 Energies': 'long', 'intercepting', 'drilling' and 'empty' which follow the eight gates. These last four can be described as the 'consummate energies' as they bring together all aspects of the energies studied so far.

While this work is considered to be advanced, Sam will approach it in way that can involve all levels of practitioner. Participants new to this work will also enjoy a review of review of the taiji push-hands energies: 'sticking', 'listening', 'understanding', 'receiving', 'neutralizing', 'enticing', 'seizing', 'issuing', 'borrowing' 'opening', 'closing', 'rising', 'sinking', 'peng', 'lü', 'ji', 'an', 'cai', 'lie', 'zhou', 'kao'.

horario/times: de 10 a 18:30 Sábado 9 de agosto - Martes 12 de agosto

lugar Escuela Superior Serrato Calle Almansa 47,28039 Madrid, España (Zona Cuatro Caminos)
precio/cost 375€. 350€ para reservas confirmadas antes del 1 de julio.
contact: Javier jarnanz@yahoo.es (+34) 647 69 79 52

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Deutschland
Fri August 15 - Mon August 18
☯ 5th Annual Berlin Push Hands Camp—Dalü: Large Rolling

This four-day event is the fifth in a series of summer workshops dedicated to the the study of traditional push-hands exercises and energies.

This year's focus will be on dalü which is the diagonal extension of sizheng tuishou aka. 'four-hands'. Dalü takes moving-step four-hands (huobu sizheng tuishou) further to complete the basic push-hands concept.

Based on the energies cai, lie, zhou, kao, this training  develops agility, flow and coordination and introduces several important martial arts concepts.

Jue-shou or 'sensing-hands' is based on five simple operations which are the first five of twenty-five jin or kinetic energies employed in taijiquan. Sensing-hands supports and complements four-hands training, making it much easier to understand and master.

Suitable for both early and advanced taiji practitioners.
Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training.

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: Sam Masich 0170-553-8096
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: 0447113100 BANK CODE: 10080000
IBAN: DE89 1008 0000 0447 1131 00 BIC: DRES DE FF 100

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Berlin, Deutschland
Thu August 21 - Sun August 24
☯ 3rd Annual Berlin Summer Taiji Weapons Intensive—5 Section Taiji Sword & Jue-jian

The 3rd annual Berlin weapons camp begins the study of sword with sword core-principles, the 5 section solo sword form (wuduan taijijian 五段太極劍) and 'sensing-sword' (jue-jian 覺剑). As the 'king of short weapons' the sword furthers the study of 'sticking-adhering' energy (zhan-nian jin 粘黏勁) begun in push-hands bare-hand training. This is a unique opportunity to study an important part of the internationally renowned 5 Section program with its creator.

Using solo and partner work, we will gain an understanding of the taiji sword in preparation for next year's 13 power taijijian. The elegant simplicity of the taiji thirteen powers concept is beautifully expressed through the taiji sword.

About the Berlin Summer Taiji Weapons Intensive
This four-day event is the third in a series of summer workshops dedicated to the the study of traditional taiji weapons. 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.
Please bring a wooden and metal sword if possible.
Suitable for both early and advanced taiji practitioners.
Upon completion of the full course students will receive a certificate acknowledging the training.

5 section solo sword form
五段太極劍

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 ifpreregistered 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: Sam Masich 0170-553-8096
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: 0447113100 BANK CODE: 10080000
IBAN: DE89 1008 0000 0447 1131 00 BIC: DRES DE FF 100

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Milton, ON, Canada
Fri October 10 - Sun October 12
☯ The 13 Powers Classics & 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body Mobilizing Qi Method'

'This song! This song! One hundred and forty characters. Every word clear and true with nothing omitted. If one does not accord with these requirements, it will all be a waste of time and energy and leave a legacy of lament.'

The Thirteen Powers Song (Shisan Shi Ge 十三勢歌) and the Thirteen Powers Circulation & Cultivation Transmission (Shisan Shi Xing Gong Xinjie 十三勢行功心解) are among the most fascinating and mysterious writings in taijiquan. Fascinating because it is in them that one finds the most intimate descriptions of the relationships between intention, posture and energy flow. Mysterious because they do not once mention any of the thirteen powers or even refer to the concept—'Every word clear and true with nothing omitted!'

Through the study of intention (yi 意), heart (xin 心) and energy (qi 氣) we will explore the spontaneous emergence of the thirteen powers (shisan shi 十三勢). Discover a new and ancient way of approaching peng, lü, ji, an, cai, lie, zhou and kao and experience the connection between inner work (neigong 内功) and form. Prepare to move and be moved a lot!

Friday night Neigong On Friday night Sam will present an overview and review of the 21 gesture Yang-style 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body and Mobilizing Qi Method' (太極拳初步健身運氣法) which he taught in Milton in May. The material will be taught as a separate subject but is connected to the thirteen power material.

cost: Full weekend $285
(Early bird price $260—payment deadline Sept. 20. CTF members by Sept. 27)
 Taiji Neigong Friday night-only 7-9:30pm $50
 Neigong The 13 Powers Classics Sat/Sun 10am to 6 pm. $260 (Early-bird $245).
You may pay via cheque, cash, email transfer.
• Saturday eve Chinese food dinner at Hansell's: $10. You can include this in your registration.
(You do not need to attend the workshop to attend the dinner.)
location: Friday & Sunday: Milton Tsuruoka Karate Dojo 761 Main St East unit 3 across from. GO station
Saturday only: Nassagaweya Community Centre, 2005 Cameron, Brookville ON
(west side of Guelph Line at Cameron, north of 15 Side Road, 6 km north of 401).
contact/preregister: Jill Heath <jillmheath@earthlink.net> (905) 467-8180

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


Gatineau, QC, Canada
Fri October 31 - Sun November 2
☯ Maitrise du Pousse-mains : Travail à quatre mains II ☯ Push Hands Mastery: Four Hands II

Maîtriser le curriculum complet de pousse-mains du Tai chi traditionnel de style Yang!

Au cours de cette fin de semaine, nous étudierons les fondements du Travail à quatre mains (Sizheng Tuishou), en utilisant  une séquence « vers l’avant ». Ce travail à quatre mains fournit la base pour les pratiques qui révèleront finalement la théorie du Tai chi chuan. Nous effectuerons également une revue des 8 exercices préparatoires et des 8 inversions du cercle dans le travail à quatre mains.   

L’utilisation de la séquence « vers l’avant » dans le travail à quatre mains est l’expression la plus claire de la méthode du Peng, Lu, Ji, An. Elle est exigeante dans son utilisation des quatre « énergies carrées » et elle utilise un rythme plus avancé que la « séquence inversée » que nous avons étudiée plus tôt en mai. La séquence « vers l’avant » vient clarifier le raisonnement derrière les exercices préparatoires 1 à 8 présentés lors de la première session de la série. Combinée avec les inversions, elle permet aux étudiants de découvrir le monde des applications martiales classiques du tai chi chuan.

Il y a un groupe d’étudiants qui travaillent sur ce sujet toutes les semaines, les jeudis, au Centre de tai chi Gilles-Vaillant. Contactez Réal (information ci-dessous) si vous êtes intéressés.

Brien Gallagher, le premier professeur de Sam, a appris ces exercices du Grand Maître Raymond Chung (né en 1913) avec qui il a étudié pendant près de cinquante ans. C’est une tradition qui se transmet ainsi de mains à mains au fil des générations

Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push Hands Full Curriculum!
On this weekend we will study on the foundational 'Four-square Push-hands' (Sizheng Tuishou) in its 'forward timing'. Four-hands provides the template for the practices which ultimately reveal the theory of taijiquan. As well, we will review the eight preparatory exercises and the eight changes of the four-hands circle.


'Forward timing' four-hands is the clearest expression of the peng, lü, ji, an method. It is exacting in its its use of the four 'square' energies and is rhythmically more advanced than the 'backward' timing variation studied earlier in May of this year. Forward timing makes clearer, the reasoning behind the '1-8' drills which were presented in the first session of the series. Combined with the reversals, it also allows practitioners to step into the world of classical taijiquan martial application.
There is a group of practitioners working weekly on review and preparation at the Centre de Tai Chi Gilles-Vaillant. Contact Réal (info below) if your interested.


Sam's first teacher Brien Gallagher learned this material in the 1960's from Grandmaster Raymond Chung (b. 1913), under whom Brien has studied for nearly fifty years. This is a tradition passed down hand-to-hand through generations.


2014-16
 
☯ Oct 2014: Dingbu
Sizheng Tuishou
Travail à quatre mains—position fixe (et intégrant les 8 exercices préparatoires)
Four Hands—fixed-step (and integrating the 1-8)
  
 ☯ May 2015: Huobu Sizheng Tuishou
Travail à quatre mains—avec déplacements
Four Hands—moving-step
  
 ☯ Oct 2015: Dalü
Grand « rouler à l’arrière »
Large Rolling
 
May 2016: Taiji Sanshou
(Camp de 4 jours • Four day camp)

La forme de « 88 mouvements »
The '88': Yang Taijiquan Sanshou 88 Movement Form

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. 26)
Fin de semaine (whole weekend): $275
($250 si pré-enregistré—if pre-registered—Sept. 26)
***Participez-vous également aux atelier de Milton?
Vous vous qualifiez pour une réduction de 15%!
 ***Are you coming from the workshops 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


Brighton, UK
Sat November 8 - Sun November 9
☯ Yang-style 32 Taijidao (Chen Yanlin variation)

楊式太極刀
It is almost impossible to find instruction today on this early 32 movement of Yang-style taijidao routine. The form expresses sabre principles simply and elegantly and functions as an ideal preparation for Yang-style weapons training.

Chen Yanlin's bookThis sabre sequence first appeared in print in Chen Yanlinʼs (陳炎林) 1943 book 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled'. For many masters Chen's manual stood as the definitive handbook of Yang-style Taijiquan. The names of the 32 sabre forms are augmented with a beautiful 16 line 'Taijidao Name Song'. Please bring a sabre.


 Download
PDF Sabre Handout!


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
 
Event page on Tai Chi Wisdom website

Type of Event: Internal Arts Workshop


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


TBA
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

It is expected that 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 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


TBA
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

It is expected that 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 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