Schedule from 2014

Date/Time 10:00–13:00
15:00–18:00 19:30–22:00
Fri­day, 12. 9. 2014
  1. Dan Docher­ty
  2. Robert Amack­er
  3. Tomasz Nowakows­ki
Prac­tice in pairs -
Sat­ur­day, 13. 9. 2014
  1. Dan Docher­ty
  2. Paul Sil­fver­stråle
  3. Tomasz Nowakows­ki
Prac­tice in pairs Gala-evening
Sun­day, 14. 9. 2014
  1. Roland von Loefen
  2. Paul Sil­fver­stråle
  3. Bar­tosz Samitowski
Prac­tice in pairs -
  • Work­shops – Expe­ri­enced teach­ers will present their meth­ods of work in Tai Chi Chuan and push hands.
  • Prac­tice in pairs – Par­tic­i­pants will indi­vid­u­al­ly agree on how they want to prac­tice in pairs. They will prac­tice in 10-minute rounds. Par­tic­i­pants will agree on the type of prac­tice (free push hands vs. form push hands, with steps vs. with­out steps). The lev­el is always adjust­ed to the prac­ti­tion­er with less experience.
  • Gala-evening – Space for pre­sen­ta­tions of styles, schools and forms as well as a friend­ly meeting.


Robert Amacker

Biog­ra­phy: Robert_Amacker_120x200– Born July 14, 1944, in Crock­ett, Texas

His his­to­ry in the mar­tial arts begins at age eleven, self-taught in judo to defend against gram­mar-school bul­lies. After mov­ing to Hawaii for High School, he began at fif­teen to study Kyokushinkai Karate with Bob­by Low at the Chi­nese Amer­i­can Club in Hon­olu­lu. Col­lege years were spent at Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia and New York Uni­ver­si­ty (BA Math­e­mat­ics) study­ing Gojuryu Karate, Kyokushinkai’s par­ent style, with Peter Urban, Aiki­do with Yoshim­it­su Yama­da, and even­tu­al­ly Tai­ji­quan with Cheng, Man-ch’ing, and two of his most tal­ent­ed stu­dents, William Chen (New York), and Ben Lo (San Fran­cis­co). Through­out the sev­en­ties he was a stu­dent of Chu, Ch’u‑fang, who was one of three peo­ple to bring the San Shou form to Tai­wan from the Chi­nese main­land, and was him­self a per­son­al stu­dent of Yang, Cheng-fu. Since the age of twen­ty-one­he has devot­ed him­self exclu­sive­ly to the study of Tai­ji­quan, the only excep­tion being a year of Mon­key Style Box­ing with Quan, Sai-hung, in San Fran­cis­co. He also spent sev­er­al years in the prac­tice of Zen under the great Yasu­tani Roshi and his stu­dent Mr. Seiki­do at the Dia­mond Sang­ha in Hawaii, and for many years was a pro­fes­sion­al teacher of hatha yoga. With life-long friend Mar­tin Inn he start­ed the Inner Research Insti­tute of San Fran­cis­co and pub­lished a trans­la­tion of the Clas­sics of Tai­ji­quan, lat­er reis­sued with Ben Lo and Susan Foe in slight­ly altered form as The Essence of Tai Chi Ch’uan (North Atlantic Press). In 1997 he formed the White Crow School of Tai­ji­quan in Moscow, Rus­sia, and has devot­ed him­self exclu­sive­ly to this endeav­or up to the present time.


His work­shop will be entire­ly devot­ed to what he con­sid­ers to be the defin­i­tive skill of Tai­ji­quan, that is, the abil­i­ty to make tai­jis. This is an entire­ly coop­er­a­tive skill that com­pli­ments the mar­tial aspect of Tai­ji­quan, and is gen­er­al­ly referred to as its “Civ­il” aspect. It is, effec­tive­ly, a non-zero sum game con­cealed with­in a zero sum game. Its com­pli­men­ta­ry func­tion is the secret to the effec­tive­ness of Tai­ji­quan as a com­pet­i­tive mar­tial art, although its prac­tice itself is com­plete­ly and demand­ing­ly coop­er­a­tive and non-com­pet­i­tive. It is also the core prin­ci­ple of p’eng chin, and the key to the only method of root­ing that is in accor­dance with Taijiquan’s high­est prin­ci­ples. It is explained in elab­o­rate detail in his recent­ly pub­lished book, The The­o­ret­i­cal Basis of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, avail­able in Feb­ru­ary as an Ama­zon e‑book. The work­shop­will be entire­ly t’ui-shou ori­ent­ed, and is inde­pen­dent of any style. When the Clas­sics say “In a myr­i­ad of tech­niques, there is only one prin­ci­ple,” it is exact­ly this prin­ci­ple that will be direct­ly addressed. Its basic prac­tice is equal­ly gras­pable by expert and begin­ner alike, and equal­ly enlight­en­ing to either.



Dan Docherty

Dan DochertyBiog­ra­phy: Dan trained karate from 1871–5. Then he trained in prac­ti­cal Tai Chi Chuan under the late Cheng Tin-hung in Hong Kong from 1975–84. For more details see his web-page.

Top­ic: Zou Jin in rela­tion to push­ing hands.

Link: Wudang Tai Chi Chuan and it’s prac­tice as a mar­tial art



Roland von Loefen

Biog­ra­phy: Roland von LoefenRoland start­ed his Tai­ji­quan — prac­tice 1988 with Hel­mut Bauer, Bar­bara Schmid-Neuhaus and Toyo Kobayashi in the tra­di­tion of Cheng Man Ching. In 1998, Roland met mas­ter Yek Sing Ong and his cur­rent teacher Wee Kee Jin. Through long inten­sive train­ing he even­tu­al­ly became a cer­ti­fied Instruc­tor and Teacher of Wee Kee Jin’s “Tai­ji­quan School of Cen­tral Equi­lib­ri­um”. In 2013 he found­ed and orga­nized the 1st inter­na­tion­al push hands meet­ing in Haß­furt am Main.


Top­ic: We want to work on yield­ing, push­ing with a relaxed force. If you can yield, you have the abil­i­ty to neu­tral­ize the oppo­nents force. Our exer­cis­es are fix push hands and semi-free push hands. The advan­tage of Semi-free Push­ing Hands is, that you can learn to lis­ten and sense how your part­ner behaves. Win­ning is only sec­ondary as you change roles after 5 minutes.
We are using 3 dif­fer­ent stances for this kind of push­ing hands.



Bartosz Samitowski

Biog­ra­phy: Bar­tosz is a 2nd lev­el inter­na­tional instruc­tor of I Liq Chuan and an 2nd gen­er­a­tion lin­eage inner door dis­ci­ple of Sam F. S. Chin, the Gate­keeper and Co-founder of the style. He leads his school of I Liq Chuan in War­saw, Poland and has giv­en sem­i­nars in the Unit­ed King­dom, Nor­way and Czech Republic.

Top­ic: I Liq Chuan is called a “mar­tial art of aware­ness”, based on Tai Chi prin­ci­ples and Chan (Zen) phi­los­o­phy. The sem­i­nar will offer an intro­duc­tion to the phi­los­o­phy, con­cepts and prin­ci­ples of the sys­tem and an over­look of the prac­tice of the style with appli­ca­tion in part­ner work:

  • Solo train­ing (“uni­fy the men­tal and phys­i­cal”) — 15 basic exer­cis­es, body mechan­ics, Tai­ji, Yin and Yang, demon­stra­tion of the forms of the style and in-depth part­ner-work with cho­sen appli­ca­tions to show the principles
  • Intro­duc­tion to part­ner train­ing (“uni­fy with the oppo­nent”) – the qual­i­ties of the point of con­tact, full­ness & empti­ness, spin­ning hands and sticky hands exercises.



Paul Silfverstråle

Biog­ra­phy: Has stud­ied Asian mar­tial arts for over 25 years, and is a stu­dent of Dan Docher­ty since 1998. He has lived, trav­elled, prac­ticed and taught exten­sive­ly in Europe, Chi­na and SE Asia, and spent thor­ough time in Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore prac­tic­ing with Wu-style fam­i­ly. Paul is an inter­na­tion­al tour­na­ment win­ner in forms, push­ing hands and San Shou, and many of his stu­dents have also been suc­cess­ful on the inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion are­na. He works pro­fes­sion­al­ly teach­ing and prac­tic­ing Tai Chi Chuan, func­tion­al train­ing and TCM acupuncture.
Top­ic: Five close quar­ter strate­gies in push­ing hands:

  • Mian – Softness
  • Nian – Adherence
  • Lian – Con­ti­nu­ity and connection
  • Sui – To follow/allow
  • Bu Diu Ding – Not oppose and not let­ting go.

Work­ing with these themes in Fixed and Mov­ing Step sce­nario adding applications.
Stu­dent lev­el – Begin­ner and up.



Tomasz (Thomas) Nowakowski

Biog­ra­phy: Tomasz (Thomas) Nowakows­ki liv­ing in Lon­don, visu­al and mar­tial artist. He has stud­ied dif­fer­ent mar­tial arts since 1966 and has been teach­ing T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Qi Gong since 1982. Dur­ing last 30 years Thomas has taught Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong in many coun­tries: Aus­tria, Czech Repub­lic, France, Ger­many, Italy, Poland, Slo­va­kia, Tai­wan and Unit­ed King­dom. He has lead work­shops at his own school as well as for dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies, cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions. Thomas was a judge at Open Nation­al Cham­pi­onship of Tai­wan in 2004. He is co-founder The Cen­tre of Taoist Arts Gold­en Hill (Zlaty Kopec) in Prague, Inter­na­tion­al Push Hands Meet­ing in Prague and founder Tai Chi Art Cen­tre Lon­don. In 1990 he met his cur­rent teacher Dr Ming Wong C.Y. and has stud­ied his fam­i­ly style Tai Chi, Tai Ki Kung San Fung and some tech­niques and the­o­ry of Chi­nese med­i­cine. Thomas is the author of “Shapes of Bal­ance” sys­tem (struc­tured devel­op­ment of perception).

The appli­ca­tion of “Shapes of Bal­ance” sys­tem (struc­tured devel­op­ment of per­cep­tion) into prac­tice with partner.
We will be work­ing with “Lis­ten­ing” (ting jin) and “Inter­pre­ta­tion” (dong jin), feel­ing, con­scious of:

  • bal­ance of structure
  • mind inten­tion
  • tim­ing
  • emis­sion 13 Basic Tai Chi forms of kinet­ic ener­gy (inter­nal force),

in dif­fer­ent lev­el tuishou and applications.
The work­shop is open for begin­ners and advanced.


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