We are preparing the 7th International Push Hands Meeting 2018 in Prague for you.
Dates: 14th-16th September 2018
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|Practice in pairs||Gala-evening|
|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.
Nikolaus Deistler has been studying various Far Eastern martial arts since youth. His focus is on Taijiquan by GM Huang Xing Xian as well as Taiji Tanglangquan (Praying Mantis style). His two main teachers are Master Lau Kung King (direct student of GM Huang) and Master Zhou Zhendong, the lineage holder in Taiji Tanglang in the ninth generation. Niki Deistler successfully participated in several Wushu Championships in China and also introduced some of his students for successful participation in the Austrian Wushu Championships. In 2006 he founded together with his wife, Yonghui D. Yi, TAIJIARTS – association to promote Chinese martial arts and philosophy. He regularly spends a lot of time in China. Niki Deistler is teaching full-time in Vienna. He is a teacher’s trainer of the IQTÖ (representing the interests of Austrian Qigong, Yiquan and Taijiquan teachers), as well as the lecturer for Qigong on the Danube University Krems. His work includes various projects on Taiji and coaching, as well as writing various technical articles.
To make the transition from fixed patterns on the free Pushing Hands as natural as possible, Lau Kung King developed the so-called “Pattern of Hand – Connections”. It concentrates the most powerful and essential elements from the rich Tui Shou repertoire within the tradition of GM Huang Xingxian. First, it is like a fixed pattern and can then be practiced more freely combined and carried out very flexible. For example, from bow stance into the parallel stance, and finally into the broken stance. Beginners have the security, of working within a fixed frame and being able to enjoy a certain flow, while advanced people can improve their timing and try to find the optimal “Point of Issue”. Because each Tui Shou is only as good as its backing, we engage in this workshop on proven exercises of Huang School, such as “Taiji Bamen“ (8 basic forces), or elements from the White Crane.
Taiji arts in Wien (German language)
Since her childhood, Yonghui has been fascinated by the Chinese martial arts. She made her first contact with them at school. Her focus is Taijiquan, but she also has knowledge in Fujian Bai He Quan (white crane style) and in Tanglangquan (Praying Mantis style) – the style of her hometown, Yantai. She learned from teachers as Lau Kung King, Yek Giong and Hao Cong. Since 2011 she has been the close student of Master Wang Lian Yu. In the weapon arts, her priorities are sword and fan. She learned Qigong with masters such as Li Zhi Zhang, Zhang Guangde, Li Xiaoqiu, …
From 83 -90 she studied at the Art School / School of Painting and Applied Arts in China. In Vienna, she graduated from the master class in oil painting with Prof. Hutter and Hundertwasser at Vienna (90−96). Since 1988 numerous publications in art magazines and periodic exhibitions in China and Austria. Teaching at the Liao Ning art school in China, and director of numerous courses in Vienna.
Employment with new expression methods for traditional techniques of Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. 2016 calendar design with Wang Ning for Taiji & Qigong Journal, in cooperation with Taiji Europe. Currently, Yonghui teaches Taijiquan, Qigong, weapons, and trad. Chinese painting.
Taijiquan – The interplay of structure and releasing
If Taijiquan is broken down into its components, mostly two things remain. Structure and releasing (song), in both physical and mental processes. The body needs structure, i.e. an erection to be able to let coordinated movement arise. It will be properly effective only by releasing into these structures. This creates rootedness and active compounds through which we can neutralize (Jin) and release forces.
Even mentally it needs a clear focus (Yi) to successfully carry out the respective tasks. But if this too rigid, we lose our ability to change. Therefore, it also needs on the mental plane, a release from the intention. This crossing – over workshop will be based on some solo – and partner exercises to illuminate this core issue. With these mechanisms, we come to a better understanding of the basic forces and the various possibilities of application in Taijiquan. The exercises can then be easily integrated into any training system.
Taiji arts in Wien (German language)
Judith van Drooge
Judith van Drooge has practised Yang Lineage Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster William C.C. Chen since 1999, with great pleasure and devotion. She is an all-around practitioner who successfully competed in national and international tournaments attaining gold, silver and bronze medals in Forms (weapons), Chi Kung and Push Hands. Judith has her own school in Zwolle, the Netherlands and has been a regular teacher at most of the major European Tai Chi events.
Pushing Hands – Intuitive free movement.
Everybody has their own natural responsiveness. How do you react to a situation, for example; pressure from outside? Do you have access to your instinct or do you always use a filter of thinking so that emotions influence your reaction? How do you regulate these emotions? We are mirrors for each other and we can learn from each other. We are going to test our grounding and investigate the benefits of relaxation, body posture and breathing. The skin is the biggest organ we have with many functions, the touch of the skin gives you information about the directions of someone’s intentions. By practising push hands you learn to recognise and discipline your feelings and responses according to them. Every action has a reaction. Yin and Yang. Your battle within and with your surrounding world.
Inner Touch Tai Chi Centrum in Zwolle (Dutch language)
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).
“When you understand a technique, you know a technique. When you understand a concept, you know a thousand of techniques.”
Understanding a concept is the core of my Shapes of Balance teaching system.
The topic of my workshop will be practical research a concept of Chang San Feng 13th Fundamental Forms Tai Chi in individual forms and their applications with partner in Tuishou (Pushing Hands). Based on the comparison examples from San Feng and Yang styles. We will be working with timing, coordination, balance of structure and awareness of movements in action with partner.