We are preparing the 8th International Push Hands Meeting 2019 in Prague for you.
Dates: 13th-15th September 2019
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- 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.
Tina Faulkner Elders
Tina began training as a young child in Gong Fu and Chin Na with her father, Gordon Faulkner. During this time Gordon was also teaching the internal practices and meditations of Mantak Chia. Over the years Gordon would frequently host one of Mantak Chia’s most senior students and illustrator, Juan Li. These early encounters sparked a lifelong curiosity for Tina and an eagerness to learn Taiji.
At twenty she moved to Beijing to study Daoyin Yangsheng Gong at the Beijing Sports University, graduating in 1996. At this time she entered international competitions, winning a number of medals. Whilst living in Beijing, Tina began studying with Master Shi Ming, a national treasure of China and author of Mind Over Matter.
On her return from China, Tina oped her own school in Aberdeen (Scotland) and taught regularly in America. She had the privilege of studying with and hosting Professor Li DeYin on a number of occasions and also acting as ambassador when Professor Li DeYin was invited to teach in New Hampshire, America.
Tina has continued to return to China, over the years, studying ‘Health Qigong’ known as Daoyin Yangsheng Gong at the Sports University of Beijing.
Around ten years ago Tina was introduced to Master Chen LiSheng, 15th Generation Disciple of Wudang Xuanwu. Tina’s school has recently been awarded the first Teaching Cooperation to the Wudang Daoist Wuji Gongfu Academy, thereby creating a direct cultural link to Wudang Mountain. Now her continued self cultivation takes her to WuDang to study Taijiquan, Qigong and more recently Baguazhang with Master Chen.
Tina regularly hosts Master Chen LiSheng in the UK and organises study trips to the Wudang Daoist Wuji Gongfu Academy, Wudang, China.
Her school has been running private and public classes as well as teaching in the healthcare sector for nearly twenty years. Some of the organisations include the Confucius Institute of Aberdeen and the Maggie Centre for cancer care.
Sān Quān (3 Circles)
The ‘3 Circles’ are exercises to loosen the kuà, jiān and yāo; they are considered fundamental to help develop a deeper understanding of internal and external structure through which to move force.
Wu Gōng (5 Bows)
The ‘5 Bows’ posture looks to develop an understanding of connectivity through the body.
All of these exercises work on the more subtle art of Ting Jing (listening energy), enabling a person to focus the mind and utilize the body correctly to develop their practices.
Gordon Faulkner is the Director and Principal Instructor of the Chanquanshu School of Daoist Arts, a school that teaches Yangsheng (nourishing the vital principle) practices that cover martial, medical and meditational arts.
Recognised for his outstanding abilities in these fields in both the West and inside China, in the early 1990’s he was invited to study the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong system with Professor Zhang Guangde (one China’s ‘national living treasures’) of the Beijing University of Physical Education. Later he became one of the first Westerners to be qualified as a Senior International Judge certified by the China Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association and the China Wushu Society.
Later still, in an official ceremony held at the same university, Professor Zhang accepted him as a closed door disciple (Ru Shi Di Zi) and made him a successor to the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong lineage, where he has been encouraged by the university to start production of health routines for the western climate.
He is the President for Scotland & Wales in the European Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Federation, Specialist Advisor to the UK Qigong Teachers Association and for a time he was part of the International Healing Tao organization and was a Director of the European Healing Tao Instructors Association. Gordon Faulkner has taught throughout Europe and the USA and regularly gives seminars at Traditional Chinese Medicine conferences.
On the therapeutic side Gordon is a practitioner and teacher of Chinese Therapeutic Massage.
Named ‘You Lisu’ at a ceremony at Wudang Mountain (the birthplace of Taijiquan) he became a disciple of Master You Xuande and was inducted as a 15th generation master of Wudang boxing.
Gordon is an Armed Forces Veteran with 22 years’ service in the Royal Air Force and in that time has had martial training with, been trained by, and ultimately trained members of all branches the British Armed Forces. He was a founder member and General Secretary of the Royal Air Force Martial Arts Federation until retirement from military service.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding.
Author of the award-winning book ‘Managing Stress with Qigong’ from Singing Dragon Publications. The exercises in this book are in use in several Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.
Chù Shou (Touch Hands)
The sense of touch is subtle but powerful. The palms and fingertips in particular take in a huge amount of information, feeling and reading their environment. It is through the sense of touch that we can communicate, understand and respond in a push hands setting. Importantly, it is not just about receiving information, it is about how we interpret the information received.
Tàijí Qín Ná (Seize & Hold)
Using the more subtle and internal principles of Tàijí to manipulate joints and control limbs.
Zbigniew Tracz – Zbyszek comes from Poland. He started learning the art of Tai Chi Chuan in 1995. From the beginning until now has been learning in school Center of Taoist Arts Golden Hill of Tomasz Nowakowski. Since 1999 he has been in this school as an instructor.
He practices the styles Yang (Tomasz Nowakowski) and Chang Sam Fung Tai Ki Kung (Dr Ming Wong C. Y, Tomasz Nowakowski).
We will work on how to find relaxation and optimal body posture while staying in touch with a partner. We will treat push-hands practice as an opportunity to develop sensitivity, study our own balance, possibilities and limitations, and to recognize the same in another person. The workshop will be a chance to talk about it on many levels.
Centre of Taoist Arts Golden Hill (home page)
Biography: Started his Tai Ji practice 1997 under leadership of prof. Mario Topolsek, later studied with masters Zhai Hong Yun, Zhai Jun, Zhai Feng and Dou Wan Chun. Since 2008 he began to follow the traditional taoist lineage in kung fu academy in Wudang, China. He was accepted as a member of 16th generation and school continuator there.
He is currently working on engaging the practice of internal qi gong techniques in combination with wild mountain riding in the countryside where the direct self-reflection is necessary.
Topic: Taiji body work out. Strengthening and prolonging the basic movements of Taiji, building inner strength through fluidity. Resistance training. Strengthening finger structure — Position and Qi Gong. Using snake techniques for tui shows. The seminar will not include tui show training.
- Floating clouds (home page, Czech)
- Wudang Kung Fu Academy for Traditional Taoist Internal Martial Arts
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.