September 21st to 23rd, 2012
|Friday, 21. 9. 2012||Zhai Hua
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|Saturday, 22. 9. 2012||Tomasz Nowakowski
Sasa Krauter (Unfortunately, she could not attend because she was sick.)
|Practice in pairs||Gala-evening|
|Sunday, 23. 9. 2012||Paul Silfverstråle
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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.
- Practical Tai Chi Chuan (home page)
- Wudang Practical Tai Chi Chuan Short Handform (video)
- Leg exercise in Holland (video)
- Basic Entry — Change & Turn (video)
Biography: Nils Klug has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1988 and has been teaching since 1990. In the same year, Nils began studying with Grand Master William C. C. Chen, and became his certified instructor in 1993, the same year he founded his own Tai Chi Chuan school in Hannover, Germany. In addition to his personal training with eminent instructors such as William C. C. Chen & Dr Tao Ping Siang. Nils has been an active promoter of tai chi chuan through his annual Push Hands Meeting, the largest push hands meeting in Europe, and his regular teaching in Europe, where he also serves as President of the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe. Nils produced a few Tai Chi Chuan DVD’s and is working together with Ronnie Robinson on a European Tai Chi Chuan- and Qigong- portal called “Taiji-Europa”.
Topic: Tai Chi Body Mechanics in Push Hands
We will work on the connection of feet and fingers, “Sung Kua” and the “Metaphysical Heart”. The workshop is open for beginners and advanced.
- Tai Chi Studio Hannover (home page)
- International Push Hands Meetings in Hannover
- Taiji Europa — Das Portal für Tai Chi Chuan und Qigong
Biography: Bartosz Samitowski has been studying Chinese martial arts since 1991. He trained several styles of traditional gongfu, including 10 years of Tai Chi Chuan. Since he met his current Sifu – Sam F. S. Chin, the lineage holder of I Liq Chuan, his entire focus of study shifted to this Art. With Master Chin’s approval, he opened an official I Liq Chuan school in Warsaw. Serving as an international instructor of CFILCA (Chin Family I Liq Chuan Association), he gives regular seminars in Poland, UK and Norway.
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.
Biography: Zdenek Kurfürst is a student of Jim Uglow (who is a student of Yang Ma-lee from Yang Family). Zdenek has studied Asian Martial Arts for over 25 years and he is currently professionally teaching Yang family Tai Chi Chuan in Brno and Prague. He is regularly travelling to London to learn from his teacher and also to Hong Kong to learn from the Yang family. His other career is Traditional Chinese Feng Shui.
Topic: Traditional Tui Shou (Teui Sau) Training in Yang Jia Tai Ji Quan (Yeung Ga Taai Gik Kyun)
The workshop is open for all levels practitioners.
- Taijiquan of Yang Family (home page in Czech language)
Biography: Sasa Krauter did a master in sports and education, is a sports therapist (DVGS) and a Taijiquan and Qigong teacher (WCTAG, DDQT).
She is involved in the training of future sports therapists and Taiji instructors in Germany and Europe. Since the mid 80’s Sasa Krauter has developed an active interest in eastern philosophies, martial arts and in particular self-defense. Besides the martial aspect, she is especially interested in the therapeutic and mental sides of Taijiquan. She is also practicing Zazen.
Chen Taijiquan according to Chen Xiaowang has become her path, which combines health, mental development and martial art. She perceives Taijiquan as a possibility to educate body and mind. In her classes her objective is to transmit some of the richness of this art.
Push-hands helps us find a safe posture and practice determination. Everyone has the possibility to test one’s own structure and one’s own stand in a playful way through a sequence of methodically developed exercises.
This may include exercises like fixed-step Push Hands (Dingbu) as well as moving-steps Push Hands (Houbu) or also simple applications for self-defense. Thus, push-hands offers a joyful possibility to explore martial aspects of Taijiquan without risk.
Biography: Ronnie Robinson has studied taijiquan and qigong since 1981 and has been a regular instructor at major European events since the mid-1990’s and is an active promoter of Chinese Internal Arts serving as Secetary of the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe, Editor of Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental Arts magazine (UK) and co-Director of Taiji Europa – an international web portal.
Topic: A Meditative Approach to Tui Shou (push hands)
In these sessions we will try to apply to tools of stillness and listening to allow us to explore the qualities of structure, awareness, root, focus and intent. Accessible to all irrespective or experience.
Biography: Shifu Zhai Hua practices Chinese wushu since her early childhood. Her first teacher was her father Zhai Hong Yin who brought her very soon to first places of wushu competitions. She continued with her study at university in Tian Jin and after finishing with her study she continued to Singapur, where she became the main teacher of Association Chin Woo. That time she met grandmaster Zhu Tiancai, one of the four Buddha warriors from Chenjiagou, became his personal student and so represents the 24th generation of Chen Taijiquan teachers.
In 1996, she moved to Prague, Czech Republic. She founded the Czech Athletic Association Chin Woo, where she continued to teach shaolin kung fu, Chen Taijiquan and other wushu styles. Mastering of a huge spectrum of wushu practices and lifelong experience with teaching makes her a very versatile and experienced teacher who is able to estimate talents and potential of students.
She recently leads wushu school Zhai Hua Wushu Institute which at the one side offers taiji classes for a wide audience and at the other side trains wushu team to master advanced wushu for competitions and exhibitions. She is a director of Czech Wushu Association which promotes Chinese cultural heritage in wider context including traditional Chinese food she serves in her newly opened restaurant with homemade Jiao Zi.
Topic: Fighting aspect of tui shou
- Coming out of basic movement principle of Chen Taijiquan called Silk reeling
- Understanding of hidden lever techniques
- Perception of partner’s movement, art of bodily understanding of his intentions and attack leading.
- Zhai Hua Wushu Institute (home page)
- Tui Shou Chen Taijiquan (video)
- Zhai Hua Wushu Institut YouTube Video Channel
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
- 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.
Biography: Laura Stone celebrates 40 years of practicing and teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Her primary teacher is Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. Other teachers that have inspired her include Dr. Tao Ping-siang, Master Peter Ralston and Master Tuan You-chang.
Along with the basic principles of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, core themes for Laura are contact, space, grounding and harmony, in oneself and with others, also under stress. In addition, she is fascinated with the art of push/sensing hands and T’ai Chi boxing as embodied metaphors for relationship.
Meditation, piano, psychotherapy and body-mind disciplines are part of the mix that inform her T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Laura founded The Studio School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Deventer, The Netherlands) in 1996 (www.thestudiotaichi.nl)
Topic: The joy of relationship and playful interaction
In these workshops we will:
Investigate the dynamics of effortless movement and power. Play with soft complete contact while allowing space for oneself and one’s partner. Become aware of the application and release of pressure. Discover habitual patterns and new ways of responding. Rest in the present moment. Experience the joy of playful interaction.
The foundation is Grandmaster William C. C. Chen’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The workshops will be given as a progressive series and are open to all styles and levels of practice. The exact content of individual and partner (push hands and applications) practice will unfold according to those present.
- www.thestudiotaichi.nl (home page)