Schedule 2017

Schedule from 6th Inter­na­tional Push Hands Meet­ing 2017 in Prague (15th-17th September 2017)


Fri­day   10:00–13:00
  Prac­tice in pairs  
Sat­ur­day   10:00–13:00
15:00–18:00 19:30–22:00
  Prac­tice in pairs Gala-evening
Sun­day   10:00–13:00
  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.


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.

Top­ics: 3 Cir­cles 5 Bows

The ‘3 Cir­cles’ are exer­cis­es to loosen the joints and help devel­op a deep­er under­stand­ing of inter­nal and exter­nal struc­ture through which to move force.
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.

Mauro Bertoli

Mauro Bertoli, Tai chi Yang


Mau­ro Bertoli start­ed his mar­tial edu­ca­tion when he was still a child, first prac­tis­ing Judo and after going on with Karate.
In 1987 he began to prac­tise Tai Chi Chuan “Yang” style, with the Mas­ter Chang Dsu Yao. After the death of the Founder, he attend­ed sev­er­al events and sem­i­nars held by emi­nent fig­ures of the field.
In 1995 he was acquaint­ed with Mas­ter Yang Lin Sheng and he became his stu­dent, learn­ing main­ly Tai Chi Chuan “Chen” style  and  Yi Chuan.
In 2001 he went on a long study tour around Chi­na, prac­tis­ing with many Masters.
In 2013, togeth­er with a group of qual­i­fied friends, he cre­at­ed ARTY (Asso­ci­azione Ricerche Tai­ji­quan Yiquan) with the aim of spread­ing and enhanc­ing these disciplines.
On novem­ber 2015 he was invit­ed to teach at Tai chi Tcho inter­na­tion­al meet­ing in Switzerland.


  • rela­tion between emp­ty — full and yin — yang
  • cen­ters: how to feel and move them
  • three phas­es of the inner circle

ARTY — Asso­ci­azione Ricerche Tai­ji­quan e Yi quan

Maximiliano Motta


Max­i­m­il­iano Mot­ta start­ed his mar­tial edu­ca­tion at the age of 13, with the prac­tice of the Shaolin Quan at the Chang Dsu Yao School where, at the age of 17, he start­ed study­ing the Tai Chi Chuan Yang style. At the age of 20 he met Mas­ter Yang Lin Sheng, with whom he start­ed the every­day prac­tice of Yi Quan, Tai Chi Chuan Chen Style and of the Xing Yi Quan. Togeth­er with Mas­ter Yang he attend­ed a vari­ety of sem­i­nars and achieves the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Mas­ter in 2005.
He start­ed teach­ing in Milan in 2000 and in the fol­low­ing years he held sem­i­nars in Varese, Par­ma, Milan.
In 1998 he spent two months in Chi­na, as a guest of  Mas­ter Yang.
Here he could improve and refine his qual­i­ties with high-lev­el Mas­ters in Bei­jing and Inner Mongolia.
In 2013, togeth­er with a group of qual­i­fied friends, he cre­at­ed ARTY (Asso­ci­azione Ricerche Tai­ji­quan Yiquan — with the aim of spread­ing and enhanc­ing these disciplines.
On novem­ber 2015 he was invit­ed to teach at Tai chi Tcho inter­na­tion­al meet­ing in Switzerland.
His expe­ri­ence in ARTY is devel­oped also through sem­i­nars with famous Tai­ji­quan Mas­ters like Xue Bin, Sam Masich and others.


  • feel, react and don’t be felt
  • release and spi­rals to move body and pow­er in form and tuei shou
  • rela­tion between bal­ance, place­ment and steps


ARTY — Asso­ci­azione Ricerche Tai­ji­quan e Yi quan

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.

Yield­ing, yield­ing: An impor­tant sen­tence from the classics.
Seek the straight in the curve, first store then discharge!


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).



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