Author Archives: Ronnie Robinson

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relaxation dvdSome time ago Nils Klug and I as part of our Taiji Europa project created a special dvd on the theme of relaxation. Simply entitled “Relaxation” the DVD features 8 of Europe’s key instructors proving simple, yet highly practical exercises designed to relax the body, calm the mind and stimulate the body’s natural healing energies.

The DVD includes Nabil Ranné, Ronnie Robinson, Cornelia Gruber, Wilhelm Mertens among others.

Relaxation DVD

 

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Gianfranco-Fajing

Gianfranco Pace, on of our weekend instructors, who no doubt will remain with us for the week, demonstrates the smooth transition from soft, smooth qigong to explosive fajing!

 

Keeping in going….

PHG-142As bookings are starting to come in I’m continuing to look for ways to make our event more accessible with including more meaningful and easy to comprehend information on our website. I’ve just updated our “Week” page and added a few more images and have contacted other instructors to get their’s too. If there is anything you think we may have missed just get in touch and we’ll try to arrange it.

 

I recently returned from the 14th Push Hands Meeting in Hannover (Click here for my review) where I spent some quality social time with Barry McGinlay and Emma North of Tai Chi Life and Gianfranco Pace & Margherita Padalino of the International Taijiquan KungFu Association. We also discussed the possibility of adding some additional aspects to this year’s Tai Chi Caledonia, one of the suggestions being early morning ‘boot camp’ for those who have a mind to. We’ll be talking further over the next few weeks or so….

 

Meetings like the Push Hands event also allows me the opportunity to see friends and instructors old and new like Paul Silfverstrale, Sonja Schillo and Henk Jannsen. Lau K King, a  20 years+ close student of Huang Sheng Shyan whom I hadn’t seen for a few years and I spent some pleasant times together and we could well see him at a future Tai Chi Caledonia soon.

 

Pushing Push Hands

Scottish Push Hands Meeting

Scottish Push Hands Meeting

It seems that I’ve found myself in the favourable position of sitting right in between two push hands gathering… The first Scottish Push Hands meeting went down well in Glasgow last Sunday afternoon with 26 eager participants turning up to sense, listen, grasp, lock and push each other for nigh on four hours. With at least five different schools attending variety was the order of the day and the seeds are now firmly sown to allow us all to grow and develop a little further.

On Tuesday I fly, with my trust companion Al Scott, to visit long-term friend and business partner, Nils Klug as he hosts the 13th International Push Hands Meeting in his native Hannover, Germany. Having attended for 12 of these 13 long years it will be a pleasure to once again encounter old friends to share in the game of tui shou.

There are many approaches to the art of push hands and because of this I chaired a discussion group at Tai Chi Caledonia in 2007 entitled, “Why Push Hands.”

Tai Chi Sword – Ken Van Sickle

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I’m delighted to announce that through one of my other activities, which I co-manage with my German colleague, Nils Klug,  that we are entering the world of book publishing.

We are also particularly proud to feature Ken Van Sickle as our first author with his imaginative and insightful look at the Tai Chi Sword.

 

Scottish Push Hands Meeting

Pushing Hands UK 2011, Workshop with Daan Hengst

One of the main reasons for starting Tai Chi Caledonia was to allow the few of us that were interested to get an opportunity to meet, learn and share with other practitioners, particularly in the field of push hands. Since these early days we have seen a plethora of annual push hands meetings in various European locations: Germany, Czech Republic, UK and Italy. And Tai Chi Life have had their weekly open exchange in London’s Regents Park.

Now we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and exchange in Glasgow, the meeting taking place at In the Moment Yoga Centre, 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow on Sunday 2nd February from 13:00 – 17:00. There’s no need to book, just come along and the cost of the room hire will be divided by who’s there.

New Year, New Start

So the holidays are over, some of us have rested, some of us have over-indulged but, by now, we’re all looking to join the New Year, get our heads down and do all the things we need to do to survive, to grow and to develop a little more each day.

Tai Chi Caledonia 2014 is in place, we’re working day be day to bring you the news and look for ways to make this year’s event, educational, stimulating and above all providing you with invaluable tools in which to develop your art further.

The bones of our website are now in place and we’re working to integrate even more features to allow you to be kept unto date with new or additional aspects to our event.

We also include space for you to let us know what you’d like and perhaps also play a part on forming our final program of events.

Chen Tai Chi – Nabil Ranné
Click on above link to see a video clip of one of this year’s Instructors performing