On this, our 21st event in addition to our usual high level instructors we have invited some special new guests to join us for the weekend. We have a total of 15 instructors joining us, 8 for the full week’s duration and an additional 7 as weekend guests.
As usual we consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to host a selection of high quality teachers, from Europe and beyond, offering an interesting and varied range of workshops, something which we believe offers valuable educational material for all tastes and approaches to these arts.
Niki Diestler studied various martial arts since his youth. His primary focus is on his study of Taijiquan by Grand Master Huang Xingxian 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, lineage holder in Taiji Tanglang in the ninth generation. He has successfully participated in several Wushu Championships in China.
In 2006 he and his wife, Yonghui D.- Yi, founded TAIJIARTS – association to promote Chinese martial arts and philosophy. He is a professional full-time teacher in Vienna and is a teacher’s trainer of the IQTÖ as well as lecturer for Qigong on the Danube University. His work includes various projects on Taiji and coaching and writing technical articles. www.taijiarts.at
Yonghui Deistler-Yi was born in China and between1983-1990 she studied Fine Art at Shandong Art School and from1990 to1996 she studied oilpainting with Prof. Hutter and Hundertwasser. Since 1988 she has been frequently published in art magazines and participated in major exhibitions in China and Austria. She lectured at Liao Ning Art Academy and is a consultant for various exercise courses and workshops in Austria. She has loved Chinese martial arts since childhood on has taught Taijiquan and Qigong in Austria for many years. Whether teaching Taijiquan or painting, on Yonghui provides a good insight to Chinese culture, leading students to a better understanding of their arts. www.taijiarts.at
James Lau K King was born in Malaysia and studied with Grandmaster Huang Sheng Shyan since 1977, focusing on push hands, self defence and health aspects of taijiquan. In his teachings he shares his experiences and practical methodology. He is a very open minded and a happy Taiji Crazy Man…..a inventor of Taiji-Bone,founder of KingTaiji Studio in Sarawak practicing the combination Art of Taiji,White Crane ,Qin-Na and Lohan Zhang. He has been teaching in the western world since 1999 conducting workshops and seminars in Germany, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Austria, Japan, Australia, Korea, United States of America,United Kingdom and, more recently, Slovenia.
Emma Lee Emma is a World Tai Chi gold medallist and two times European Tai Chi pushing hands champion.She has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong since 2002. In January 2010, Emma became Barry McGinlay’s first apprentice and trainee assistant teacher for Tai Chi Life School. Emma has additionally been taught by masters Simon Watson, Richard Watson, Wang Yanji, Professor Li Deyin, Faye (Li) Yip, and Tary Yip. Emma has also travelled to China several times to reinforce her Tai Chi training. Emma is recognised as an Intermediate Instructor by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) and is a certified instructor of the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA).. www.taichilife.com
Frederic Plewniak teaches Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in Strasbourg, France. Since 1999 he has been deeply engaged in research and experimentations to uncover the martial aspects of Taijijian from basic fencing notions and martial applications of the Yangjia Michuan Kunlun sword routine to free sword sparring. http://taijijian.free.fr
Helmut Oberlack has studied Taijiquan and Qigong extensively. It was through him that Ronnie was able to learn the third Shibashi set from Prof. Lin Hou Sheng and Helmut has kindly stepped in to ensure that this workshop can go ahead as planned.
Giovambattista Scavo (GB) has studied Taijiquan since 1996 with Gianfranco Pace, and is one of his closest collaborators. He is part of the ITKA technical commission, looking after the running of the main centre of ITKA in Sicily. He closely supports Master Pace in “Taiji College”. He attends courses of Chenshi Taijiquan, Qigong, Chenjiagou Kungfu and TSD System. In ITKA main center he manages the teacher courses for CJG Kungfu and the personal training for novice/intermediate level teachers.www.itkataiji.com
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-round practitioner who successfully competed in national and international tournaments attaining Gold, Silver and Gold medals in Forms (weapons), Chi Kung and Push Hands. Judith has has her own school in Zwolle, the Netherlands and has been a regular teacher at most of the major European Tai Chi events. www.inner-touch.nl
Fred Behar commenced his martial art studies in 1975 with Shotokan Karate, followed by American and French boxing, kick boxing, Judo, Kung Fu, Viet Vo Dao and Taekwondo. He has been studying Tai Chi since 1985 and teaching it since 1991. He has successfully competed in international competitions. His specialism is The Way of Non-Force in push hands. He is based in France and Thailand and holds regular workshops around the world.
Valter Doldi began his martial arts journey with Judo, passing on to Karate when he was 12. He gave up Karate in 1992 in order to study Tai Chi Chuan. After three year’s instruction with his instructor Oscar Janno, close to M° Chang Dsu Yao, he was presented to M° Franco Mescola and entered the Centro Ricerche Tai Chi where he now teaches and is a member of the Technical and Management Committee. http://www.taichi.it
Henk Janssen has practised Yang style Taijiquan since 1976 with Y.T. Phoa, Rob and Erich Völke and Daniel Smit. He has taught Qigong and Taijiquan since 1985. Tui Shou is one of his favorite tools. He has successfully competed in national and international pushing hands tournaments and is also a dedicated swordsman and musician.
Barry McGinlay is a World Tai Chi champion, European Gold medalist, and Coach to National, European and World Champions. He is certified as an Advanced Instructor by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, and Instructor of the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain. His teachers include Master Simon Watson, Master Richard Watson, Master Wang Yanji, Professor Li Deyin, Master Faye Li Yip and Master Tary Yip under the lineage of Master Li Tianji. With over 30 years of experience, Barry is a professional martial artist who teaches internal and external martial arts to a diverse range of students. www.taichilife.com
Ben Morris has studied East Asian martial arts for over 20 years: Kyushindo Judo, Taiji, Xing Yi & Bagua. He is an active competitor winning several national and international competitions in tui shou and ground grappling. He has published a number of books on martial arts/philosophies of the orient. He lectures in Health Psychology at Leeds Trinity University. www.yiheyuan.co.uk
Yazi Lui is from Xian Yang city in China and has over 40 years experience of both external and internal forms of martial arts, training since the age of 8. At 15 years he was introduced to Tai Ji and became a lineage student of Pei Guo Qing, training exclusively in Zhao Bao Tai Ji, Qi Gong, and Tui Na. He has been teaching since 1993 and since 2005 has been a lineage student of Master Li Tian Xiang – Chen Style, gaining permission to teach in 2013. www.azitaiji.com
Gillian Reid Was born in London. Since 1992 has been studying the art of Tai Chi Chuan and spiral chi kung, known as The Biospirals Method, in Venice with the Italian Tai Chi Research Assosiation, founded by Master Franco Mescola, where she graduated and currently teaches.