Week-Long Sessions 2020

From Monday to Thursday you can train for two and a half hours each morning and afternoon. Each day you can work on 2 separate disciplines (one from category A and one from category B) for 2.5 hours each, totalling 5 hours per day. This allows for 10 hours of intensive training in each of your chosen disciplines over 4 days. Please select one from each category.

A1 Neigong Solo and Partner Internal Work – Gianfranco Pace

Accessible to all

Exploring the internal aspects of Taijiquan by examining 5 forces: structure, elastic, spiral, explosive and sensitive force. During the week this study, solo and with a partner, will give an appreciation of internal movement.

A2 Wudang 8 Powers Taijiquan– Tina Faulkner Elders

Accessible to all

A fundamental form that is the foundation of all Wudang Taijiquan.

It incorporates Wuji standing and Taiji ball holding, the interchange of Yin and Yang and the prime 8 movements (Ba Fa) of Taijiquan.

A3 Baguazhang Fan – Sonja Schillo  

Accessible to all

Spiral energy is a source of creation and regeneration which flows in all living beings. In this workshop we will warm up with basic exercises of Baguazhang and continue to learn various interesting techniques of the Baguazhang fan.

While whirling and swirling, walking in circles and constantly twisting the body, we will easily experience the natural spiral energy which is released in the opening and collected in the closing fan techniques.

 

A4 Risk-Free Exploration of Practical Aspects of Taijiquan – Saza Krauter

Accessible to all 

Partner work helps us find a safe posture and way of practice. Everyone will have  the opportunity to test their own structure and stance 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) and simple applications for self-defense. Thus, we will experience the joyful possibility

B1 Taiji Thirteen Power Sword – Sam Masich

Accessible to all

As with taijiquan barehand practices, the thirteen-power theory is fundamental to taijijian. ‘Burst,’ stab,’ ‘split,’ ‘point,’ ‘stir,’ ‘lash,’ ‘uplift,’ ‘carry,’ ‘strike,’ ‘cross,’ ‘press-down,’ ‘intercept,’ and ‘clear’—the thirteen sword energies—are found not only in taiji sword literature, but in that of the Wudang sword as well. In these sessions, Sam will present solo and partner sword practices that extend one’s understanding the entire art of taijiquan.

B2 The Mother Sequence – Margherita Padalino

Accessible to all

This qigong set tells the ‘story of Taijiquan movement’, whose fundamental principles can be practised through simple but profound exercises. From the principles of connecting and alternating to oscillating in the centre; from spiral force to movement on a point, this sequence could revolutionise your Taijiquan practice.

B3 Interpreting the Taiji Classics Through Sensing Hands – Ben Morris

Interpreting the tai chi classics through the medium of partner work. Over the 4 days we will continue looking at how we can nurture and express the 8 essential energies with a mixture of theoretical interpretations and practical applications (resting more on the practical) and while it follows on from last year’s work it is equally accessible to newcomers.

B4 In Between – Meditation & Movement – Margret Stürz 

Accessible to all

Inner quietness is the basis of Qigong and Taiji-practice. We will consider the relationship between quietness and movement and investigate both the internal and external aspects of each using two qigong exercises:

Neigong – Inner Exercises  and  Waigong – external exercises.

These will give us the right balance of Meditation, Imagination, Breath, Qi and Consciousness to make us truly present.