Taiji Seminar November

Taiji Seminar November 2013

I am very proud to be sharing the news that my friend and peer Mat Ward will be our guest instructor in Horsham this autumn. I cannot rate Mat highly enough in regards to his knowledge, experience and passion for internal martial arts. This is a chance to look at the relevance of partner work in Tai Chi practice. Here’s an extract of Mat’s article below regarding the benefits:

“As well as revealing valuable insights into our relationship with others and the Universe another reason to study partner work is that your solo Tai Chi postures can be tested to reveal if they ‘feel’ correct. If you emulate a Tai Chi posture but get easily pushed over then you know that this posture cannot be right. Your partner can help you to go deeper in your root, improve your balance and posture and ultimately help you to master the true art of real Tai Chi not just to emulate Tai Chi like movements…”

Instructor: Mat Ward of Inner Harmony School

Seminar: Tai Chi Partner Work, Push Hands, Applications, Posture Testing.

Level: Open to all Chen style Tai Chi students who have reasonable experience of the first five movements of the form;

  1. Opening Posture
  2. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar
  3. Lazy Tying Coat
  4. Six Sealing Four Closing
  5. Single Whip

Date: Saturday 16th November 2013

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Advance Fee: £25 (cash or bank transfer)

On the Day Fee: £30 cash only

Venue/Map/Parking: Unitarian Church Hall, Worthing Road, Horsham, Rh12 1SL

In Mat’s Own Words:

The true purpose for undertaking Tai Chi training is to help you to understand the mysteries of the Universe. This path of meditation and deep contemplation is not an easy one and can take many years and hours of dedicated practise to achieve even a basic understanding of the complex philosophies of Taoism.

There are two main aspects that will help you ensure that you live a long life so that you can achieve this. The first aspect is to understand about Health. This includes the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine, meridian anatomy, aspects of Chi, longevity breathing, relaxation, posture, massage techniques, nutrition and an understanding of how and why Tai Chi exercises are good for you.

The second aspect of correct Tai Chi training is to learn how we can protect ourselves from evil people who would want to hurt us or even cut our life short. This means that to understand true Tai Chi we must also study all of the self-defence aspects, how to hurt others, how to understand the weaknesses of the human body , to exploit tension and bad balance and to study martial science.

These two aspects are also of course completely inseparable. To study and understand balance, posture and relaxation are all good for our physical and mental health but will also give us the power to exploit an opponent’s weakness.

Many people believe that Tai Chi partner work is all about fighting but this is just one aspect of the art. The true purpose of partner exercises, just like the rest of Tai Chi, is to help us understand the Universe and our relationship with it. If we tense up and move backwards when someone touches us this reveals aspects of our Yin nature as our fear makes us tense up and retreat. When we tense up and push back towards our partner, this reveals our Yang more aggressive fearful nature.

As well as revealing valuable insights into our relationship with others and the Universe another reason to study partner work is that your solo Tai Chi postures can be tested to reveal if they ‘feel’ correct. If you emulate a Tai Chi posture but get easily pushed over then you know that this posture cannot be right. Your partner can help you to go deeper in your root, improve your balance and posture and ultimately help you to master the true art of real Tai Chi not just to emulate Tai Chi like movements…

View over Mat performing Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi.

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