Our residential program this year will take as it’s theme ” Don’t just do the exercise – feel and think about the movement in your body.”
The program has the following points for students to consider:
History and fore runners
Shaolin, Bodidhama, Buddhism, Yoga, Chi Kung, Chin na, traditional Chinese medicine, theories of 5 elements, theory of Chi and meridians, Taoism, Power vs Yielding,
Sensing the feeling of movement
The place of weapons
Identifying: Relax, Move from the centre, All moves at once,
Mapping the space – partner work
Links to other approaches – Chi kung, Yoga, Pilates, Karate, various Kung Fu eg Shaolin, meditation, Taoism, Yiquan,
Very slow practice, fast and loose practice, standing, creating your own exercises,
Large movement, small movement,
Making and feeling connection
The place of meditation
Theory of martial arts – what are we seeking to achieve?
Structure, balance, fluidity,
The place of fighting, studying conflict, balancing forces, Tai chi in daily life, the path of martial arts – combative, healing, wisdom/understanding.
To those who are coming – I look forward to seeing you there – if you are not joining us then maybe the notes will give you something useful to think about.
All the best in your practice.