Program

Altes_Logo_Push_Hands_MeetingThe current Meeting will take place on 11- 15 of April 2018 in Hannover, Germany.
Arrival: Tuesday, 10.04.2018, from 20.00 hours onwards!

Schedule:

9:30 hour presentations of the teachers and selection of workshop
10:00 – 13:00 hours Workshops
13:00 – 15:00 hours Midday break
15:00 – 17:45 hours Free push hands

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Wednesday,
11.04.2018

Barry McGinlay

 Frederick Behar Hella Ebel
Thursday,
12.04.2018
Barry McGinlay Frederick Behar Hella Ebel
Friday,
13.04.2018

Barry McGinlay

Frederick Behar  Ivo Marvan
Saturday,
14.04.2018

Barry McGinlay

Gabriele Laritz Ivo Marvan
Sunday,
15.04.2018

Barry McGinlay

Gabriele Laritz Ivo Marvan

Early Morning Qigong

To give you a relaxing start into the day, Qi Gong will be offered from 08.45 am to 9.30 am on April, 12th – 14th.

Mornings

Workshops with international teachers: Deepen your knowledge, refine your skills!
Check out our guest teachers and their workshops here.

Afternoons

Free Push Hands – Play? Fight? Explore!

Free Push Hands is formless, creating random patterns. Working with a partner and leaving the form behind, you can explore the form of formlessness.

Playing, fighting, dancing, experimenting, … – No matter which your favorite view of personal interaction or martial arts is, all boils down to communicative action. Push Hands is not about speaking and explaining – we use our hands and bodies to feel and to communicate.

The single rule of trying to follow the Taiji principles with respect for your partner allows you to experience Taijiquan in a non-formalized way as a practical martial art. In bodily communication with your partner, you can safely explore the meaning behind the Taiji Classics and the unique challenges going with it:
How to effectively eliminate body tension?
How to align body, mind and spirit in action?
How to deal with fear and aggression?
How to put your intention into a non-wilful action?
How to meet hardness with softness?

Merging with others without losing yourself, you are also invited to dance with questions of everyday life:
How to stay focused while going with the flow?
Why to invest in loss?
When to lead and when to follow?
How to create meaningful communication?

This common communicative background of Taijiquan allows practitioners of different styles to practice and work together on their understanding of the principles. Join us and let’s go a bit of our way together!

Beginners

NEW – Continuous beginners’ program: Discover Push Hands!

Push Hands (Tui Shou) means feeling or hitting hands and it is one of the most important partner exercises of Taijiquan. Depending on the individual approach it can represent an opportunity to practice the basic principles in respectful partner-work, a possibility to try out one’s limits, a technique of non-verbal communication (hearing by feeling) or a transition from form work to free fighting.
For all of you who are interested in Push Hands but never had the chance to get a basic introduction into the partner-work of Push Hands, there will be a special 5-days course for beginners in the mornings.
If possible, you can bring along your (future) training partner to learn some of the central basic exercises together. This will make training at home much more efficient. If you want to attend on your own, a partner will be found on the spot; during the workshop the partners will be changed regularly anyway.

Pushing Hands for non-Taiji people – What can you learn along the way?

There are many aspects of Pushing Hands that you may come across in your daily private and professional life. Far beyond the realm of martial arts, one may develop a feeling for situations, people and — last but not least — for oneself. Pushing Hands is also a great opportunity to reflect on your habits and reaction patterns.

Some examples:

Body language
How do bodies communicate? How to read the communication of others? How do you appear? How do others appear to you?

Presence
How to present yourself? Am I acting according to the situation? Am I present?

Space
How do I preserve my space? How do I (unjustly?) invade the space of others?

Position
How do I correctly analyze somebody’s position? How could I defend my position (my argumentation, my plan) if necessary?

Listening and Following
Am I able to listen? Can I follow – or do I provoke a conflict? What can I do if “nobody listens”? How can I follow the flow?

Creating momentum
How to follow your impulse without leaving your (business) partner behind? How to change a set rhythm to gain liveliness? How to animate others to play along? How to create momentum out of conflicts?

Calmness
How to remain calm in an insecure situation? How to settle (into) a conflict? How to regain power by resting in movement?

Pushing Hands is incredibly simple and at the same time overwhelming in its complexity. It is easy to do and knows almost no limits. Its roots are in martial arts, but its branches stretch out into every single aspect of human life.

So, whether you are a Taiji practitioner or not (yet): We invite you to dive with us into this art of wordless communication!

Prerequisites / fitness-level

There are no special prerequisites for Pushing Hands. You should bring clean indoor-shoes and not too tight clothes you feel comfortable in. – An outfit you normally use for light sports would be convenient.

Concerning the fitness-level: Average fitness is required – i.e. if you are able to walk and stand, you will be able to follow the movements in the morning sessions. Concerning the free Pushing Hands, experience in martial arts is not required. As we practice non-competitively, the partners will adjust to each other.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Get a glimpse of the location: Tai Chi Studio page

Do you want to know more about Push Hands / Tui Shou?

Prices (Euro)

Whole Meeting (5 days): 300 Euros
Single Days: 60 Euros
Exception: Saturday 80 Euros (Gala, Party and Buffet included)

If you register and pay before the end of 2017 you will get a 10% early bird discount.

We ask for your understanding that in principle only full days can be booked. Half days can only be booked in connection with at least another full day.

There are numerous inexpensive cafés, pubs, fast-food restaurants and supermarkets in the direct vicinity of the Tai Chi Studio, so that you can easily arrange your own meals.

Registering

Please register by 1st of April 2017 at the latest! Participants who register and pay before 1st of February 2017 will receive a 10% discount! You can use the registration form or, from November onwards, register online.

Accommodation

You can sleep in the Tai Chi Studio for 5 euros/night if you bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Shower facilities are available. Addresses of various hotels and B&Bs will be posted on the website.