Teacher and Themes

Teachers and Themes of the 18th Push Hands Meeting

The teachers of the 18th International Push Hands Meeting in Hannover will be published in autumn.

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3


Barry McGinlay

 Frederick Behar Hella Ebel
Barry McGinlay Frederick Behar  Hella Ebel

Barry McGinlay

Frederick Behar  Ivo Marvan

Barry McGinlay

Gabriele Laritz  Ivo Marvan

Barry McGinlay

Gabriele Laritz  Ivo Marvan

Barry McGinlay

Barry_McGinlay - Barry McGinlayBarry is a World Tai Chi champion, Gold medalist pushing hands in the world famous Taiwan world championship and European Gold medalist, and has coached International World, European and National tai chi champions. He is a trailblazer for tai chi in the UK.
He is certified as an Advanced Instructor by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) and as an Instructor of the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain. Barry is taught Tai Chi by 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 dedicated to teaching all aspects of martial arts and has been a Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner for 18 years. He is a full time professional martial artist and teaches internal and external?martial arts to a diverse range of students. He also teaches internationally and organises workshops and retreats in England, Thailand, Cambodia and China. These trips combine experiences of Eastern culture and philosophy with Tai Chi and Qigong training. All of these events have been popular and successful.

Being active within the London Chinese community, Barry has built strong links through teaching Tai Chi and Qigong, and from participating and performing at their cultural events. He is interested in the fusion of the performing arts and martial arts and has studied at the traditional school of Beijing Opera in China, and amongst other projects, has collaborated with professional dance choreographers to bring Tai Chi to the stage.

Barry works consistently within the local community. He has worked with children with special needs and behavioural issues, and students with medical conditions, including recovering cancer patients and students with heart-related conditions.

He has a very hands-on approach to his teaching practise and is dedicated to teaching the self empowerment that is generated within the individual’s learning experience. He focuses on one-to-one attention for individual and specific needs and encourages all students to explore new boundaries and so reach their full potential.

Theme: A 5 day introduction course for beginners in Tai Chi pushing hands –

come and learn the essence of Tai Chi partner work!

Over the 5 days we will cover
solo exercises
, partner and group work.
You will be challenged in every way… to have fun!

Train with passion and be very focused but at the same time relaxed.
Whether you are a beginner or a teacher: in this 5 days you will come away full of energy with the joys of pushing hands.

Barry’s “The Love Boot camp ❤️”

Boot Camp 90 mins in the morning! A mix of stretching, strengthening Qigong and pushing hands!

Frederick Behar

Frederick Behar - The Way of Non-ForceFred 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 practices the Tai Chi style of Yang Jian Hou, The Way of Non-Force in push hands and an innovative meditation method. He is based in France and Thailand and holds regular workshops around the World. He teaches in French with English translation.

The Way of Non-Force follows the principles advocated by the Tai Chi Classics. We never meet force with force. If a partner resists – we change tactics. In this way, push hands becomes an interesting physical and mental challenge in which men and women of any age can participate without misgivings.

Theme: The Way of Non-Force

Workshop 1 : Understanding Substantial and Insubstantial

Part 1 Understand fullness and emptiness in different positions

Interpreting the position of feet and the centre of gravity
We will work on finding the most effective angle of attack using minimal force

Part 2 Find the meaning of “hands that neutralise”
(Note: Original name of the martial art practised by Yang, Luchan,
the creator of Yang style Taijiquan)

By staying connected to our partner we neutralise his attack
We use his force to create a circle of force
All the power he employs is returned to him

Workshop 2 : Applying Taoist Principles to Tuishou

Learn to accept (principle: non-opposition)
Create a void (principle: it is emptiness that creates utility)
Use the void (principle: non-being)

Work in forward and backward stances and on body mobility to create a void
We disappear from the line of attack and help our partner to go on his way

Workshop 3 : Introduction to Dong Jing ( Leave after but arrive before)

We sense our partner’s intention to attack and are already in action before his own movement commences (Inspired by The Art of War by Sun Tzu)

Using listening skills we understand our partner’s intention
When we push the muscle chain for pushing is activated throughout the whole body
In pulling, the entire muscle chain for pulling is involved
We will use this understanding to destabilise a partner with minimal force

Wang Ning

wang_ningBiography: calligrapher, seal cutter, translator and Tai Chi teacher – studied German literature and language in Peking. Thanks to his experience he is able to build bridges between the Chinese and Western worlds of thought and emotion. We will receive an introduction to the (philosophical) foundations of the movement arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong — not through a dry and theoretical lecture, but as the calligrapher paints the image-based concepts of the Chinese world view. These concepts are hidden in the Chinese characters, and their interpretation takes us on an exciting journey through China’s cultural history. This often leads to new and surprising meanings which are quite different to the normal correspondences and translations used in the West.
Ning will be arround at the free pushing hands sessionscutting seals and is happy to answer your questions about the philosophy of Taijiquan.

Folder of previous meetings

10. Push Hands Treffen

12. Push Hands Treffen

13. Push Hands Treffen

14. Push Hands Treffen

15th Push Hands Meeting

16th Push Hands Meeting

17th Push Hands Meeting