Teacher and Themes

Teachers and Themes of the 20th Push Hands Meeting

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Nils Klug Laura Stone Mario Napoli
Nils Klug Laura Stone Mario Napoli
Nils Klug Laura Stone Mario Napoli
Nils Klug Zhai Hua Mario Napoli
Nils Klug Zhai Hua Mario Napoli

Zhai Hua

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Laura Stone

Laura Stonehas been active as a T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner and teacher since 1972. She is fascinated by soft, grounded contact, flowing movement and the creation of space, everything to experience the connection with our innate natural balance and power.
At the same time, by training in T’ai Chi applications and boxing, she experienced how it is possible to relax and stay open under pressure; to have access to focused power without holding back; to learn and expand boundaries with playful and intensive training. Everything with precision, awareness and freedom.
As Grandmaster William C. C. Chen says, the core of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is to always know precisely what you are doing. End of story.

Laura has delighted in teaching for her whole life . She is always looking for the right words and refinements that allow each student to experience the essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. – This in an atmosphere of openness and softness.

Laura received her diploma from Grandmaster William C. C. Chen in 1986 and has had her own school since 1979 (T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, and The Studio School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Deventer, The Netherlands).

Three interactive T’ai Chi Ch’uan workshops:

Soft Contact Connection

Ground like a mountain,
Root like a lotus flower
Connect like flowing water

The foundation of these workshops is Grandmaster William C. C. Chen’s T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The workshops will be given as a progressive series and are open to all styles and levels of practice. The exact content of individual and partner (push hands and applications) exercises will unfold according to those present.

We will explore Soft Contact Connection as the ground for being fully present with another while allowing the space for the other to also release into being fully present.

Step one: Soft Contact Connection in stillness.

Being in physical contact without pulling, pushing or intention to do anything.
The way is to deeply relax and let go while remaining fully awake and open.
The touch is gentle, forming exquisitely to the surface that is touched (matching).
The practice is with the mind of curiosity.

Step two: Applying the qualities of Step one with harmonious complete contact interaction.

The interaction is investigative, playful, healing.
Playing further with matching and joining in dynamic relationship (listening).

Step three: Applying the qualities of Step one and two to gradually higher stress situations.

Playing with “harder” contact, less space and time (yielding, neutralizing and uprooting)

Step four: Embodying “from nothing to something and something to nothing”.

Applying the qualities of soft contact connection while uniting intention and action into one focused, dynamic action (uprooting).

The results are:
Building a subtle mind-body database that expands the field of relaxed response before the automatic reaction response system kicks in.
Training a meditative mind and sensory system that remains open, receptive and responsive under stress.

Nils Klug

Nils Klug has been learning Taijiquan since 1990. In 1993, he opened his first school. Over the years, he has taught at numerous Taijiquan meetings and has held workshops in Germany and abroad. To enable cross-style exchange in Taijiquan, Nils has been organizing the International Push Hands Meeting in Hannover since 2001. He also runs the website taiji-forum.com and its German sister-page. Both aim to promote Chinese internal arts and showcase the many ways in which Taijiquan, Qigong and other Chinese internal arts are taught and practiced worldwide.

Nils is a student of Grandmaster William C. C. Chen (New York) and is authorized by him to teach his Taijiquan. Grandmaster Chen, who has been teaching Taijiquan for over sixty years, was a student of Professor Cheng Man Ching, as well as Nils’ second teacher Dr. Tao Ping Siang (Taiwan, †2006) who also has had a major influence on his understanding of Taijiquan and Push Hands.


Introduction to push hands
The introduction to Push Hands is a continuous five day workshop especially designed for (Tai Chi) beginners and all people new to push hands. Its goal is to give everybody the means and the confidence to practice free pushing hands in a spirit of fun and communication.
We will work with simple partner exercises that will be refined during the course of the week. Building upon a few basic rules, we will also begin to experiment with free pushing hands that does not follow a set pattern.

Subjects covered are: Protect yourself first, How to be a good partner?, listening, neutralizing, responding. The focus of days 1-3 will be on „yield and wait“, while the key aspect of days 4 and 5 will be expanding (uprooting and exploding).
Accessible to all.

Mario Napoli

Training in moving free Yang style push hands.

Advanced only!

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 around at the free pushing hands sessions cutting 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

Teachers and Themes of the 18th Push Hands Meeting

Teacher 19th Meeting