CANADIAN REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE WTBA
SIXTH DEGREE LEVEL
MARCH 5TH AND 6TH, 2016The theme of the workshop will be SELF DEFENSE push hands. The development of the self defence aspects of push hands by Erle is unmatched by any other system -- Tai chi or otherwise. Although training in push hands for self defence is implicit in the abstract exercise of push hands itself, in terms of timing, coordination, and proper sticking-- this workshop will carry on in the tradition for which Erle (and now Eli) was famous, emphasizing real combat push hands in the sense of taking the hidden applications within the exchange of partners, and making them "visible" so to speak, from out of the flow of the structure itself. This will offer students an opportunity to continue their work in mind - body connection, for an instantaneous reaction, a branching out of possibilities from the repetition of form that will make it unconscious and purely instinctual. This is the beauty of push hands. It sets up the conditions for doing real fighting, without getting bogged down in technique, which is too slow and awkward in a real situation.