October 14th/15th 2017 Eli Montaigue will be back in Ottawa for a weekend workshop
It's been a while since the last workshop here with Eli, so come along and try his detailed teaching style.
At the workshop we will be covering:
Two of the Wu-dang Hand weapons (The Nun and The Double Blade) These are some excellent two person drills that teach body mechanics for self defence.
Single and Double Push Hands Eli will be teaching these methods along with some reaction training from within the methods
Yang Lu Chan's form A close look at the details of this form, for both beginners and instructors to learn from
Bagua Linear form The Bagua fighting form, a look at both the solo and partner work for this form
General Self Defence Training Some simple and useful methods that just about anyone can use.
We will train 5 hours each day, with 90 minutes break for lunch.
Location: Churchill Recreation Center at 345 Richmond Rd.
Early Registration with Deposit of $50 paid by September 1st $200 for WTBA Active Members and first timers (A first timer is someone who has never trained with Eli before) Free for children under the age of 18 $230 for everyone else
Late Registration and walk ins $260 for WTBA Active Members and first timers (A first timer is someone who has never trained with Eli before) $50 for children under the age of 18 $290 for everyone else
Please Note: If you attend this workshop, you can then attend any of the USA workshops for just the deposit fee for $50
Please Register and pay your deposit by contacting the host. Josephine Anderson email@example.com Ph: (613) 700-5287
Make cheque or money order payable to Josephine Anderson and send to 570 Byron Ave. Ottawa, ON. Canada K2A 0E4. Please include full name and email address.
By Josephine Anderson
On the weekend of May 8th and 9th (2010), I was proud to host a workshop for Eli Montaigue, head of the WTBA, and son to Erle Montaigue, the founder of this fighting and healing system. This the the third workshop Eli has conducted for the WTBA community here in Ottawa, and following in the tradition of this system, he delivered with superlative skill and grace, insights into both subtleties of energy, and the martial effectiveness of the forms of the Yang Lu Chen form and Small San sau, which press such energy, as a healing agent, into practical use. And of course, as Eli alternated with seamless ease between Yang Lu Chen and The Small Sau, it became perfectly clear to all who attended, that the external and the internal achieve a mutually reciprocating and enhancing dynamic. The healing, then, is inextricably bound with self defense. This constitutes the core of the philosophy behind the WTBA, acting as both a salubrious counter-position to all diluted Tai Chi forms which emphasize only empty form, undermining their own intent to promote healing, and as a critical commentary on hard style marital arts that play themselves out by the overexertion of movement unsupported by the momentum of internal energy. Thank you Eli for delivering this balanced approach in the spirit of your own beautifully balanced character and personality. We look forward to your return..
On the following week, his father Erle Montaigue hosted a workshop in Salisbury Maryland, where he introduced, the first of the four Dim-mak corner stone forms, the River. It was such a pleasure to receive Erle here, in North America, for the first time in twelve years. The spirit of the winding and twisting river found its way through the crowd of participants, raising the volume of their energy, and binding them together. As well, Erle retraced the steps of the Yang Lu Chen form, providing us with the example of his own performance of the art, which, according to my own experience of such past events, transmits something inexplicable at an unconscious level, that takes seed and bears fruit for years to come. And of course, the subtleties of the push hands, which Erle was willing to share with us, has proven to have the same durable effect. He delivered all of this with his usual humor, story telling, and charisma. Thank you Erle, and again thank you Eli, who was present as well, assisting Erle, and helping others.
There are whispers that Erle will be making this a yearly event.
Photo below: 2010 WTBA Workshop group photo