Chinese Martial Arts Workshop
Sunday July 26, 2020, 10 AM – Noon. $55
Participants will learn principles of Chinese Martial Arts and how to train with them to develop skills.
Drills will include footwork, punching, kicking, and strategies for combat.
Use of clothing/shoes, environment, and daily carry objects will be discussed.
How to choose and use apparatus for skill development. We will concentrate on apparatus for now due to the fact we are following social distancing during training.
This workshop covers a lot of combative principles and fighting/defense theory and training. It is a departure from Three Dragons Way teaching of exercise and forms for improving of health. This information serves to help understand the movements for combat and why we are corrected in our form movements. Many times Tai Chi practitioners move their bodies and arms around without understanding why. Except that they are exercising them and helping improve circulation. Participants report that they feel the circulation and this somehow makes it a correct movement.
While waving the arms around slowly and carefully moving and shifting the weight can make a person feel some sensation in the nervous system and it can help open up the channels of circulation and relax the body and mind, this is only a small part of Tai Chi movement.
This workshop is not about teaching students to go fight. It is an informational teaching on the combativeness contained within the Tai Chi curriculum. Most of the time it is left out and only taught to highly advanced students who have been with the Teacher or School for long periods of commitment. However, this information should be understood by all students to help improve their Tai Chi Training and allow them to extract more benefits from their personal practice.
And, by the way, all that is true, it just can’t all be learned in a 2 hour workshop on Sunday. But it will point you in a good direction. Join us on Sunday and learn from our experiences with Advanced level Teachers and their teachings.
Online Weapons Workshop
Sunday July 19, 10 – 12:30 PM CST
(Staff 10 – 11:10 AM/ Sword 11:20 AM– 12:30 PM)
We will be training with the Bo Staff and Broadsword (Chinese Sabre).
First we will learn the 8 Basics of the Bo Staff. (4 strikes/4blocks)
Next we will review our first Form called, “Shihonuke no Kon” (Bo 1)
Then we will be learning and practicing the applications (Bunkai) of Bo 1.
For the 8 Basics and the Applications training, we are asking everyone to try and have a partner. This is why the price is buy one get one.
Adults will need a stick about 4 feet long. We are using smaller staffs since we are indoors. The long staff called a Bo is technically 6 ft. (or 6 Japanese Shaku)
It’s a difference of 6 feet being about 3/8 inch longer for those who require the exact length. (1 Shaku = 11 15/16 inches) The short Staff is called a Jo, and is typically 4 Shaku (about 4 feet long, or just measure from floor to under your arm)
I hope the reading of that is less difficult than learning the Bo Staff.
The second part will be covering the Broadsword Form of Chen Taijiquan.
You will need a sword with one sharp edge. A cardboard cutout about 18 inches long can work, or a flyswatter, or large wooden spoon or ruler.
½ inch diameter dowels about 32 inches long are good for partner practice with Broadsword. Yes, we will practice some of the applications with Broadsword too.
Probably not as much as Bo Staff. We will concentrate more on the Form and being able to practice it by ourselves.
There are a lot of options on our website for wooden staffs and practice swords. If you don’t see anything for you on the site, you can always send an email and request something customized, or simple for indoor use.
Updated: Aug 1, 2020
Saturday Aug 8, 2020, 10 AM – Noon. $55
Pakua is a Martial Art from China. It is a special training method that requires a lot of attention on footwork, twisting of the body, and holding of different postures for both defense and offense. The main training of Pakua is the routine of walking in a circle and then changing directions to walk back around a circle. There are 8 traditional ways of changing directions in Pakua and this makes up the beginning routine called the circle walk and 8 changes.
This workshop is an introduction to Pakua and the philosophy system it comes from, which is the I-Ching. I-Ching is a book that contains stories and information and advice. Some translations have been found dating back over 2 thousand years. It is like a farmer’s almanac in that it also contains predictions of sorts for weather as well as economic conditions. It is a book about how everything changes and how events and actions cause change to happen.
Pakua is often called the Art of Change because it trains students to be changeable. Three Dragons Way uses a principle called “six nine” that represents changeability and it comes from the I-Ching. In our introduction of Pakua we will demonstrate how to use the I-Ching and how it teaches change. We will also teach some of the footwork and postures of the circle walking and changing directions.
Join us on August 8, 2020, and learn more about these treasures of Chinese Martial Arts.
Updated: Jul 25, 2020
Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm
Your Wellness Connection, 7410 Switzer, Shawnee KS, 66203.
Wear athletic clothing and bring clean athletic shoes.
2020, February 1
Principles and History of Three Dragons Way / Chen Taijiquan
These are Workshops for Students and Beginners wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of Taijiquan.
There will be breaks and time for questions and explanations.
Special Merchandise will be offered for Sale.
Come join us for learning more about the Treasures of Taijiquan.