Photo: John Passacantando and Kris Brinker with Stephen J. Goodson at 2018 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna VA.

Tai Chi Push Hands Workshop Burke VA

With Stephen J. Goodson, August 18th and 25th 2018

Workshop Co-Sponsored by Kris Brinker (Just Breathe Tai Chi)

Come join Kris Brinker and Stephen J. Goodson for a 2-day workshop—over two Saturdays—dedicated to building skills in Push Hands.

This soft two-person exercise teaches Ti Fang, the core skill of Taiji as a soft Martial Art. Following the tradition of Mr. Robert W. Smith, Professor Cheng Man-Ching and the Tai Chi Classics.

When: August 18 and 25 (2 Saturdays) 10am–5:30pm both days

Where: Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke, Virginia 22015 (Google it)

Early bird before August 3
$250 both days
$150 August 18 only *

After August 3
$285 both days
$175 August 18 only *

Prerequisite to attend the class: You must be able to independently demonstrate proficiency in a Tai Chi form. We will make reference to, and rely on, your knowledge of the postures many times. Push Hands beginners, advanced players and teachers will find these sessions deeply insightful and fun!

Space is limited to 30 students so register early!
*One-day registration note: full-workshop registrants may be given first priority due to class size limitation.

Workshop Content

August 18: Push Hands, the first of Taiji’s three two-person exercises.
We will examine the shape, structure and ‘the game’ the Grasp Sparrow’s Tail exercise. Using just the four postures of Push Hands we will explore the traditional exercise and uncover the purpose of the light, four-ounce touch.

August 25: Ti-Fang, the soft uprooting method unique to Tai Chi. This session will explore the subtle technique that allows “4 ounces to deflect a thousand pounds”. Using drills and practical tests, students will gain a deeper understanding of the substance and function that is built into Tai Chi’s two-person exercises and the form—literally no speed, no strength and a light, four-ounce touch.

Advance Registration Required

To register, please fill out the form below and send payment by check made out to: Kris Brinker in order to secure your reservation. Send payment to: Kris Brinker — 13962 Sawteeth Way, Centreville, VA 20121. Thank you.

About Stephen J. Goodson

Stephen is a senior student of the late Robert W. Smith. Mr. Smith was a very well rounded martial artist and first western student of Cheng Man-Ching. Professor Cheng and Mr. Smith wrote the seminal English text on the art called, “T’ai Chi, the Supreme Ultimate Exercise for Health, Sport and Self-defense”. Stephen is an accomplished teacher with almost forty years of experience, author of a new book on Tai Chi’s Dalu two-man practice, and has clearly demonstrable skills in Bagua, Hsing-Yi and Tai Chi.

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