88 Sanshou Workshop - Downton
In this workshop, we move away from our regular topics and introduce, for the first time, the more advance practices of 25 Energies partner work and the Yang family 88 Sanshou partner hand form.
When energy comes to us we must receive it as a gift, only then can we effectively neutralise and transform. Otherwise we can easily just be blocking it, avoiding it. If you do not have connection, can you listen? There are many life lessons that can be gained here; becoming fully comfortable in any situation is not a skill to be under estimated.
In Taiji Boxing, the sparring set is one of the major practices. It can make up for the insufficiencies of pushing hands and large rollback. Generally when doing pushing hands or large rollback, if you become easily disconnected from your opponent’s hands, or if you are having trouble sticking, warding off, or neutralizing, then the sparring set is valuable.
The sparring in Taiji Boxing is completely different from other styles of martial arts: it is a matter of being sticky and connected, of letting go of your plans and just responding to the opponent, of both neutralizing and issuing being carried out with subtlety rather than obviousness, and of moving continuously without interruption. Just like in pushing hands and large rollback, whatever the technique or posture, there is always neutralizing and issuing. They are to happen naturally, always directed from the hips, and without stiffness creating exerted action in the movements.
Full Day 10am to 4pm (inc 30 min lunch break) £45 (£70 after Nov 19th)
Future Yang style workshops can be used to continue study and practise of these fascinating and empowering techniques.
Also called the ʻAttack and Defendʼ or the ʻ88ʼ. Variations of this two person routine are most commonly derived from Chen Yanlinʼs 1943 manual: Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled (Taiji Quan, Dao, Jian, Gun, Sanshou Hebian 陳炎林 太極拳刀劍桿散手). The routine is most popular in Taiwan where stylistic interpretations abound. In mainland China the sequence is probably best known in Shanghai, where Chen made his home. A variation of the form was also published by the China Wushu Committee, and features a short, matched set of solo movements executed simultaneously by each partner at the introduction and conclusion of the routine.
Paired practice is related to each of the entire series of thirteen dynamics [i.e. the eight techniques of ward-off, rollback, press, push, pluck, rend, elbow, and bump, plus the five directions of footwork – forward, back, left, right, and center] within the solo set. One by one they are plugged in, according to appropriateness of response, and linked together with each other to compose the two-person sparring set. The way it has been put together can be described as seamless, constantly transforming, endlessly subtle, and is truly the masterpiece within the system.
- With thanks to the Brennan translations and our teacher Sam Masich for some of the descriptions used here.
|Event Date||Sun 25th Nov 2018 - 10:00 am|
|Individual Price||£45 if paid by Nov 19th|
|Location||Downton, Memorial Hall|