Two Workshops with Don Ethan Miller,
BTC Program Director and 4-Time National Tai Chi Tui Shou (pushing hands) Champion
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 10 AM-4PM
In the concluding session of the 8-Part Jings Series begun in 2016, Don will review the Eight Gates and then complete the Second Eight Jings with a reprise of the six covered in the fall, and the addition of chansijing (Spiral- ling/silk reeling) and zhan/nian/sui (Stick/adhere/Follow). Expect major upgrades and revelations. It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that jing!
Workshop 1: 10am-12 noon: The Eight Powers
The Eight Powers, or Eight Gates (Ba Men), are the Primary Energies of all Tai Chi styles. They are:
- Peng: Expanding/arcing upwards/bouncing/warding off;
- Lu: Dissolving/flowing back and down/diverting/leading;
- Ji: Converging, condensing, like the prow of a ship or an axe blade;
- An: Downward-pressing power, utilizing gravity to create a flowing, heavy energy; sink-project;
- Tsai: "Pluck", to pull sharply using the whole-body energy; to grasp, using the hand linked to the root and dantien;
- Lieh: "Split", to use two opposing energies in the same technique; to apply forces in crossing or diverging paths;
- Zhou: "Elbow", not only the actual use of the elbow but the smooth knitting of the whole body with the arms to create arcs of rooted power;
- Kao: "Shoulder", the use of whole-body power, integrating the legs and torso, without the "distraction" of the neurology of the arms and hands.
Workshop 2: 1pm-4pm: Eight Advanced Jings
The Second Eight Jings expand into deeper waters, from physical skills (spiralling, tenacity), to interactive skills (sticking,neutralizing), to non-physical attributes (sensitivity, projection), to higher levels of personal and inter-personal transformation. They include:
- Chan Si / Chou Si Jing: Silk Reeling/ Silk Pulling/ Spiralling;
- Ren: Tenacious strength, pliable yet strong, like a vine;
- Ting: “Listening/ alert and accurate sensitivity;
- Zhan/Nian/Sui: Sticking/adhering/following;
- Fa: Sudden discharge of energy;
- Jie: Receiving/"borrowing"/repelling an attack, using its own force;
- Kong Jing: “Empty force”, the expansion or projection of energy beyond the limits of the physical body;
- Hua Jing: Neutralization/transformation. On a basic level, how to dissolve and/or avoid the physical effects of an external force; on a higher level, the transformation of oneself that leads to the transformation of an entire situation, from negative/oppositional to harmony and peace. It is the highest expression of Tai Chi and the ultimate purpose of the art.
Workshop I is open to all those with at least a working knowledge of a short Tai Chi form (any style). Workshop II requires a knowledge of the Basic Eight Jings, either through Don's classes and workshops or by permission. Both limited to 18. Early registration highly recommended!
WORKSHOP I: BTC Members $65, Non Members $85
WORKSHOP II: BTC Members $95, Non Members $120
WORKSHOPS I AND II: BTC Members $135, Non Members $175