March 26: Sun Style Tai Chi: An Introduction with Stanwood Chang

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SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 1-4PM

SUN STYLE TAI CHI: An Introduction

with STANWOOD CHANG, Director Sun Tai Chi Institute

In this unique workshop, Stanwood Chang will share the underlying principles of movement, structure, and energy in this lesser-known but profoundly effective style of Tai Chi. Sun Style was developed by the legendary Sun Lutang (1860-1933), and incorporates elements of the two other major internal martial arts,Xingyi and Bagua. It emphasizes kai-he (open-close), with follow-stepping in almost all movements, using relatively higher, smaller stances with small circular hand movements.

Stanwood Chang, Founder/Director of the Sun Tai Chi Institute of Boston, will teach the first ten movements of the traditional Sun style long form, along with basic training exercises and principles. The unique elements of Sun tai chi chuan will be emphasized, along with some comparison and contrast with other tai chi styles.

At different points of a person’s life, there may be one style that is their primary practice and at another time in their life a different style may fit their needs better... After you practice one style for a while and cross-train in another style, you will learn different aspects of the inner workings of how your body, mind and qi work together. Even while you keep the two styles distinctly different, you can learn aspects that can be folded into or integrate both styles. --Bruce Frantzis

STANWOOD CHANG is one of the premier instructors in the Boston area. He is a fourth-generation lineage holder in Sun Taijiquan and a fourth-generation lineage holder in Cheng Man-Ching Taijiquan. Stanwood is the Program Manager for the Eight Active Ingredients of Tai Chi Teacher Training Program at the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center, and teaches at many locations in the Greater Boston area, including the Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

PRICE: NON-MEMBERS $125, BTC Members $95

Limited to 20. Early registration is highly recommended!

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131 Cypress Street
Brookline, MA
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Date: March 26, 2017

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Wu Style Short Form to the Left with Eric Peters

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Wu Style Short Form to the Left: Learning to Practice the Form to the Other Direction

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 2:30 to 5:30pm.

Tai Chi is well known for opening the body by creating internal space. Through focus on external and internal alignments, the practice of Tai Chi will relax and lengthen the body’s soft tissue and regulate the nervous system.

Tai Chi forms are traditionally learned by first turning your body to the right after initiating movement in the form. From the opening posture of Commencement, we proceed and then, as said in the Tai Chi Classics: “From posture to posture the internal energy is unbroken.”

After several years of practice of the Wu Short Form, you will have developed stability of alignment and movement. The postures and their transitions become familiar. Your body will have become more connected and elastic. But your practice of Tai Chi is not over, as there is a time when you need to “re-learn” the form by starting and turning the body to the left and continuing through the form to the other direction.

In this workshop, Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters will teach the movements of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form to the other direction through the second third of the form (Diagonal Flying through Needle at Sea Bottom). While at first it may seem that you are learning “new moves,” the form practiced to the left will become familiar to you in a whole new way.

This will take the self-exploration that is inherent in the ongoing practice of Tai Chi to a new level of awareness of your body. Another reason to learn the form to the left is to be able to respond with martial applications from either direction. As open as your body may feel to you from practicing Tai Chi, practice of the form to the left will help thoroughly balance and lengthen your body and will show you new ways that your body needs to let go and release. Your movements will become smoother and more continuous overall.

You do not need to have taken Part One of this series that was offered last month. Part of this workshop is to learn self-directed practice, so you can start this at any part of the form.

Eric will also review important principles of each movement and offer insight to how your own practice is also a method of self-learning, so that you can continue through the rest of the Wu Short Form on your own.

Eric will offer a continuing workshop on the third third of Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form to the Left in May.

Pre-Registration:    $105.00 Non-members    $90.00 Members

At the door:        $115.00 Non-members    $100.00 Members
Prerequisites: Familiarity with the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form.


Eric Peters http://www.energyarts.com/instructors/taichi-qigong/edgartown/eric-l-peters is an Energy Arts Senior Instructor and a Level Two Certified Instructor of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form and Long Form, Energy Gates Qigong, and Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong. Eric has regularly offered workshops at Brookline Tai Chi since 2006.

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YIN-YANG LENGTHENING AND GODS PLAYING IN THE CLOUDS QIGONG with Eric Peters

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YIN-YANG LENGTHENING AND GODS PLAYING IN THE CLOUDS QIGONG

An important goal of the Taoist Qigong taught by Bruce Frantzis is the lengthening of the soft tissues of the body. As the body bends and stretches, it should also lengthen in and out. Over time, internal space is created in the body by releasing the nerves and lengthening muscle fiber, fascia and connective tissue.

The yin and yang surface tissues of the body also lengthen. These yin and yang lengthenings, both in and out, then reflect the two primary energetic flows in the body: up and down and from center to periphery.

In these two workshops, Eric Peters will teach how to activate the physical tissue and flow of chi through the yin and yang surfaces of the body and how to integrate this into the six movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds Chi Gung. He will review the important parts of the moves and offer corrections.

The morning workshop will be on lengthening and up and down movement.

The afternoon workshop will be on lengthening and movement from center to periphery.

These workshops can be taken separately or together.

 

LENGTHENING IN GODS AND MOVEMENT UP AND DOWN

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 10:00 am. – 12:30 pm.

In this morning workshop, we will explore movement from the ground up from the feet, through the legs and up the back and out the arms to the hands and up the neck to the top of the head. From the head and hands, movement drops back down the face, through the arms, down the chest and belly to the legs and feet.

Eric will teach how to activate how these up and down flows of the yin and yang tissues and integrate this to the six movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds.

Pre-Registration:    $90.00 Non-members    $75.00 Members

At the door:        $100.00 Non-members    $85.00 Members

Prerequites: Knowledge of the movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds.

 

LENGTHENING IN GODS AND MOVEMENT FROM CENTER TO PERIPHERY

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 2:30 pm. – 5.00 pm.

In this afternoon workshop, we will explore movement from center to periphery. The yang flow out to the periphery is from the lower back both up the back to the top of the head and out the arms to the hands and down the legs to the feet and floor.

The yin flow in to the center is both from the head down the face and from the hands to the arms and chest and then down to the belly and up from the feet through the legs to the belly.

Eric will teach how to activate how these flows of the yin and yang tissues through the body from center to periphery and integrate this to the six movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds.

Prerequites: Knowledge of the movements of Gods Playing in the Clouds.

Pre-Registration:    $90.00 Non-members    $75.00 Members

At the door:        $100.00 Non-members    $85.00 Members

 

Attend both Sunday workshops on Lengthening in Gods Playing in the Clouds:

Pre-Registration:    $160.00 Non-members    $130.00 Members

At the door:        $180.00 Non-members    $150.00 Members

 

Gods Playing in the Clouds is the most advanced qigong taught by Bruce Frantzis http://www.energyarts.com/gods-clouds-qigong. After learning the six movements of Gods, one begins to integrate the elements of Bruce’s 16 neigung into the practice.


Eric Peters http://www.energyarts.com/instructors/taichi-qigong/edgartown/eric-l-peters is an Energy Arts Senior Instructor and a Level Two Certified Instructor of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form and Long Form, Energy Gates Qigong, and Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong. Eric has regularly offered workshops at Brookline Tai Chi since 2006.

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16 Jings with Don Ethan Miller

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16 JINGS!

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:

  1. Peng:  Expanding/arcing upwards/bouncing/warding off;
  2. Lu: Dissolving/flowing back and down/diverting/leading;
  3. Ji:  Converging, condensing, like the prow of a ship or an axe blade;
  4. An: Downward-pressing power, utilizing gravity to create a flowing, heavy energy; sink-project;
  5. Tsai: "Pluck", to pull sharply using the whole-body energy; to grasp, using the hand linked to the root and dantien;
  6. Lieh: "Split", to use two opposing energies in the same technique; to apply forces in crossing or diverging paths;
  7.  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;
  8. 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:

  1. Chan Si / Chou Si Jing: Silk Reeling/ Silk Pulling/ Spiralling;
  2. Ren: Tenacious strength, pliable yet strong, like a vine;
  3. Ting: “Listening/ alert and accurate sensitivity;
  4. Zhan/Nian/Sui: Sticking/adhering/following;
  5. Fa:  Sudden discharge of energy;
  6. Jie: Receiving/"borrowing"/repelling an attack, using its own force;
  7. Kong Jing: “Empty force”, the expansion or projection of energy beyond the limits of the physical body;
  8. 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!

Prices:

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

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