Cancelled: Due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions this workshop has been cancelled.
May 9th and 10th 2020 A weekend workshop with Eli Montaigue in Zagreb. Martial Day: Saturday 9th, 10am till 4pm (with 90 minutes for lunch) Here we will be looking at self defence training methods, you will pair up with another student to practice. "Street" San Sau.
You've probably not heard of this before, that's because it's never been given a name till now. In the past it was just real word martial training, where we are given a set of techniques to practice with our partner, layer by layer, this is the stuff usually only trained in weekly class setting, but I have decided to introduce it to my workshops this year. I will make a preview video to show you what to expect from this san sau. Most of you know the small and large san sau, so you'll know that these forms are training methods to learn certain things about body mechanics, how to gain power from all angles, structure, balance, timing etc. However the "techniques" used in these forms and how we practice them, would for the most part not work in a real fight, they are not meant for that, they have other very important things they teach you about your body, which the more practical techniques don't teach so well. So for a well rounded Taiji training, it is important to training both the "training methods" and the stuff that will actually work in a fight. When I use to train with my Dad Erle, he would never use any of the methods from the small or large san sau to fight me, he would use things not found in most forms. This is how I learnt them, with out any set forms etc, he would just say "do this" then he would swing at me! Because this side of training has never been put into a box and given a name, most people do not know about it, or even if parts of it were taught at a camp, it would be forgotten, because it was not wrapped up into a package. So this is what I have done, the Street San Sau, is a mixture of all the Taiji and Bagua practical fighting techniques put into a package. It's both Taiji and Bagua, because in this area of training there is really no difference between the two, it's in the forms and training methods that you learn differences of Taiji and Bagua. The set is practiced always with a partner, to give you an example, Round 1, your partner throws a straight punch, you defend then follow up with three attacks, you get to complete all three strikes. Round 2, this time your partner throws the same punch, but he also blocks your first attack, so you have to be able to keep flowing into your second and third attacks with out his block breaking your flow, you then keep doing the drill, but you don't know if he will block or not. Round 3, again your partner throws the same punch, but when he blocks your first attack he throws a counter, so your three strike follow up now has to adapt. You keep drilling this method, but you don't know if he's going to put in the counter or not, your body has to either come in with the attacks, or react to his counter. We then work our way through this three round system with all the different types of start up attack, like straight punch, hook, to the head or to the body, kicks, tackles etc. Everything is practiced left and right sides. This can be practiced with or with out protection, usually in a weekly class of my own, the person doing the techniques would wear a head guard, and the puncher would wear gloves, this means the puncher can throw real punches with out risking damage. In a workshop or camp however we don't usually have this equipment, so you just have to go a little calm, I do however bring at least one set of equipment to test out those who want to. So as you can see, this is a middle ground between training methods like Small San Sau, and free fighting. Small San Sau for learning how to connect to your centre etc, Street San Sau for learning the practical methods you could actually use, as well as a little reaction training as you don't know if he will counter or not, then free fighting to put it all into practice and see how you hold up under stress. The free fighting "sparing" is still worked through in layers before it goes totally free form, we use a mixture of different ways to use protection and get the most out of our training. The "Street San Sau" and free fighting was the main thing I use to train with my dad.
Suitable for both beginners and advanced.
Form Day: Sunday, 10th 10am till 4pm (with 90 minutes for lunch) Yang Lu Chan's Taijiquan form. This is the original Old Yang Style form, still mostly slow moving like modern forms, but the original form also includes explosive energy (Fa-jing) movements, these powerful energetic movements give this form a far greater balance of yin and yang. Also included are dim mak application, not the mystical dim mak you see in the movies, real world practical applications all aimed at the physiological dim mak points on the body. Taiji principles of movement. This can be applied to any Taiji form you are practicing, though we will be using the Yang Lu Chan Form, taking postures from this form and having a look into the body mechanics of how to move, to create power, from a balance of structure and flow, also looking at how the correct muscular activation in the form is how we channel the energy. Suitable for both beginners and advanced.