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USA: Salisbury MD

March 22nd-24th 2019
This is our main annual workshop held over three days,
at our USA headquarters in Salisbury MD.

This year Eli will be covering an exciting mix of training!
Suitable for both beginners and advanced.

  • Pauchui/Large San Sau.
    Now don't be scared! A lot of people will tell you that this form is only for the most advanced students and should never be attempted by beginners. This is only because they do not understand how to break the form down to make it understandable for the beginner. 
    Erle started teaching Eli this form at age 15 right after he had finished the small San Sau, Eli was in no way an advanced student at this point. 
    So the form will be taught in two parts, first the solo form will be taught, (Pauchui) we will go through a few moves of the A and B side of the form, beginners will be shown the basic structure and movement, while any advanced students will be shown more about the Fa-jing. 
    Then in the second hour we will put the A and B sides together with a partner, (Large San Sau)
    You learn different things when training in the solo form and the partner form, both are important.
    In the solo form we learn about explosive energy movement, due to the fact that in the partner form all your strikes will be nullified before they hit their target, so you don't get a sense of completing each strike, in the solo form we are able to do this. 
    So we learn how to control our own body, balance, timing etc. How to use the recoil from one strike into the next for rapid and continuous striking. 
    Then in the partner form, we learn about dealing with an external force, now every time you through an attack it will be defeated by your partner, this will cause you tense up and loose your balance, so in training the form you learn how to stay loose and grounded under pressure from other person. 
    Most versions of this form you see today are only a dance, the version taught by the WTBA is the one where we fight! 
    Yes it is still a set pattern of movements, so you know what's coming at you, if it wasn't then it would just be sparing and that's a whole other area of your training. 
    So we perform a set pattern with our partner, first slowly and controlled, only after you are performing the movements well should you start to build up the power and speed. Even when done slowly, each strike is still a real strike, meaning if your partner gets their movement wrong they will get hit, you are not trying to work with each other to create flow, you are trying to put your partner under pressure. 
    Over time the form builds to the point where it is done as fast and powerful as you are able. 
    One of the best whole body workouts you can do as well.


  • Yang Lu Chan's Taiji Form.
    This year we are going to look more into principles of movement, rather than trying to learn a long sequence of the form. 
    This is something Eli has been doing at all his workshops lately to great success. 
    Each day Eli will choose a short set of movements from the form, each set will be focusing on a different set of principles. 
    The is where we really learn how to move correctly, taking it forward from just the postures into a deeper understanding of what each posture teaches you both internally and externally. 
    The basic structure will of course be shown as well for those who have not yet learnt the form.

  • Wudang Short Stick Partner Drills. (Bring your own Stick)
    For something different, this year we will train in short stick fighting!
    This is probably one of the best weapons you can ever train yourself to use, due to the fact that there are many things you might find that could be used as a stick. It's highly unlikely you will have a weapon on you when someone attacks you, well ok I guess with this being a USA workshop that might not be the case, but the fact still remains that many weapons teach you how to use that particular weapon, but a stick could be anything, learn how to use this and you can pick up most things and be confident with them. 
    From Wudang there are a set of two person training methods with the sticks, you have one stick each. 
    We will practice one drill per day. The drills are designed not so much to teach you about application, although some moves are quite nice, but the main reason for doing them in a form like this is to learn how to flow with the stick, make it an extension of your self.
    Once you know how to move with the stick, then at a later stage in your training you can get some foam covered ones to free train, as a a set form will not teach you how to fight, it simply gives you the tools to learn how to fight. 
    You will need to bring your own stick, they only cost about $10, have a look online for one you like, or if you know nothing about sticks and just want one that will do the job then the one in this link will do fine
    https://www.centurymartialarts.com/shop/weapons/escrima/rattan-unpeeled-escrima-125?returnurl=%2fshop%2fweapons%2fescrima%2f
    The 26 inch stick will suit most people, but if you are very tall then you might prefer the 28 inch. 

Venue:
Parks Martial Arts
419 East Main Street
Salisbury, MD  21804
USA

Training Schedule:
10am Yang Lu Chan's form
1pm Lunch (Bring Your Own or get something at the nearby shops)
3pm Pauchui 
4pm Large San Sau
5pm Wudang Short Stick
6pm Questions and Answers, ask what ever you want, Eli will do his best to answer with explanation or demonstration.
7pm Finish
(Sunday we finish at 6pm)

Cost:

First Timers Price: $110, or $50 per day. No advanced payment needed, but do let us know you're coming. 
(A first timer is someone who has never trained with Eli before)

Early Registration price when paid by February 1st (Online payment method coming soon)
WTBA Active Members, $220 3 days, or $90 per day
Normal Price, $240 3 days, or $95 per day
Free for children under the age of 18 when attending with parent

Late Registration and walk ins
WTBA Active Members, $300 3 days, or $120 per day
Normal Price, $320 3 days, or $125 per day
Free for children under the age of 18 when attending with parent

2019 WTBA USA Workshop Fees

Please book now by contacting the host Brian Alexander WTBA Chief Instructor for the USA.
info@wtbausa.com

Merchandise:

We will only be selling our limited stock at the workshop. So if you want specific merchandise you should order ahead of time at our USA store link http://www.taijiworld.com/USA-Store_c_93.html

Best hotel near by.

http://www.laquintasalisbury.com/en/home.html

 

We have 10 rooms set aside for March 21st through 24th. Flat rate of $85.00


If folks want to stay through Monday (25th) they just have to inform the front desk at check-in.


Rooms need to be booked by 2/28/19 to get the $85 rate


Please note you need to bring your own lunch or you can go out to food places near by.


Please book now for this workshop by contacting the Host Brian Alexander WTBA Chief Instructor for the USA. info@wtbausa.com