Foundation Camp is about training, and lots of it!
For camp 2019 we have changed locations and will train it up in the spring sun of Malta! It will be warm enough for swimming in the sea. The venue is by the sea surrounded by nature, only a few minutes walk down to the most beautiful swimming area (pictures below) We will practice Qigong and Yang Lu-Chan's Taiji form, Push Hands will be covered through-out the camp, as well as other training methods and striking methods for self defence. The new thing this camp will be The Large San Sau Pouchui fighting form! Don't be scared off by this form, it will be taught at a very basic foundation level, then for those who have already been training it, you will be shown more intricate details. Some people say this form should only be learnt once you are at a very advanced stage of practice, this is not my belief, nor was it my fathers. I started learning this form when I was 15 years old after about 1 year of training in the small san sau. Ideally it would be good to have a base in small san sau before learning this form, but if you are new to our system and have not yet done it, this will not be a problem at all. Food and accommodation is all on site, see below for details.
What will be taught:
Yang Lu-chan's Taiji Form
We will go through various areas of this form, showing the basic foundation level for any new students, as well as the deeper details for those who have been training a long time already. The focus will be on body mechanics, learning how to move correctly, which muscles to engage to make a movement happen through connection to the centre. Rather than just learning a sequence of postures, we take one move and look at it, this way you learn far more about the form and those who do not know it already will not be lost. Sequence can be learnt from a video, how to move correctly is what you need hands on instruction for.
Large San Sau fighting form, Cannon Fist! This form will be taught in two sessions, one for the solo form and one for the partner form. The form will be taught right from scratch, we will work through the postures slowly with correct structure and movement, teaching you the correct explosive way of striking, how to develop power in the form. Then we will put the two sides together with a partner to create the fighting set, again working through slowly and only putting in speed and power once you can move well, power and speed comes from being correct in your movement, not from trying to be fast and powerful. Bagua Circular Form For those Bagua enthusiasts in the group, Eli will be going over corrections and details just like in the YLC form during the morning sessions.
Qigong and Stretching Will be practiced every morning.
With warm ups to help with Qi flow to better enhance your Qigong practice.
Free training is training any other time of the day when there are no official classes.
Where everyone can simply practice, Eli will be there most of the time giving advice on how to improve, there are also always many other WTBA instructors hanging around. This is where you can either go over what has been taught that day, or you might want to ask some questions about other areas of your training.
Saturday the 6th is arrival day, after 3pm. Training days are 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th. We then pack up and leave on the 13th by 10am. Breakfast Lunch and Dinner are provided on site. We serve a good selection of healthy meals cooked freshly onsite each day. As well as tea and coffee through out the day, and drinking water. Any dietary requirements can be made.
Xrobb L-Ghagin Nature Park And Sustainable Development Centre, Marsaxlokk MXK 4080. Here we have 4 dormitory rooms with 6 or 8 beds in each, nice spacious rooms and comfortable beds so you won't feel crammed up with your roommates. Blankets and pillows are provided, but you will need to bring sheets, a pillow case and a towel, or you can pay an extra €3 for these during your stay, that's €3 for the whole week. There are 8 toilets and 6 showers to share, all with a high standard of cleanliness. We have a large outdoor training area with sea views, a large indoor hall for training in bad weather, and a dinning room near the kitchen where meals will be served. There is also free WiFi
7:30am Warms ups and standing Qigong. 8am YLC Taiji form
10am Cannon Fist (Solo form)
After lunch it's free training time, do what you want, either do some more training, Eli will be there most of the time to answer your questions. Or you can head down to the sea for a swim or sun bathing.
4pm: Canon Fist (Large San Sau Partner form) 6pm Bagua Circle form
After dinner we usually do Push Hands and any other training people want to look at in an informal manor.
Cost: All inclusive, Training, Food, Accommodation, Airport pick up and drop off. If you want to stay less than the full camp, or prefer to get your own accommodation then please contact us for a price for training only.
Early registration with deposit paid before March 1st. (Numbers limited so book in as soon as you can)
WTBA Active Members and first timers, price €450
Non members price €480
Uni Students under 25, €350
Pay Deposit here
Late registration after March 1st, pay in full on arrival.
WTBA Active Members and first timers, price €550
Non members price €560
Uni Students under 25, €400
Daily drop in fee for locals in Malta not wanting to stay is €60, training only.
Getting to Camp:
Get a flight to Malta International Airport (There's only the one on the island) You will then be picked up by our chauffeur at the airport and taken to the venue. Pick up times will be arranged closer to the date once flights are booked. If you are driving, then simply google search the venue "Xrobb L-Ghagin Hostel" and you'll find it