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WTBA Foundations Camp Malta

Foundation Training Camp Malta
October 21st till 28th 2020,
(Plus Special wtba Instructors day from 28th till 29th, students welcome to stay and work on what they have already learnt)
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This camp is suitable for all levels.
We will have training sessions which focus on basics, and others that focus on more advanced principles. So everyone can get something from this camp. 

What to expect at camp 2020:
Foundation Camp is about training, and lots of it!
In the WTBA we don't just ask you to follow along and do your best, we explain in detail how to improve your movement and understanding , giving each individual help with their training.
It will be warm enough for swimming in the sea, with a sea temperature of about 24 degrees, so we have an afternoon break where you can enjoy the sun and sea.
The venue is by the sea surrounded by nature, only a few minutes walk down to the most beautiful swimming area.
Food and accommodation is all on site, Keep scrolling down for full details of Camp 2020
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What will be taught:

Yang Lu-chan's Taiji Form
The old yang style of Taiji, Yang Lu Chan being the founder of the Yang style. This form is mostly slow moving, but unlike modern Taiji forms which have been modified to be all soft, the old yang has some fast and explosive movements throughout, giving it a balance of yin and yang energy.
The main focus at this camp for the YLC form will be internal Qi development with in the form. Doesn't matter what form you practice as the subject will be finding the internal with in your form.
Taiji form with out the internal Qigong aspect is just a mediocre physical exercise, but bring in the internal to your practice and it makes it one of the greatest health exercises out there. 
It is of course still very important to get the physical aspects of the form correct as well, Eli will briefly go over this, but the main focus will be the Qigong with in your form, including some insights into stone hands Taiji. Insights will be given for both beginners and instructors. 

"Street" 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. 
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.  
This is a middle ground between training methods like Small San Sau, and free fighting. 
It should be trained first slowly like everything, then as you get more comfortable with it you can go as fast and hard as you're able too.

Qigong.
This will be practiced every morning.
With warm ups and stretching to help with Qi flow to better enhance your Qigong practice. The main focus will be standing three circles QIgong, this is a form of meditation. For more information on Qigong please click here

Large San Sau.
The form will be taught right from where we got to at the last camp. 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. 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.
Do not worry if you were not at the last camp where the first half was taught, you do not need to learn the moves in order.

Qigong and Stretching. 
Practiced every morning with warm ups to help with Qi flow to better enhance your Qigong practice. 

Free Training
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 as well.
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
Camp Schedule: Main Camp Week.
Tuesday the 21st is arrival day, after 3pm.
Training days are 22nd. 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th.
We then pack up and leave on the 28th by 10am.
Special WTBA Instructors Day.
We keep training all day on the 28th, then pack up and leave by 10am on the 29th. 
Students are welcome to stay for this extra day also, they can either sit and watch the instructors sessions, or simply practice what has been taught through out the week, but Eli will only be teaching the instructors on this day. 
This extra day is free of charge assuming you attended the full camp, you only have to pay for your food and accommodation.

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.

Venue:
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, sheets and a towel are provided, you just need a towel for the beach.
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

Training Schedule:
7am Warms ups and stretching. 7:30am Qigong.
8am Taiji Form
9am: Breakfast
10am Large San Sau
12:30pm: Lunch
After lunch it's free training time, do what you want, either do some more training,
or you can head down to the sea for a swim or sun bathing. 4pm Street San Sau
6pm Taiji Form
7pm: Dinner
After dinner we usually do Push Hands and other partner drills, any other training people want to look at in an informal manor.

(If you want to stay less than the full camp, then please contact us for a price) Register Here

Early registration before September 1st. (Non refundable deposit of €100 required)
WTBA Active Members and first timers, price €250
Non members price €270
Uni Students under 25, €150 Pay Deposit Here
Late registration after September 1st.
WTBA Active Members and first timers, price €350
Non members price €370
Uni Students under 25, €200

Cost of Accommodation:
€135 for the main camp (7 nights) €20 for the extra instructors day.

Cost of food:
€130 for the main camp €30 for the extra instructors day

Getting to Camp:
Get a flight to Malta International Airport (There's only the one on the island)
We will have a pick up service running from the airport to the venue on the 21st, then back to the airport again on the 28th and 29th for those staying the extra day, this is included in the price.
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

Here check out the pictures of where we will be staying....
Beautiful swimming area just a few minutes walk from the venue

Yes the water really is this clear! I took these pictures myself on my phone
There are some spots for cliff jumping if you're into that
Outdoor training area


Dormitory Rooms with free WiFi
8 toilets and 6 showers to share
St. Peter's Pool, a popular swimming area about 30 minutes walk from the venue, in case you want to meet the locals :-)