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What is going on?

Please familiarise yourself with forthcoming events:  

  1. Booking a workshop

  2. Workshops

Last updated: 25 February 2021


Booking a workshop

In return for keeping the school open, 2021 workshop places are FREE of charge for the following students:

Ben Beattie
Chris
Daniel
Dawn
Eddie
James
Joanne
Julia
Karen
Lesley
Marc B
Marc H
Maria
Martin

Mayur
Paul
Peter
Svetlana

Please book your place as normal, and refrain from last minute cancellations/no show.


Workshops

To book a place please pay up-front:

Wednesday 23 June - San sau - 1 place available
A serious 2-person combat set in the syllabus; close quarters, ruthless and uncompromising.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/small_san_sau.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/gaps_deficiencies.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/technical_skills.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Mayur, Marc H, Marc B, Martin,

Wednesday 30 June -  Martial concepts & qigong - FULL
Signed-up and paid: Chris, Marc B, Maria, Paul, Karen, Martin, Daniel

Wednesday 7 July -  Martial concepts applied - 2 places available
Martial concepts applied is the final topic pre-black belt. Includes: 5 elements, anti-sparring, biomechanical advantage, central equilibrium - fixed feet, chair game, fa li, immovable elbow, keeping the pressure on when attacking, kicking game, MMA/Brazilian Ju Jitsu/Krav Maga tactics, the power/function of 'li', slam ball challenge, strategic stepping, striking pads, sustaining peng throughout your counter, using 3-D to gain optimal power, yielding exercise - take to the ground.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/level_1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/nerve.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/are_you_a_martial_artist.htm
Signed-up and paid: Chris, Mayur, Paul, Marc B, Martin,


Wednesday 14 July - Improve your form using qigong - FULL
Signed-up and paid: James, Marc B, Maria, Peter, Daniel, Svetlana, Martin

Wednesday 21
July - Silk arms - 1 place available
Silk arms is more of a concept than a drill. Your arms must be like silk ribbons - connected, flowing, loose, adaptable - with no extraneous tension whatsoever.
They must be free to move without the slightest impediment. Any stiffness in the joints or muscles will break the flow.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/silk_arms.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/understanding_softness.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/soft_option1.htm

Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Mayur, Marc H, Maria, Daniel,

Wednesday 28 July - Stances & cat stepping - 1 place available
Discover the role of stance and how it affects balance, stability and mobility. Recognise how good stance protects the joints and ensures that power is generated from the correct muscle groups.
Cat stepping is the method used in tai chi to ensure that balance and strength is sustained throughout every movement.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/stance.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/cat.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, James, Marc B, Maria, Peter, Karen,

Wednesday 4 August - Balance & centre - 3 places available
The success of taijiquan in combat depends largely upon your ability to affect and control both balance and centre.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/balance_centre.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/centre.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/central_equilibrium.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Paul, Martin, Daniel,

Wednesday 11 August - Chin na applications - FULL
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Mayur, Marc H, Karen, Martin, Daniel

Wednesday 18 August - Connection - 1 place available
Instead of tensing muscles as and when needed, the tai chi cultivates unbroken power at all times. No tensing is required.
The unorthodox movements employed by qigong and the tai chi forms were designed to offer a 'biomechanical advantage' when using the body.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/natural_power.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/power_generation.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/biomechanics.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia,
James, Peter, Paul, Svetlana, Martin

Wednesday 25 August - Da lu - 4 places available
This more advanced drill combines pushing hands sensitivity with martial know-how to deliver powerful shoulder strikes and 'large rollback' chin na. Nimble and surprising.
It is a physically and mentally challenging exercise that requires sensitivity, listening, balance, awareness, centre and softness.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/soft_option1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sensitivity.htm
Signed-up and paid: Chris, Paul, Martin,  

Wednesday 1 September - Martial Concepts - 3 places available
Martial concepts cultivate a 'martial arts' perception of combat and explore how taijiquan addresses the experience of combat.
Topics include: Blocking, blending and balance, X-shape, playing the attacker, escaping from a hold, fear of falling, punching rehabilitation, the fence, X-shape, 4 stages, loose striking and hitting a mitt.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/martial_concepts.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/impact1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/playing_the_attacker.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Marc H, Daniel, Martin,
 

Wednesday 8 September - Yielding - FULL
Signed-up and paid: Chris, Mayur, Maria, Paul, Karen, Martin, Daniel  

Wednesday 15 September - Biomechanics - 4 places available
Instead of tensing muscles as and when needed, the internal martial arts cultivate unbroken power at all times. No tensing is required.
The unorthodox movements employed by the tai chi forms were designed to offer a biomechanical advantage when using the body.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/natural_power.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/power_generation.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/biomechanics.htm
Signed-up and paid:
James, Peter, Martin,

Wednesday 22 September - Yielding basic skills: purpose and meaning - 3 places available
Yielding basic skills involves 9 drills aimed at training a diverse selection of yielding examples.
This workshop will illustrate the relevance of these 9 drills in a martial context.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/yielding_basic_skills.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/practical_yielding.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/using_the_mind_instead_of_force.htm
Signed-up and paid: Mayur, Paul, Daniel, Martin,

Wednesday 29 September - Monkey paws (5 hands) - 1 place available
Monkey paws is a diverse drill that addresses both of the attacker's hands at the same time.
The 5 hands method is about using 5 essential kung fu skills to amplify the effect of your actions and provide opportunities to compromise the attacker.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/monkey_paws.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sensitivity.htm 
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/minimalist.htm
Signed-up and paid: Chris, Mayur, Marc H, Maria, Paul, Daniel, 

Wednesday 6 October - Attaining full strength - 4 places available
Understand how the different strength training methods fit together and why.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/full_strength.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/cross_training_school.htm
Signed-up and paid: James, Peter, Martin,

Wednesday 13 October - Shuai jiao applications - 2 places available
Every application contains unique leverage principles. Once the student can identify, understand and employ the principle, they can develop new applications using the same principle.
Gaining this skill moves the student notably away from a technique-based mentality. This is a critical forward step in terms of ability.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/practical_yielding.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/shuai_jiao.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/grappling.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Marc B, Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 20 October - Penetrating defences - 2 places available
Penetrating defences is a series of entry methods designed to circumvent the attacker limbs and take the centre without resorting to clumsiness, aggression or fear.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/penetrating_defences.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/incapacitation.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/nerve.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Mayur, Marc B, Martin,

Wednesday 27 October - Floor work - FULL
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Mayur, Marc H, Marc B, Maria,

Wednesday 3 November - Self defence - 1 place available
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Maria, Paul, Marc B, Martin, Daniel

Wednesday 10 November - Monkey paws - 2 places available
This complex, intuitive skill enables the students to neutralise an attacker using the least amount of effort.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sticky.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/range_reach.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/small_circle.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Mayur, Marc B, Martin, Daniel,

Wednesday 17 November - Pushing hands - FULL
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Mayur, Marc H, Maria, Paul, Daniel

Wednesday 24 November - Da lu - 4 places available
This more advanced drill combines pushing hands sensitivity with martial know-how to deliver powerful shoulder strikes and 'large rollback' chin na. Nimble and surprising.
It is a physically and mentally challenging exercise that requires sensitivity, listening, balance, awareness, centre and softness.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/soft_option1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sensitivity.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/13postures.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Marc B, Martin,

Wednesday 1 December - Double pushing hands - 2 places available
This more advanced version of pushing hands is a physically and mentally challenging exercise that requires sensitivity, listening, balance, awareness, centre and softness.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/soft_option1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sensitivity.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/listening.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Paul, Marc B, Martin,

Wednesday 8 December - Form applications - 2 places available
When form and function become the same, it is easy to extract useful applications. Traditionally, it is said that there are at least seven applications for every form movement.
There are three types of martial application within form: chin na, jing and shuai jiao. A student must be capable of skilfully applying the form in a thorough and convincing way against an earnest attacker.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/form_without_function.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/form_applications.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/techniquebased_mentality.htm 
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Marc H, Marc B, Maria, Martin, 

Wednesday 15
December - Yielding/shuai jiao - 2 places available
Learn how to slip an attack at the last moment and then misplace the bones.
Without this vital skill, a taijiquan student would be incapable of applying either chin na or shuai jiao appropriately. An absolute must for combat.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/practical_yielding.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/shuai_jiao.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/grappling.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Chris, Daniel, Marc B, Martin,

Wednesday 22 December - Yielding/chin na - 2 places available
Learn how to slip an attack at the last moment and then misplace the bones.
Without this vital skill, a taijiquan student would be incapable of applying either chin na or shuai jiao appropriately. An absolute must for combat.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/practical_yielding.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/understanding_fighting.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/grappling.htm
Signed-up and paid: Julia, Mayur, Marc B, Maria, Martin,

Wednesday 5 January - Chin na applications - 3 places available
Every misplacing the bones application contains unique leverage principles. Once the student can identify, understand and employ the principle, they can develop new applications using the same principle.
Gaining this skill moves the student notably away from a technique-based mentality. This is a critical forward step in terms of ability.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/chin_na.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/chin_na_basics.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/chin_na_applications.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Julia, Chris, Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 12 January - Core strength -  FULL
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Julia, James, Maria, Peter Paul

Wednesday 19 January - Self defence - 3 places available
Explore how taijiquan can easily, comfortably and convincingly be applied in self defence situations without the need of force or aggression.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/self_defence_tips.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/self_defence_courses.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Julia, Chris, Marc H, Martin,

Wednesday 26 January - Qigong in detail - 4 places available
The emphasis is upon good body mechanics, balance, breathing, lengthening the muscles and relaxation.
A clear, tangible, scientific attitude is much necessary. Focus on how you use the body. Gain strength, ease of movement and mental clarity.
Get the postural muscles to do most of the work rather than your localised limbs.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/Qigong.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/types_of_qigong.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/understanding_qigong.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Julia, James, Martin,

Wednesday 2 February - Central equilibrium (fixed feet) - 5 places available
This shuai jiao partnered drill is all about increasing your options when faced with limited space and difficult choices. Denied the opportunity to step, the student must become more flexible and adaptive
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/central_equilibrium.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/grappling.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/tension.htm
Signed-up and paid:

To pay: Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 9 February - How to escape from a hold - 5 places available
This workshop is about using shuai jiao - rather than chin na - to escape from a hold. It means increasing flexibility and expanding your perception of what is possible.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/holds.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/lower_body_strength.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/shuai_jiao.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 16 February - Pre-emptive measures - 5 places available
"He moved, but I struck first..." Discover how to be the last to move but the first to strike.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/authenticity.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/fa_jing1.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/powersprinciples.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 23 February - Monkey paws & form - 5 places available

Learn how the monkey paws drill ties into the Long yang form, and how the exercise enables you to bridge the gap between solo form training and martial application.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/form_applications.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/form_without_function.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sticky.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Paul, Martin,

Wednesday 2 March - Taoist yoga - 4 places available
Taoist Yoga is a gentle way to exercise the body. The aim is to relax into the release the muscles, rather than force the body.
In order to further release muscular tension and aid flexibility, the body is sometimes massaged during the stretch. It is encouraged to lengthen naturally.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/stretching.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/yoga.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Martin,

Wednesday 9 March - Floor work - 4 places available
We are very vulnerable when on the ground. The ability to defend yourself whilst on the floor is crucial in combat. Defence against kicks, locks and holds is necessary.
Learn how to create chaos, confusion and overcome fear.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/grappling.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/shuai_jiao.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/holds.htm 
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Martin,

Wednesday 16 March - Core strength - 4 places available
The core strength exercises were designed to train the body to work muscle groups neglected by most people. Namely, the lower abdomen, inner thighs and buttocks.
People often think to 'tense their core' and this is not what we are teaching. Instead, we offer a mildly challenging series of exercises that work the body in many different ways.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/cross_training_school.htm 
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/keep_fit.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/core_strength.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Martin,

Wednesday 23 March - Pushing hands - 6 places available
A quintessential taijiquan exercise designed to encourage skilful use of pressure, alignment, balance and sensitivity.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/pushing_hands.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sensitivity.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/sticky.htm 
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Martin,

Wednesday 30 March - Joint health - 6 places available
The emphasis is upon using the body in a manner that exercises the joints without straining them. Learn how to transfer the workload from the joints to the larger muscle groups.
Explore how stance, alignment, balance and range/reach affect joint health.
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/joint_health.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/70percent.htm
http://www.newcastletaichi.co.uk/stretching.htm
Signed-up and paid:
To pay: Martin,

Red - taijiquan only
Black - anyone can attend

Cost 10. Starting time 7:00 PM. Duration 90 minutes. Workshops take place in Birtley.

Workshops
Visiting the instructor's home
Working with the instructor

If you want to attend, please pay up-front in cash in class or on-line.
We do not offer refunds. If you cancel or do not attend, your place is forfeit. Your booking cannot be transferred to another date. Please remember that if you reserve a place you are expected to pay next lesson...


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Last updated 25 February 2021