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1 Week Martial Arts Retreat in Austria

  • Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia,Tröpolach 156 AT-9631 Hermagor/Nassfeld, Carinthia, Austria

Martial Arts Training Week in Carinthia, Austria

Come to Hotel & Spa Carinzia in the southern side of the Alps for a martial arts week where you will have the opportunities to explore many different types of martial arts such as Wushu, Kung Fu, Pentjak Silat, meditation, and many more. Located in the scenic region of the Alps, the hotel will surely provide you first rate services and facilities, together with a lot of fun and helpful training for you to destress and improve your overall fitness level.

Highlights

  • Training 3 times a day
  • Daily meditation session
  • Instructions and guidance by international teachers
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided
  • Vegetarian food by Asian cooks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying at the Hotel & Spa Carinzia, with choice of double or single room.

Program

In September Falkensteiner Hotels is organizing a Martial Arts week in their Carinthia Hotel and Spa which will train a lot of different styles with international teachers. Every day will start at 7.00 and there will be a program until 21.00. Some of the styles offered are Classical Wu Shu, Third Line Kung Fu, Pentjak Silat, Cimande Pentjak Silat, Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and many, many more.

Daily program

  • 7.00 - 8.00 Tai Chi
  • 8.00 - 9.00 breakfast
  • 9.00 - 10.30 training 1
  • 10.45 - 12.15 training 2
  • 12.15 - 14.00 lunch
  • 14.00 - 16.00 workshop/training 3
  • 16.30 - 18.00 yoga
  • 18.30 - 20.00 dinner
  • 20.00 - 21.00 meditation and question time

Martial Arts

Wushu

Wushu is a form of contemporary Chinese martial arts that blends elements of performance and martial application. Wushu training emphasizes quickness, explosive power, and natural, relaxed movement. The wushu practitioner must combine flexibility with strength, speed with flawless technique, fierce intent with effortless execution.

Styles of Wushu

Modern wushu encompasses a wide variety of Chinese martial arts styles, which can be categorized in several ways. Along one axis, wushu is divided into barehand and weapon-play styles, where the various wushu weapons are grouped into long-range, short-range, flexible, and double weapons. Along another axis, wushu styles are categorized by the martial arts system which created them. For example, the southern martial arts system includes barehand, broadsword, and staff styles. Staff styles, on the other hand, have been created by the northern, southern, and even drunken fighting systems.

A standard wushu training program, however, concentrates on a “core curriculum” of eight major styles. As beginners, students of wushu receive introductory training in most of the core styles, but as they gain experience, they begin to concentrate on a small number of styles. Typically, a student will specialize in one style each of barehand, short weapon, and long weapon. It is important that maturing students undertake specializations which match their abilities and personality - often, the choice is handed down by the instructor, whose judgement is guided by long experience, rather than the student, whose judgement may be colored by “what looks cool." Below section describes each of the eight styles.

Long fist

As the name might imply, longfist is characterized by attack at the extreme end of one’s reach. In order to conduct these long-range strikes, the longfist boxer must remain relaxed and extended in motion and posture. Longfist movement is quick, agile, and rhythmic, punctuated by explosive and spectacular jumping techniques. Power is clearly displayed in each movement, but tempered with grace and fluidity.

Southern fist

Southern fist is characterized by powerful hand strikes built upon firm stancework. The Southern boxer fights with ferocious intent, at times using a yell to generate additional power and raise the spirit. Footwork is low, fast, and tight, creating a stable foundation for weathering or delivering attacks. Little distinction is made between offense and defense in Southern fist. Many blocking techniques are delivered with such force that they double as attacks, and peculiar to Southern fist is a technique known as a “bridge,” in which the fist is thrown with the forearm held diagonally, simultaneously blocking and striking.

Staff-play

In Chinese martial arts, the staff is known as the “Father of all Weapons,” so named because many of the techniques employed in other weapons styles are derived from staff techniques. The staff is constructed with a slight taper, the butt end being thicker than the point, and stands as tall as the practitioner. The wood of the staff is semi-flexible, which allows the staff to be smashed forcefully against the ground without breaking. The flexibility of the wood also allows power to be clearly displayed in vibration at the staff’s tip. Most staff techniques are sweeping or whirling, allowing the practitioner to cover a large area with a single strike. Major staff techniques include chopping, uppercutting, figure-8 circling, pointing, and enveloping.

Broad sword play

The broadsword, or saber, is known as the “Marshal of all Weapons,” as it was the standard armament of foot soldiers in medieval China. The broadsword is wielded in one hand, with the free hand forming a palm. It has a wide, curved blade with a single sharp edge, and when held at the side the tip of the blade extends to the practitioner’s ear. A silk flag is sometimes attached to the pommel of the sword. While the width and weight of the blade make it more appropriate for slicing and hacking attacks than thrusting attacks, both are used. Because the back edge of the sword is dull, the blade can be supported against the free hand or body in various movements. The major broadsword techniques include hacking, coiling around the head, uppercutting, parrying, and stabbing. Broadsword-play is characterized by swift, explosive movements and abandoned ferocity; an apt wushu saying states that “Broadsword-play resembles an enraged tiger.”

Sword play

The straight sword, or simply sword, is known as the “Gentleman of all Weapons.” Like the broadsword, the straight sword is a single-handed weapon, and the free hand is held in a “sword fingers” position: thumb and outer two fingers curved to meet each other and inner two fingers extended together. The sword has a thin, straight blade with two sharp edges and a centerline ridge that supports the blade, and the tip of the blade extends to the ear when the sword is held at the side. A woven tassel is sometimes attached to the pommel of the sword for counterbalance. Due to its light construction, the straight sword cannot be used to deliver raw power; sword players must instead rely on technique and finesse. A wushu saying states that “Sword-play resembles a flying phoenix,” meaning that the practitioner must be quick but controlled, choosing the time and place of every attack, like a phoenix which darts in to strike at openings and slips gracefully away when threatened. The major sword techniques include circular parrying, hacking, tilting, pointing, and stabbing.

Spear play

The spear is known as “the King of all Weapons,” because its length far outranges the other weapons while its sharp blade gives it killing power. The spear is the longest of the weapons, extending from the floor to the fingertips of the practitioner’s upraised arm. Like a staff, the spear’s shaft is tapered and constructed from semi-flexible wood. The spear head is a diamond shaped metal blade affixed to the narrow end of the shaft; a tassel of horsehair attached is usually attached just below the blade. Because the shaft is flexible, the spear player can attack from odd angles by bending the spear in a whipping motion. In addition, the spear can be smashed against the ground like a staff. To complement the flexibility of the spear, spear-play makes use of supple body work and fluid motions; the saying goes that “Spear-play resembles an undulating dragon.” Major spear techniques include parrying inward, parrying outward, stabbing, downward striking, tilting, enveloping, and figure-8 circling.

Southern broad sword play

The Southern broadsword is a wide, single-edged blade which extends from hand to ear when held at the side. The Southern broadsword is easily distinguished from the Northern version by its uncurved blade, S-shaped guard, and longer handle, which ends in a ring at the pommel. This lengthened handle allows the sword to be wielded with both hands at times, and in certain techniques the sword is even wielded with an inverted grip. Southern broadsword-play combines the fast, aggressive footwork of Southern Fist with barrages of slashing and thrusting strikes. Emphasis is placed on short, direct attacks and fierce blocks interchanged in quick succession and delivered with unmistakable power. The major elements of Southern broadsword-play are slashing, chopping, stabbing, pushing, and uppercutting.

Southern sword play

Like the Northern staff, the Southern staff is a tapered shaft of semi-flexible wood which stands at the staff-player’s height. The Southern staff, however, measures significantly thicker than its Northern counterpart, allowing it to withstand the direct blocks and smashing strikes of Southern staff-play. There is a marked de-emphasis on flashy, decorative movements in Southern staff-play; rather, the practitioner concentrates on projecting sheer power through straightforward but devastating techniques. If performed properly, the result can be both dazzling and daunting. Southern staff-play uses both ends of the staff for offense, and strikes from alternating ends of the staff are often delivered rapid-fire. The major techniques of Southern staff-play are horizontal chopping, downward smashing, thrusting, and circular parrying.

Pencak Silat

Pencak Silat is the indigenous martial art of Indonesia. The term, Pencak Silat, has only been used as a term of general application since about the 1950s and after Indonesian independence.

A wide diversity of styles and techniques occur by reason of the wide diversity of development by different people in different regions without necessarily emanating from a common source. There are many hundreds of different styles (aliran) spread across the 13,000 islands comprising the Indonesian archipelago and they can differ markedly.

Pencak Silat (by different names) is part of a common Malay culture spanning Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines. "Silat Melayu" is a common term for the types of silat in the Southeast Asia peninsular consisting of Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and Singapore. "Bersilat" is used in Malaysia. "Pasilat" is a term sometimes used in the Phillipines. Often the shortened version of "silat" suffices.

The term Pencak Silat derives from two components. The word "pencak" (and its dialectic equivalents) is commonly used in Java, Madura, and Bali, whereas the term "silat" (or "silek") is more likely in Sumatra.

Pencak has different associations in different places. It is associated with dance performances performed to specific rhythms provided by drummers and publicly performed. The contrary was the case for the Javanese people of West and Central Java; for them it meant self defence and, as such, was inappropriate for public consumption and certainly not for general display.

It is sometimes said that "pencak" relates to the traditional dances and "silat" to the self defence aspects (for instance the Minangkabau of West Sumatra); but this may perhaps be over simplistic and by no means universally adopted.

The history of pencak silat, as with other martial arts, is virtually impossible to ascertain as it was an oral tradition. Further, the practice and learning of martial arts was often bound up with obligations of secrecy and this is perhaps even more so in Indonesia than in most other places. The lack of verifiable documentation makes a precise understanding of the history elusive.

Similar to many Asian martial arts, an inspirational source of techniques and styles are attributed to the behavior, actions, character, and attributes of animals. Practitioners copied the movements and stances of tigers, eagles, snakes, crocodiles, monkeys, scorpions, and dragons. Not only are stances named after members of the animal kingdom, but some pencak silat styles make such close associations with the animal kingdom that they take their names from animals such as harimau (tiger) and garuda putih (white eagle).

Methods of fighting are likely to be as old as mankind itself. Its systemization and development tend to run in tandem with the development of kingdoms and the waging of wars between kingdoms. A substantial influence on the arts indigenous to Indonesia would have been the interaction with other kingdoms in South and East Asia, especially in China and India. The influence of kuntao from China came from the many coastal towns in Java where trade with the Chinese was common. Perhaps the strongest influence was in Jakarta (formerly Batavia) as a result of a large influx of Chinese. Many Chinese were brought there in 1619 to build the city.

When trying to establish a source from which the plethora of different styles emanated, the styles of West Sumatra and West Java are often referred to. In West Sumatra, in the Minangkabau region pencak silat may have developed from a single source. In West Java, the well known Cimande style is very prominent. It is to these regions and styles that the source of pencak silat is often attributed. Whether they were the source or not, they were likely to have been integral to developments elsewhere.

More recently, silat schools (perguruan) operated similar to other Asian martial art schools as organizations for the passing on of cultural and moral values as well as fighting skills. Ethical behavior was a requirement and the relationship between teacher and student was a very important one. Training was much more than simply engaging in a physical activity.

Silat schools became less important in terms of general education when the Dutch government introduced a public schools programme in the early part of the 20th century. An indirect consequence of this was the development of a more formal structure being given to silat schools because of the loosening of the previous informal ties. Masters of the art set rules regulating the behavior and ethical standards expected of students. It was usual for the strict enforcement of regulations, including prohibiting students to study with other schools and forbidding the teaching of outsiders.

No doubt the Dutch colonial government would have had some unease about the existence of these schools. The schools could readily be perceived as organizations with the potential to promote a nationalistic ideology and resistance to the Dutch colonial government. It is often said that government scrutiny forced some schools into a underground existence, particularly if there was any hint of association with political activity.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an important concept in the history of Chinese thought, has shown signs of "Yi": "Easy Tai Chi is in two appearances. Astrotech Health four images, four images, and raw gossip." And gossip has a very close relationship. In the practice of Tai Chi, every move is to be felt peaceful and comfortable.

Acts are light and agile, slow and smooth. Loose and tight movements are in order as is force and flexibility correlated. Tai Chi is revered for being a practice of natural and elegant movements that are immersed in musical rhythm, philosophical connotation, styles of beauty and poetic atmosphere. It's beneficial nature to health can heal, prevent illness, and facilitate the enjoyment of life.

Falkensteiner Hotels - Hotel and Spa Carinzia

Hotel & Spa Carinzia is so much more than simply a wellness hotel. It is a world of its own, a holiday resort with nearly unlimited possibilities. Connoisseurs as well as sports enthusiasts will enjoy themselves here. At Carinthia's best holiday resort located at the foot of the hiking and skiing paradise Nassfeld, there is no doubt you'll feel great.

The martial arts week will take place at the Hotel & Spa Carinzia, right by the valley station for the Nassfeld ski and walking arena at 800 m above sea level.

Nassfeld

Nassfeld is a ski resort in Carinthia, Austria. Located on the southern side of the Alps, near the border with Italy, the region hosts an Austrian - Italian mix with boundless advantages. At the resort, you can visit neighbouring Italy when skiing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing or hiking and experience the southern way of life at every turn. Activity and relaxation offers provide a diverse range of possibilities in summer as well as in winter: Top ski resort, adventure mountain, culinary specialties and varied lake scenery – every holidaymaker and day visitor will find their own personal highlight at Nassfeld.

Carinthia

If you like hiking, water sports, or just lazing in the sun, Carinthia's beautiful countryside - gentle hills and steep mountains scattered with idyllic lakes - makes it a wonderful area to explore during the warmer months; it's also an ideal stopping point if you're heading to Italy.

The high mountains ringing Carinthia (or Kärnten, in German) create the province's natural borders, and the area has been likened to a gigantic amphitheater. Mountainous Upper Carinthia lies to the west, and the Lower Carinthia Basin region slopes to the east. The province is bisected by the east-flowing Drau River, which becomes the Drava when it enters Slovenia. Villach is the biggest road and rail junction in the eastern Alps, and Klagenfurt is the capital of Carinthia.

If you're athletic, climb the gentle nocken (hills), or head for the more demanding mountains. The region boasts more than 200 warm, clean lakes, and fishing is a popular pastime here, either in the lakes or in the colder mountain streams. The "Carinthian Riviera" is the name given to the main lake area, including the Wörther See, not far from Klagenfurt. Lake Ossiacher and Lake Millstatter are also in this area. Weissensee, another big lake, is less well known than the other three, but it's really the most scenic. The best way to see the lakes is to take one of the boats that operate from April to mid-October.

If you want to enjoy the lakes, visit Carinthia from mid-May to September, although the first 2 weeks in October are ideal, too. Hordes of visitors flock here in July and August, so make reservations in advance if you plan on visiting during those months.

Although the warm lakes are Carinthia's main attraction, the province also attracts some skiers to its mountains in winter. However, Carinthia's relatively mild winters don't always make for the best ski conditions. The ski season here lasts only from December to March. As a ski center, this province is much less expensive than Tyrol or Land Salzburg. Regardless of the season you visit, if you're driving, parking is rarely a problem: Unless otherwise noted, you park for free.

Archaeological discoveries prove that Carinthia was inhabited by humans far back in unrecorded time, and the Romans didn't overlook the area, either - their legions marched in to conquer alpine Celtic tribes in the kingdom of Noticum, establishing it as a Roman province.

For centuries, this area was home to ethnic groups from Slovenia, belonging to the kingdom of Germany and Avar-dominated Slavs from the east. Hoping to fend off invasions, the populace eventually invited Bavaria to become Carinthia's protector, and so it became part of the Holy Roman Empire.

When the Hapsburgs took Kärnten as a part of their rapidly expanding empire, it was a duchy of the Holy Roman Empire under the Bohemian aegis. To secure his control over the area, Ferdinand I of Hapsburg, soon to become emperor, married the heiress to Bohemia and made Carinthia an imperial duchy. Later, Carinthia was designated a province of Austria.

The former country of Yugoslavia claimed southern Carinthia after World War I. During this time, some territory was ceded to Yugoslavia, and more was given to Italy, but all this land was later restored. In 1920, after the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, the Slovenian minority in the south, along the Yugoslav border, voted to remain with Austria. Today, a sizable minority of Carinthia's population is Slovenian, but the majority of it is German.

Activities
  • Fitness center
  • Gym
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
  • Shopping nearby
  • Skiing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • ATM / banking
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Vegetarian food will be provided by specialized Asian cook.

Explore the area

Hiking and mountain activities

Visit the lakes

  • 3 meals per day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meditation session daily
  • Training 3 times daily
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the location

Arrival by car

From the North/East:

A10 Tauern motorway to Villach or A2 to Villach, at Villach interchange take the A2 to Italy, leave at the Hermagor exit and turn left on to the B111 and continue as far as Tröpolach/Nassfeld.

From the South:

23 toward the Ital. border, then on the A2 to Villach, leave at Hermagor exit, then turn left taking the B111 as far as Tröpolach/Nassfeld.

From the West:

Felbertauernstrasse or Pustertalerstrasse towards Lienz, drive though the town of Lienz towards Carinthia, turn right in Oberdrauburg on to the B110 Gailbergstrasse, turn left in Kötschach on to the B111 Gailtalstrasse and continue as far as Tröpolach/Nassfeld.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Airport Klagenfurt (KLU), which is located 90 km, or approx. 1 hour from the Hotel. Services offered from Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, London Stansted, and Vienna. Another option is to arrive at Airport Udine (UDN), which is 104 km, or approx. 1 ¾ hours from the hotel.

Distances

  • Klagenfurt - 1 hour
  • Salzburg - 2 ½ hours
  • Munich - 3 ¾ hours
  • Vienna - 4 ¼ hours