27 Days Metamorphosis Tai Chi and Mixed Martial Arts Training in Oxfordshire, UK

  • Watlington, Oxfordshire, England, UK

27 Days Metamorphosis Tai Chi and Mixed Martial Arts Training in Oxfordshire, UK

  • Watlington, Oxfordshire, England, UK

MMA and Tai Chi Training UK

This intensive, transformative course will put you on the path to self-mastery. Combining world-class martial training, Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, cycling, hiking, swimming (cold-water), climbing, animal movements, and artwork, with the correct nutritional approach. You will leave this experience feeling better than you have ever felt before!

Highlights

  • Daily Mixed Martial Arts training
  • Daily Tai Chi and Qigong classes
  • Yoga practice and daily meditation sessions
  • Random sessions of cycling, hiking, or swimming
  • A complimentary Chinese massage per week
  • An experienced UFC veteran instructor
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 23 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated in a lovely room with ensuite bathroom.

There are 11 training sessions per week, split over six days (rest on the 7th day), designed to train the mind, body, and spirit. During this training, you will be guided by Nick. Nick is a master of the Internal Arts and has competed at the highest level in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts for the world-famous Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC).

Over the years, Nick has passed his knowledge and experience on to people of all ages and abilities. For years, Nick focused on sharing his elite fighting skills - training many professional fighters, but more recently has begun passing on the spiritual warrior way of life, helping others to know themselves on a deeper level.

The philosophy behind Nick's training approach:

  • Body: must be strong, balanced, coordinated, flexible, and connected
  • Mind: must be able to concentrate, focus, relax, project, connect, and become more aware
  • Spirit: consciousness will expand as you begin to know yourself on a deeper level - your life purpose will begin to present itself and you can grow into fulfilling your full potential
  • The breath: must be cultivated diligently, as this is what links the body, and mind and spirit together

Key methodologies of Raised Spirit training:

Learning how to control our minds (instead of being controlled by them) is crucial not only for the physical development but also for living a peaceful and productive life. Goal-setting and goal-attainment make up a significant portion of this study. The mind is sovereign and the body is subject.

Moving in slow-motion to gain the deeper awareness of anatomy, balance, efficiency, and body mechanics. If a movement cannot be performed slowly with control, then how can you expect to execute the movement properly at full speed?

Strength versus power. You are interested in becoming more powerful. Muscles only play a small role in power and are usually very over-stressed by most sports programs. Tendons, ligaments, bones, the nervous system, and the fascia system need to be cultivated. You can draw inspiration from the powerful, graceful, mobile, and coordinated movements of many animals (who do not carry excessive muscle-mass).

Work with rather than against gravity, to move more efficiently. This requires a deeper understanding of physical alignment, coupled with the ability to release deep tensions in the body and mind. You will be training with a partner, developing sensorimotor skills by connecting and harmonizing with them, and responding to information gained via touch.

Movement originates from stillness to gain a deeper understanding of movement, one has to study stillness. Use your increased awareness and improved structure and movement to heal existing injuries and prevent further ones.

Tai Chi, one of the martial arts styles you will practice, is known as Taiji that was originally created as a martial art (Taiji Ch'uan) but is more commonly known today for its health benefits. Originating in China hundreds of years ago (the exact birth is shrouded in mystery and debate), Tai Chi is most widely known for its system of slow meditative movements, known as the "form", which greatly enhances relaxation and concentration capabilities, as well as improving body mechanics.

Natural outcomes of practicing the “form” include the reduction of stress and the balancing of one's emotions. Before advancing to the practice of faster movements, one has to spend a long time re-learning how to move in a natural and efficient manner, utilizing proper structure, alignment, and intent.

The slow, graceful, and continuous movements found in the “form” are gentle on the joints and muscles, so are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi is often referred to as a type of "moving meditation" because it stimulates and unifies the mind, body, and spirit.

The more you put in the more you will get out. This course will definitely be testing at times. By persevering, you will come out the other side stronger, more confident, more energized, more motivated, and more empowered.

You will leave with a clear understanding of the steps you need to take moving forwards in order to continue on the path of self-mastery. You will feel capable of achieving whatever goals you put your mind to. Friends and family will clearly notice the positive changes and they too will be positively affected.

Sample daily schedule

Monday and Tuesday

  • 07:30 Loosening exercises, standing practice (Zhan Zhuang), foundational movements, push-hand drills, Tai Chi form
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Animal movements, footwork drills, stretching, meditation, and breathing exercises
  • 13:30 Lunch and rest
  • 17:00 Martial art technical drilling and applications, pad work, shadow-boxing, free push-hands, Qigong
  • 20:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 07:30 Yoga, walking, cycling, swimming, or meditation
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Treatment (acupuncture or tuina)
  • 13:00 Lunch and rest
  • 19:00 Homework (solo practice)
  • 20:00 Loosening exercises, standing practice (Zhan Zhuang), foundational movements, push-hand drills, Tai Chi form, Qigong

Thursday and Friday

  • 07:30 Loosening exercises, standing practice (Zhan Zhuang), foundational movements, push-hand drills, Tai Chi form
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Animal movements, footwork drills, stretching, meditation, breathing exercises
  • 13:30 Lunch and rest
  • 17:00 Martial art technical drilling and applications, pad work, shadow-boxing, free push-hands, Qigong
  • 20:00 Dinner

Saturday

  • 07:30 Loosening exercises, standing practice (Zhan Zhuang), foundational movements, push-hand drills, Tai Chi form
  • 10:15 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Animal movements, footwork drills, stretching, meditation, breathing exercises, recapping the week's lessons
  • 13:30 Lunch and rest
  • 15:00 Solo practice homework: Tai Chi Form, reading, artwork followed by dinner (flexible) in the evening

Sunday

This day is the rest day. You can visit Oxford, Henley, Marlow, or London.

  • Nick Osipczak

    Nick Osipczak has fought five times in the world's best Mixed Martial Arts fighting organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He ran his own club in London for five years, where at one point, the fighters who turned professional under him had combined records of 22 wins and zero losses. None of the fighters Nick faced in his 18 career fights were able to finish him. In 2015, he became the first person in history who has fought at the UFC level to represent the Internal Martial Arts. Nick now teaches classes, one-to-one sessions, seminars, and intensive workshops around the world.

This training will take place in Watlington, South Oxfordshire, UK. It is set in the beautiful English countryside.

Nearby places

  • Henley - 20 minutes
  • Lewknor - 5 minutes
  • Marlow - 20 minutes
  • Oxford - 20 minutes

You will be provided with daily three healthy meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

On your rest day (Sunday), you can visit the nearby beautiful towns of Oxford, Henley, and Marlow. Each is only 20 minutes away.

  • Daily Mixed Martial Arts training (striking, ground fighting, takedowns, takedown defense)
  • Daily Qigong (healing and restorative energy work)
  • Daily Tai Chi classes (form, application, push-hands)
  • Yoga practice (increase flexibility)
  • Daily meditation sessions (breathing exercises and intention setting)
  • 26 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Goal setting discussion session
  • Random sessions of cycling, hiking, or swimming
  • Animal movements (whole-body strength, flexibility, and coordination)
  • Sacred geometry artwork practices
  • One professional treatment (Chinese massage) per week
  • Insurance
  • Transport to Watlington

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at any airports in London. Then, there are a few options you can take such as car, coach, train, and etcetera.

Arrival by bus

Get the Oxford Tube coach to Lewknor. You will be collected from there (which is 5 minutes from Watlington).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Raised Spirit Internal Arts offers Tai Chi and Mixed Martial Arts training with UFC veteran, Nick Osipczak for those seeking the way of the Spiritual Warrior.

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27 days / 26 nights

Departure:
Saturday December 9, 2017
(27 days / 26 nights)

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