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This is the first time Nick will be teaching his material in the United States, spreading his unique approach to mixing the internal martial arts seamlessly into the mixed martial arts arena. If you are a traditional martial artist, you will get the chance to discover which of your techniques would work under pressure and how to ensure you keep the fight at the range that suits you best. You will also learn safe and quick escapes and how to bring the fight back to where you are strongest.
This workshop includes accommodation in a hotel in San Francisco. Rooms are offered on a single and double basis.
You will arrive on Wednesday, July 19, to settle in. The training starts on Thursday morning. The last training session is on the evening of Monday, July 24, and the departure will be the next morning. Each day, you will have five hours of training split into two sessions of two hours and 30 minutes each.
In the morning training, you will do standing practice (Zhan Zhuang), loosening exercises, Nei-gong, push hands, and partner drills. In the evening training, you will practice ground movements, takedown defense, getting back to the feet, and sparring.
Tai Chi literally means Grand Ultimate. Also known as Taiji, it was originally created as a martial art but is more commonly known today for its health benefits. Originating in China hundreds of years ago, 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 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 they 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.
Nick draws on his experience from his extensive studies of numerous other internal and external martial arts, as well as yoga and Qi-gong, and teaches the Yang style of Tai Chi Ch'uan.
During your mixed martial arts workshop, you will have a mountain hiking trip.
This martial arts workshop will take place in San Francisco, California, United States.
Please book your flight to arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).