YMAA Western MA Workshops

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Jon will be teaching in Western MA with fellow YMAA Retreat Center student and Massachusetts native Quentin Lopes.

Contact: Jeff Rosen
YMAA Western MA
221 Pine Street
Florence, MA 01062
ymaawesternmass@aol.com

Register for one or both workshops via email.


YMAA Taijiquan Curriculum Review (4pm – 6pm)

  • Taiji Fighting Set
  • Yang Style form review
  • Taiji Symbol (Silk Reeling)

Staff Fundamental Training (7pm – 9:30pm)

In Chinese martial arts, the staff is usually the first weapon taught to practitioners to build a foundation for all long weapons practice. Staff training teaches students how to utilize both hands to handle the weapon and maintain proper distance. This workshop will cover basic solo and partner exercises for Shaolin and Taiji staff training.

In additional to developing martial arts skills, staff training provides health benefits including improved body coordination, increased upper body strength, and increased flexibility in the joints.

This workshop is suitable for all experience levels.

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GateWay Taiji Workshops

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Contact: Bill Buckley
GateWay Taiji, Qigong & Yoga
875 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610-9395 | bill@gatewaytaiji.com

Register for one or both workshops. Early bird deadline is June 15th.


San Cai Dui Jian (9am – 1pm)

Swords come in a variety of sizes and weights. The single-handed Chinese straight sword trains speed, precision, and accuracy. San Cai Jian (Three Powers Sword) is a unique sequence because it can be trained solo or with a partner, as San Cai Dui Jian (Three Powers Sword Matching Set). San Cai Dui Jian specifically trains a practitioner to gain an understanding of proper distance and applications.

Basic sword training can improve physical fitness by conditioning the tendons and ligaments in the wrist, elbows, shoulders, and lower back. Other health benefits include improved hand-eye coordination and increased focus.

This workshop will introduce sword basics to newcomers and provide corrections and review for returning students.

Please bring your own sword. If you do not own one, a sword can be provided.


Taiji Staff Basics (2pm – 6pm)

In Chinese martial arts, the staff is usually the first weapon taught to practitioners to build a foundation for all long weapons practice. Staff training teaches students how to utilize both hands to handle the weapon and maintain proper distance. This seminar will cover basic striking, blocking, and sticking and adhering drills through solo and partner exercises.

In additional to developing martial arts skills, staff training provides health benefits including improved body coordination, increased upper body strength, and increased flexibility in the joints.

This workshop is suitable for all experience levels.

Please bring your own staff. If you do not own one, a staff can be provided.

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