Basic peng-lü drill, open to complete beginners (but not only)
In this workshop, you’ll learn a basic drill to explore the two fundamental jins (“powers”) of pushing hands : peng and lü. Once the basic shape works, we’ll use many prompts, images and other cues to refine our practice of these two jins and enrich our push-hands. I’ll also talk a little bit about the limitations of this drill and how to use it most effectively to avoid frequent pitfalls.
Anatomy and biomechanics for tuishou
The effector of our intention is the body. For this reason, learning about our body and how it functions will help us realise our intention more fully. In this workshop, you’ll learn about basic anatomy and body mechanics, and a little bit about how to put it to good use in your push-hands. Our exercises will focus mostly around the hips and shoulder.
Breathing, meditation techniques and qigong for tuishou
As tuishou comes mostly from internal martial arts, it comes to reason that internal techniques would help one practice push-hands with more depth. In this workshop you’ll learn breathing techniques, meditation practices and qigong principles to help you foster your internal strength. Some level of mastery of abdominal breathing is strongly recommended for this workshop.
Samuel discovered push-hands during kung fu classes in 2003 in Geneva, and has been in love with this practice ever since. During these classes, he learned some basics of meditation, qigong and taijiquan. When the kung fu school he was studying at closed in 2010, he pivoted to taijiquan, learning with Dominique Flaquet, a student of Master P’ng Chye Khym. There, he studied Yang style taijiquan and practised tuishou religiously. By that time, Samuel was also an accomplished dancer and dance teacher.