On 16th and 17th September, the Zhao Youbin Taiji Club (Podgorica) had the pleasure to host a workshop run by Nils Klug. The aim of the workshop was to introduce participants to the art of tui shou (push hands) and to some of the martial applications of certain Taiji postures.
We already knew that Nils is a seasoned Taiji and push hands practitioner, and we soon discovered that in addition he is also an excellent and warm-hearted teacher. Although the group was very heterogeneous in terms of expectations and personal experience of Taiji, Nils managed very quickly to find some common ground and develop a programme which seemed to grow organically from our questions, while it also had a clear structure. A perfect example of a bottom-up approach!
We enjoyed the fine balance between theory and practice and also the fact that the programme had more depth than breadth. We have gained a better understanding of some of the things we do in our training and learnt a number of exercises that we can practise to strengthen our foundation … until Nils’ next visit, which we are already looking forward to.
By the way, Nils’ sites contain a wealth of information about Taiji and push hands. Do visit them!
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