16th International Push Hands Meeting in Hannover

International Push Hands Meeting push-hands.de

This was my first time at the yearly International Push Hands Meeting for Taiji Quan practitioners in Hannover, Germany, running from Wednesday the 6th. through Sunday the 10th. of April 2016. Workshops in the mornings and free push hands in the afternoon. There was a wonderful vibe all week – and it only grew in the weekend! The love of Taiji. I had a great time, meeting many push hands practitioners, and making new friends.  I even learned a couple of new words in German during a nightly bar raid with some new Taiji friends. I look forward to get the chance to go next year.

The event is well organized. You can really tell its the 16th. push hands event in Hannover. The organizer, Nils Klug, runs a tight ship. If you fall out of line Nils will certainly let you know. I had a Hotel problem when I arrivedHotelLindenkrugHannover Wednesday morning. Nils readily sorted this out
in a few minutes time. He even booked a room for me in his name. Hotel Lindenkrug was just a few stops with the tram. What he did not tell me, was that the Hotel was next to the tram station. It did not matter much thou, because I was so tired in the evenings from all the excitement during the day.

I choose to participate in Adam Mizner’s workshop in the weekend. Adam had the most attendees and therefore he was given the main hall all three days. I was not disappointed with my choice. I quite like Adam’s straight forward teachings with emphasis on Song Gong. Adam told us that it’s almost the only thing he does nowadays.

It was truly wonderful to be able to touch so many different bodies and souls during the push hands event in Hannover.HannoverPushhandsPark

The Wolf Grischuk leading the pack in Petrosian Memorial 2014

In this amazing fighting chess game in the third round of Petrosian Memorial GM Grischuk demolishes GM Morozevich. Alexander Grischuk, who is famed for his attacking chess, found a sharp variant of the Slav QGD for the game vs Morezevich. Both parties are walking on thin ice right out of the opening. Morezevich should have taken with the rook instead of the bishop in move 19. to equalize. On move 24. Morezevich was obliged to play Qf6 but he apparently fell through the thin ice with the wrong steep e5?! Grischuk missed a great opportunity to punish this weak move immediately when and he played 25.Bd2!? Morezevich would have drowned much faster with 25.Qh4! The last chance for Morozevich to hold on to an ice floe was 25..Rf8 but he missed it with 25..Rf6?! Then only ice cold water… 🙂

Sam Tam is coming to Copenhagen

Seminar with Grand Master Sam Tam in Copenhagen from the 16th. to the 18th. of May 2014

Torben Bremann and Ole Eskildsen visits Sam Tam in his home in Canada in 2006.

There is a wonderful and rare oppurtunity to meet a real Tai Chi (taiji) and Ichuan (Dachengquan or Yiquan) master that makes the promises and wonders of the Chinese martial arts Classics come true.

Sam_TamMaster Sam Tam is a “dashi” (大師), meaning “big teacher” or the teacher of teachers. As a mater of fact quite a few famous martial arts teachers from different schools all over the world has visited Master Sam Tam to learn or check his skill. As far as I know nobody left disappointed. According to the author Jan Diepersloot Master Sam Tam represents the pinnacle of Tai Chi achievement: “Sam Tam’s achievement, developed logically from his practice of standing meditation, represents the highest phase of martial arts mastery.”

Come and take a look for yourself! Everybody with a genuine interest the arts are welcome.

Master Sam Tam is not hiding behind words. And as far as I know you’re more than welcome to check his ability – at your own risk!

Seminar with Sam Tam in Copenhagen 2014

Gladsaxe Sportshal
Vandtårnsvej 55 – 57
2860 Søborg

Friday the 16th. of May to Sunday the 18th. of May 2014

Friday: 18 – 21
Standing meditation og sitting meditation

Saturday: 9.30. – 12.30.
Qi gong -5 animal qigong

Saturday: 14 – 17
Sam Tam’s Sword Form

Sunday: 9.30. – 12.30.
Form, push hands and Applications

Sunday: 14.00. – 17.00.

The total workshop cost is € 290 for the full weekend. The workshop is divided into blocks. One block € 95. For more than one block € 85 pr. block.

Payment Info / Bank
Danske Bank Reg.nr. 4820
Kontonummer: 3332019171
IBAN: DK8530003332019171

Contact info etc.
Torben Bremann
Mail: info@taiji4you.dk
Phone/Mobile: +45 44 91 97 98 / +45 40 20 77 75
Web: taij4you.dk

Original english invitation (pdf) Danish Invitation taiji4you.dk

Reference: The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts (Warriors of Stillness: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts, Volume 2): The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts v. 2 by Jan Diepersloot 1999

Masters of Perception – Sensory-Motor Integration in the Internal Martial Arts by Jan Diepersloot 2014

Note: The last chapter in “The Tao of Yiquan” is devoted to Sam Tam. The new book “Masters of Perception” is entirely about the teachings of Master Sam Tam.

So Many Responsibilities

How many of us are swept away by what I have come to call an “active laziness”? Naturally there are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern style consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea and gossiping with friends.

Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time left to confront the real issues.

If we look into our lives, we will see clearly how many unimportant tasks, so-called “responsibilities” accumulate to fill them up. One master compares them to “housekeeping in a dream.” We tell ourselves we want to spend time on the important things of life, but there never is any time.

Helpless, we watch our days fill up with telephone calls and petty projects, with so many responsibilities – or should we call them “irresponsibilities”?

Sogyal Rinpoche

Reference: http://www.rigpaus.org/Glimpse/Glimpse.php

We should not despair

Dear friend,
Thank you for sending me this heart felt email. You convey your emotions so beautiful and strong. I think and feel like this. I try to welcome and accept al my emotions – maybe you could do this too? I know its hard. I for sure do not want to be taking capture by the emotions of despair, anger and hate. When times are hard and I fall into the trap of emotional struggle or break up, I try to treasure the loving moments we have spend together. I try to forgive my self for my errors and mixed emotions and I try to forgive her with the sincerity of my heart. I know in my heart that I cannot change the past, so I try to accept the past and let it go. Its like I cannot hold on to any single breath of mine. The loving moments of my childhood belongs to the past. It is a time I cannot regain. I try to be thankful for what I have. I try to fill my heart with love. I try to be thankful for every moment I have in this life. I try to let go.. Everything changes ceaselessly just like the weather. And you know what? The weather is just the way it should be – and so are you!
(Written today to a friend in comfort after a break up)