March in San Antonio, Texas:

Friday March 17th: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Silk Reeling (Chan Si Jin) Workshop

In this workshop, Chen Huixian will be reviewing Chen Taijiquan Fundamentals, with a focus on the Chen family method of Silk Reeling exercises and Zhan Zhuang standing meditation and strength training.

In Taiji, Silk Reeling is a series of easily learned, repetitive movements that integrate all three planes of motion into smooth, continuous, and controlled weight shifts, core rotations, and spiral movements through the legs, torso, arms, and hands. These exercises help you maximize your body’s efficiency of motion by promoting correct body alignment and energy flow.

This workshop will also cover how to maintain the proper body requirements of Chen Taijiquan allowing you to more effectively train your body and develop a higher level of skill not just in Taijiquan, but in other sports and activities as well.

*This workshop is ideal for any level of student, from beginner to advanced.

Saturday March 18th: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Chen Taijiquan Laojia Er Lu: (Old Frame Second Routine)

Chen Huixian will be teaching the LaoJia Yi Er form (Old Frame Second Routine) also known as 'Pào Chuí' or 'Cannon Fist. Both Laojia Yilu and Erlu forms contain a balance of hard and soft movements. However, while Yilu focuses on the softer movements, Erlu emphasizes the harder, faster movements.

The Laojia Erlu or ‘Cannon fist’ form is full of fast movements, low postures, hard kicks and punches, sweeps, and jumps, balancing the explosiveness of Fajin energy with the slow and spiraling silk reeling energy. ‘Cannon Fist’ also focuses on expressing not only the four linear energies of Peng, Lu Ji and An, but also the four diagonal energies of Cai, Lie, Zhou and Kou.

This form is indispensable for those who wish to cultivate martial skill from their Taijiquan practice

(This workshop is open to anyone, but targeted to advanced students.)

Sunday March 19th: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Chen Taijiquan Push Hands Workshop

Chen Huixian will be teaching Chen Taiji Push Hands training techniques. These are partner exercises that bridge the gap between Taijiquan forms and combat / self-defense applications.

These exercises are performed with both fixed and moving steps, focusing on “listening”, “yielding”, and “sticking” skills, as well as maintaining correct Taijiquan movement principle when interacting with an opponent / partner.

This will include breaking down some of the martial applications found in the Chen Taijiquan form and explaining how the different Taijiquan principles and energies are applied successfully. Students working with partners to practice the Qinna and grappling aspects of Chen Taijiquan.

(This workshop is open to anyone, but targeted to advanced students.)