The historical definition of “internal martial arts” comes from the integration of the Daoist Golden Elixir (jindan or neidan) into fighting skills. This workshop will clearly explain the three body theory and guide students through the experience of making the immortal embryo. Then we will play with the principle of counterbalancing, a powerful martial arts idea which allows us to discard rooting and create the illusion of unstoppable power.
Two person fighting games. We will play a ton of two person games working off of the one-step, soft-hands (roushou), and push-hands (tuishou). Each game is devised for participants to experience a specific type of kinesthetic knowledge. We then take that knowledge and integrate it into an experience of play that will make you smarter, stronger, richer and better looking. The result is a profound experience of self-trust.
Scott Park Phillips is a dancer and historian who lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he integrates traditional Chinese martial arts with Daoist studies and improvisational theater. He began training in 1977 under a senior student of Kuo Lien-Ying, one of the first internal martial artists to teach in the United States. He is also a senior student of George Xu and has been teaching children and adults since 1992. He is the author of Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion.
Portland Shaolin Center
3818 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97202
Jul 29, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017
2pm - 6pm
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