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Invorio, Lago Maggiore, Italy

April 7-9

Taiji Four-hands Eight-changes #1 • Five-section Neigong/Qigong

Sizheng Tuishou Ba Diandao 四g推手八顛倒 • Wuduan Taijiquan Wuduanjin 太極拳五段锦


Master the traditional Yang-style Taijiquan Push-hands Full Curriculum! 


Friday evening: Five-section Brocade (Neigong)

For those students seeking qigong to support their taijiquan practice, the 'Five Section Brocade' or 'Wuduanjin' is ideal. This 20 minute long, five part neigong routine brings together the Five Words of Self-composure with taijiquan core-principles and can function as a warm-up or cool-down for your taijiquan practice.

The five sections of the Five Words Brocade are designed to progressively loosen up and energize the practitioner, preparing her or him for taijiquan practice. They are: Section 1. The Spine; Section 2. The Arms; Section 3. The Legs. Section 4. The Energies; Section 5. Five Words Neigong.  


Saturday & Sunday: Four-hands Changes 
'Four-hands' practice, also known as peng, lu, ji, an, provides the foundation for a solid understanding of the taijiquan theory. On this weekend we will begin the study of the eight reversals (ba diandao) of the 'Four-square Push-hands' (sizheng tuishou).

The Eight Reversals

​1. Summit Reversal 頂點顛倒
2. Substitute Spiral Reversal 替盘旋顛倒

3. Rowing Reversal 划顛倒
4. Sitting Wrist Reversal 坐腕顛倒
5. Hinder Spiral Reversal 攔擋盘旋
6. Lower-hand Slip Reversal 下手滑顛倒

7. Chop Reversal 採挒顛倒
8. Folding Palm Reversal 折掌顛倒


Each of these the reversals changes the direction of the circle allowing players to operate the four-hands exercise smoothly and creatively. The reversals also hold the key to many of taijiquan's martial applications. During the weekend we will also review the 'backward' and 'forward' timing.

This workshop is open to all taiji players!


Times:      Friday 19:00- 21:30 Saturday/Sunday 10:00 - 17:30
Cost:        Full weekend €220 (€185 se confermato entro il 1 marzo con acconto di €100—€185 if confirmed before March 1st with

               a €100 deposit).

               Saturday/Sunday only €195. (€165 se confermato entro il 1 marzo con acconto di €100—€185 if confirmed before March 1st

               with a €100 deposit)

               Friday night only €35.

Location:  Via Vergante 49 (between Lago Maggiore and Lago d'Orta)
Contact:    Francesco Cerrato 


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