4. Indoor Student
(Also known as a 'Research Assistant')
Some students, after having learned many aspects of the art, feel ready to dedicate themselves
to full mastery. Achieving the essence of the internal martial arts requires full disclosure from
the instructor to the student, usually in the context of a formal master-disciple relationship.
The master-disciple tradition exists to ensure the continuation of a body of knowledge and
the passing on of a wisdom tradition. When an instructor accepts the pupil as an 'indoor
student' (tudi 徒弟), usually during an ‘honouring ceremony’ (baishi 拜師), the student
is considered to have ‘entered the door’ and is now a disciple of the master (shifu 師傅).
Becoming an indoor student of Master Sam Masich requires that one submit a formal
application and undergo an evaluation process. To apply one must request the guidance
and a personal recommendation from an already accepted Indoor Student.
Annual Tudi Week—July 13-19 (Annually)
On July 13, 2016, in an early morning private 'honouring ceremony' on the verdant
mountainside of Daqingshan Mountain in Shandong, China, Sam Masich accepted his first
five 'Indoor Students.' On July 19, a second discipleship ceremony for was held publicly at
the Daqingshan International Hotel. Hosted by Professor Tim Stanley and witnessed by other
Masich Internal Arts Method students, and members of the Daqingshan community, the
formal announcement of the 'Masich Internal Arts Method' was also made.
Tudi Week is a once-per-year seven-day observance of our neijiaquan practices and traditions intended to encourage practitioners to contemplate their own path toward mastery, reflect on the efforts made by past masters within our tradition, and consider the example set by the indoor students. Tudi Week can be observed through individual practice and contemplation or through the organizing of special events. Practitioners will have a forum to share their experiences, ideas, and encouragement.
Indoor Students of the Masich Internal Arts Method
Learn about the excellent tudi that represent the Masich Internal Arts Method
Javier Arnanz Sotelo, Matthew Case, Yanira Masich, Maribel Brito Alvaro and Dorian Gregory.
Javier Arnanz (Madrid, Spain)
"I started taijiquan for health reasons but found that it helped me to grow as a person in so many ways. As a martial art it is a way of self expression and it has taught me how to fight the most powerful enemy—myself." Javier Arnanz started studying taijiquan in 1998. He began his training with Sam Masich in 2005. He trains and teaches Yang-style Taijiquan in all it's dimensions—for health, meditation and martial application. He was accepted as an indoor student on July 13, 2016.
Mathew Case (Ottawa, Canada)
"Transformative alchemy— I study the internal arts for spiritual cultivation, wellbeing, optimal health, friendship, and the fun of really good push-hands and sparring!" Matthew Case started studying martial arts in 1986 (karate, shuaijiao, xingyiquan, and baguazhang). He began his training with Sam Masich in 2001. Currently, Matt focuses his practice and teaching on the application of core principles and neigong into two-person work and forms. He was accepted as an indoor student on July 13, 2016.
Yanira Masich (México, City, México/Berlin, Germany)
"I practice taijiquan for self development. It is a wisdom path that lets me know myself."
Yanira Masich started studying taijiquan in 1996. She began her training with Sam Masich in 1998. She teaches The 5 Section Taijiquan Program and traditional Yang-style Taijiquan in several countries in Europe and North America—always with an emphasis on the thirteen-powers theory. She was accepted as an indoor student on July 13, 2016.
Maribel Brito (Madrid, Spain)
"I have always liked martial arts but in my youth it was not considered to be an activity for girls. Later I began taijiquan for health reasons and I now consider it to be a part of my being." Maribel Brito started studying taijiquan in 2002. She began her training with Sam Masich in 2005. She practices an average of three hour per day and teaches informally. She was accepted as an indoor student on July 13, 2016.
Dorian Gregory (Massachusetts, USA)
"Taijiquan is, for me, the study of change and the power of transformation. It is an art that asks me to get comfortable with myself and promises that my greatest power flows from that comfort." Dorian Gregory started studying martial arts in 1989 (karate, arnis). She began her training with Sam Masich in 2006. She offers classes, private and semi-private lessons, seminars and workshops in the traditional curriculum Yang-style Taijiquan with an emphasis on core principles and taiji philosophy. She was accepted as an indoor student on July 13, 2016.
'The Curious Five'