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EASTER CAMP – THE FIVE STEPS OF TAIJI 10.-13.4.2020
April 10 - April 13
EASTER CAMP 10-13.4.2020
Master Lü Baochun’s eighth Easter Camp follows the 5 Steps of Taiji -program and the training proceeds from external practice gradually into internal practice of Taiji. The Easter Camp is a unique opportunity to all Taiji-practitioners to benefit from master Lü’s transmission of ancient teachings and the principles of internal Taiji in a perceivable and executable form. Master Lü’s 5 Steps of Taiji -program advances from mastering the external structure step by step into the discovery of internal movement and gaining control of it.
Timetable can be found in the end of this text. We will start the mornings with 1h Qigong exercise, that will be taught by master Lü. Taiji-classes will be held in the same hall, in 2 groups, foundation/advanced. Personal questions and discussions about training and philosophy are recommended. If the weather is fine, we will also train outside. Sunday night we will have sauna and evening party by the lake.
The price includes 23h of training, accommodation, meals (3 x breakfast, 4 x lunch, 3 x dinner, 3
x evening snack), sauna and Easter Camp t-shirt. Accommodation is in single/double rooms with budget/apartment hotel -options. It is possible to attend the camp without accommodation (meals reduced – fri: dinner, sat and sun: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Mon: no meals).
The camp is held at Kisakallio, Lohja. www.kisakallio.fi
Carpools will be arranged from Helsinki centrum, harbours and airport. If you are travelling from abroad, we can help you with accommodations and transportations and other info.
Foundation – Double -budget 488€ / Double -hotel 508€ / Single -budget 562€ / Single -hotel 583€ / No accommodation 375€
Advanced – Double -budget 558€ / Double -hotel 578€ / Single -budget 632€ / Single -hotel 653€ / No accommodation 445€
Registration by 24.3.2020 to the e-form. Additional information, carpools and room arrangements heikki.poussa ( ät ) gmail . com
Payment must be done by 24.3.2020.
Bank information: Baji ry, IBAN: FI7831313002425577, BIC: HANDFIHH, Message: Easter camp, foundation/advanced, single/double, budget/hotel/no accomodation.
21:00-22:00 Evening snack
21:00-22:00 Evening snack
20:30- sauna and evening party, evening snack served at the sauna
08:00-09:00 Qigong (unguided free training)
09:00-10:30 Breakfast and check-out
14:00-15:00 Lunch 15:00- Easter camp ends
The camp will have 2 training groups, advanced and foundation groups. We will start training on friday as one group and focus on examining the aspects of the two first steps, the basic building blocks of all Taiji training, posture and movement.
From saturday, Joona Sillanpää, one of master Lü’s most advanced student in Taiji, will continue teaching the foundation group by continuing integrating posture and movement as a solid base in form training and free movement. When finding continuous flow of movement and internal connection, the foundation group can also proceed to the next level of the program, integrating breathing/energy into training. The advanced group will start on saturday with master Lü by examining breathing and energy movement in detail as part of training. When a solid base for external and internal training has been found, the advanced group will continue the journey into Mind, which will be the main focus of this year’s camp. We will find out how to use the Mind effectively in training, not just as a concept, but how to actually start, lead and end your movement by using your mind. At the end of the camp we will review all the steps as one group.
The easter camp is open to all taiji practitioners, regardless of training level, style or tradition. Also qigong practitioners are welcomed and will benefit from the training. Foundation group is intended for everyone, from beginner to advanced, teaching is in finnish/english. The advanced group is intended for taiji practitioners who have a solid base of external practice and are ready to step into internal training, teaching is in english. This camp is not about learning the form or correcting it, but it is about the essence of your Taiji-training. In the classes we will use 2 first parts of the traditional Yang style-form, 2 parts of Chen style Yi Lu-form and Qigong for training. It is not essential to know these forms, and you if you like you can also use your own form in training.
5 STEPS OF TAIJI
1. POSTURE is the key to step inside of taiji. You can never emphasize the importance of posture too much, this is the foundation that all is built on. With correct posture you will find the necessary external structure and right alignment to reach balance and connection in your body. All joints are in natural position, relaxed and open.
2. MOVEMENT. When you have reached correct posture and structure you can start to
move, keeping this structure and connection at all times in training. With correct movement you will connect your postures in the form, harmonize the movement and keep external
connection in the body throughout the form.
3. ENERGY, QI, BREATHING. It is time to recognize the subtle effect of breathing in movement; time to find the natural rhythm of breath. You are not changing the breath, but
just following it, naturally joining it. Breathing will start the movement and end it. When you have relaxed enough, Qi will appear and start moving in the body with breathing. The movement of energy will move your body. You have stepped to the internal side of taiji. Your internal movement will be expressed as external movement.
4. MIND, YI. The first 3 steps have tamed your monkey mind and in your practice you have experienced already deepening feeling of solitude and inner peace. It’s time to “grasp”
the Qi and start to control it with your mind. Your mind will lead the energy and the movement of energy will be expressed as external movement.
5. SHEN, SPIRIT. This is a level that not many have achieved. It cannot be described in
words and therefore cannot be studied in theory. When the first 4 steps are ready, shen will emerge.
The 5 Steps of Taiji are a continuum. You cannot master step 2 without mastering step 1 to a certain level. Each of the steps will keep developing through years of practice, and throughout your lifetime. It is not a mistake to go a step down and return to basics, we all have to do that at some point during our Taiji-journey. Nobody has absolute or perfect posture nor movement, but with correct training and guidance, we are all getting closer to it.
Master Lü Baochun is a living legend of traditional chinese martial arts, who has trained martial arts his whole life and Taiji over 30 years. Master Lü ́s fluent english and knowledge of internal power, meditative side and the fighting ability of Taiji will guarantee the participants a huge leap forward in their own practise. Master Lü emphasizes the importance of questions from students and will give personal assistance to all participants. Joona Sillanpää has studied and trained Taiji over 15 years as a student of master Lü. Joona is also teaching Taiji at Baji Association’s Taiji-courses. Joona is training Qigong, Yang and Chen style Taiji and has achieved a high level of knowledge of the external and internal principles of Taiji. Also the use of internal power is Joona’s specialty, e.g. in push hands.