Report of the 2nd annual European Practical Method Meetup

by Pawel Mueller on 2018/03/20

Group photo at the 2nd annual European Practical Method Taijiquan Meetup

This is a report written by Massimo Giorgianni from Toulouse, France. He is a full time martial arts teacher and will also host a Practical Method Workshop with Master Chen this year in Toulouse.

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In March I attended the annual Practical Method European Gathering held in Berlin.  This workshop was my first time involvement with Chen Taiji Practical Method. I am a professional Wing Chun teacher and have 18 years practice in Wing Chun and 5 in Yang Taiji Quan.

Since I discovered Practical Method only two months before this event, I had to prepare intensively, and once there I had the great opportunity to receive first hand explanations and clarification from expert teachers.  I could have an insight of the organized structure of the art, which successfully conveyed a basic understanding of the principles of Chen Taiji Practical Method.

This training involved the techniques of foundations, Yilu, practical applications and push hands.

Also this gathering is an opportunity for the  European Practical Method community to build strong relationships in an intensive training environment. Definitively a must do! Next meeting will be held in Toulouse (south of France) beginning 2019, see you soon!

 

About Pawel Mueller

I'm a guy with many hobbies and interests, but since I came across Taijiquan it became my anchor in life. I was always interested in martial arts, but Taijiquan felt for me like finding the second matching sock in a messy underwear drawer in the morning after you overslept a little, but need to be on time for an important appointment. Having been to Chenjiagou (the Chen Village) for 3 times now, staying almost 4 weeks every time and practicing in Vienna with my former teacher the decision of switching after 4 years of hard work wasn't easy... But I learned so much, it was really worth every pain my ego had to take because of the switching to PM. I feel as if I left a muddy bumpy road and finally reached the highway. So I'm about 100 miles into the PM highway and there are (I don't know) about 40,000 to go. I'm curious where this will lead to, but I'm positive that I'll enjoy the trip.

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