Disciples Sven and Carlotta from Berlin visited Utrecht, the Netherlands.

by vincent den hengst on 2019/11/19

In the weekend of 9 & 10 November Carlotta and Sven from Berlin came to Utrecht in the Netherlands for the Open Dutch Championship and a workshop.

Sven led the workshop and Carlotta the execution of the yilu 13 section. Two of my students in Holland, Lucas and Ester took part in it, together five of us.

Sven started with some foundations. Just where my knowledge stopped he gave me one extra thing to work on, that was excellent and clearly a sign of an experienced teacher. For example how to lead with the hand out with positive circle by following the line of the underarm was/is a gamechanger to me. Also Ester and Lucas benefitted a lot by his instructions.

Carlotta took a long time with Ester and Sven with Lucas just with one excersize:
-Meeting power from a push on the hip (being a good dummy, not powering up!)
-front kua open and hip higher to meet the power (don’t move)
-rear leg bent but with a stretch out too, as to land the push on the rear foot
-make sure there is no disbalance and no indentations
-feedback from the opponent pushing to make clear that it is felt by the pusher that all power is on the rear foot
-an act of separation by a stretch towards the opponent so that he/she must jump out (no push).

So nice is that everytime it worked, the opponent flies out seemingly effortless without feedback to the executioner. A very nice excersize that is now adopted in Holland from the Berlin style, thank you Sven and Carlotta!!!

Especially I would credit Carlotta that she took the time with Ester who suffers from hyperflexibility, to work on her hip and kua to open really far. Further than I would have done, so it was wise and nice that this time a disciple took care, thanks Carlotta, Ester felt better than otherwise.

 

About vincent den hengst

My name is Vincent den Hengst. I am from the Netherlands, Utrecht, where I started practicing Hunyuan taiji under James Fletcher in 2007. From the beginning, I kept exercising daily. In 2013 I stepped over to Practical Method. In 2014 and 2015 I went to Daqinshan for two months in total and observed several workshops since 2013. I regard Practical Method taiji as taught by Grandmaster Chen as the highest possible region of martial art, so I feel lucky and happy I finalized my life's queeste to find the one martial art.

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