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New Meetup: Push Hands/Martial Arts Meetup

From: Michael K.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:33 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Chicago T'ai Chi Meetup Group!

What: Push Hands/Martial Arts Meetup

When: Sunday, January 31,[masked]:30 PM

Price: $5.00 per person

Energy Fitness Active Arts Center
4222 N. Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

Let's meet and practice push hands and/or light sparring. Bring your own gear if you want to spar.

By the way: This meetup is intended for members who are already somewhat experienced in t'ai chi or some other martial art. I'm of the opinion that it doesn't benefit someone to practice push hands (especially free style) if they don't have some experience and knowledge of the form and basic principles. Also, I'm a little selfish and want to have this time to practice push hands, not teach t'ai chi. If you haven't practiced push hands before, or in a while, that's OK, but this is not the place to come and get an introduction to t'ai chi. For that, please come to our next monthly meetup or ask me about beginning classes.

My usual format for push hands is for people to pair up for about 10-15 minutes at a time. Each pair needs to communicate their experience/comfort level and come to an agreement about how to proceed. Different people will likely work on different things. Some may stick to push hands forms, others will do free style. Fixed-step, moving step. Just make sure both parties are comfortable with what's going on.

Look forward to seeing everyone! Thanks!

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