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  • 01 Mar 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 28 Sep 2015 10:05 AM | Anonymous member

    FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE CTF

    As of now I have been appointed by the board of directors to be the CTF National Coordinator.  Essentially, that makes me the head office of the Federation.  Here is the new contact information and head office address.

    CTF Joh. Friedrich

    709-1285 Ontario St.

    Burlington, On, L7S 1X9

    (905-634-1635

    cantaifed@gmail.com

    Any member wishing to contact and communicate with the CTF should do so via the contact information above.  I will do my best to look after your needs.


  • 01 Apr 2014 8:39 AM | Deleted user

    From Kingston to Kitchener Journey of a Taijiboxer


    "The art of Fighting without Fighting"
    My name is Dennis Pounall and I recently had the privilege to teach a workshop in both Kingston, Jamaica, and Kitchener Ontario Canada.

    The workshops were on two subject matters one was on “The art of effective Kicking, and the other a weapons competition form called the “Tsunami whirlwind fan form” both were well received.


                            Kitchener kicks Martial arts center

    The first workshop was in Kitchener Ontario at Sifu David Hackett school Kitchener Kicks Martial arts center. This was a classical beautiful Dojo with original wooden floor ,lots of natural light and high ceiling. I had been invited to do a performance at last years Christmas celebration.

    "The eagle watches its prey" 

    I demonstrated the Tsunami Whirlwind Fan form. and they loved it .I was then later asked by sifu Dave if I could teach it to a few of them. I was honored and happy to do.
      This is a very eclectic fan form and is different as it combines principles from three different discipline. Korean fan form, Shaolin fighting fan form and Japanese samurai "Tessan" applications.
    This form can also be modified to display aspects of modern Whusu or for older practitioner a more subtle Taiji approach. all round great weapons form.

    The workshop started off with the usual pleasantry, great and meet, quiet informal and then we began with some basic Qui kung "Standing Jong Posture"  We then progressed with some stretching breathing and general history usage and function as both a weapon and tool for learning how to extended ones qi and awareness , which is essential for all weapons play.
    "It is important to understand form, function and feeling when attempting to learn any martial discipline. So for each movement their is a technique, and a technique for each movement."
    The form was taught slow connecting each movement until every one had a fundamental meaning for the movement. and then I would demonstrate a application and have them each create their own technique.
    This I believe adds some substance to the art and depth to the practice of the Fan form.

    "white snake sticks out its tongue "
    Each Participant had a opportunity to share their understanding with the group , and lots of practice. we were fortunate that the whole group was a nice mix from different background giving the form more of a universal flavor. at the  end everyone was granted a certificate and picture a a commemorative of the experience.

    " Tsunami fan form seminars"

    I hope everyone was able to appreciate the beauty of the Fan form and its unique ability for freedom of personal expression . this is to me what makes a true martial art.

    "You move fast I move faster"

    The next workshop was called the "Art of effective Kicking", This concepts was really about trying to share the idea of "Taisubaki", and "Range control". and not at all aimed at Fancy double or triple kicks. That most people including Hollywood movie makers want to see.
    For those that are interested check out "Scorpion Kick on You Tube" The whole idea I believe when using your legs, is to prevent further  injury, get out of the way, and best of all" run away". Kicking is just a side effect of maximizing range control. The legs are much more powerful than the arms and kicking is a natural movement to all human being, as soon as you are created before you are even brought into the world , babies are a kicking in their mothers tummy. it is one of the natural signs of a healthy baby.
    Even in  Taijiquan, or Taijiboxing as I refer to it as their are lots of kicks, some are more obvious than others. but Taijiquan unlike other disciplines, use the art of foot placement, and range control to make sure when and if you do kick it will be effective. Every martial art has some form of kicking  but Taiji style tends to be more subtle but just as effective.


    "Understanding Range control"

    We practice only the basic kicks as usually that is what you would really use and these kicks were most effective for self defense, and personal protection. It is always a good idea to have a variety of kicks you can do but always understand their advantages and weaknesses.

    "The bigger the are the harder they may Fall"
    Then you always have a option, We focused on low kicks to the Joints Knee, hip, shin, and instep. we also made sure to work both sides and within each participants comfort and skill level.. we  explored all angles and different parts of the lower leg and feet, as to how to strike ,where to strike, and when not to strike to reduce the chance of permanent self  injury. all in all we had a good sweat and a lot of fun!!.

    "Retreating back kick"

    This was a great learning and sharing experience for both myself and I hope the Participants. i was able to see as much as Taijiquan is still portrayed as mostly a exercise Program for seniors. the wisdom of the ages still rings through in modern times. And the principles are transferable regardless of the martial discipline in which you participate in the true art is in the willingness to share grow and discover . .

    "A warm greeting from the sunny island of Jamaica"
    Seido Juku Karate is- in concept and in practice - based on a deep understanding of the spiritual aspect of karate, which is why Kaicho calls Seido Karate Ningen Karate or the Human Face of Karate.  Master Tony Robinson states the origins of the school is based in traditional   kykoshin karate do therefore it has a more aggressive hard style and although they new about KI , or Qi force they understood it only from a external point of view.

    "Deep slow stretching of the illopsoas, muscles helps to prevent injury before kicking"

    Consequently the school curriculum and principles were founded more of a sport Karate for basic self defense and fitness. So he was quiet intrigued by the principles of Taijiboxing and I was happy to see taught meditation and breathing was a important part of their training regardless of rank.
    They began with a formal Introduction then the classes was turned over to me. I did some traditional warm  ups but included some basic Qi gong, Embrace the one, and some Yoga style stretches. It was well received by all . we then began basic striking,and kicking..

    "You attack low I will defend high"

    They were not formidable with this concept or Range control, so I taught them using the principle practice slow to move fast. Which Master Robinson loved to hear this from another source. We were all hot sweating and tired. and I found by using the Taiji Breathing Technique I was able to persevere  precious energy and fluid and finish the class.
    we then broke up into two lines they did some light contact free sparing then we all drank coconut water and   ate some fruit ,drank more  water for re hydration and fluid balance.
    The class was concluded with a formal closure, of bowing  and respect to each of the instructors as was the Tradition, and  five  minutes of sitting Za Zen Meditation.
    All in all, this was a great opportunity to share grow and learn and to see no matter where you are the principles of Taijibxing can be absorbed and assimilated by  any system   Martial arts..
    Maybe this is what was secretly meant by the title of  Supreme ultimate  fist !   Possibly it may have had nothing to do with being the best system of martial art.  But the most "versatile"

    "The Art of effective kicking"


    Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little adventure as much as I did and thank you for reading it.
    Have a great day and remember at the end of the day every thing will be Cool running 
    yeah Mann. !! peace

    .
    sorry the pictures could not be uploaded with this format, be well and be in peace.

    Sifu Dennis Pounall
    Peace
    Be Well
    For more information or a workshop contact
    dennis.pounall@yahoo.com
    or call
    705 848 7888

    www.taijiboxer.com
  • 26 Jun 2009 7:21 PM | Deleted user
    THE NEW CTF BOARD OF DIRECTORS. This year there were some resignations from the board, and some new faces.
    As of October 15, 2008, the new board is as follows.

    Resigning board members:
        •    Steve Higgins will continue as an elder, advising and sitting at board meetings.
        •    Jonathan Krehm (past president), may also attend board meetings.
        •    Donna Oliver
        •    Pierre Huot
     
    Current board:
        •    Carol O'Connor - President
        •    Ian Sinclair- Vice President
        •    Duff Doel - Vice President
        •    Steve Holbert - Treasurer
        •    Alpha Montemayor- Secretary (temporarily)
        •    Doug Collins
        •    Ed Cooper
        •    Martin Kennedy
        •    Michelle McMillan - Tongren Wizard in Chief
        •    Steve Yee
        •    RoseAnn McKay - Membership


    Alpha Montemayor  will be staying on as secretary for this quarter, after which we will be seeking someone to assume his responsibilities. 
  • 25 Sep 2007 3:32 PM | Deleted user

    Safety Check List


    The CTF has implemented safety procedures for workshops and Push Hands Free Play Zone activities. The information is adapted from the NCCP National Coaching Certification Program (level 1 Theory).

    The intent is:
        •    to ensure that all participants are aware of and follow safe practices.
        •    to reduce liability in case of accidents.
     
    Contents
        1    Fair Play Philosophy
        2    PHFPZ Goals
        3    PHFPZ Rules
        4    Charge Person Responsibilities
        5    Call Person Responsibilities
        6    Emergency Action Plan Event Planner

    1. Fair Play Philosophy (to be read out load to all participants)

    Fair Play is a philosophy of coaching. It is grounded in the belief that sport is a moral pursuit, and is emphasizes participation. Underlying the fair-play philosophy are certain principles. These principles have as their aim the development of a true competitive spirit; true sportsmanship. The fair play philosophy emphasizes the following

    1. Respect the rules of the game
    2. Respect officials and accept their decision.
    3. Respect the opponent or training partner
    4. Maintain dignity under all circumstances

     
    2. PHFPZ Goals (to be read out load to all participants)

    The Push Hands Free Play Zone is an opportunity for tai chi chuan push hands players to work with a variety of partners of different skill level in a safe environment.

    The emphasis should be on mutual learning and the Fair Play Philosophy

    1. The play zone is not a competition
    2. Have fun and Learn from one another
    3. Work with as many people as you can. Work with people you are comfortable with and especially those you aren’t comfortable with.
    4. Stretch out the play to work on structures, techniques and being there.
     
    3. PHFPZ Rules (to be read out loud to all participants)
     
    The  rules are designed to promote safety for all participants

    1. Take care of your partner. STOP if your partner is in a vulnerable position.
    2. Talk to your partner and arrive at an understanding.
        •    Discuss your push hands experience; beginner, intermediate, advance.
        •    What you would like to work on: Drills, four hands, free play, restircited steps, moving steps etc.
    3. Begin by circling hands and aim to maintain contract throughout the game.
    4. Keep pulls and pushes smooth. Avoid jerking the partners hands or arms. Avoid hand pushes that approximate strikes. NO EXCESSIVE FORCE.
    5. Forbidden techniques
        •    No double grabbing
        •    No Joint locks
        •    Not contact above the shoulders
        •    No contact below the waist (no foot sweeps or leg manouvers)
        •    No tight gripping, even with one hand.
        •    No grabbing clothes
    6. Watch your head. Do not use your head to maintain or get a positioning edge on your partner. Avoid accidents by not using your head.
    7. Do not pull your partner down if you are losing your balance. Admit when you are at a serious disadvantage and start again. (No points are being scored)

    4. Charge Person Responsibilities
    1. take control and assess the situation on contact with the injured participant
    2. to instruct all participants and bystanders to leave the injured participant alone
    3. to ensure that the participant is not moved
    4. to leave the participant’s equipment in place
    5. to assess the injury and to determine whether further assistance is required
    6. to decide how to move a participant if an ambulance is not needed
    7. to notify the call person if an ambulance is needed and briefly describe the injury
    8. to observe the participant carefully for any changes in conditions and to reassure him or her until professional help arrives
     
    5. Call Person Responsibilities
    1. to know the location of all telephones that could be used for placing calls
    2. to prepare a list of local numbers – ambulance, fire, police, doctor etc.
    3. to know the directions and the best access route to the facility and its exact location
    4. to provide the ambulance dispatcher with the necessary information. Such information includes a statement that a medical emergency exists and describes the nature of the emergency, the exact location of the injured participant, the best access route to the location, and the telephone number of the phone from which the call is being placed. The estimated time of arrival of the ambulance should be requested
    5.  to assign someone to stay by the phone
    6.  to report to the charge person that the ambulance has been called and to tell the charge person the estimated arrival time
    7.  to go to the main access entrance and wait for the emergency vehicle

    Click here to read more
  • 04 Jun 2006 7:15 PM | Deleted user
    The CTF Annual General Meeting was held on Jun/04/2006 at Milton. A new board of directors have been elected.

    CTF Board of Directors 2006-2007
    Steve Higgins, Carol O'Connor, Jonathan Krehm (Pres.), Ed Cooper, Jim Holmes,Peggy Cox.
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    Steve Higgins performing Long Fist form.
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    Ed Cooper performing Tai-Chi rainbow fan
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    Two-person sword form by Steve and Tanya
    and empty-hand form by Ed and Peggy
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    Yang 24 form.
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    Jill Heath demonstrating Yang Sabre, as taught by Sam Masich.
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    Jill Heath demonstrating Taiji Flying Rainbow fan as taught by Sify Helen Wu.
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    Jonathan Krehm performing Wu's 108 sabre
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    Kathleen Thompson performing Shiatsu on Jill Heath.
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  • 12 Mar 2006 6:11 PM | Deleted user

    Canadian Taijiquan Federation

    Taijiquan Teachers’ Training  Seminar

    The Taiji Garden

    Saturday   March 11, 2006,   8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Hosts:   Ed Cooper  and Steve Higgins

    Milton, Ontario, Canada

    Program

    The Taiji Garden

    In their third taijiquan teachers' training seminar for the CTF, Ed Cooper and Steve Higgins will focus on the different stages of the educational encounter between student and teacher of Taijiquan. In many respects the process is similar to gardening.

    The initial stage is surveying the ground. For example, what are the student and teacher bringing to this encounter? What history and what expectations are there? What impact will various environmental factors have upon the outcome?

    Secondly, what are the student's most immediate needs? Sun or shade, moist or dry? How can the teacher ascertain these, so as to ensure a positive and productive experience?

    Thirdly, what are the teacher's core principles and how can these influence the flowering of the student's inner abilities? This part of the seminar will involve a sharing of favourite teaching strategies among the participants.

    Finally, how can the ground be prepared for the future? How can the value of the educational encounter be optimally developed? How can this be applied to both individual and institutional client-teacher relationships so as to ensure a long-term and beneficial effect?

    Connect with new players and enthusiasts and renew old relationships for a day of insight, fun and sharing.

    Certification of Attendance

    Their hands-on approach will involve both one-on-one instruction and partnered work. The result will be a deeper insight into the psychology, physiology and practical mechanics of improving Taiji form and function.

    Registration

    Seminar Fee - $90 for CTF Members
    Non-Members - $110
    Light lunch provided.
    Special financial arrangements  subject to need.
    Registration form will be available on the CTF website.
    canadiantaijiquanfederation.ca
    Print the form and send registrations to:
    Canadian Taijiquan Federation, PO Box 421, Milton, Ontario, L9T 4X1


    Location

    St Paul’s United Church
    123 Main Street East, Milton, Ontario L9T 6S5


    Contacts

    Ed Cooper,   905-878-8647
    or
    Steve Higgins,    519-576-3206



    Biographies

    Ed Cooper is a former President of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation and former co-editor of TongRen.  He organized and hosted three previous CTF Taijiquan Teachers’ Exchanges and co-hosted two Teacher Training sessions in 2005.  In addition, he has both trained and worked as a judge for forms (empty hand and weapons) and  push hands, both in Canada and the United States.  Ed currently studies with Sam Masich and  teaches at the Circle of Friends Tai Chi Club in Milton, Ontario, Canada.

    Steve Higgins has studied martial arts for over 30 years, and has studied and taught taiji for almost 20 years.  His background includes Jujitsu, Xing Yi, Bagua, and other arts.  A student of Dr. Shen Zaiwen and the late Grand Master Jou Tsung Hwa, he is the sifu at Cold Mountain Internal Arts in Kitchener.  He has served multiple terms as a Director of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation and has contributed to previous CTF Teachers’ Exchanges.

    CTF Educational Series

    Meet your fellow students, teachers, instructors, and practitioners for a day of learning about teaching taijiquan, through lectures, discussions, demonstrations and practice.  Gain new insights and learn from each other.

    Join us for our sixth CTF educational session in an ongoing series of teachers’ exchanges and training sessions.

    This seminar, while involving an element of formal lecture, will primarily emphasize physical and psychological interaction. Participants should dress comfortably in their usual tai chi attire!

    Previous CTF Teachr Training Sessions:

    “Nature and Nurture”  March 25, 2005

    “The afternoon was spent in lively discussion of learning styles, skills mastery and corrections. Finally, a thought-provoking, challenging (there’s that word again) discussion about where the CTF is now as an organization and what the future hold for us and the world.”
     Penny Grace, TongRen Summer 2005

    “I saw more of the tension between nature and nurture in the effort to teach Taiji. The benefits of balance and boundaries switched oon some lights as I saw applications in my life.”
    Steve Holbert, TongRen Summer 2005.

    “Form and Function” the science and art of physical correction October 1, 2005.

    “My attention was held from the opening remarks to the end of the day’s session. …  Reflecting on the presentation of the seminar, the extensive content, the open discussions during the seminar, and the active participation of the attendees, I would highly recommend this type of training to any Taijiquan Teacher or would-be teacher who can avail themselves of the opportunity.”
     Mavis Hutter, TongRen Winter 2005

    Canadian Taijiquan Federation Certification

    Every attendee will receive a CTF Taijiquan Teachers Trainings Session Certificate of Participation for the one day event.

    In response to wide-spread concern expressed by the membership, the CTF appointed in 2005 a Certification Committee to investigate the issue of what would be involved in recognizing or encouraging the development of teaching skills among its members. The Committee has presented a report advocating a process based upon skills-recognition, rather than upon instituting a specific curriculum. This is because curricula are generally established within existing club, lineage and instructional institutions, and in many cases are already in place. However, the Committee has also recommended that the CTF continue its educational initiative and that formal recognition be based in part on participation in recognized educational events and workshops.

    The CTF is planning a series of continuing education seminars and exchanges for students and teachers.

  • 30 Nov 2005 6:05 PM | Deleted user
    Montreal Tai-Chi club

    Master Dong Zeng-Chen (Hawaii) was invited to teach the short form in Nov/2005.

    Master Dong supervising push-hands between Grace and Sylvain, owners of Montreal Tai-Chi club:

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  • 30 Sep 2005 7:03 PM | Deleted user
    Montreal Tai-Chi club
    Master Alex Dong (NY) was invited to teach the long form in Sep/2005:
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  • 04 Jun 2005 7:01 PM | Deleted user
    The CTF Annual General Meeting was held on Jun/04/2005 at Milton. A new board of directors have been elected.

    CTF Board of Directors 2005-2006:
    Left to Right:
    Victor Benjamin (Past President), Jonathan Krehm (Vice-President), Peggy Cox (Secretary),
    Eileen Yorysh (President), Carol O'Connor, Jim Holmes (Treasurer), Jim Liang,
    Sue Matthews (absent), Martin Kennedy (absent).
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