Seminars on Sun Style Ba Gua and Taijiquan with Tim Cartmell - Rochester NY USA (updated)

  • 23 Apr 2016
  • 10:00 AM
  • 24 Apr 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Rochester NY USA

Seminars on Sun Style Ba Gua and Taijiquan with Tim Cartmell in Rochester NY (updated)

Hosted by Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan Association and the Rochester Tai Chi Chuan Association 

Sun Style Ba Gua Zhang

Saturday April 23

- 12:00 to 2:00 PM:  Phoenix and Monkey forms

-   2:30 to 5:30 PM: Overview of the 10 Sun style Ba Gua forms (time to catch up on what you missed)

-   6:30 to 7:30 PM: Linking the 10 Sun Style Ba Gua Forms

Cost $95 (members $85)

Location – 1183 Bay Rd, Penfield, NY 14580 (Google calls it Webster)

Limited to 18 people

Sun Style Taijiquan

Sunday April 24

- 9 AM to noon, 2 PM to 5 PM

Cost $95 (members $85)

Location – 80 Rockwood Place, Rochester NY 14610

Cost both days $160

To register contact Bob Loce . Registration is confirmed when payment is received

Sun Style Ba Gua

The Phoenix Form emphasizes upper body rotation and flexibility in the waist and spine.  The body is rotated as it spins, affording unique movement patterns that not only strengthen the torso muscles but also go a long way to improving balance in uncommon positions.  Technically, the Phoenix Form is applicable to many wrestling-type takedowns, including leg tackles, hip tosses of various kinds as well as spiral throws.

The Monkey Form is the last of the "Xing Zhuang" or moving post exercises in the Sun Bagua zhang system.  Although it looks deceptively simple, it provides a thorough workout for the waist and torso muscles, increases the rotational flexibility of the spine all within the context of stabilizing the lower back and hips.  Technically, the Monkey Form includes joint locking throws, projection techniques and head control takedowns.

Sun Style Taijiquan

Sun style Taijiquan is the youngest of all of the traditional taijiquan forms. The system was created by Sun Lutang, one of the most respected and famous martial artists of his time.  Sun combined the Xingyiquan and Baguazhang he had mastered in his youth with his practice of Wu/Hao Taijiquan, effectively synthesizing the best of the three Internal styles into one coherent system.  Sun style Taijiquan is known for its lively stepping method, higher stance work and agile body use. There is a distinct emphasis on correct posture, efficient movement, remaining stable in the midst of motion and the cultivation of a unique method of coordinating the force of the entire body.  As a method of health cultivation, practice of the form will enhance balance, stabilize the core, coordinate all parts of the body and provide a relatively gentle, yet thorough conditioning of all bodily systems.  As a martial art, the techniques are practical and applied exactly as practiced in the form.

Tim Cartmell

Tim Cartmell is one of the most sought-after martial arts instructors in North America. He has over 30 years experience in martial arts including Kung Fu San Soo, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tim spent over 10 years in Asia studying various martial arts as well as competing in full contact tournaments.  Tim returned to the US to teach as well as study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the mid-90s.  Eight years later his teacher Cleber Luciano awarded Tim his black belt in BJJ, his first student to earn the rank.  Tim is an Asian full contact fighting champion, and has won numerous grappling tournaments including winning the Copa Pacifica seven times, taking silver in the 2005 Mundials (World Championships) in Brazil, and has twice won the gold at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games. Tim is also a very accomplished translator and author with his latest translation “Chin Na Fa” on bookshelves now; he has also translated “Practical Chin Na” by Zhao Da Yuan & “Method of Chinese Wrestling” by Tong Zhong Yi. Tim has also authored well respected books such as “Effortless Combat Throws," “Passing the Guard” w/ Ed Beneville, and “XingYi Nei Gong” w/Dan Miller. His latest projects include a series of DVD’s on Stand up Grappling and Ground Proofing as well as a comprehensive instructional DVD series on Sun Style Taijiquan.  Tim teaches full time in Huntington Beach CA, where he has combined the stand-up fighting of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Taijiquan with the ground work of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to create his Shen Wu curriculum. For more details on Tim’s background go to

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Please note that this seminar was originally scheduled for the weekend of April 16-17, 2016.

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