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1st workshop round

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Marian Scherpenisse

Fri Sat Sun 9.30-11.00

The workshop is given by Marian Scherpenisse.   She   has been teaching Qigong, Tai Chi Chuan, Yoga and Mindfulness with great enthusiasm for thirty years and is a Shiatsu therapist. She provides lessons for various groups, both in the Cngo (the largest Tai Chi center in the South of the Netherlands) and in community centers, sports centers and the business community. She is a teacher at the Qigong training at the Cngo and gives additional training days to teachers.
“Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan and meditation have given a lot of depth to my life.
Practicing every day to be present in my body is an entrance for me. It makes me feel the strength in myself, but also my vulnerability. It helps me to be attentive and open and to marvel at life.” 

Qigong for the kidneys

During the workshop you will learn the Qigong for the Kidneys series in three days, which consists of eight Qigong exercises. Each of these Kidney Exercises is a small qigong form that strengthens the energy in the kidneys and legs, makes the lower back supple and opens Ming Men. Certain  acupoints (usually on the kidney meridian) are tapped and massaged. - The Kidney system is the deepest layer of your body,  (bones) but also your deepest being. Connect your purpose and destination. What suits me, what is my way?

-The kidneys belong to the element of water. Water flows and is constantly moving  . In ourselves, the element of water represents the   quality of moving along, the ability to adapt and meekness.  
In summary, in this qigong workshop we work with these three   aspects of the kidneys: strengthening, deepening, softening.



Mark van den Berg

Fri Sat Sun 9.30-11.00

Mark became acquainted with Tai Chi Chuan as it was often taught in the Netherlands; with an emphasis on balance and smooth movements. But soon found himself intrigued by the self-defense side of the sport. Mark transfers his in-depth knowledge to his Tai Chi students with room for everyone's development speed, gives meaning to the softly executed movements of Tai Chi and puts purpose and intention behind it. That can be both physical and mental. If it's only about the movement it's (as he puts it) 'just a little dance', but when the intention comes along, a world opens up for you.

Tai Chi Chuan Stick

'Flow', 'Form' and 'Function'.

A continuous alternation between playing, discovering and learning. We will work with techniques and principles around the long stick. Train this individually and with others in different ways.


We will look at connections between 'Flow', 'Form' and 'Function'.

·         Flow looks nice also has this as a starting point, but… ..

·         Form gaat over je techniek, wat gebeurt er aan de binnen- and outside of your body.

·         Function, heeft te maken met de toepassing, partnerwerk, en ( self-examination.


Lauren Smith

Fri Sat Sun 9.30-11.00

Born 1967, practitioner of different Taichi forms since 1987 (mostly Yang stile), Bagua and meditation. Experience with numerous movement systems Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and Bothmer Gymnastics.

BA and MA in Ostasian Studies and Sinology. Winner of various Taichi Tournaments, Pushing Hands and Form.

Teacher of Taichi and Body work since 1991.

Practical exercises for developing essential skills for Pushing Hands. 

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Ellen Schoemaker

Fri 9.30-11.00

Ellen Schoemaker has been practicing taijiquan since 1986. Since 1988 she has supported the Taijiquan Netherlands Foundation in various functions (volunteer, secretary, chairman). Ellen is a senior instructor in Patrick Kelly's system
(in the line of Huang Sheng Shyan and Cheng Mann Ching. In addition to her taijiquan school, Ellen had a haptotherapy practice, which has a close relationship with taijiquan. Within her school she works with the 5 basic
relaxation exercises from Huang Sheng Shyan, the short and long form, pushing hands and meditation.

Play with resilience

In this workshop we discuss the physical potential to generate and store energy and project it or use it for one's own well-being. Using this energy effectively is only possible if your body structure, muscle tension, relaxation and mindset are well aligned. Within taiji you develop strength (energy) by deeply relaxing both physically and mentally. Because of this relaxation, pressure is built up inside. Just like filling a glass with water, the falling water (relaxation) at the same time causes the water in the glass to rise (build up pressure). You could say of yourself being fulfilled.


Questions that arise are:

  • What is the difference between standing and standing (muscle tension) the stacking effect between the successive joints with an associated pressure wave through the body.

  • How can we influence someone who puts pressure on us with this pressure wave. (Absorb it, let it build up, or let it go at a self-chosen time (release).

  • What influence does the mind have in this process (listening, connection, direction, and awareness)

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Petra Koolen 

Sat 9.30-11.00

Petra Koolen works as a qigong teacher and as a (consciousness) coach. Her goal is to bring people closer to themselves. Inside you you will find a lot of peace, wisdom and love. Qigong is one of the ways she uses to make people turn inward. Within her Qigong trainings, not only is the focus on relaxation and movement, but also various varied themes/subjects are treated, including 'Love'.

Can you experience love through qigong?

Let me take you to experience qigong in a different way. This moment is a gift to yourself. You will be immersed in a calm and relaxing moment; a loving moment for yourself. In which we work with the theme 'Love'.
Are you curious how? Then join and experience it for yourself.


Frans van Heel

Fri  9.30-11.00

Frans van Heel has practiced various martial arts since his youth, ranging from judo to pencak silat and kickboxing. He has been practicing taiji quan since 1988 and from 1992 he followed Shen Hongxun's system. He has been teaching taiji quan, qigong and meditation since 1996 and writes articles and books about these disciplines.

What do you want to learn when you practice taiji quan?

What do you want to learn when you practice taiji quan? Do you want to learn how to fight, are you doing it for health, or are there other goals? In this lecture, Frans van Heel explains a relationship between taiji quan and spirituality, in line with his most recent book. And what is that, spirituality?

2nd workshop round
more info mid april


Rachel Jesus

Fri-Sat-Sun 11.30-13.00

Raquel Jesus (1976) is a chi kung instructor, a prenatal therapist and a mother. She practices and studies Chi Kung for about 15 years. Nature is her ultimate teacher. Raised in the Portuguese country side by the ocean, she lives currently in a forest house in the east of the country. She is a full time lover of movement, food and nature in all it’s diversity and interconnectedness.

Tree Time Chi Kung: exploring time perception

We live in a world of Chronos, where we are in the habit of imagining our lives to be a straight line from birth to death. In chronological time, perception is sequential. 

It rushes off from one thing to another and it is never at rest. There is, however more to time than this. Tree Time Chi Kung opens a world where perception of time allows for lingering, sinking and endurance.

It resembles more a lemniscate. A symbol that can lead us to an experience of duration within the moment. Here time is round: past leads into future, and future into past. By the practice of still standing combined with nature observation, we can learn how to be-at-home with the inner time and the time of the tree. Recalling Lao Tzu: Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.


Tom Vrieling

Fri-Sat-Sun 11.30-13.00

I started in 2003 and mainly focused on  the pushing and form. You can only push well if you have mastered the form and this also applies the other way around. I try to understand how something works and why it works.

Pushing without force and giving force back

As the title says; pushing without force and giving force back. Come see to find out more!


Daan Hengst

Fri-Sat-Sun 11.30-13.00

My name is Dan Hengst. I have been practicing taiji since 1984 and teaching since 1997 (Yang style, Cheng Man Ching). Also I have practiced western boxing, kung fu, pencak silat and playing tennis, baseball, basketball in the past.

Basic techniques with and without a partner

1) experience how to give/accept a nudge, in a gentle way. Learn from the mistakes of practicing with a partner.


2) how to practice basic techniques (sitting hips, lowering knees, lifting, pushing, pulling) now without a partner

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Paul Thomas

Fri 11.30-13.00

Yin-Yang Chansigong 

​In this short workshop I would like to introduce a series of exercises to improve our understanding of how chansijin is present in Yang style Taijiquan. We will do this through 4 solo exercises repeated on both sides. Chansigong is not often discussed in Yang style, although it is an essential part that allows us to connect the six external harmonies and the internal harmonies. It has largely been a practice behind closed doors, over a period of several years my teacher Master Sam Masich has been working on this material with his Tudi (indoor) students and more recently in public classes. The question is, why practice the exercises if chansijin is present in our form? I would say that while it is feasible to remove the

form connecting the external harmonies "simple" poses like Peng it's huge different to do this in moves like Turn Body To Sweep the Lotus or using weapons or pushhands. In the same way that Zhan Zhang as a practice allows us to manifest our root in our form or partner exercises instill a sense of the point of connection in solo practice, Chansigong exercises allow Chansijin to be present in our form.  Obviously we'll only be together for a short time, so my hope for this session is to introduce the exercises and provide access to follow-up material, if it piques your interest. We will also briefly review how Chansigong differs between Yang en Chen. I will prepare some handouts and send a video of the exercises to the attendees.

I've found this practice extremely helpful and it's at the heart of everything I'm personally working on right now, whether it's form, pushhands, 25 energy study, 13 powers, or the 37 essential poses.


Job Koesoemobroto

Sat 11.30-13.00

Job Koesoemobroto has been studying Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xing-Yiquan since 1984. He has trained in swordsmanship and the internal principles in weapons such as Sword (Jian) and spear. 
As Chief Instructor Europe at the Golden Flower Tai Chi School, he has taught thousands of students and trained and supervised several hundred teachers.
Job can skillfully translate advanced principles into simple instructions. His teaching quality is the combination of serious training combined with lightness and fun in learning. 


In the workshop Xing-Yiquan with Job Koesoemobroto you will become acquainted with the basic and the more advanced step, the 5-Elements set and the applications of the 5 Elements as a 2-person drill.

Because Xing-Yiquan is closely related to Taijiquan, most Taiji practitioners will recognize the basic principles in Xing-Yi. Some of the more specific Xing-Yi principles can be integrated into your own Taiji practice.

3e workshopronde
vr za-17.00-18.30
zo 14.00-15.30

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Angela Menzel

Fri Sat 11.30-13.00

Sun 14.00-15.30

In love with Wushu since ever. Running a vivid WuShu School since 1997. Clown not only at heart. Fighter for ways out of dead ends towards originality/authenticity.

Workshop of non-mastery or: “Yours. Truely”

In addition to the common learning/teaching formats for Taiji and other moving arts, we will embark on an experiment together. An experimental way towards authentically training, developing, teaching. No mastery. No judgment. No unasked advices BUT: supporting attention.


Sonja, Ilse & Els

Fri Sat 11.30-13.00

Sun 14.00-15.30

Sonja van Rutten, Ilse van den Boom and Els van der Kooij know each other from the training for trauma constellations at Interakt in Tiel. In this workshop we use the method of Interakt called IZR; interactive self-resonance (www.interactiel). In this method of drafting, we work with words in a desire that one formulates at the time of working. Developed from family constellations, specific features of this method are that the 'client' is in control of the process and that the process is given a lot of time to develop itself. This makes this method very suitable for working with early childhood and multi-generational trauma.

Drawing up the desire

The link with taiji? Perhaps in the space of effortlessness or flow that we love to experience when we practice taiji, there is information that we can make available to the other person by embodying it in such a resonant process. There also seems to be a similarity in the tempo. A process in which the sometimes painful and frozen information can come to the surface also requires delay, just like in taiji where the movement seems to come naturally if you give it the chance. Also, resonating on parts of someone in these resonance processes may not be much different from "feeling where the other is" in Pushing Hands.

Vague? Come experience it!


Henk Janssen

Fri Sat 11.30-13.00

Sun 14.00-15.30

Henk Janssen mainly practices Yang style Taijiquan in the lineage of Yang Cheng Fu/Cheng Man-ch'ing.
Principal sword teacher: Scott M. Rodell. 

“For me, the practice of Taijiquan is a fantastic way to clear my head, continue to develop physically and mentally and thus continue to grow. 
Everything you practice and learn in this area can be used in daily life.”

the Chinese sword

Loose exercises and partner work with the Chinese sword;
How to connect with your weapon,  how to reconcile technique and principles.

We work with sturdy wooden swords.

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Floris van Berkel
and Emile Wijnen

Fri Sat 20.00-21.30

Wonderfully present in your flow

Based on the ultimate Yang and Yin elements, we will take a journey that will increase your body awareness and connect you more authentically with others. We treat a piece of theory of the elements fire and water, experience Qi gong, do connecting exercises, dance and sound the heart and kidney sound. An interplay between yang and yin, from moving to standing still, from exuberant to subdued, ultimately leading to a relaxed togetherness.  

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