This is what we are all about.
The Tampa Bay Martial Arts Group are martial artists from various internal and external martial arts backgrounds coming together to train and play push hands.
Saturday & Sunday 21/22 November 2015
Bamboo Arts Celebration Center
4490 Cave Lake Rd, DeLeon Springs, Florida 32130
Suggested Donation $20 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday
Focus of the retreat will be Push Hands.
Experience with “Internal/Soft” style recommended, but not necessary.
Open to all martial artists of any level or style.
Work on any area of martial arts, not requiring safety equipment.
Not a martial arts competition: casual dress, no uniforms.
Camp Site Included
Food, Massage & Kayaking Available for Additional Fee
Summary of Retreat:
This retreat is open to all martial artists of any level (particularly those with a decade or more in the martial arts) looking for a safe, friendly environment to engage in Push Hands/Tui Shou with people from many different areas and styles. While the focus of the retreat will be on push hands (Fixed Step, Restricted Step, Free Style, One-Legged, Elevated, etc), it will not be limited to that. Participants are welcome to work forms, chi sau, shuia jiao, chin na, meditation, qigong, self-defense, or any other area of martial arts, not requiring safety equipment.
This is not a martial arts competition, and as such, there are no awards, medals, etc. for attendance and/or participation. We will not be using uniforms, belts, honorific or earned titles, and there will be no formalized teaching (meant as “holding court”). This retreat will not feature seminars. All styles of martial arts are welcome, although experience with some form of Chinese Martial Art, particularly an “Internal/Soft” style is recommended. The flavor of the retreat is that of a colloquium in that the primary goal, other than building community, is that of an “exchange of knowledge”, for the betterment of all involved. Considering this, martial artists with backgrounds including martial arts not derived from China are encouraged to attend.
This retreat is not structured around seminars, formal teaching, or any particular dogma. All participants are fully welcome to learn/practice whatever they choose, from whomever they choose at any point during the retreat. Find someone interested in what you want to do, and do it. Come and enjoy 10 hours of martial arts camaraderie with us over a day and a half at the beautiful Bamboo Arts Center. There will be no schedule for the retreat other than as follows:
Organizer Set-up, preparation, and early-bird arrivals.
Dinner at Brick House.
7:00-9:00 Breakfast, Stretching/Chi Kung (Qigong)
9:05-12:00 Morning Session (3 Hours)
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Dialogue
1:30-5:30 Afternoon Session (4 Hours)
5:30-Whenever Dinner and Dialogue
7:00-8:30 Breakfast, Stretching/Chi Kung (Qigong)
8:30-11:30 Morning Session (3 Hours)
11:30-12:00 Goodbyes and Farewells
**PLEASE READ BEFORE VIEWING VIDEOS** While push hands in general, and Extreme or Free Style push hands in specific, has been done at tournaments worldwide, the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship offered an opportunity for people involved with push hands to add a few things into the practice that is not normally present. The following videos contain the matches at the 2014 ICMAC Tournament in Orlando. It is important to keep in mind that this is an initial offering to this type of event and we are in the process of growing the event and learning from what has worked and what has not worked in these matches. After a review of the videos and thoughtful discussion, the rules for ongoing tournaments may be adjusted to stay within the best ideals of Tai Chi and the Internal Martial Arts. Some of the competitors in these videos do not practice Tai Chi, some do not practice Internal Martial Arts, and some have never competed in a push hands event. It was the idea of this event to experiment with a rules set and be inclusive of other martial arts as opposed to exclusive. The concept was not necessarily to enforce an austere notion of what Push Hands or Tai Chi is or is not, but to broaden the scope of what might work in a tournament setting guided by Push Hands influence. This is an ongoing learning process and all of the competitors are to be commended for their enthusiasm in martial arts and their willingness to put their individual skills to the test, on the mat and in public. Extended is a very heartfelt thanks to all of the competitors, judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers, and spectators who were involved with this event. A special thanks to the promoter of the ICMAC, Nick Scrima for hosting such a great event.