3 WORKSHOPS WITH KEN VAN SICKLE, SENIOR DISCIPLE OF CHENG MAN CHING
"The sword is an instrument of the Tao. Through its study and correct use,
one may expect to achieve a higher level of sensitivity, as well as learn to manage internal energy through any instrument, whether it be a shovel or
a violin." --Ken Van Sickle
I. 10 am-12pm TAI CHI SOLO SWORD: TECHNIQUE, PRINCIPLES, AND FORM
II. 1pm-3pm: TAI CHI SWORD FENCING: THE ART OF CONTINUOUS CHANGE AND SUSTAINED AWARENESS
III. 330pm-430pm: FENCING WITH A MASTER
(all participants will get to fence with ken!)
BTC is truly honored to host the return of Ken Van Sickle, a renowned master of Tai Chi sword and one of the last American disciples of Cheng Man Ching. Join Ken for a day of sword work, sword play, sword fighting and Taoist philosophy as he guides us into the higher realms of this fascinating and empowering expression of Tai Chi principles and purpose.
Previous sword experience not required, although a beyond-beginner understanding of Tai Chi is highly recommended. Please bring wooden practice swords if you have them. A limited number of swords will be available at the school.
Due to space considerations, workshops will be limited to 16. Last Winter's workshop was sold out. Early registration is essential!
Prices: Workshop I : BTC members 75, non-BTC 95
Workshops I and II: BTC Members 135, non-BTC 165
Workshops I, II, and III: BTC Members 165, non-BTC 200
KEN VAN SICKLE is a senior disciple of Tai Chi Grandmaster Cheng Man Ching. He studied solo form, push hands, sword form and fencing with Professor Cheng from 1967 to 1975, and participated in special classes for those chosen to be teachers. Ken developed a particular affinity for Tai Chi sword, and is internationally recognized as a Tai Chi sword master practitioner, and a renowned teacher of its philosophy and technique. Ken is also an internationally acclaimed photographer/cinematographer, and his work has contributed hugely to the documentation of Professor Cheng's legacy.