Fri11Jan2008Sat12Jan2008Atlantic City, N.J.
Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors & Spirit Awards Banquet 2008 at The Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, N.J. One of the most prestigious martial arts Hall of Honors in the World. Friday - Meet and greet 12-5PM Banquet Room. Saturday - Seminars and trade show 8-2PM, Banquet in the Main Ballroom 6:30-10:30PM. Invited Stars for this years event: James Lew, Bill Wallace, Joe Piscopo, Phil Morris, Don Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Eric Lee, Dan Severn, Christine Bannon Rodriques, Karen Sheperd, Chuck Zito, Frank Shamrock, Cary Tagawa, Joe Hess, Michael Jae White, Bernie kerick, Jason Frank, hank Garrett, Gary Alexander, John Pellegrini, Jeff, Smith, Joe Lewis, Michael Dudikoff (all names are subject to change due to scheduling). www.ActonMagStore.com
Fri18Jan2008Sun20Jan2008Atlantic City, N.J.
2008 Recipient of the Good Will Ambassador - GrandMaster G. S. Torres . The 2008 Action Martial Arts "Hall of Honors" and Mega Weekend was a huge success. With over 1200 dinner attendee's and award recipients as well as close to 4000 spectators and event participants the weekend was huge. Check out the new web site at www.hohmega.com.
Sat15Mar2008Morristown, N. J.
U.S.A. Martial Arts "HALL OF FAME" at the Hyatt Morristown Hotel, Morristown, N.J.
Sat19Apr2008Sun20Apr2008Sparta, N. J.
TAI CHI APPLICATIONS: KEY TO TAI CHI POWER (PART II) Millions of people across the country do their tai chi form unaware of the meaning of the movements. This has helped earned tai chi the label “gentle Chinese exercise,” a name which does great disservice to this once great martial art. Locked inside every tai chi form are applications, combat techniques designed to put the tai chi energies into context. Without this knowledge, tai chi form is little more than an empty book filled with blank pages. With this knowledge, it is your key to unlocking the formidable power within. In this two-day workshop (weekend “two” of a two weekend program), Dr. Gary Torres, head of the legendary Kwok kungfu lineage, will teach you the tai chi applications of the Yang style form, one of the most widely practiced forms in the world. You will learn how to deliver your applications with peng jing, the expansive power which is the hallmark of tai chi chuan. Practicing with others, you will get the feel of how each application works, both as a stand-alone technique and as it applies to push hands -- the precursor to actual tai chi sparring. Most importantly, as nearly every tai chi form shares postures with the Yang style, nearly all tai chi players will benefit from the training in this workshop. Join Dr. Gary Torres, one of the top internal Chinese martial art grandmasters in the country as he presents you with the words to fill the empty pages, the techniques in your style, the key to your own tai chi power!
Tue03Jun2008Wed04Jun2008Hudson Valley, N.Y.
Millions of people across the country do their tai chi form unaware of the untapped potential within. Hidden in the movements are elements of ancient Chinese secrets, accumulated over thousands of years into a pool of knowledge known as traditional Chinese medicine, or TCM. Armed with this knowledge, any tai chi practitioner has the potential to increase the healing aspects of their form exponentially, to entirely new levels. In this two-day workshop Dr. Gary Torres, head of the legendary Kwok kungfu lineage, will teach you how to apply the secrets of TCM to your Yang 24 form, one of the most widely practiced forms in the world. Dr. Torres will revel the hidden qigong in the tai chi form. You will learn how to tap the energy of the Chinese meridian system and increase your flow of qi. Through precise acupressure techniques, you will discover how use command points to “amp up” your energy in movement. You will also be taught how map the 24-hour cycle of your own qi flow, and apply that knowledge to your form. Breathing techniques and meditation will complete the training. Join Dr. Gary Torres, one of the top internal Chinese martial art grandmasters in the country, as he teaches you how to supercharge your Yang 24 Form with the ancient secrets of traditional Chinese medicine, bringing your tai chi practice to entirely new levels of power and health! Learn about: 1. Ba Duan Gin (8 pieces of Brocade); 2.Yi gun gin -classic tendon exchange; 3. I chuan/Da Cheng Quan and how it relates to Zhan Zhuang (standing like a tree); 4. peng, silk realing, Meditation skills and techniques; 5. Detailed types of Qi (Jing, Kong Zhen, Ying, Wei, Zong,Yuan, & Gu) Learn about Ling and Wu, the 3 marvels or 3 treasures and the six devils. Learn of the 7 internal disturbances and how to consolidate the energy from the 5 organs; and 6. understand the 12 Zang fu meridians, the 8 extraordinary vessels and the penetrating meridians. Learn how to exercise health from the 5 Shu points. ALL FROM THE CONFINES OF THE 24 MOVEMENT SHORT FORM. http://americansocietyofinternalarts.org/home/
Wed04Jun2008Thu05Jun2008E. Stroudsburg University, E. Stroudsburg, Pa.
Millions of people across the country do their tai chi form unaware of the meaning of the movements. This has helped earned tai chi the label “gentle Chinese exercise,” a name which does great disservice to this once great martial art. Locked inside every tai chi form are applications, combat techniques designed to put the tai chi energies into context. Without this knowledge, tai chi form is little more than an empty book filled with blank pages. With this knowledge, it is your key to unlocking the formidable power within. In this two-day workshop Dr. G. Torres, head of the legendary Kwok kungfu lineage, will teach you the tai chi applications of the Yang 24 form, one of the most widely practiced forms in the world. You will learn how to deliver your applications with peng jing, the expansive power which is the hallmark of tai chi chuan. Practicing with others, you will get the feel of how each application works, both as a stand-alone technique and as it applies to push hands -- the precursor to actual tai chi sparring. Most importantly, as nearly every tai chi form shares postures with the Yang style, nearly all tai chi players will benefit from the training in this workshop. Join Dr. G. Torres, one of the top internal Chinese martial art grandmasters in the country, as he presents you with the words to fill the empty pages, the techniques in your style, the key to your own tai chi power.
Fri06Jun2008Sun08Jun2008E. Stroudsburg University, E. Stroudsburg, Pa.
June 6, 2008 - Xǐng Yì Wŭ Xǐng Dui Da (Hsing Yi Five Element Two Man Form) Beyond the five elements and 12 animals solo forms of xingyi, is the more advanced two-man (doi da) combat form. In this workshop, Doctor Torres will instruct you in this rare xingyi san shou, showing you how to put 5 element theory to use in this two-person application set. You will be taught how to use the 5 elements to both attack and defend against an opponent. Both the sheng (creative) and kuo (destructive) cycles will be demonstrated and taught. Join Dr. Torres for this awesome workshop covering high level combat theory and material that can be incorporated into anyone’s practice. All levels welcome.
June 7, 2008 - DISCOVERING THE QINNA COMBAT FORM: THE MASTER KEY TO THE ART OF JOINT LOCKING Qinna is a grappling art whose main characteristic is joint locking, using the weak points of the human body to take control of an opponent. So adaptable is qinna, it is often taught together with other martial arts as a perfect compliment to any school or style. Most of the time, qinna is taught in a piecemeal fashion, with students being shown locks for specific moves or applications. Yet, known to only a select few masters of the arts, is a form that embodies all the primary locks, a training tool that serves as the master key.
In this workshop, Dr. G. Torres will start you on your exploration by teaching you some of the basic principles of joint locking. You will learn about some of the most vulnerable spots on the body, how to use the proper angles for optimum effect, and how to initiate your locks quickly to take control of a situation before it starts. You will also be treated to the first few postures of the qinna combat form, a form that serves as an encyclopedia of Chinese joint locking, counter locks and defenses. Join Dr. Torres in this “not-to-be-missed” treasure trove of joint locking secrets and experience the combat form your teachers never told you about! All levels welcome.
June 8, 2008 - OPTIMIZING THE YANG 24 FORM WITH QIGONG & ACUPRESSURE: SUPERCHARGING YOUR TAI CHI FOR HEALTH! The Yang 24 Movement Short Form (Jiǎn Huà Tài Jí Quán) will be broken down to reveal how it is done as a Qi Gong form. The different types of Qi (Yuan Qi, Gu Qi, Kong Qi, Zong Qi, Zheng Qi, Ying Qi, Wei Qi, Zang Fu Zhi Qi, and Jing Luo Zhi Qi) will be explained and how they pertain to movements in this form. Join Dr. Torres as he explains how tai chi and qi gong interlope the circulation of qi for health and longevity.
As the most commonly practiced tai chi form on the planet, the Yang 24 form has been improving health and vitality for millions. But what if you could amp up the health benefits of your form, supercharging your practice by adding some specialized qigong and acupressure work?
In this workshop, Dr. Gary Torres, medical doctor, chiropractor, acupuncturist and grandmaster of several different Chinese martial arts, will show you how to vastly improve the healing benefits of your tai chi practice. You will not only learn proper structure for your tai chi, but also how to amplify your practice by incorporating specialized breathing techniques, stroking specific points along your meridians, and manipulating your internal energy for optimal benefit.
Join Dr. G. Torres as he shows you how to combine tai chi form practice with a little traditional Chinese medicine, a bit of chiropractic protocol, and a touch of Western medical knowledge, to take your tai chi to the next level. Note: While Dr. Torres will use the Yang 24 form as an example, the techniques he will teach in this workshop can be applied to any martial or healing system to amp up the health benefits exponentially. All levels welcome.
U.S.C.K.F. International Championships - Presented by Grand Master Huang Chien-Liang, at the Hunt Valley Marriott, Baltimore, Md 21030. This event is Sanctioned by The World Kuoshu Federation and the Pan American Kuoshu Federation. Meet Friends, Certified Judges and Referees, Attend Seminars and the Hall of Fame Banquet. Sponsored by the USCKF. www.uskuoshu.org
Sat16Aug2008Sun17Aug2008Sparta, N. J.
Chin - (locking) the movement of joints against their normal range of motion. Na - (seizing) of the vital pints disrupting or blocking the energy flow. Chin Na Principles:1. based on joint structure,2. blood vessel network,3. acupuncture meridians (chi meridians). Applied Chin Na utilizes:1. strikes to and seizing of vital points, 2. tendon grabbing,3. blood vessel grabbing,4. joint locks. Chin Na has 4 main branches or components:1. kicking,2. striking, 3. throwing,4. locking Bones:1. axial skeleton (head, vertebrae, ribs, pelvis) 2. appendicular skeleton (arms, forearms, wrist, hand, fingers, leg, lower leg, ankle, foot. Joints can withstand the pressure of compression, flexion, extension much better than forces of rotation, therefore Chin Na techniques twist the joints to cause greater pain and injury. Joint types:1. Immovable = fibrous and cartilaginous, 2. Movable = have joint space filled with synovial fluid, cartilaginous ends and are freely movable but held in place by ligaments. Chin Na injure ligaments. Types of movable joints: Ball and socket (shoulder), hinge (elbow), saddle (thumb), ellipsoid and gliding (wrist), and pivotal (neck). Movable joints are traversed by blood vessels and nerves, and if twisted in the right fashion will interrupt the integrity of these structures causing additional pain and injury. Coupling motion = refers to the locking of a joint making that limb a lever for the next joint.Reactive motion = refers to the resultant motion or action caused in response to the locking of a joint. Golden Silk Entwines the Wrist - in an anchored wrist grab the fingers are force over the wrist and down. This is countered by upward piercing of the divine lock. http://internalgardens.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=288
Sat18Oct2008Sun19Oct2008Sparta, N. J.
Qinna is a term describing techniques used in the Chinese martial arts that control or lock an opponent's joints or muscles/tendons so he cannot move, thus neutralizing his fighting ability. These techniques can be very effective against larger and stronger opponents and are often taught in women's self-defense courses. In addition, the pressure of many techniques can be adjusted so that they can be used merely to control an opponent or to injure or disable them when necessary. Beyond this, the techniques can be used to defend against grabs, holds and chokes or used to immobilize, subdue, or control assailants. These are important skills for when you are in close contact with an opponent, and are especially useful in law enforcement and other situations when you need to subdue an assailant without injuring them. In most cases, qinna has been taught in a piecemeal fashion, tailored to a specific system or style of kungfu. Instead, this workshop takes a more comprehensive approach. In this two-day workshop, the second in a two weekend series, Dr. G. Torres, head of the legendary Kwok kungfu lineage, will teach you the rare and powerful qinna combat form, an encyclopedia of joint locks, counter locks, holds and grabs. This two person sparring form is designed to train the entire gambit of locks and counters, stripped to their essence, and ready to be applied to any martial technique or self defense situation. Forget books and DVDs - this is the form that embodies the art of Chinese joint locking. Join Dr. G. Torres, one of the top internal Chinese martial art grandmasters in the country, as he teaches you the qinna two person combat form, the master key to the art of joint locking! http://internalgardens.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=288
Seventeen Disciples, Two Venues, One World-Class Event, at the Jostens Center and Milk House. www.disneymartialartsfestival.com
Join Dr. Torres as he teaches you how to teach and explain the external Chinese Martial Art of Shao Lin Quan. Students will be taught how to organize a class schedule, create lesson plans, create course objectives, evaluate students' performances objectively, and assess student understanding of the material presented. The course's material and handouts will be provided. Candidates will learn the 8 basic stances, 12 warm up exercises, fist and hand land mark names, and arm positions. The candidate will learn 20 method, Lian Bu, Gong Li, Tan Tui, Duan Da, two man forms, and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the forms by demonstration of the form, narration of the names of the moves and applications for every move. Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the "Basic Instructor's Exam."