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WTBA two week training camp. (two weeks to make a
For me this was
the best camp I've ever run. The mix of people was great,
from all over Europe, USA, UK, and even Nasr from Dubai.
From people that use to train with Dad when I was just a kid,
to new guys that had never trained before at all. We all jelled
week, from day one everyone seemed like they were
good old friends meeting up again.
Full of hard core training, Qigong in the early mornings,
then two hours of bag beating, and working through the Taiji
form and other bits and pieces in the afternoon. Also in the
evenings doing more Qigong, or form, or Push Hands etc. Seemed
to me that I was picking the stuff to teach that people really
Seen as people
had put in the effort to make such a long camp, I thought
I would put on a party night for them at the end of the first
This was the best party I've ever put on! Had my band playing,
so this was nice to show the other side to me, drumming and
singing. As most just see me teaching all the time.
And as a real treat, I had my belly dancing group do some
dances, my four girls, Lisa, Kathleen, Mika, and Mary Eve.
As well as Fen Clark, a professional belly dancer and model
from Bristol. And Dominique Flook, a professional theatrical
belly dancer from Newport.
Saw a few jaws on the floor when these girls were dancing!
A nice change from training all week J
Was an amazing energy in the room, people were so full of
energy it felt like performing to 100 people. Everyone up
dancing and singing along. And then dropped their jaws back
to the floor when the girls came on!
As another treat, I had my Yoga teacher Ana Chidzoy come down
that night before the party.
Took the whole group through a lovely Yoga session, bending
them into places they never thought was possible! Everyone
seemed to love this, and again made a nice change to training
in martial arts for the last week.
We had Jerry Walker and his boy Zack in for cooking the first
week, everyone loved as usual.
The second week had less people, some could
only stay one week.
So the whole camp became more chilled out, still training
at least 5 hours every day.
But started getting into some more special things to do with
Qi and Yin and Yang.
Some group Qigong's were done, linking palms and creating
some seriously powerful shit!
This was the most Qi I've ever felt in a room before.
Started having movie nights too, so that was fun! Everyone
just having a good laugh together.
Also got through the whole of the Small San Sau both solo
and two person. And some stick training.
always happen at camps, especially at these camps here in
Being that it's close to home, I'm more relaxed, and that
it's more than just a weekend of training, I can get to know
people and see what it is that they need from me. And found
myself doing and saying things that I've never heard before,
never been taught etc. But it just came out from somewhere.
And I myself learnt so much more about this art that we all
This is why it
is so important for everyone who really wants to get this
stuff, to come to these Foundation camps in Wales. You might
see me once or twice a year in your country, or even train
with me every week in Swansea. But when I'm at camp, special
stuff that's hidden inside me comes out. And the only way
to see it, is to get to camp!
Also, being involved in it for a week or two, you will find
stuff happening to you, that I will see, and then that will
make something happen in me, and able to show you something
you need that may never have been shown at just a weekend
I know I did a good job with this one, as by the end, everyone
was sad to leave, the second week people in particular had
become like a family.
For myself, on the last evening, I thought, it's done! As
I was exhausted! And happy to be going home the next day.
But then in the morning, I was feeling quite emotional, and
didn't want it to end.
I gave everything I could in these two weeks, felt completely
drained, but in a good way, as to give makes me happy, seeing
that what I'm giving is being absorbed, and once I recharge,
then I'm even better than before!
Really had that feeling that I had imparted wisdom. Wisdom
that was planted in me by Dad, and unlocked by you. Thank
you all for that.
Here is what some of the members had to say. Some of them
thought it was so good I have had to shorten bits.
«Taiji smiles-laughter-cry, Blue-thought technology and Supreme-Care-Bear
Thanks alot to all of you! ((also the one who gave me x5(!?)
black eyes:)) Was with no doubt two of the most wonderful
weeks in my life so far!!!! And that created while staying
90% of the time inside a simple gym hall! Love to all, and
hope to see you next year!! Special thanks to the Montaigue
crew for putting it all togheter and making it possible, including
a party you dont need to be drunk to enjoy:DD
I could write a book about this camp, but I think you will
have more fun doing some extra training than reading my endless
thougths and opinions so I will keep it as short as I can.
Taiji-smiles is a word that came to my mind many years ago
training with Eli and Erle. It is the kind of smile that appears
when getting a new and better feeling in a certain move they
will show, that will also open up and improve all the rest
of the training and how you enjoy things. And people will
just stand there doing the move over and over again, stopping
up a bit, with face covered in mild smile on the outside,
but highly exited calmness smile inside. Later on I have also
felt that with a couple of other instructors and training
partners. Amp it up and you will get taiji laughter, when
the feeling is so cool you just have to giggle/release some
satisfied humhuming a bit about it from pure joy. First time
I had that laugheter myself was at Erles Qi-develpoment tool
summercamp in Leicster. I havent had anything in life that
made me feel like crying past two years, one way or the other,
(but if getting a bit sentimental, would feel nice to cry,
but dont have enough to cry about I will put on «Dear Mama»
with «2pac» and send my mother some thankfull thoughts.) However,
Thanks ELI, and the whole group. In this camp to me it amped
up even a level more!! Taiji crying of amusement!! Training
the postures from the Yang Lu Chan form and small san-sau
I had several taiji smiles and taiji laughters, and on two
of the ocations I went outside the hall to just giggle and
digest bymyself while class was moving on to a new move. I
felt filled with so much thrill for everything that several
tears of joy came out of my eyes:o) :D ;D ;D
All of the above, I dont think is possible if the teacher
and the student does not have a «blue-thought-technology»
connection. (And a supreme care bear group which the teacher
will attract more and more at this level will make it even
more accesible) I guess more commonly in the WTBA it is called
«internal learning qi», and more commonly overall: «transmitting».
Not when the teacher is just teaching/»transmitting» you how
to punch harder or kick faster by yourself via oral instructions
and the teacher demonstrating and correcting you in the three
physical dimensions. More like your teacher is able to extend
and amp up his «something» and you tap into each other via
something outside the normal known mediums that might feel
like magic but is not. It is a connection that is very there,
but cannot be heard, seen or touched. (Hence the analogy to
blue tooth:) The students and the teacher become like a pack
of animals and everybody becomes more aware about another
and them self. I think all good teachers in any kinds have
this, but in alot of other stuff you can get away alot easier
wihtout it. Erle was always brilliant with this. In this camp
Eli showed that he is up to his match not only technically
and verbal exlplainig skill, but also have caught up in the
uppermost cool skill that is cruical in a good taiji teacher;
A funny anecdote outside the direct training to example this,
was one random morning I was upstairs fiddling with getting
on my clothes and the class was already about to start. Heard
Eli say downstairs, «well what are we going to do!!??» I was
just about to shout down: «Can we do some kicks!!?» But as
my mouth was about to open I allready heard Eli say «Kicks!!
Shall we do some kicks today!??» That would not have been
funny if we had already talked about doing kicks that day,
but we had not. It would also not been funny if in general
I was always keen on practicing kicks. But I am not, I would
say I usually prefer to go for a run, og go to the gym over
practicing kicks. While doing taiji, kicks would be the only
thing on the bottom of my list together with hitting soft
squashy pads. My point is that there was an open clear connection,
and if not too mumbo jumbo for you; the teacher had already
extended unconsiously his «something» into kicks, and that
made me feel like kicking. Not that he was on purpose thinking
hard: Kicks-kick-kicks-kicks!! Come on class! get ready for
kicks!Kicks is going to happen!!! Or that there was some literal
telepathy going on there a la Eli could hear: Oh, Lars-Erik
is keen on doing some kicks today, lets make him a joke and
beat him to saying it.... u-hum, he also is keen on having
a small can of coke before coming down, and is planning to
go to Tesco to get some more after lunch. Lars! can you also
bring some more veggie burges if you are going down anyway?
Yes mate, I will bring you 5 packages as that whats you wanted
wasnt it? Yeah sure!
Supreme-Care-Bear group work
Do you know the cartoon Care Bears? The group of bears that
every one has a special single coloured energy ray coming
out of their bellys with special feautures on its own. And
when they all team in together they make a complete rainbow
ray with even more features and nothing is impossible. Well
to sum it up thats how I felt stronger than ever before on
this camp, we are a bunch of care bears meeting up making
magic rainbows, during getting some physical exercise and
improving our martial style while out in excile:D
And every night going to bed, but to exicted to go straight
into sleep, going over and repeating in the head all the new
stuff learnt that day, while the wind blowing outside and
the welsh spring rainstorm hammering on the roof. I heard
this hymn from a swedish rock song in the back of my mind
as we were all moving into dreamland and the storm was amping
on the roads tonight
the healers are Hunting
No need for
map or compass
rest or ease
And then getting up for a final breath of fresh air out of
Christians pocket seeing an old VHS cover of the movie «Boys
in the hood» put up on display with Ice Cubes slogan:
« Increase The Peace»
Love from Lars-Erik, Norway
I never thought we could top autumn 2011 foundation camp,
but we have well and truly powernoodled it out of the ball
park!!! it is very late, so I will just say, I love you all!
you are all brilliant!!! thank you for being you! (except
for Christian, he stole my windscreen wiper!!! so I love him
the most :-) xxxxxxxxxoooooooooooo (more to be said when I
Christian Zietsch. Berlin
It is not that easy to write something about the foundation
camp Apr. 6th – Apr. 20th 2013.
To make a long
story short – it was outstanding, amazing, stunning …. and
it was a regular WTBA camp as well, because WTBA camps are
Also it is impossible
to distinguish between the training and the friendship or
better the family life. The WTBA is a family and exactly that's
what I felt about.
It was like “coming home again”. Meeting good old friends
and making new friends, that's part of being a WTBA member.
The two weeks of training were hard and niece as well. Due
to the reduction of participants the second week was even
more intensive. It was announced to be a “foundation” camp
and exactly that happened. No new forms etc. just consolidation
of form and technique. Every time I think “o.k. there is the
top of the mountain and I can see it” the same thing happened
to me: “shit, I do know nothing at all”. But this is a beauty
Eli showed all the Taiji and Bagua stuff (excellent as every
time of course) and I showed (on request) some of my good
old Ninja techniques like disappearing into nothing without
doing anything. Eli promised a Yoga session and Ana really
stretched the crap out of us, but she did it the most beautiful
way ever. Ana is a miracle.
Books have been written and legends have been told about the
Friday Night Party. Belly dancers, musicians and crazy worriers
are a perfect combination
Last but not least: the venue itself was perfect for the camp.
One can brake a wooden ground plate and fix it again, as we
did. Everything is there, even a TV and video player. Yes
it's not a mistake it was a good old VHS video player, the
movies changed form coloured to b/w and back to coloured and
At the end I just
can say: Looking forward to the October 2013 camp – it will
be a Bagua Camp and therefore it will be an outstanding camp
– believe me and join it.
Joel B Fant USA
"I've attended a few workshops prior to the April 2013
Camp and, no matter what fancy forms were being taught, the
most important thing about them is always the fellowship.
I figured a two week camp would simply be more so, but it
seems I underestimated. It was magnificent to live and play
and laugh and cry (but mostly laugh) with some of the finest
friends I know. The elephant jokes were pretty good, too.
My hat is a pocket on my head. Here's to the hope for such
a camp being annual!"
Romina Naito. From here and there
Thank you very much Eli. I learnt a lot from you and from
all the participants at camp. For me the jewels were the times
when you just followed the flow and saw what people needed
to learn at that time. Being with us in the present moment.
It was very eye opening and little things that I was feeling
were guided into explore into more new little things, which
eventually will take me onto more exploration . It gave me
a lot of points to practice and to put my intent to when doing
my practice at home. The people were wonderful and the camp
had a good feeling of a family training together. :)
Frank Ranz Austria
It was a fantastic camp!!
was great, also to get to now the moving stuff from your system
which I haven't done before. I had the feeling I could deepen
my understanding of the mind whilst doing the form.
I never did so
much bag work before, that was great. Your input with the
heavy hand on basically every strike did a lot for a good
activation while not tensing up and delivering some force.
Although I have
seen you and your dad at workshops before and watched quite
some videos, to look at you doing it and having a chance to
ask you and get correction is probably the most important
part of learning and progressing. Be it for the more relaxed
attidude - not having a form to learn, or knowing that there
is more time to get into it - or whatever other reason it
felt different from previous camps or workshops. The general
idea of a foundation camp, concentrating on stuff you have
seen or done before ia good thing to have anyway.
In terms of push
hands I feel, it went to the next level. Your input on how
to turn was very helpful and your intervention of doing it
with some of the guys who are used to rather hard and stiff
version helped a lot. Lars advice on turning the arm was great.
Doing the form
with you and with the whole group was a special experince
again, too bad we didn't have it more often.
I wished you'd have more help for the organisation, I admire
your attidude of doing everything yourself, beeing the driver,
the dishwasher and the teacher.
Friday night was
really something special, the programme was excellent, hearing
the band the first time and getting the whole group to dance
and have fun was really special. The belly dancers were exeptionally
Ralph Kemp. Wales
It was a really excellent camp, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I
got an awful lot out of you taking small parts of the form
and going over them in detail.
I thought it was a great mix of people and I enjoyed making
some new friends and seeing some old ones – I'll really look
forward to next year's camp!
your camp was a great experience to me!!! Thanks to you and
all the other participants of the camp who helped me to overcome
the barrier between "absolute beginner" and "beginner",
especially Pece, Guy, Lars and Christian!
What impressed me most, was the cooperative atmosphere during
the week. I've never experienced that in other camps in other
sports before. Thanks, and I hope to see you next year!
Thanks for a great expirience. I didn't know what to expect
when I decide to come to Wales. but it turns out to be two
of the most fantastic weeks of my live
The way you make every training a different one is very nice.
Its good to learn the small san sau and yang lu chan form
together, do a bit of bagua en train with sticks and then
realise its all about your OWN foundation KEEP YOUR STRUCTURE
with people who have more expirience means you learn every
minute of every day for 14 days. Sometimes I got so much information
in two hours that my head was spinning. ...... An then again
you realise that everything is a variation on a few principes
KEEP YOUR STRUCTURE...
this camp gave me also the opportunity to learn a lot about
myself. I think that you told us the second day of camp that
a person who practice tai chi stands in live more peacefull
and with an open mind. And then again at the end of camp I
realise this is also about your own foundation.....KEEP YOUR
Camp was great and I hope to come back
I'll always remember Mad Max ;-)
Marqus Ludwig. Germany
So far I would just like to thank you once again. It was an
amazing time and perfect if anything in this world ever can
The most amazing thing for me was, that so different and crazy
a people can grow together so fast, that every small aversion
you may have had against somebody in the beginning was just
melting away in this pool of good energy and everything and
everybody felt simply right and wonderful in the end. And
that on the base, that we were working on "martial arts",
on "hitting and hurting people as effectively and relaxed
as possible"! If ever it was needed to prove once more
that the "Internal Martial Arts" are a healing art
as well if not above all, it could not have been better demonstrated
and proven than by this camp! (And still we learned of the
rougher side as well).
And: Eli, your teaching is definetely becoming even more &
more sophisticated. Just great. And a big "thumbs up"
for the thrown in Yoga exercises.
Roswitha Flucher, Austria
The camp was great as ever. No, not as ever, since your are
getting better every time. I think, is was a good mixture
of methods and skills we were working on and I turned back
home quite inspired, trying to remember all the corrections
I got and to keep the spirit of the camp in everyday life.
7 days of trainig
instead of 4 make a big difference.
Friday night was marvelous, the music, the dancers, I really
This was indeed a great camp!
At the beginning
I didn't felt at home (well I wasn't :)), but I made friends
pretty quick, so even the second day I already felt like I
know most of you.
Before coming to the camp I knew about the martial aspects
of the system, but I now realized it is really a full featured,
complete self defense and healing system.
It's really nice to meet people like yourself, Lars, Jerry,
Leigh, etc. which are really great people with great physical
and spiritual appearance.
It shows you the quality of the system.
I didn't expect the punching / kicking session in the morning,
and this was a really good surprise for me.
I liked the most the session where people were running with
bags trough the hall, and you needed to punch whoever comes
to you :)
I loved the non-session
periods as well.
It was full of push hands, sticky hands, and friendly ass
I think talking to the others during the breaks compensated
for the missing personal training.
All in all it was
a great camp, and I have learned so much :)
See below for all my upcoming workshops around the world and
in the UK.
All Eli's Scheduled
Canada, Ottawa, September 14th/15th 2013
France, Montaigu June 15th/16th 2013
UK Summer camp July 26th/27th/28th 2013
Canada September 14th/15th 2013
Bagua Camp UK. October 3rd-7th 2013
Sint Annaland, Holland: October 26th/27th 2013
Australia camp November 2013
Norway, March 2rd/2nd 2014
Other Maybes for 2013 Below