Shifu Doukas Dimitris

Taiji Quan

2nd WEEKEND (18-19/7) – 2 HOURS/DAY
18:00 – 20:00, DANCE CENTRE CLASS 1

Taiji Quan

Taiji Quan and more specifically Yang Taiji style is the teaching of “immortal” Zhang Sanfeng, within the frame of martial arts. Its purpose is to retain spirit and body, to bring longevity to the essence, energy and spirit. With the essence, the energy and the spirit we can be calm, gentle and courageous fighters. Tranquility and courage, kindness and militancy -as these qualities expand and get transformed into a post-training effect, there comes wisdom and spirituality.
Once these doctrines have been incorporated into the martial arts, martial arts should not be perceived as something trivial and superficial, but as part of physical training, a method of cultivating oneself, a life-enhancing practice, a class of wisdom, and spirituality.
In this workshop, we will come in touch with Taiji art through the Yang form of 24 movements. Also, we will try to analyze the mechanics and principles that govern the movement.

Ages/Levels: Dancers, fighters and anyone who is interested in a gentle exercise with many health benefits.

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Shifu Doukas Dimitris

Dimitris Doukas has been taught Chinese martial arts from top masters and learned from them for many years. In 1996 he met Grandmaster Lily Lau. He learned from her, her family kung fu from 1996 till 11/01/2014. Dimitris Doukas in 1996, the same year that he met Shifu Lau, he began in parallel training in Chen style Taiji, with the Danish teachers Lars J.E. Larsen learning the “old form” Lao Tzia. In 1998 with the same teacher, he started practicing Yang style and particularly the 37 movements form by the Teacher Cheng Mang Ching, the 77 movements form (Chin Chien), Pushing Hands and the White Crane by the teacher Huang Sheng-Shyan.
In 2006 in one of his journeys in China, luck drove him on the road of great internal arts master (Nei Jia Quan), Niu Sheng Xian. Master Niu was a close student (Tudi) of one of the best teachers in China, grandmaster Li Tianzi. Master Niu was a champion in China in 1982 in Taiji and pushing hands and subsequently he was a trainer for ten years of the pushing hands team in China. With inexhaustible energy despite he was towards the end of the sixth decade of his life, he starts teaching D. Douka the internal arts (Xing Yi – Tai Ji – Ba Gua – Wudang Jian) of his genealogy and soon their relationship sealed with the most official way. Since 2010 he accepted him as his internal student (Tudi). That acceptance opened the door to a different and somehow exotic kind of Kung Fu, that of the Taoist meditation. The teacher’s father, Niu Jinbao, belonged to the 1st Taoist generation of the Dragon’s Gate (Daojiao Longmen Pai) and the 1st Taoist generation of Qianfeng Xiantian Pai, so his oldest son, master Niu, studied from him Taoist alchemy. D. Doukas started in 2008 in Beijing, training with the Chinese wrestling champion, teacher Liu Zu Cuang (student of Li Bao Ru) in Shuai Jiao. Since 1998 he is the technical supervisor of A.C. Kerameikos. He took part as an athlete at many traditional wushu championships in China.
He participated with the National traditional wushu team:
1st World Festival of Traditional Wushu (2004, Ghengzhou, China) and took the 4th place in the Long Lance.
2nd World Championship in Traditional Wushu (2006) in 3 categories and took one place 1st (sword), one 2nd (premeditated battle) and one 4th (great broadsword).
3rd (Wudang 2008) and 5th (Hengsahan 2012) in the World Championship in Traditional Wushu, he accompanied the mission as a trainer of the national team.
He has a diploma of national judge in Taolu and Sanda from the Greek Wushu Kung Fu Federation (G.W.K.F.F.).
He has been a member of the Technical Committee, responsible for the traditional Taolu (2003-2005).
Cashier of the G.W.K.F.F.
Member of the Board of Directors of the new administrative of G.W.K.F.F., that was elected in January 2006 and member of the Technical Committee of the Federation from January 2006 till November 2008.
Trainer of the demonstration team of G.W.K.F.F. in 2006.
Trainer of the Shuai Jiao Greek team that took place in Rome in 2014 and in China in 2015.
He holds a Wushu B’ category trainer diploma and license to practice Wushu training.
He is the president of the Greek Shuai Jiao Union.
In 2014 he was an instructor at the school for trainers run by the G.W.K.F.F. and taught “internal fist”.
As a member of the Technical Committee of G.W.K.F.F. he was responsible for organizing and conducting many Panhellenic Championships.
He holds a Tuina diploma (Chinese therapeutic art) that he was awarded with by attending classes of the doctor Gianni Ferouka in Natural Health Science (2002-2003).

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