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Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) Autumn Seminar 2017

Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) Health and Self-Defense Seminar held in the city of Plovdiv on October 28, 2017.

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On October 28, 2017, in the city of Plovdiv, a seminar on practical Tai Chi was conducted by instructor Ovanes Budakyan. The seminar was open to anyone interested in participating. It was suitable for all ages and for individuals with different skill levels, ranging from complete beginners to highly advanced practitioners. Each participant had the opportunity to gain insights from the rich practical experience of the seminar leader. 

Participants were introduced to exercises fundamental to Tai Chi (Taiji Quan), which develop strength in the limbs and enhance both mental and physical endurance. These exercises also contribute to stress reduction accumulated in our daily lives. Ovanes shared and explained how the purely theoretical explanations of Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) principles found practical application in every movement taught during the seminar.

In Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) practice, it is crucial to determine the level of the practitioners so that appropriate exercises can be recommended for their respective levels. Techniques suitable for complete beginners and slightly advanced practitioners were shared and clarified with the participants. Ovanes also explained the clear signals indicating when it's time to progress to the next stage in training and when it's too early to advance. Important principles for intermediate practitioners were clarified, as well as what to look for or avoid—identifying signals that indicate the practitioner is moving in the right direction. Advanced practitioners received emphasis on important principles they should have developed at this stage of their practice—Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) positions, how to practice each position, how long, and what to pay attention to at each level of the practitioner. Ovanes also explained the normal duration of daily practice based on the practitioner's skill level.


Participants had the opportunity to experience a Qigong complex, personally taught to Ovanes Budakyan by one of his Chinese teachers, Patrick Wan, a great Tai Chi(Taiji Quan) Master with profound experience in Qigong. During the seminar, participants practiced several practical self-defense techniques that could enrich their experience. In case they mastered these techniques, they could feel more confident in moments of aggression on the street.

The seminar concluded with a question and answer session. Ovanes was delighted to answer all the questions related to Tai Chi (Taiji Quan) practice posed by the participants.

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  • Date 28 Oct 2017
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