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Developing Resiliency: Taiji and Mitzvah Technique with Ronnie Yee and Ashley Johnson

About the Workshop: 
Utilizing gravity, vertical center and grounding we understand power while maintaining structural health. This workshop is an unusual opportunity to combine foundational practices of the internal martial art, Chinese meditation system and health practice of Taiji, with tools to rebalance the musculoskeletal system through the somatic postural approach of Mitzvah Technique.  

Effective for injury treatment and prevention, these practices are a practical approach to understanding the body in motion. The first twenty Taiji movements are examined in relationship to functional biomechanics and tension release. The Itcush Method is an application of the Mitzvah Technique, offering exercises and self-maintenance programs for home practice. 

Open to all levels this workshop will be of special interest to dancers, bodyworkers and martial artists. 

Registration: $90/day or $250 for all 3 days. 
Drop ins available for the first or first and second days. 

About the teachers: 
Ronnie Yee is a Vancouver based martial artist specializing in Hong’s practical method Chen style Taiji. Since 1988 his practice has included study with martial arts masters across China and North America. He was the first disciple of Chen Zhonguhua, a 19th generation Taiji master. In 2001 Ronnie was a Canadian National Taiji gold medalist and in 1996 he was awarded gold and silver medals at the Jinan Championships in China. Through his teaching and practice of martial forms he has studied various healing modalities such as the Mitzvah Tehcnique, the Donison Method and massage therapy. Ronnie is a regular workshop presenter across North America known for his unique ability to understand and educate using the principles of Taiji, health, strength and biomechanics.  

Ashley Johnson is a Regina based dance artist and somatic practitioner. She holds a BA in Dance from the University of Calgary, with special training in Sport Science from the University of Hong Kong and is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Dance Program. Ashley works with individual clients and groups to shift physical patterning to increase movement efficiency in the Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method. She is a Continuum Movement teacher registered as a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with ISMETA. Her interest in the connection between dance and health led her to study with movement pioneers from around North America. In 2007 she relocated to Saskatchewan to apprentice with Amelia Itcush, from 2010 – 2014 she received a scholarship to train in Los Angeles with Emilie Conrad founder of Continuum Movement. Her work as an artist and educator has been presented in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Regina, Saskatoon, and Los Angeles. Ashley is regularly involved as a teacher and performer with New Dance Horizons (Regina). She spent seven years as a teaching artist in Northern Saskatchewan public schools. For samples of Ashley’s work see

Private sessions available in the afternoons: 

Each session is $80 for 1 hour.
As we are both bodyworkers and movement facilitators we teach through hands on touch. For a full experience we recommend booking two private sessions, one in the Mitzvah Technique and one in Taiji.  
Contact for booking.
Sessions available Tuesday(4), Wednesday(5), Thursday(6)
3:15 - 4:15pm and 4:15 - 5:15pm  

Private sessions in the Mitzvah Technique
Ashley Johnson offers hands on mobilization of all the major joints of the body in a series of gentle manipulations on the table and chair. The Mitzvah Technique and Itcush Method are foundational forms of whole body rehabilitation focusing on 'letting go' and movement re-patterning. As a result, dynamic posture improves, the spine elongates, awareness increases and long term injury recovers.  

Private lessons in Taiji 
Ronnie Yee offers one to one hands on guidance for martial artists and movement practitioners focusing on physical connection, development of grounding, strength and functional biomechanics. Perfect for fine tuning practices that involve contact and re-training motion patterns following an injury.

Earlier Event: April 29
Later Event: August 19
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