Essentials of Internal Work – BERLIN

Samstag, 16. Juni - Sonntag, 17. Juni 2018
10:00 - 16:00 Uhr
Carsten Stausberg
First Floor Studio
Prenzlauer Promenade 189


A Two Day Workshop for Martial Artists, Dancers, Yogis and General Movers. (DEUTSCH/ENGLISH)

The term INTERNAL WORK is translated from the Chinese „Nei Gong“ and describes the Meditative Methods in Internal Martial Arts like Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan or Taiji Quan.

Internal Work is designed to cultivate a practicioners physicality, his mental capacities and personality. It is a strong instrument meant to support the artist, no matter if martial artist, dancer, climber or general mover.


Through the connection of physical movement, breath and intention, Internal Work seeks to harmonize our organism. It utilizes internal cues, and usually starts without external movement.

What we are looking for is conscious awareness of our body, of our posture and our movement. Therefore we don’t need to learn more movement, but reduce it as far as we can. Standing still and reducing all variables of movement to a minimum will enable us to pay attention to our physical state, to recognize the alignment of our joints, the pressure of gravity, internal rhythms and for example the influence of our breathing on our balance.

From this starting point we will dive deeper into more complex physical movements, leading us from techniques of „Silk Reeling“ to the daoist method of Circle Walking.

Internal Practice will help you move with the ease of a child and the power and precision of an adult.

The Methods shown in this workshop are easy to learn and very accessible. No prior Martial Arts experience needed. We will dive deep into stillness practice, and spend extended periods of time in the quiet. We will also work with a partner to understand the connection of Internal Work and External Application (for example fighting or dancing.)

Internal Work is an essential method of physical cultivation. A daily practice to tune in, to connect with your environment and nature. It doesnt require much time, but is best practiced on a regular basis. This way it can be a very strong tool to nourish your own practice, the kind of self care every artist needs to esablish livelong and sustainable development.

About the Teacher:

Carsten Stausberg is the founder of Yizong Bagua in Cologne, Germany. A multidisciplinary space with emphasis on Martial Arts & Movement Training.

As a long time student of Luo Dexiu, his main background are the Internal Martial Arts of Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan & Taiji Quan, which he teaches in classes, workshops and through Online Coaching. He spent 20 years in various martial arts such as Shaolin Gong Fu, Chen- & Yang Style Taiji Quan and Qi Gong, focussing solely on the Internal Arts over the last 15 years.

Lately he worked intensively with dancers, such as Tom Weksler, to explore and research common ground in martial arts and dance as well as deeper layers of craftsmanship and artistic expression. Using Internal Work as a tool to refine and nourish the different disciplines.

He also founded a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team in 2016 where he implements his approach of training and coaching into a more competitive environment.

Apart from his martial arts background, Carsten holds a B.A. in Chinese Philosophy & Literature, graduated from a Chinese Medicine school and is a Certified Coach for Personal Development.


Date: Saturday & Sunday, June 16./17.

Time: 10-16h (1h Lunchbreak)

Venue: First Floor Studio, Prenzlauer Promenade 189, Berlin


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