May 2018 Tim Cartmell NYC Workshop series

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We're happy to announce that we will be bringing Tim Cartmell back to NYC for the fifth year this coming May! From May 7-13 He will be teaching workshops covering:

Sun Style Bagua Zhang:

Snake and Hawk palm changes

Qin-na: Principles and applications of Joint locking and Standing submission techniques.

Ba Gua Partner practice circle walking entries

Standing grappling defense and takedowns

Rou Shou (Bagua push hands,)

 With an impressive resume of over 40 years experience in several different Chinese martial arts; 10 years living abroad training under various luminaries in the Chinese martial arts and teaching in Asia; a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu; competing and winning in a variety of different formats; coaching several students to win in their own right; and author and translator of several martial arts texts, many of which are regarded as standard classics within the martial arts world. Tim Cartmell is a world renowned, highly sought out teacher in a variety of martial arts.

Tim is known for his high level of technique, use of leverage and body mechanics, and gift for teaching. Tim has a clear, precise teaching style and an incredible eye for detail. The workshops will focus on helping you to apply  principles of effortless movement in your current skills sets. Tim organizes his teaching method around a coherent system. He begins with correct body usage, and the application of whole body power in the most efficient manner. He puts a great emphasis on the usage of gravity and momentum, generating power without overexertion, and maximizing leverage to use an opponent’s force for one’s benefit.

Tim is  highly experienced at working with a wide range of students from all different levels. From your average 9-5 working class individual, to professional mixed martial artists, grapplers, Law enforcement and Security professionals, to teenagers, women, and even senior citizens (no kidding!)  He is one of the few teachers who has extensive experience in traditional martial arts as well as contemporary mixed martial arts. Tim is not a physically imposing individual, and so he makes a habit of not muscling technique. He is a master at using leverage, relaxed and integrated body mechanics, and emphasizes their understanding and application within his instruction. His extensive experience has shown him that training methods based on those qualities allow realistic practice against fully-resisting opponents, and will work the same against any opponent regardless of their size or strength. For the various individuals who have been fortunate enough to cross paths with Tim, he has left an unforgettable impression upon their mindset, skill level, and an overall well-rounded understanding grounded in common sense and logical thinking.  Tim has an open minded and flexible approach as a means to an end within his instruction that goes beyond any one specific system, making his teaching method relevant to anyone regardless of their experience and preferred martial art.


Tuesday May 8, 6-9PM   

Sun Style Bagua Snake and Hawk palm changes

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Sun Style Ba Gua Zhang:

Unlike many different branches of Bagua, Sun Style Bagua does not require memorization of arbitrary, highly stylized, or complicated movements. It gets to the point rather simply  and directly. It blends martial training with good body mechanics and conditioning. If you already have previous Bagua training, and feel reticent about learning another Bagua system, the principles will be consistent with what you are already familiar with. You'll gain a deeper understanding through Tim's clear, methodical, and no-nonsense approach to teaching, which gives you something genuine that you can both understand and do. If you have no experience in bagua, Sun style is an excellent start because it puts a premium on the quality of the fundamentals over quantity.

Snake - a variation of one of the original three forms that the founder taught.  With single and double palm change, it completes the fundamental training of overall body use in Baguazhang.  The form is designed to teach you the ability to move your body at oblique angles that are useful for standing grappling defense as well as spiral throwing techniques.  The Snake form is also an excellent exercise for spinal mobility, posture and core strength as it involves a dynamic, twisting back arch movement, as well as teaching you how to change levels rapidly from high to low.

Hawk - a variation of the Double Palm Change and teaches you how to spin rapidly on one leg, making it excellent training for balance and rotational stability.  Technically it introduces foot catching and trapping techniques as well as practical standing joint locking techniques.

 You do not need to have attended prior Ba Gua Zhang seminars to attend any of these sessions. The minimalist format, and lack of overly complicated movements presented are designed to allow both people who have attended previously to build on to their existing knowledge base, and people who have not previously attended to start from the point of their first exposure to Sun style.





Wednesday May 9, 6-9 PM:

Bagua Partner practice circle walking entries


 Circle walking is the fundamental  training method of Bagua zhang, All of  the various branches of Bagua Zhang may place a different emphasis on specific form sequences and training methods, but all of them are built on a strong foundation of circle walking. Classic advice on training Bagua Zhang states that if you have  limited practice time, always walk the circle. Circle walking is said to be practiced mainly for three reasons:

1.  To develop health,

2. For use as a meditative discipline

3. For use as a fighting art

 The first two reasons have many parallels with a variety of activities that are practiced for similar goals, such as simply walking or hiking for exercise, or walking meditative practices for both. These activities can be compared to circle walking in order to to gain at least a rudimentary understanding of what it can develop. The third reason, employing circle walking as a fighting art, makes it both unique among the martial arts, and difficult to understand as to how it can actually be implemented in a practical martial context.  If realistic martial usage is one of your main goals, having a partial understanding, or a misconception about what circle walking really develops, will not help you develop functional fighting ability.

 Tim will be covering practical drills which will help to clarify how you can effectively implement the principles of circle walking within a martial context.

These drills will teach you:

  • How to correctly enter in to attack an opponent while maintaining constant motion.

  • How to establish a connection between you and your opponent’s center of mass in order to combine the momentum between the two of you to amplify the force of your techniques.

  • How to  seamlessly follow up within the striking, clinching, and throwing ranges, without any wasted gaps in your movement.  

Thursday, May 10, 6-9PM


Principles and applications of joint locking and standing submission techniques.

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The  Chinese term  Chin-na is composed of two Mandarin words which can each be approximately translated as;

Chin-to catch, arrest, capture, grab, grasp, or seize,


Na-to hold, control, or manipulate

In  the martial arts context, Chin-na refers to the category of joint locking techniques which are found among the Chinese martial arts and are used to neutralize the opponent through submission or incapacitating injury. These techniques are nearly identical among several martial arts that include joint locking techniques in their curriculum, such as Jiu-jitsu, Aikido, catch wrestling, Hapkido, filipino dumog, and Penchak Silat to name a few.

 In a  ground fighting context, joint locking techniques have proven their effectiveness time and time again, and has been demonstrated most recently worldwide in mixed martial arts competitions over the last 20 years. However, in terms of the application of joint locks within the stand-up context, many seasoned practitioners of martial arts believe that most stand-up joint locking techniques are difficult to train to make effective in a real combat situation. This belief can be usually attributed to:

 1. A misunderstanding of when and how they can be effective,

2. A lack of a training methodology that allows you to realistically train, while minimizing serious injuries to yourself and to your training partner,

3. Missing technical details and nuances that allow you to implement standing joint techniques on a larger and resistant opponent, without resorting to the use of excessive strength and speed to make them applicable in a real combat situation.

 Historically however, Chin-na/joint lock techniques have always been greatly valued by law enforcement, security professionals, and civilians alike, because when correctly applied, Chin-na techniques can be applied by a weaker person on a stronger opponent. They also give you the ability to vary the intensity of necessary force, thus allowing you the option of executing Chin-na techniques with restraint on an opponent without causing excessive bodily harm to them.

Realistically any striking, kicking, or throwing tactics, used against a tough, resisting opponent need to be executed with high velocity and maximum impact to be effective, with minimal to no consideration on injury restraint towards the opponent. In this respect Chin-na tactics are unique, because they don’t rely on excess levels of strength, speed, and impact to be effective. Above all else, Chin-na techniques rely on obtaining positioning, leverage and control over an opponent to be effective. This allows you to vary the level of force WITHOUT causing any more damage than necessary, as a particular situation demands.

 In this workshop you will learn:

 -The realities of Chin-na in usage, and in what situations are they most effectively applied.

-Why a Chin-na technique works. The bio-mechanical principles underlying all Chin-na techniques, the principles of leverage, and how to practice the joint locking movements realistically and safely with a partner.

 -How to safely enter, and obtain a dominant position that creates opportunities to apply Chin-na techniques on a non-compliant opponent.

 -How to concurrently use Chin-na with striking and throwing techniques, and how they cross over into ground Fighting.

 Although a variety of techniques will be presented, the great emphasis of this workshop will be on the underlying principles of Chin-na and their practical execution, rather than numerous interesting, but difficult and complicated techniques. Whether you are a beginner, or experienced practitioner of the martial arts, or a martial arts practitioner that is unfamiliar with joint locking tactics, you will benefit from the clarity and precision of instruction of key fundamentals of an often misunderstood subject, from a master level teacher of Tim’s calibre.


Saturday May 12,11:30AM - 5:30PM:

Stand up grappling defense against common holds


In this workshop Tim will be covering practical, reality tested and proven techniques for the most common standing grappling scenarios that are designed to work against larger and stronger opponents in real confrontations.

 Most self defense or street altercations immediately move from striking to the clinch or close-body contact range, and many actually start close up. It is absolutely essential to be able to deal with the most common attacks such as head locks, body locks, grabs, and tackles:

Tim will cover the basic principles of base, proper application of leverage, methods of escaping from the most common types of standing holds as well as efficient methods of counter-attack. He will also clarify the drawbacks of relying exclusively on striking tactics.

 For practitioners of striking based systems this workshop can help you fill in the gaps in your current skill set in dealing with close quarter standing grappling. It has been demonstrated time and time again that although knowledge of striking is essential, attempting to strike your way out of holds once you are controlled is an inexact method at best, and at worst totally ineffective. Because striking techniques cannot be practiced full force against partners in training without serious injuries, realistically they cannot be counted on alone in life threatening situations. Even if your  preference is striking tactics, having a basic understanding of grappling material is absolutely crucial because of the high likelihood of their occurrence. If you watch any boxing or MMA match you will notice far more often than not, that while knockouts do occur when standing, far more frequently the fight goes to the clinch, because every strike that either lands or misses usually puts you in grappling range. This workshop will show you effective strategies to deal with close quarter grappling range which, will allow you to regain the necessary distance to effectively implement striking tactics .

 Tim will show you how to practice the maneuvers with varying degrees of resistance which will help the you understand how to train realistically, yet safely.

 All of the tactics and strategy presented by Tim are based on leverage, maximizing your use of angles and weight and taking advantage of the inherent weaknesses of your opponent's structure and balance. There is no contesting with the attacker's strength, or techniques based on trying to strike a larger and stronger attacker from a disadvantaged position. The leverage based defenses and counters taught in this workshop can be applied for real in practice, against fully resisting partners, so you can count on applying them in the street. This builds confidence in your technique and a real ability to defend yourself should the situation ever arise.

Tim will teach you the most important aspects of defense in great detail. including:

  • The very important initial reaction to any type of grappling attack.

  • Universal principles of leverage that will work regardless of your opponent's size.

  • Counters and follow up techniques that will allow you to simply control or, if need be, incapacitate your opponent, based on the situation.




Sunday May 13, 11:30AM - 5:30PM:

 Rou shou- Principles and practical applications into striking, locking, and takedowns

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 In this final portion of this workshop series, Tim will cover:

  • The basic principles and patterns of Rou shou

  • How to practice it in stationary and moving formats

  • The Principles of body usage

  • How to obtain a superior position to apply Striking, joint locking and throwing, and how to flow between their tactical ranges.

  • How to gradually introduce resistance with an eye toward actual martial applications

 The term Rou shou is composed of Two Chinese words:

"Rou" can be defined as pliable, or ‘spring like’ like the quality of  bamboo, and the Chinese character is the same as the Japanese Kanji of the word Ju as in Judo or jiu-jitsu.

"Shou"- translates as hands

When the two words are used in conjunction they are used to refer to the sensitivity exercise of Bagua zhang, equivalent to  Tai ji quan’s push hands practice, the sticking hands practices of southern Chinese martial arts such as Wing Chun, and White Crane, and is virtually identical to the spinning hands practice of I-liq Chuan. Versions of it can also found within several of the traditional Okinawan Karate systems such as Goju ryu. Rou Shou practice can also be considered the equivalent of the pummeling exercises of clinching found within the various grappling arts.

The practice of Rou Shou specifically, is a practical method of paired partner awareness training that develops sensitivity, timing, balance, and appropriate use of power in relation to the unpredictable and ever-changing forces of an opponent in the context of deflecting threatening force while seeking to enter into superior positions at the moment of connection in a fight.  The Rou Shou training system is beneficial for practitioners of any style of martial arts, as its fundamental patterns closely mimic the actual connection of forces most often encountered in real life fighting scenarios.


Although initially passive, cooperative training of martial application is useful to obtain a basic understanding of technique, training should have a safe intermediate step that teaches the individual how to obtain a superior position to finish a fight within or out of motion, without relying on an overly cooperative training partner. This will prepare them to transition as smooth as possible into applying their techniques against a resisting partner in the context of free sparring, and ideally  against a real opponent fighting them every step of the way. In many martial arts schools, this crucial intermediary step, which bridges the gap between cooperative technique training, free sparring, and real world self-defense can be commonly overlooked. Due to the increased variables found in sparring and real world application, even with a well designed progression, many students will find transitioning from cooperative to uncooperative training challenging under the best conditions. The omission of an intermediary step significantly complicates the matter, and usually leads to the excessive usage of strength, speed, and force in trying to apply their techniques, often resulting in major technical flaws and unnecessary injuries. This concern  applies not only to beginners, but also to seasoned practitioners who are interested in maintaining, and refining martial skills with a minimal risk of injury to themself and their partner.

 When trained within the correct context,  Rou Shou can serve as this valuable intermediary step to progressing to free sparring and or realistic technique training, because over time, this format of training teaches you: 

  • How to safely bridge the gap between cooperative training and uncooperative resistance training by staying within specific parameters of engagement.

  • How to instinctively flow smoothly and safely within motion in the contact/clinch range.

  • How to develop the skill to implement the characteristic internal martial art principles, such as :

  • Yielding to a superior force and while 'borrowing' it to harness and amplify the power of your techniques &

  • Applying  sticking and following to obtain a dominant position, and bring a fight to a conclusion under your own terms.

  Each workshop topic is designed to be learned as stand alone topic, but in this final session as an added benefit to the people who attended any or all the previous sessions of this workshop series, Tim will demonstrate how to tie the various topics together into a cohesive format of training.

Each workshop topic is designed to be learned as stand alone topic, but in this final session as an added benefit to the people who attended any or all the previous sessions of this workshop series, Tim will demonstrate how to tie the various topics together into a cohesive format of training.

Note on taking falls at this workshop series:

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During any takedown portion of any workshop, If you are uncomfortable taking falls, you can perform the material at the seminar up to the point of "fitting in."  This is a common practice at workshops that include takedowns and  some participants are planning to attend and learn the material in this manner. Regardless, all participants will be strongly encouraged to practice all of the techniques with good  control, and consideration towards their training partner.



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About Tim Cartmell:

Tim Cartmell is one of the most sought after martial arts instructors in North America. He has over 30 years experience in martial arts including Kung Fu San Soo, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Tim spent over 10 years in Asia studying various martial arts as well as competing in full contact tournaments.  Tim returned to the US to teach as well as study Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the mid-90s. Eight years later his teacher Cleber Luciano awarded Tim his black belt in BJJ, his first student to earn the rank. Tim is an Asian full contact fighting champion, and has won numerous grappling tournaments including winning the Copa Pacifica seven times, taking silver in the 2005 Mundials (World Championships) in Brazil, and has twice won the gold at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan American Games. Tim is also a very accomplished translator and author with his latest translation “Chin Na Fa” on bookshelves now; he has also translated Practical Chin Na by Zhao Da Yuan & Method of Chinese Wrestling by Tong Zhong Yi. Tim has also authored well respected books such as Effortless Combat Throws, Passing the Guard w/ Ed Beneville, and XingYi Nei Gong w/Dan Miller. His latest projects include a series of DVs on Stand up Grappling and Ground Proofing as well as a comprehensive instructional DVD series on Sun Style Taijiquan.  Tim teaches full time in Huntington Beach CA, where he has combined the stand-up fighting of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, and Taijiquan with the ground work of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to create his Shen Wu curriculum. For more details on Tim’s background go to