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Raised Spirit Germany
Next workshop: September 9th-10th in Mayen (2 days training)
Contact: Marcus Marquardt
"I spent 5 amazing days in Goa with Nick training. It was the first time I'd trained with him and tracked him down on the recommendation of a martial artist (and fellow student) in London. During the 5 days we covered many aspects of the Tai Chi system including: Qigong, Tai Chi form, meditation, breathing exercise, neigong, martial application, and push-hands
I have been practicing Tai chi regularly for 18 months and have been practicing yoga for almost 4 years.
In 5 days with Nick, I got a new awareness of my body that has alluded me in my purely yogic practices.
Nick's very application focused teaching style allowed me to internalize key Tai Chi principles in a way that purely drilling the form didn't allow me to.
The format of the sessions was such that we covered core foundational movements that are easy to miss during form-work but are key to mastering it.
By fusing careful attention to detail, and foundational drills with intensity during martial training Nick created incredibly fertile ground for learning.
The pace of the classes built up as the 5 days progress and the learning rate was incredibly high throughout. What I learned has become the core of my morning training and is arranged in such a way that I feel I need to do very little else to keep my progression up.
Needless to say, I'll be attending all of Nick's future workshops I can manage and recommend that anyone interested in pushing their physical limits does the same!"
"I came to Nick proceeding a year-long stay in Wudangshan, where I studied Xuan Wu Pai in a small group school environment. My hope was to bridge some of the gaps contained in a more traditional style of training. I quickly learned that Nick's style was a refreshing, hands-on martial approach to the tutelage, and wonderfully effective, while still being steeped in traditional knowledge. In a few short weeks, I saw my understanding and capability as an internal martial arts practitioner grow in ways I had not expected or hoped for under the insightful guidance of one of the most gifted teachers that I have had the pleasure to know."
"After training in mixed martial arts for the last nine years, winning two amateur title belts at lightweight and featherweight, and winning my last title for fighting at Shock and Awe 23 in Portsmouth, I had been looking for new ways to improve and develop myself. Not just as a mixed martial art fighter, but as a lifelong martial artist, I had been practicing my yoga and meditation and felt that I needed to look further to find something new to push me mentally as well as physically. I then found Nick Osipczak workshops, which were perfect. I have found ways to connect my body and mind with the techniques and skills he has been teaching me. I have been able to focus internally, mentally, and with freeing my body of tension through movement and soft technical training. He has been a huge help and a massive inspiration. This has helped me in my personal life as well as in the gym, even keeping my mind at peace while walking into the cage."
"My name is David Greeves, I work as a martial arts choreographer, wire work and harness trainer, and I teach movement for actors for productions from opera to Bollywood. I have trained in various martial arts for many years, with a particular interest in the internal martial arts training, and I have traveled to the country of origin for intensive study. I came across Nick when I was researching for teachers and practitioners who applied internal martial arts training to the art of fighting. There are many teachers who work with applications of techniques, but not necessarily with an in-depth understanding of fighting at speed, with power as in mixed martial arts, and with the experience that Nick has gained.
I first trained with Nick earlier this year for two days. I learned more in those two days than I had with regular training in external martial arts over a much longer period. The recent course Nick is currently running is an exceptional experience of learning, awareness, and realization. There are many aspects to this training that you have to be cognizant of and be patient with. You have to understand your body in movement, space, and time, its effort and flow, its biomechanical processes, and the energetic framework.
If you are new to these aspects, they will evolve through the instruction and exercises given. Nick is a knowledgeable martial artist who explains and instructs with a clear and patient manner and knows when to allow the participant to discover and find how to apply the developing skill. He works with a clear, concise method and framework, from physical to energetic, with attention to body and mind. Internal work takes time to grow and to manifest in the body.
The training course that is offered with close one-to-one instruction gives the participant an opportunity to delve deeply into their learning and acquiring processes. I highly recommend it to all martial artists who wish to understand the art involved in fighting and the process of self-discovery of a greater method of awareness and being. In the years of my training, I have not found anyone quite like Nick; he is a unique individual and I will be continuing my journey of discovery under his guidance in the coming years as and when I can train with him."