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100 HOSTS - 9 CITIES - 125 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
In 2005, the Russian Orthodox community has found shelter in the Tichelkerk. Both theTichelkerk and the Russian Orthodox community... in Amsterdam have a rich history. Many people in the church have parents or grandparents who have fled from Russia.
Marten loves history and is a curious man. For a long time he worked at the shipyard NDSM. In the course of years he build quite s...ome knowledge of the city history. Get in tow through the old town disctrict and share his knowledge. You get to know a lot about the past of Amsterdam. And with any luck Marten tells you his best kept secret! You meet in front of the 'Munttoren'.
Most of his life Marten worked at shipyard NDSM, located on the northern banks of Amsterdam river IJ. In 1937 this was the biggest... shipyard of the world, in 1984 it got closed. Get carried away to a time daily 3000 men build giant ships. Marten has a lot to tell about the history and the ins and outs of the 'NDSM-werf'. You will meet at the bikeparking in front of Café Noorderlicht.
Over the years Frenk developed his Tai Ji and Qi Gong skills. Now he teaches throughout the country. In this workshop you get intr...oduced to the sport under his expert guidance. Qi Gong is pronounced as Tsjie Koeng and means 'energy exercise'. Qi Gong is an integral part of Tai Ji. Same as Tai Ji movements are performed slowly. There is specific attention for the breathing. The aim of Qi Gong is to neutralize blockages that occur in the energy pathways. So the 'qi' (energy) is released and can flow through. A warm feeling or tingling in arms, legs, hands or feet could be experienced.
Tai Ji Quan is pronounced as' taai dzjie tsjoewèn'. Literally translated this means ultimate best fist (fighting method). But this... translation is all but complete. Tai Ji refers to one extremity (the ultimate) and the other extremity (the best) and thus refers to the philosophy of Yin and Yang. So in fact Tai Ji Quan means unarmed martial art based on the philosophy of Ying and Yang. In this workshop you practise Tai Ji Quan yourself. Excersizes consist of the performance of a series of slow, smooth movements. The movements are often round, ensuring the whole body is in motion in a gentle way. Moving in a relaxed way is of great importance. Muscles function the best when having a good posture. Balance, concentration and coordination are the essential aspects that are practiced while performing Tai Ji. In Tai Ji the health aspect is important. No physical force is used only inner strength, the idea, the intention of a movement.