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Nick Osipczak is a professional mixed martial artist and Taichi instructor. He has competed 5 times in the UFC and was featured on series 9 of the Ultimate Fighter reality show. Nick now combines his MMA training with the internal art of Taichi quan. He is dedicated to spreading awareness of the Internal Martial Arts, promoting more efficient training which is also conducive to excellent health.

Special Skills: MMA, BJJ, Taichi Quan.

Facilities: Out door and indoor training facilities.

Overview

Nick Ospiczak began his martial arts journey with the study of Hung Kuen Shaolin Kung Fu. Nick became a National Champion in the open-weight division after just two years of study. Moving onto Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training, Nick then went on to compete 5 times for the largest and most prestigious fighting organisation in the world - the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), just four years later. He has competed around the globe, from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, and starred in season 9 of the Ultimate Fighter reality show.

Nick then made the switch to Tai Chi Ch'uan, and five years later, in June 2015, became the first person to represent Tai Chi Ch'uan in the sport of MMA, winning in the first round. He has been teaching the martial arts for over ten years, and before moving to the countryside to start a family, ran a successful gym in London where at one point the fighters who turned professional under him had a combined record of 22 wins, 0 losses. He is now dedicated to spreading awareness of the Internal Martial Arts, promoting more efficient training which is also conducive to excellent health.

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  • United Kingdom, Oxfordshire
  • Martial Arts
  • Qigong, Yang Style Taichi, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Internal MMA
  • Qigong, Neigong, Healthy Eating

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Shawn Dowling - Review
Submitted on 08/27/2017 by Shawn Dowling | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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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 exercises
- nigong
- martial application
- push-hands

I have been practising tai chi regularly for 18 months with Barry McGinley in London and have been practising 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 practises. Nick's very application focused teaching style allowed me to internalise 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!
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Marcus Marquardt's Review
Submitted on 02/17/2017 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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I train Martial Arts since 1999 and I`ve a background in the traditional styles Wing Chun and Karate. Also I am a kickboxing competitor. My biggest success was the vice world champion title in kickboxing (WKU) in Albir / Spain in 2015. I´ve met a lot of teachers since I began to train. But one of the most impressive teachers I´ve ever met is Nick Osipczak.

He is a professional MMA fighter and a Tai Chi teacher. He is bridging the gap between the Internal Arts and the modern MMA. Where else can you find a teacher who combines this? He teaches you not just to get a better fighter, he teaches you how to get a better mover. And through these skills you will become a better fighter. But maybe the most important point is his human quality. You can feel his calm aura from the first second on. If you want to find a way to get a better mover or if you want to be a better fighter, than Nick is for sure the person you have to contact! I will train with him as often as possible and I am really looking forward to meet him again in April and on our seminar in September!
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Review by Jack Nolan
Submitted on 11/25/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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'My name is Jack Nolan. I consider myself a Mixed Martial artist and train at the New Wave Academy Training Center in East Croydon – I have a dream of revolutionising the MMA game using the Internal Martial Arts, specifically Taijichaun, as my engine. I have studied a small array of disciplines, ranging from Shotokan Karate, Wing Chun Kuen and have settled with Taijichaun as my chosen pathway; this due to a few reasons. Taijichaun has principles that can be applied to COMBAT and DAILY life. Softness overcomes hardness the art itself is HOLISTIC and promotes growth in areas other that combat e.g. spiritual, psychological growth, mental – encourages growth of VIRTUES (discipline, patience), as does MMA.

Indirectly, it points the practictioner to RESEARCH and DELVE into it's routes, opening up gateways for the practicioner. Is something that can be practiced for life. I believe Taijichaun in combination with modern MMA methods has the potential to change the game given what is required to take it up. Nick Osipczak is the first I know of to embody this philosophy and merge it into MMA. He is on a mountain-top of his own and ONLY person who has fought professionally, it is unheard of Taijichaun folk to enter BIG MMA comps, vice versa. Nicks MMA calibre combined with his indepth understanding of Tai Chi makes him the man if you A) want to learn Tai Chi B) want to learn MMA C) want to learn how to combine them both for competition, daily life or even self defence. Being the only one who has fought in high level competition makes him the go-to-guy for learning to fuse the two. A big misconception is that Tai Chi is a slow moving, 'health art' and that you must move in a certain manner – that is simply FANTASY.

Tai Chi is a system of exercise, philosophies and principles – the big misconception most fighting Westerners have is that Taiji is a flowery martial art, this is simply due to lack of understanding of Tai Chi principles. Nick teaches Tai Chi the way it is meant to be, MARTIAL. “When the student is ready, the master will appear.” Once my fascination with the Internal Martial Arts began to develop, I started Youtubing and doing as much research as I could on the topic – eventually settling at the search result “Tai Chi in UFC” (Nick had appeared! Out of all TCMAS, Nick is the only to represent Tai Chi in professional competition – not many people in competitions such as the UFC seek out alternative fighting methods. Upon discovering Nick on Youtube, I knew instantaneously that he would be the chap to show me along the path.

A few things cause people to take up Tai Chi, but what I have realised after tuition is that it takes PATIENCE to cultivate – Nick, as a teacher; possesses this. He has a deep understanding of the human skeletal structure, biomechanics and most importantly – psyche. Nick helped me realise over the five day course that I possess abilities/qualities within that I thought I did not have! - I needed a hint of encouragement, a tad like coaxing a turtle out of its shell. Me being an amatuer, there is much to learn from observing a professional. For example: I was made to climb a gigantic tree and to delve into freezing cold water – I have never done this before. Doing this has helped me understand FEAR more, teaching me how to overcome it. The advice being shouted out from below me made sense “If you are balanced at the beginning branches there is no reason to hesitate on the higher branches! You are still perched and balanced fine. Remain cool and THINK.”. I was taught how to fend off against my own FEAR.

I have been training with Nick on-and-off for over a year, from the beginning of my journey I have grown morals, virtues, combat experience and most importantly a wealth of knowledge regarding the Internal arts / MMA. Like previously said, Nick is in a league of his own – as well as a Sifu, Nick is an excellent mentor. At an instant of seeing the video I could hear destiny calling – Nick being the first to mix up MMA with Tai Chi, I recognised his potential to be the person to guide me down the path & that he is sat at the top of his own LINEAGE. I share this passion to revolutionise combat using Tai Chi and there is no better person to learn from than the one who has already achieved this & put the hours in. Nick has successfully intergrated Tai Chi into his weapons arsenal, accompanied with the spiritual/philosophical aspects that come with it, which very so often lead to a new way of life.

Nick leads by example and it is evident that the path he walks & the labour he has put in has come to fruition. I know this, how? Because I follow the same path under his instruction! There is no other way to truly convey a message across without DIRECT experience. Nick embodies the teachings of Taijichaun and Daoism to the utmost max. Taiji is an untapped potential awaiting exploitation! I recommend this course to every martial artist. With Nicks philosphies, teaching methods, ideas, combat experience and eye for fighting – you are guaranteed to flourish.

Tai Chi and TCMAS are overlooked in every day MMA circles for reasons unknown to me, a lack of understanding most certainly. Nick is ONE of FEW who have 'walked the talk' and see the potnetial, Nick embodies the entire Taijichaun philosophy and lives it – it is evident in the way he conducts himself that he has a live passion for Tai Chi and the art of combat. He is the man with the plan and the only individual whom I know who has managed to blend Tai Chi principles into MMA. Being in a league of his own makes him THE man! Want to discover your potential? Give Nick a try.
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Mitch Lemieux, 22 Wisconsin, USA
Submitted on 11/17/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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I came to Nick proceeding a year long stay in Wudangshan, where I studied Xuan Wu Pai gong fu 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 was a refreshing, hands on martial approach to the tutelage and is wonderfully effective while still being steeped in traditional knowledge. A few short weeks saw my understanding and capability as an IMA practitioner grow in ways I hadn't expected or hoped for under the insightful guidance of one of the most gifted teachers that Ive had the pleasure to know.
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Review by Nick Lowe
Submitted on 11/14/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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Just finished an amazing Martial Arts Camp with Nick Osipczak. I have been practicing martial arts for around 7 years, both Chinese martial Arts Styles (Kung Fu, San Da and Tai Chi), and the Sports styles, MMA, BJJ and Muay Thai. I have 3 amateur San Da fights and 1 Muay Thai fight. I have been to training camps in China and Thailand and this was by far the best camp I have ever done.

Nick balances his professional MMA fighting experience with a very technical and sophisticated understanding of the Chinese Internal Martial Arts. I don't believe there anyone else who can combine both of these aspects the way he does. His course is perfect for traditional martial artists wishing to learn more practical techniques and learn more about real fighting.

Also for competing fighters and Sports martial artists to refine their techniques and movements, learn to become more efficient, healthy and holistic in their approach to training. For the Martial Artist who wants to balance the traditional and the practical, this is the perfect training camp. I can't recommend Nick enough.
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A review of some recent training with Nick Osipczak.
Submitted on 10/30/2016 by David Kelly | Yes, I would recommend this experience
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My name is David Greeves, I work as a martial arts choreographer, wire work and harness trainer and teach movement for actors for productions from Opera to Bollywood www.djgreeves.com

I've trained in various Martial Arts for many years, with particular interest in the internal martial arts training, and having traveled to the country of origin for intensive study. I came across Nick when I was researching for teachers/practitioners who apply 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 and with power as in MMA and with the experience that Nick has gained.

I first trained with Nick earlier this year for 2 days. I learned more in those 2 days than I have with regular training in external martial arts over a much longer period. The recent course Nick is currently running was an exceptional experience of learning, awareness and realisation. 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 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.

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Master Chu Yu Cheng has over 30 years of experience teaching Martial Arts. Master Chu has been the senior coach of Kung Fu at Schools in Suzhou, Anhui Province and in Jinshan, Shanghai. He has also become a researcher of Wudang Kung Fu and expert of the traditional Yang Style Taiji Association; a Vice Director of the Li Luo Neng Xingyi Association in Hebei Province and an expert for the Kung Fu Alliance of Hong Kong.

Master Chu teaches both the theory and practice of traditional kung fu he teaches students combat techniques as well as health and longevity exercises and their philosophy.

Master Chu realizes that not everyone has the commitment to be taught as a long term student. He is therefore willing to teach forms and movement to short term students so they too can benefit from this traditional art and develop a lasting love for kung fu.

 

Master Chu Yu Cheng is the president of Gui Ting internal martial arts association. His grandfather, Chu Gui Ting was one of the most notable masters in his time. His knowledge and skills have been past to him totally from his grandfather and cover both combat as well as health and longevity. Master Chu has a wealth of experience teaching and lecturing on Liang Style Baguazhang, Yang Style Taichi and also Hebei Style Xingyi Quan. As a result Master Chu coaches and advises a number of kung fu schools and associations throughout China.

Master Chu Yu Cheng's lineage comes directly from his grandfather, Grandmaster Chu Gui Ting. In 1912, Chu Gui Ting began studying Xingyi Quan (Shape and Mind Boxing) and Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Boxing) as an official disciple under Master Li Cun Yi. In 1921, Chu Gui Ting studied Yang Shi Tai chi Chuan (Yang Style Grand Ultimate Fist) in Hangzhou from Yang Cheng Fu - a direct descendent of the style's progenitor. In doing so he became one of the "Five Tiger Generals". Between 1916 and 1940, Chu Gui Ting was heavily involved in martial arts in both Jiangsu and Shanghai. During this time he worked with the East China Five Province General's Bodyguards, the Central Chinese Boxing Association, the Zhejiang Province Chinese Boxing Association, the Central Police Officers Association, the Presidential Palace Bodyguards, the National Government's Military Department and the Jiangsu Public Security Headquarters. In 1956, Chu Gui Ting, Gu Liuxin and Fu Zhongwen were invited to Beijing to formulate the famous Simplified 24 And 28 Step Yang Shi Tai Chi Quan (Yang Style Grand Ultimate Fist) Forms that are still practiced throughout China to this very day.

In addition to the styles below Master Chu also teaches Cheng Style Baguazhang on request. 

Hebei style Xingyi Quan
李洛能 -> 刘奇兰 -> 李存义 -> 褚桂亭 -> 褚玉诚
Li LuoNeng ->Liu QiLan -> Li CunYi -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

Yang style Tai Chi Chuan 杨璐禅 -> 杨健侯 -> 杨澄甫 -> 褚桂亭 -> 褚玉诚
Yang LuChan -> Yang JianHou -> Yang ChengFu -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

Liang style Baguazhang
董海川 -> 梁振甫 -> 褚桂亭 -> 褚玉诚
Dong HaiChuan -> Liang ZhenFu -> Chu GuiTing -> Chu YuCheng

 

Training with Master Chu Yu Cheng will depend on your choosen style(s) and also the length of your training. The following is Master Chu's training curriculum for each of the styles he teaches. 

Hebei Xingyi Quan 

Hebei Xingyi Quan features aggressive shocking attacks and direct footwork. The linear nature of xingyi quan hints at both the military origins and the influence of spear technique alluded to in its mythology. Despite its hard, angular appearance, cultivating "soft" internal strength or qi is essential to achieving power in Xingyi quan.

The goal of the xingyi quan exponent is to reach the opponent quickly and drive powerfully through them in a single burst — the analogy with spear fighting is useful here. This is achieved by coordinating one's body as a single unit and the intense focusing of one's qi. The styles that Master Chu teaches is Hebei style Xingyi quan. This has a twelve animal system with five elements. This Xingyi style’s unique characteristics can be seen in its five elements’ larger and more extended postures, along with its strict and precise economical movements.

Its powerful palm and fist strikes, combined with its straight-line footwork are also part of its exclusive individuality.

 

Fist Forms: Two Person Forms: Weapons Forms:
1. Five Elements 9. San Shou Pao 16. Lian Huan Dao
2. Twelve Animals 10. Wu Xing Pao 17. Lian Huan Jian
3. BaZi Gong 11. Wu Hua Pao 18. Lian Huan Qiang
4. Lian Huan 12. An Shen Pao 19. Lian Huan Gun
5. Ba Shi 13. Jiu Tao Huan 20. San Cai Jian
6. Hong Chui   21. Liu He Dao
7. Za Shi Chui Two Person Weapons Forms: 22. Liu He Jian
8. Integrated Forms 14. Dui Dao 23. Liu He Qiang
  15. Dui Jian  


Liang Baguazhang

Baguazhang contains an extremely wide variety of techniques, including various strikes (with palm, fist, elbow, fingers etc), low kicks, joint locking techniques, throws, and distinctively evasive circular footwork. The Baguazhang practitioner is known for his ability to "flow" in and out of the way of objects. This is how the theory of being able to fight multiple attackers becomes applicable.

Master Chu teaches Liang style Baguazhang which is similar to Yin and Cheng style Bagua. Where it is different is in its more circular forms and its use of the "eight old palms". In additon to Liang Style Baguazhang Master Chu also teaches Cheng Style Baguazhang. 

 

Fist Forms: Weapons Forms:
1. Ba Zhang 4. Long Xing Jian
2. Long Xing Zhang 5. Long Xing Qiang
3. Lian Huan Zhang 6. Long Xing Zhen


Yang Style Taichi Chuan (TaiJi)

Tai chi chuan martially is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces; the study of yielding and "sticking" to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The health benefits of Tai chi chuan were largely explained through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine, which is based on a view of the body and healing mechanisms not always studied or supported by modern science.

 

Fist Forms: Two Person Forms: Weapons Forms:
1. Compact TaiJi 3. Push Hands 4. Da Gan
2. Taiji Chang Quan   5. Taiji Jian
    6. Taiji Dao
    7. Taiji Qiang
Health

- Wednesdays 20.00-21.30 at the Watlington Memorial Club.
  The first class is free for all newcomers, £10/class thereafter. In the summer we train outdoors, all levels are welcome.
  20 High St, Watlington, OX49 5PY

- Wednesdays 11.30-12.30 at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre
  £8/class, suitable for all levels.
  Bisham Village, Marlow Road, Marlow, SL7 1RR


Martial Arts

- Tuesdays 18.30-19.30 at the Watlington Memorial Club.
  £10/class, suitable for all levels. 
  20 High St, Watlington, OX49 5PY

- Private or small group sessions available in London every Friday



To arrange a private session, contact Nick on 07505 033 568.
Online lessons via Skype can also be arranged. 
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