Seminar Announcement

New dates for the Minnesota seminar (see below). Don’t miss your opportunity to partake in this incredible self-defense training. No matter your style of Taijiquan, Kung-fu, or other martial art, this teaching program on the Four Skills will prove to be invaluable to your self-defense skills—whether you are a beginner or advanced practitioner. These internal art methods don’t require strength and so are extremely effective for males and females.

Taijiquan Four Skills Seminar
The Ultimate Skills of Restraining, Seizing, Grasping, and Closing

Instructed by Stuart Alve Olson

The Four Skills represent the highest teachings and secrets of self-defense in internal martial arts:
Restraining is the method for obstructing the blood vessels of an opponent.
Seizing is the method for obstructing the meridians of an opponent.
Grasping is the method for injuring the sinews of an opponent.
Closing is the method of shutting off qi centers of an opponent.

As Chen Kung stated in his famous Taijiquan work, “The most profound mysteries of Taijiquan are hardly found within the framework of the [solo form] postures, [two-person sets of] Sensing Hands, Greater Rolling-Back, Dispersing Hands, [weapon sets of] saber, sword or even staff. In every intrinsic energy there is an aspect of Adhere and Stick, Neutralize and Issue—nothing too much more can actually be said. But in former times these four energies [skills] were seen in their highest aspects as Restraining, Seizing, Grasping, and Closing.”

Apart from the short discourse mentioned on the Four Skills in Chen Kung’s work (scroll down to view PDF), little has been published on this subject. The information and methods contained in this seminar are extremely rare and few have even heard of them let alone been taught the training methods and applications.

So, if you’re interested in the true internal art methods of self-defense, don’t pass up this incredible opportunity to learn directly from Stuart Alve Olson, longtime protege of the famous Taijiquan master T.T. Liang.

Choose the location/dates most convenient to you:

     Phoenix, AZ: February 23 & 24, Saturday and Sunday
     St. Paul, MN: March 30 & 31, Saturday and Sunday (New Dates)
     Hours: 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. each day, total of eight hours.


Stuart will be teaching the training exercises for each of the Four Skills along with detailed explanations of the 4 main blood vessels, 5 meridians, 6 sinews, and 7 qi centers used in the training instructions. These internal art methods don’t require strength and so are extremely effective for males and females.

The methods being taught are of a very serious nature and so participation is limited to serious students only. Those attending must also sign a standard release martial art waiver form. Each seminar will be strictly limited to 12 people so Stuart can give the proper attention to each participant’s individual needs.

How to Register
Contact Stuart via email ( for details on payment options (via PayPal, Check, or money order) and for further information on participation requirements. Please indicate your choice of location, Phoenix or St. Paul.

Fees: $800 per person. $400 registration fee deposit, balance due two weeks before seminar date. Discounted to $700 for those paying in full at time of registration.
Full refund if Stuart Alve Olson has to cancel the seminar. No refund on registration fee deposit if the participant cancels, with the exception of some unforeseen emergency preventing the participant from attending, then a full refund will be made.

Hurry and reserve your spot now because only twelve people
will be allowed to attend at each seminar location.


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