Our in depth tai chi curriculum consists of the Yang style 108 open hand set plus a minimum of 30 martial applications including various chin na and shuai jiao techniques. Weapons training consists of the 32 form Saber set and the 54 form Sword set.

6th Ji

Focus – Breathe & Relax

You will learn:
The 10 stances
Breathing fundamentals
The Concept of Wuji and what it can mean to your practice and your life
The three centers of alignment
Martial applications for all the forms in section 1

Successful completion of the Level 1 assessment qualifies you to advance to Level 2a and higher learning!

Section 1 forms
1 Commence Taiji
2 Grasp the sparrow’s tail
3 Ward off, roll back, press, double punch
4 Single whip
5 Raise hands, pull down, shoulder stroke, punch
6 White crane spreads its wings
7 Brush knee (left)
8 Play the fiddle
9 Brush knee (left)
10 Brush knee (right)
11 Brush knee (left)
12 Play the fiddle
13 Brush knee (left)
14 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
15 Withdraw, apparent close up and push
16 Cross hands

5th Ji

FOCUS – ROOT

You will learn:
Explanation of short energy and long energy
The four basic fighting strategies
The three rings in Taijiquan
The concepts of open/close + windows & doors
Additional taijiquan techniques
Start – Single push hands

Section 2a forms instruction
17 Embrace the tiger, return to mountain
18 Roll back, press, double punch
19 Turn around left, fist under elbow
20 Repulse monkey (right)
21 Repulse monkey (left)
22 Repulse monkey (right)
23 Slanting flying
24 Raise hands, pull down, shoulder stroke, punch
25 White crane spreads its wings
26 Brush knee (left)
27 Pick up needle at the sea bottom
28 Unfurl the fan
29 White Snake Sticks out its Tongue
30 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
31 Grasp the sparrow’s tail sequence
32 Single whip
33 Wave hands like clouds 3x
34 Simplified single whip
35 High pat on horse
36 Right hand thrust
37 Right heel kick
38 High pat on horse
39 Left hand thrust
40 Left heel kick

4th Ji

Focus – Root cultivation

You will learn:
Explanation and demonstrate of yin coiling and yang coiling
Single push hands instruction
Additional taijiquan techniques

Section 2b forms instruction
41 Turn around left, left heel kick
42 Brush knee (left)
43 Brush knee (right)
44 Step up punch to opponents groin
45 Reverse elbow strike
46 White Snake Sticks out its Tongue
47 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
48 Right heel kick
49 Subdue the tiger left
50 Subdue the tiger right
51 Right heel kick
52 Punch the tiger in the ears
53 Left foot kick & pivot
54 Right heel kick
55 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
56 Withdraw, apparent close up and push
57 Cross hands

3rd Ji

Focus – Song

You will learn:
Strategies for using both abdominal & reverse breathing
Explanation and demonstrations of the 8 energies
Additional taijiquan techniques
Start – Double push hands instruction

Section 3a forms instruction:
58 Embrace the tiger, return to mountain
59 Roll back, press, double punch
60 Diagonal single whip
61 Wild horse patitions its mane (right)
62 Wild horse patitions its mane (left)
63 Wild horse patitions its mane (right)
64 Grasp the sparrow’s tail
65 Ward off, roll back, press, double punch
66 Single whip
67 Fair lady works the shuttles (left)
68 Fair lady works the shuttles (right)
69 Fair lady works the shuttles (left)
70 Fair lady works the shuttles (right)
71 Grasp the sparrow’s tail
72 Ward off, roll back, press, double punch
73 Single whip
74 Wave hands like clouds 3x
75 Simplified single whip
76 Snake creeps down
77 Golden rooster stands on left leg
78 Golden rooster stands on right leg
79 Repulse monkey (right)
80 Repulse monkey (left)
81 Repulse monkey (right)

2nd Ji

Focus – Song

Content:
Lecture on the 10 fundamental concepts of Yang Style Taiji
Lecture on the concept of Song
Additional taijiquan techniques
Completion of stationary double push hands instruction

Section 3b forms instruction:
82 Slanting flying
83 Raise hands, pull down, shoulder stroke, punch
84 White crane spreads its wings
85 Brush knee (left)
86 Pick up needle at the sea bottom
87 Unfurl the fan
88 White Snake Sticks out its Tongue
89 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
90 Grasp the sparrow’s tail sequence
91 Single whip
92 Wave hands like clouds 3x
93 Simplified single whip
94 High pat on horse
95 Left hand thrust
96 Back fist to opponents groin, right snap kick
97 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch to groin
98 Grasp the sparrow’s tail sequence
99 Single whip
100 Snake creeps down
101 Form the seven stars
102 Step back and ride the tiger
103 Sweep the lotus flower
104 Pull the bow, shoot the tiger
105 Chop with back fist, deflect downward, parry, punch
106 Withdraw, apparent close up and push
107 Cross hands
108 Close

The Taiji Dao is classic weapon forged over many centuries to be the weapon of choice for many warriors. It’s design is a blend of practicality and beauty that allows it to neutralize the effectiveness of many opposing weapons especially those considered to be long range weapons such as the staff and spear.
The Classic Yang (32) saber is a strong, energetic and flowing set that fully incorporates the techniques specific to the saber. The student will learn to utilize each part of the saber through careful study of each form from a martial application perspective.
Great care will be taken to continue to incorporate foundational Taiji principles when teaching the saber.

1st Ji

Saber Form instruction:
1 Commencing Posture
2 Step forward form the seven stars
3 Turn left form the seven stars
4 White Crane spreads its wings
5 Turn the body and hide the saber
6 Cloud
7 Slide upward to the right
8 Slide upward to the left
9 Push the saber forward
10 Fair lady weaves with shuttles
11 Press horizontally x2
12 Push the saber forward
13 Turn the body, circle the head, hide the saber
14 Turn upward to the left
15 Side cut to the right
16 Push the saber forward
17 Turn the body hide the saber
18 Slide the saber upward
19 Roll the saber back
20 Slide the saber upward
21 Double kick
22 Step backward into strike the tiger posture
23 Mandarin duck kick
24 Turn the body, circle the head, hide the saber
25 Push the boat to follow the stream x3
26 Turn the body and hide the saber
27 Step forward and slide the saber upward
28 Jump and chop with saber
29 Use the force to chop the Hua mountain
30 Embrace the saber and stab
31 Turn the body, change the steps to chop
32 Ending the saber

Applications

Basic Saber Techniques (25)
1 Cloud – defense circular block above the upper front of the head, then attack by finishing the circle
2 Divide – vertical or horizontal separation of arms ending in an attack or block
3 Stab or thrust – using tip of the weapon in a straight thrust, the power reaches to the tip
4 Strike – slap with the side of the blade usually to the head
5 Swing – similar to chop but using a full range of motion
6 Bear – strong upward or diagonal block with the thick blunt part of the blade
7 Sweep – attack below the knee with a chop or swing
8 Embrace – holding the saber in a neutral position with the handle between the fingers, used in greeting
9 Chop, split, cut – downward or diagonal or horizontal controlled attack
10 Point – quick attack motion with just the tip of the weapon
11 Draw back or pull – blade edge is draw back to neutralize an attack or slice into opponent
12 Smear – horizontal attack using just the blade tip
13 Pluck – using vertical edge, arm and sword lined up straight, blade moves from bottom up
14 Cover or press down – using one or two hands on the saber press opponent’s weapon down to open sky window for attack
15 Hook (wash) – downward diagonal neutralization of an attack performed while stepping backward
16 Wrap – circular defensive motion, wrapping your blade around the opponents blade to gain an advantage
17 Block – use blunt part of blade on an angle to block an attack and have it slide off downward
18 Hold – hold handle with two hands, blade is horizontal ready to thrust
19 Sink – quick downward wrist collapse to avoid being attacked at the hand,wrist, forearm
20 Push – free hand against the back of blade to push the sharp blade into opponent, can be used to seal as well
21 Wrap around the head – blade goes around the head, keep it vertical as you go around the back
22 Intercept – use the tip section to intercept the attack at opponents hands or forearms from any angle
23 Coil – half circle wrist motion that allows the top third of blade to slice the opponents hand or wrist
24 Slide block & cut – upward diagonal motion used to block and immediately attack
25 Saber flowers

It is said that to master the sword (jian) is the highest level of skill. The Taiji jian is the pefect blend of sophistication coupled with praticality. When trained properly the sword becomes an extension of the body thus allowing the player to extend their qi and manipulate the opponent from a much greater distance.
The classic Yang style 54 form set is perfect blend of exercise, qi expression and application. We teach the set slowly and incrementally with focus on the “what and why”. It is imperative that the student should gain a working understanding in the proper use of the weapon as they learn the beautiful flowing movements of the forms. Thus each form is taught and practiced with the application in mind.

1st Duan

Classic Yang Style Sword Form instruction:
Part 1
1 Commencing the form
2 Step forward and close with sword
3 Fairy points the way
4 Three rings envelope the moon
5 Big Chief Star
6 Swallow dips beak in the water
7 Left sweep, right sweep
8 Little Chief Star
9 Yellow bee enters the hole
10 Spirit Cat catches the mouse
11 Dragonfly touches the water
12 Swallow enters the nest
13 Phoenix spreads its wings
14 Right whirlwind
15 Little Chief Star
16 Left whirlwind
17 Waiting for a fish
Part 2
18 Part the grass in search of the snake
19 Hold the moon against the chest
20 Send the bird to the woods
21 Black dragon waves its tail
22 Wind blows the lotus leaf
23 Lion shakes its head
24 Tiger holds its head
25 Wild horse jumps the stream
26 Turn the body and reign in the horse
27 Compass
28 Clean up dust in the wind
29 Push the boat with the current
30 Shooting star chases the moon
31 Bird flys over the waterfall
32 Raise the screen
33 Left and right wheel sword
34 Swallow picks up mud with beak
35 Roc spreads its wings
36 Pick up moon from sea bottom
Part 3
37 Hold the moon against the chest
38 Night demon gauges the depth of the sea
39 Rhino stares at the moon
40 Shoot the geese
41 Blue dragon waves its claws
42 Phoenix spreads its wings
43 Left and right step over obstacle
44 Shoot the geese
45 White ape offers up fruit
46 Falling flowers posture
47 Fair lady weaves the shuttles
48 White tiger waves its tail
49 Fish jumps into the dragons gate
50 Black dragon wraps around post
51 Fairy points the way 2
52 Wind blows away the plumb flowers
53 Hold the tablet
54 Hold the sword and return to original stance

Applications

Basic Sword Techniques:
1 Split or chop – vertical or diagonal downward chop with blade edge
2 Stab or thrust – using tip of the sword in a straight thrust, the power reaches the tip of the sword
3 Slide upward – uses the third tip of the sword to slide upward along opponents sword or body
4 Shake or sway – sword moves parrallel to block or strike
5 Sweep – low to the ground horizontal strike with blade
6 Intercept – use the tip section to intercept the attack at opponents hands or forearms from any angle
7 Pluck – using vertical edge, arm and sword lined up straight, blade moves from bottom up
8 Draw back or pull – pulling the blade backwards or upward and backward slicing the opponent along the way
9 Lift – circular defense technique starting from under opponents attack
10 Divide/Expand – sword and arm are lined up straight, the expand can be diagonal or horizontal
11 Point – quick attack motion normally at opponents wrist, neck or temple
12 Slide – close attack used when blade is already in contact with opponent, slice using blade edge
13 Smear – horizontal attack using just the blade tip
14 File – blade is in contact with opponent, thrust blade away from you thus cutting the opponent
15 Entwine or wrap – clockwise or counter clockwise tight circles around opponents wrist or sword, used to neutralize
16 Bear – strong upward or diagonal blockwith the thick blunt part of the blade
17 Impede or hamper – avoid attack by assuming a low stance while attacking diagonally to the wrist
18 Deflect, hinder or obstruct – deflection of a stab sliding the enemys weapon away from your body, your blade can point up or down
19 Cloud – defense circular block above the upper front of the head, then attack by finishing the circle
20 Cover & press down – use the sword body to press down on the opponents weapon
21 Wash – blade moves with turning body, usually a defensive block, power is generated by the body’s spinning
22 Rise – to block the opponent straight up, normally followed by chopping straight down
23 Embrace – block when right hand holds the sword, left hand is on the side of the handle
24 Bore – high block with blade pointing down, neutralize down, turn blade over, thrust into opponent
25 Bind – sword tip pointing forward, blade is vertical, neutralize backward continuously
26 Cut – horizontal sword blade “pushed” into opponent (at neck)
27 Block – vertical sword blade to block upward
28 Sink – using sword tip only, flick sword tip up as you sink into snake creeps down
29 Clip – sudden downward attack with sword tip from side angle
30 Side cut – horizontal sword blade, use lieh energy and sword tip to attack an opponent coming at you from the side

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