Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)

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What to expect at our class*. Warm-ups, Neigong, Basics, Taolu (form), basic push hand drills, and warm downs like Paidagong (qi packing massage) or taiji qigong. 

Beginner personal training:  We do the long form, but beginners start with 8 form, then you learn the 85 long form.

Intermediate personal training: intermediate push hands and 85 form and corrections, intro to weapons the 13 saber techniques, 13 sword techniques, 4 long pole shakings.

Advanced personal training: Advanced form and neigong, Tui shou/Da Lu/Da Shou/San shou (push hands and free fighting) solo and partner drills are available. Weapons (sword, saber, spear, long pole) solo and partner drills.

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Yang style 13 qigong/warm up
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James Fu teaching the 13 Warm-up/Qigong:

Warm-up Sample video here.

Yang style 8 form: Ward off, roll back, press, push, single whip, lift hands, white crane spreads wings, brush knee. The 8 form is an old yang form from Yongnian country Guang Fu town where the Yang family resided. In his youth, Fu Zhongwen, under the training of Yang Zhoupeng (Yang Banhou’s son) learned this form that repeats 8 times, so students had a easy 20 minute form as a warm-up to Tui shou (Push hands) the auxiliary two person mid-range grappling drill.

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James Fu leading a group: sample of the 8 form

 

Yang style Pai Da gong: “Packing the Qi” into the 4 limbs, head, and body.

Basics: Jibengong the taiji fundamentals

Stances:
Bow stance requires:
1. The shape of an archer stance.
2. Knee follows the toe, does not go past the toe.
3. Back leg straight but not locked.
4. Shoulder width between feet.
5. Back foot points to 45 degrees.
6. Weight ranges from 60% to 70% in front leg and 30% to 40% in back leg.
Postures that use the bow stance are “Ward off right”, “Press”, “Push”, “Single Whip”, “Brush Knee”.

Empty stance requirements:
1. Back leg is pointed to corner while front leg points straight.
2. Front foot touches with heel or toe, while back leg bears most of the weight.
3. Back leg knee is aligned with toes.
4. Foot work is narrower, stay on both sides of the center line between the heels.
5. Weight is ranges from 0 to 30% front leg and 70 to 100% back leg.
Postures that use empty stances are “Lift hands” and “Play Pipa” use empty stance with heel touching ground, while “White crane spread wings” uses front toes touching the ground.

Walking: 13 linear basics. A few are below.

Forward walking “like a cat”, forward walk hold basket, forward walk raise hands, forwad walk grasp bird tail, forward walk brush knee.

Side Walking, side walking with pheonix flaps arms, side walking cloud hands.

Back Walking, Back walking with fundamental arms, Back walking Repulse monkey.

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