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                                      Program  

  FORM

Beginners will be taught Prof. Cheng Man-Ching's Yang style 37-posture form. When done correctly, the slow continuous movements of the form help to strengthen ourselves by balancing the nervous system, relaxing the muscles, and calming the mind. Students also practice standing postures
(Zhan zhuang) to strengthen the whole body.
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  REFINEMENT AND APPLICATION OF THE FORM        

In this stage we provide a more in-depth study of the form.  Concentration is on the refinement of movement, correction of the postures and the obtainment of fluidity in the form; making it smooth and flowing. We also study the martial applications of the form in order to learn the correct structural alignment that creates the strength of Taijiquan.


Curriculum




FIXED-STEP PUSH HANDS

  The students work in pairs practicing single-handed and double-handed push hands.  These exercises are used to explore the feelings of being balanced, flexible, and rooted while at the same time attempting to neutralize their partner's force.

  
       

 
  SWORD FORM AND FENCING

  The Taiji sword form consists of 64 movements. A straight double-edged sword is used.  The difference between the sword form and the empty hand form is the location or focus of the intention. In the empty hand form, the intention is in the body.  In the sword form, the intention is put into the sword. The study and practice of the sword form allows us to achieve a more profound understanding of Taijiquan principles.  Fencing, also done in pairs, further refines our abilities and deepens our understanding of Taijiquan.

      


<>   *Advanced Study*
 
These lessons are only for those who have an interest in exploring Taijiquan as a full-contact fighting sport.


FREE STYLE PUSH HANDS  

Practice focuses on the techniques of uprooting, pulling, open- handed hitting, take-downs, throws and foot sweeps.


SAN SHOU

This practice of hitting in Taijiquan requires the use of protective equipment

   LONG POLE

   Exercises using the long pole are practiced in order to further strengthen the body.
 


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