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)
strengthen the whole body.
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AND APPLICATION OF THE FORM
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
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.
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.
lessons are only for those who have an interest in exploring Taijiquan
as a full-contact fighting sport.
Practice focuses on the techniques of uprooting,
pulling, open- handed hitting, take-downs, throws and foot sweeps.
using the long pole are practiced in order to further
strengthen the body.
practice of hitting in Taijiquan requires the use of protective
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