Alex
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Beginner

Alex is working through the taijiquan beginners syllabus.
He is currently being graded.
His immediate focus is his assignment.


Attendance (2018)

In order to grade, Alex must commit to 8 more workshops/boot camp. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 0/8
Boot camp: 0
Private lessons: 0
 

Upon reaching what is perceived as an ideal goal, the artist discovers something entirely different. The artist is suddenly confronted with the fact that what was thought of as perfection of technique was merely the introduction to it.

An entirely new vista has opened. The artist must be prepared to turn his gaze from the heights that have so recently been gained, and prepare for the ascent of the peak suddenly found beyond them.


(Dave Lowry)


Taijiquan syllabus - student grades


1. Beginner

Long Yang form (section 1)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)

Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping

Full syllabus revision (grading)
-
posture testing, 4 directions with a partner, central equilibrium - maintain the centre
Knife drills (intro)
Leg stretches (set 1)
Leg stretches (set 2)
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Qigong
Single pushing hands
Stick drills (intro)
Yielding basic skills

Challenge - form challenge (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #5 - Q & A
Assignment #6 - Attitude & etiquette

Assignment #7 - Cat stepping


2. Intermediate

Part 1:

Chin na applications
Full syllabus revision (grading)
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
Long Yang form (section 2) (mirrored)
Martial concepts
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Qigong development
Small san sau
Stick drills (3 sets)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu
Assignment #3 - There Are No Secrets
Assignment #4 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #5 - Martial concepts theory


Part 2:

3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Core strength (3 sets)
Form applications
Form posture qigong (70/30)

Full syllabus revision (grading)
Long Yang form (section 3)
Long Yang form (section 3) (mirrored)

Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Pushing peng exercise

Qigong on one leg
Silk arms
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work
Sword drills

Challenge - form applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3)  mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment #3 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #4 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #5 - Peak


Part 3:

Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Everybody falls (optional)
Floor work
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Long Yang form (mirrored)
Melee
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
Shuai jiao applications (optional)
Single pushing hands (stepping)
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao (optional)

Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (60 mins x 12 weeks) (optional)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins) (optional)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Art of War
Assignment #3 - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #4 - Tao of Being
Assignment #5 - Smarter, Faster, Better


3. Experienced

Part 1:

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
13 postures
Being hit
Breath meditation
Da lu
Finishing-off
Form applications (section 1)
Freeform triangle
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Gravity striking
Loose striking
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering
Neigong (1-10)
Silk arms (peng)
Small san sau (peng)
Speed striking

Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Book of Life
Assignment #2 - The Inner Way
Assignment #3 - Sword & Brush
Assignment #4 - Grit
Assignment #5 -
The Okinawa Program


Part 2:

Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
4 ounces exercise
5 bows
5 elements stepping
8 powers striking
Countering a knife
Escapes/knife
Floor work (control)
Form applications (section 2)
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Improvised weaponry/knife
Long Yang form (round version)
Meditation on emotions
Neigong (11-20)
Obvious power (ming jing)
Pushing hands development
Reverse breathing
Yielding/knife

Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Little Zen Companion
Assignment #2 - Moving Zen
Assignment #3 - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters
Assignment #4 - Blink
Assignment #5 - Commentaries on Living volume 2


Part 3:

Jian form (regular & mirrored)
5 animals
5 centres
Crude fa jing
Elbow
Folding
Form applications (section 3)
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Jing
Kicking
Meditation on body sensations
Moving with kwa
Neigong (extras)
Newton’s Laws of Motion
San da stage 1: freeform application
Silk arms (jing)
Small san sau (jing)
Spiral body
Yin

Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 3 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - sections 1, 2 & 3 form applications (120 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - 36 Strategies
Assignment #2 - Steal My Art
Assignment #3 - Zen in the Art of Archery
Assignment #4 - Curious
Assignment #5 - Outliers

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 11 December 2017