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Orange belt

Alex is working through the taijiquan material explored in the kung fu syllabus.
His immediate focus is cat stepping, martial concepts and Taoist Yoga.
To continue studying the kung fu syllabus, Alex must pass
green belt by January 14.


1 year challenge


Alex has asked to undertake the 1 year challenge: to pass yellow, orange & green belts in just one year.
He has passed the first two belts.
End date: 7 November 2017.


Attendance (2017)

Alex has demonstrated serious
commitment; endeavouring to attend a large number of additional training opportunities. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 10/6
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)


Kung fu syllabus - student belts

Taijiquan:

Partner work
Qigong
Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette

Long Yang form (section 1)
Stick drills (intro)
Yielding basic skills
Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu

Leg stretches (2 sets)
Monkey paws
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands

Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - There Are No Secrets

Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision
Knife drills (intro)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Martial concepts (intro)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #4 - Cat stepping
Assignment #5 - Martial concepts theory

Cardio work (2 sets)
Core strength (3 sets)
Full syllabus revision

High circle qigong
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Qigong development
Shuai jiao applications
Small san sau
Stick drills (3 sets)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment #3 - The Book of Five Rings


3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance

Broadsword drills
Chin na applications
Form posture qigong (70/30)
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 3)
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Pushing peng exercise

Qigong on one leg
Silk arms
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work
Challenge - broadsword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #3 - The Art of War


Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Floor work
Form applications
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (mirrored)
Melee
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
Single pushing hands (stepping)
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao
Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - form applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 -
The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #3 - Tao of Being

3-tier wallbag
13 postures
Being hit
Breath meditation
Da lu
Finishing-off
Form applications (section 1)
Freeform triangle
Full syllabus revision
Gravity striking
Loose striking
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering
Neigong (1-10)
Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
Silk arms (peng)
Small san sau (peng)
Speed striking
Challenge - 13 postures (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 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Book of Life
Assignment #3 - The Inner Way
Assignment #4 - Sword & Brush

2 person cane drill (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
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 - 2 person cane form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Little Zen Companion
Assignment #3 - Moving Zen
Assignment #4 - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters

5 animals
5 centres
Crude fa jing
Elbow
Folding
Form applications (section 3)
Full syllabus revision
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
Staff form (regular & mirrored)
Yin
Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
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)
Challenge - staff form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 -
36 Strategies
Assignment #3 - Steal My Art
Assignment #4 - Zen in the Art of Archery

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


Additional responsibilities

Alex is a helper.


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Last updated 23 August 2017