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Assistant teacher

Ben is an assistant teacher for tai chi for health.



Indoor student


Ben is an indoor student, studying directly with Sifu Waller.


Taijiquan


Ben is working through the taijiquan blue belt syllabus.


Tea Club

Ben is a member of the Tea Club.


2021 attendance

In order to grade, Ben must attend 16 more workshops/boot camp.

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 0/16
Boot camp: 0
Private lessons: 0

Gurney Halleck: Shield Practice.
Paul: Gurney, we had practice this morning. I'm not in the mood.
Gurney Halleck: Not in the mood? Mood's a thing for cattle and loveplay, not fighting!
Paul: I'm sorry Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: Not sorry enough.

(Dune)
 


White

Qigong

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


Yellow

The ball game
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands


Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

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


Orange

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular)
Constructive rest
Fear of falling
Horse stance
How to escape from a hold
How to punch
Knife drills
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Partner work mistakes
Playing the attacker
- commitment
- range & reach
Punching rehab
Shuai jiao applications (set 1)
Yielding basic skills


Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding basic skills challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - A & E

Recommended reading - The Sword Polisher's Record


Green

Long Yang form (section 2) (regular)
Bracing
Cat-stepping
Chin na applications (set 1)

Floor work
- basics
- back-to-back
Hitting a focus mitt

Horse stance qigong
How to slip a hold
Loose striking
Penetrating defences (intro)

Standing post with arms


Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Cat stepping

Recommended reading - There Are No Secrets


Blue

Long Yang form (section 3) (regular)
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Countering
- 3 B's: blocking, blending & balance
- 4 stages
- fence
- X-shape

Monkey paws (5 hands)
Shuai jiao applications (set 2)
Silk arms
Qigong development
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)


Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – silk arms (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Martial concepts theory

Recommended reading -
The Literary Tradition


Purple

Long Yang form (revision & corrections)
Chin na applications (set 2)
Floor work
- kicks
- tackling

Martial concepts & qigong
Penetrating defences
Silk arms #1
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Stick drills (3 sets)

Stretches & joint work
Yielding exercise - finishing off

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise - finishing off (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Recommended reading - The Art of War


Brown

Long Yang form (mirrored)
3-D
Central equilibrium
- fixed feet
Chair game
Chin na applications (set 3)
Core strength (3 sets)
Crescent moon
High circle qigong

Kicking game
- evasive body focus
- sustained & varied kicking
Massage
Moving qigong (complete set)
San sau

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – san sau (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Recommended reading -
The Book of Five Rings & The Way of Chuang Tzu     


Black (1st dan)

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
5 bows
5 bows exercise
60/40 stance
Being hit
Breath meditation
Combat stance
Double pushing hands
Immovable elbow
Keeping the pressure on when attacking
Martial sets: a precursor to form application
Monkey paws (stepping)
The power/function of 'li'
Pushing peng exercise
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong on one leg

Qigong revision
Ready/guard stance
Slam ball challenge
Strategic stepping
Striking pads
- focus mitt, squashy pad, round pad
Sword drills

Yielding exercise
- take to the ground

Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Sword Polisher's Record
Assignment #2 - There Are No Secrets

Assignment #3 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #4 - The Art of War
Assignment #5 - The Book of Five Rings


Black (2nd dan)

2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
5 elements
Anti-sparring
Biomechanical advantage
Chops
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Cultivating peng
Da lu
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Floor work
- control
- expedience
Form applications (section 1)
Freeform triangle
Gravity striking
Loose striking
Meditation on body sensations
Qigong revision
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Silk arms (peng)
San sau (peng)
Speed striking
Sustaining peng throughout your counter
Tactics used by other arts
Using 3-D to gain optimal power

Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)

Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)


Assignment #1 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #2 - Moving Zen
Assignment #3 - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #4 - Zen in the Art of Archery
Assignment #5 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking


Black (3rd dan)

Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
4 ounces exercise
5 animals
5 centres

6 balanced pairs
Cultivating sung
Elbow
Fa li
Finishing-off

Floor work
- multiple opponents
- tactics
Folding

Form applications (section 2)
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Kicking
Long Yang form (lines of force version)
Meditation on emotions
Moving with kwa
Neigong (1-10)
Neigong (extras)
Punching from the centre
Pushing hands development
Yielding/chin na

Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao


Challenge - lines of force form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1- 36 Strategies
Assignment #2 - Commentaries on Living volume 2
Assignment #3 - Peak
Assignment #4 - Tao of Being
Assignment #5 - The Little Zen Companion

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items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 01 March 2021