Chris
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Taijiquan (beginner)

Chris is working through the taijiquan beginners syllabus.


Baguazhang (intermediate)

Chris is studying baguazhang alongside his taijiquan.


2018 attendance

In order to grade, Chris must commit to 3 more workshops/boot camp/private lessons. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 4/8
Boot camp: 1
Private lessons: 0

 

The martial arts were not developed for the defence of soldiers fighting on battlefields. Neither are they sports. The combat that martial artists practice is free of restraints. Martial arts have one objective only: to neutralise an attack by any means, and as rapidly as possible.

(Howard Reid)

Taijiquan syllabus - student grades


1. Beginner

The following topics have been assessed in 2018:

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular & mirrored)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Knife drills (intro)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Qigong
Single pushing hands
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) (regular & 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) (regular & 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
Floor work
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Long Yang form (mirrored)
Melee
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
Shuai jiao applications
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 - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (60 mins x 12 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 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.


Taijiquan syllabus - instructor grades


4. Advanced

Part 1:

Pao chui form

5 challenges
5 elements striking (part 1)
6 balanced pairs
Freeform grappling
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Projections (set 1)
Shuai jiao: footwork
Shuai jiao: elbow & bump
Shuai jiao: mutual arising
Shuai jiao: use of legs
Shuai jiao: throws
Silk arms (combat)
Small san sau (combat)
The way of the bear
The way of the bird
The way of the monkey
The way of the snake
The way of the tiger

Challenge - 5 challenges
Challenge – pao chui form
(60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 1) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Art of War (Cleary/Shambhala)
Assignment #3 - The Complete Taiji Dao
Assignment #4 - The Tai Chi Journey
Assignment #5 - Who Moved My Cheese?
Assignment #6 - The Willpower Instinct


Part 2:

5 elements striking (part 2)
60/40 stance
Balance, rhythm, timing
Cold jing
Entry methods
Fa jing
Flowing chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Heavy bag
Jing/leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Pao chui form applications
Projections (set 2)
Shen
Small san sau against a knife
Small stick drills
Small stick flexibility drills
Wu nien

Challenge - knife attackers (5 minutes)
Challenge – pao chui form applications
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 2) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Assignment #3 - Free Yourself From Back Pain
Assignment #4 - How to Win Friends and Influence People
Assignment #5 - Tao Te Ching (various translations)
Assignment #6 - The Way To Love


Part 3:

5 pre-emptive methods
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Dividing the muscle
First hand/second hand
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Hidden power (an jing)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Large san sau
Latent movements
Neigong (21-30)
Penetrating defences against a knife
Projections (set 3)
Rolling
San da stage 2: freeform combat
Shih (martial advantage)
Shuai jiao against a knife
Silk arms against a knife
Sparing yourself
Tools
Travelling
Yielding/chin na against a knife

Challenge – large san sau
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 3) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao relay (5 minutes)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Pavement Arena
Assignment #3 - In the Dojo
Assignment #4 - Mindwise
Assignment #5 - The Road Less Travelled
Assignment #6 - Your Erroneous Zones


5. Expert

5 elements striking (part 3)
Bone marrow washing
Cultivating sung
Disarming
Disintegration
Dying ground (expert)
Energy drainage
Fa jing (variations)
Form application (power)
Form in self defence
Full syllabus revision (grading)

Internalising
Kinetic pathway
Monkey
Neigong
- 20 qualities
- incorporation
Open & close
Overwhelming attacks
Pre-natal breathing
Reeling silk
Rhythm
Sealing the breath
Small circle
Sung
Tortoise breathing
Unite upper & lower
Waving
Yin body
Yin/yang

Challenge - mass attack (5 minutes)
Challenge - non-cooperative relay (5 mins)

Assignment #1 - interpret a koan
Assignment #2 - write a poem
Assignment #3 -
The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: Manual of Taiji Jian
Assignment #4 -
The Book of Tea
Assignment #5 - Keep it Simple
Assignment #6 - The Power of Internal Martial Arts
Assignment #7 -
Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji
Assignment #8 -
Back to Beginnings
Assignment #9 - Chuang Tzu in a Nutshell
Assignment #10 -
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power


6. Master

2-person cane drill dismantled
Adapt, change & improvise
Biomechanics
Consciousness
Consolidation
Dim-mak (dim-su/incapacitation)
Eastern philosophy
Form
Form application (cane)
Form application (pao chui)
Form application (jian)
Form application (sabre)
Form application (walking stick)
Freeform
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Jian form dismantled
Kinaesthetic awareness
Knife drills dismantled
Large san sau dismantled
Long Yang form dismantled
Martial theory & practice
Meditation
Neigong dismantled
Pao chui form dismantled
Partner work dismantled
Penetrating defences dismantled
Power generation
Proprioception
Pushing hands (all variations) dismantled
Qigong dismantled
Sabre form dismantled

Silk arms dismantled
Small san sau dismantled
Small stick drills dismantled
Spiritual inquiry
Stick drills dismantled
Striking methods
Sword drills dismantled
Syllabus design
Taijiquan principles
Teaching methods
Walking stick form
dismantled
Whole-body movement
Masterwork/masterpiece


Baguazhang syllabus - student grades


1. Intermediate

6 direction changes
8 mother palms
9 palaces
16 elbows
Body overturning drill
Circle walking
Crane stepping
The crouch
Drilling (spiralling forward)
Figure of 8
The gaze
Kicking exercise
Lion stepping
Mud stepping
Partnered circle walking
Pressing (splitting)
Rolling (circular coiling)
Toe in, toe out
Wrapping (embrace)

Challenge – 6 direction changes drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – 8 mother palms drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – 9 palaces drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – circle walking drilling (60 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge – figure of 8 drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)


2. Experienced

Part 1:

Single palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Double palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Striking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Piercing palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Flicking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Body overturning palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Shaking body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Turning body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)

Challenge – body overturning palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – double palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – flicking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – piercing palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks) 
Challenge – shaking body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks) 
Challenge – single palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge – striking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – turning body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks) 


Part 2:

5 animals
Chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Countering punches, kicks and grapples
Escape from a hold
Everybody falls
First hand/second hand
Monkey paws
Shuai jiao applications
The way of the bear
The way of the bird
The way of the monkey
The way of the snake
The way of the tiger

Challenge – 5 animals palm change drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – chin na relay (5 minutes)
Challenge – shuai jiao relay (5 minutes)


Part 3:

3-D
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Dying ground
Elbow
Entry methods
Flowing chin na applications
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Folding
Kicking
Mutual arising
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao

Challenge – yielding/chin na drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/countering drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/shuai jiao drilling (5 minutes)

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Page created 18 April 1995
Last updated 06 February 2018