Chris
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Assistant teacher

Chris is the a
ssistant teacher for qigong.



Taijiquan (beginner)

Chris is working through the taijiquan beginners syllabus.
His immediate focus is cat stepping, assignment and mirrored form.


Baguazhang

Once Chris has passed taijiquan beginners grade he will begin to study baguazhang alongside his taijiquan.


Attendance (2018)

In order to grade, Chris must commit to 5 more workshops/boot camp/private lessons. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 3/8
Boot camp: 0
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

Long Yang form (section 1)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision (grading)
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
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


Baguazhang syllabus - student grades


1. Intermediate

6 direction changes
8 mother palms
9 palaces
16 elbows
Circle walking
Figure of 8
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 (regular & mirrored)
Double palm change (regular & mirrored)
Striking palm change (regular & mirrored)
Piercing palm change (regular & mirrored)
Flicking palm change (regular & mirrored)
Body overturning palm change (regular & mirrored)
Shaking body palm change (regular & mirrored)
Turning body palm change (regular & mirrored)
Challenge – body overturning palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – double palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – flicking palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – piercing palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks) 
Challenge – shaking body palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks) 
Challenge – single palm change drilling (60 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge – striking palm change drilling (60 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – turning body palm change 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
Becoming the centre
Dying ground
Entry methods
Form application (body overturning palm change)
Form application (double palm change)
Form application (flicking palm change)
Form application (piercing palm change)
Form application (shaking body palm change)
Form application (single palm change)
Form application (striking palm change)
Form application (turning body palm change)
Challenge – form applications (60 mins x 48 weeks)

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 11 December 2017