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Assistant teacher

Chris is a tai chi for health a
ssistant teacher.



Intermediate (intermediate part 1)

Chris is working through the taijiquan syllabus.


Baguazhang (blue belt)

Chris is studying baguazhang alongside his taijiquan.


2018 attendance

Chris has attended the required number of workshops/boot camp for
grading.

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 6/8
Boot camp: 2
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 (health)

Ba duan jin (8 exercises)
Form posture qigong
Full circle qigong
Moving qigong (15 exercises)
Reeling silk exercises (5 exercises)
Standing post
Standing qigong/3 circle qigong

Challenge full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)

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


2. Intermediate (fitness)

Part 1:

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular & mirrored)
Knife drills
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Martial concepts
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands
Yielding basic skills

Challenge - form challenge (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 - Martial concepts theory
Assignment #5 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu


Part 2:

Long Yang form (section 2) (regular & mirrored)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Qigong development
Silk arms
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)


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 - silk arms (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - There Are No Secrets
Assignment #4 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #5 - Cat stepping


Part 3:

Long Yang form (section 3) (regular & mirrored)
3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Core strength (3 sets)
Crescent moon
Horse stance qigong
Martial concepts (part 2)
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Penetrating defences
Qigong on one leg
Small san sau
Standing post with arms
Stick drills (3 sets)
Stretches & joint work

Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3)  mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 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 Book of Five Rings
Assignment #3 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #4 - The Art of War

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


Baguazhang syllabus


Blue belt

6 direction changes
8 mother palms
9 palaces

Body overturning drill
Circle walking
Crane stepping
The crouch
Figure of 8
The gaze
Lion stepping
Partnered circle walking

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

Worth reading:

Chinese Boxing by Robert Smith


Purple belt

8 directions stepping
16 elbows
60/40 stance

Drilling (spiralling forward)
Kicking exercise
Mud stepping
Pressing (splitting)
Rolling (circular coiling)
Plate exercise (baguazhang version)
Toe in, toe out
Wrapping (embrace)
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/shuai jiao

Challenge 8 directions stepping (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 60/40 stance circle walking drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 60/40 stance figure of 8 drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge yielding/chin na drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge yielding/shuai jiao drilling (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

Bagua Linked Palms by Wang Shujin


Brown belt

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 12 weeks)
Challenge double palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge flicking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge piercing palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge shaking body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge single palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge striking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge turning body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge self defence relay (against all baguazhang students)

Fitness requirement:

Cardio work (2 sets)
Core strength (3 sets)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Psoas exercises
Taoist yoga (3 sets)

Worth reading:

The Power of Internal Martial Arts by Bruce Frantzis


Black belt (1st dan)

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
Yielding/countering

Challenge 5 animals palm change drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge chin na applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge countering punches, kicks and grapples (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge escapes relay (5 minutes)
Challenge monkey paws (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge shuai jiao applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge yielding/countering drilling (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

Effortless Combat Throws by Tim Cartmell


Black belt (2nd dan)

3-D
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Countering a knife
Escapes/knife
Dying ground
Elbow
Entry methods
Flowing chin na applications
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Folding
Improvised weaponry/knife
Kicking
Mutual arising
Yielding/chin na against a knife
Yielding/shuai jiao against a knife

Challenge knife attackers (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

Pa-kua - Chinese boxing for fitness & self defense by Robert Smith


Black belt (3rd dan)

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)
Monkey

Challenge - form application (body overturning palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (double palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (flicking palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (piercing palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (shaking body palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (single palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (striking palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form application (turning body palm change) (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge form drilling (monkey)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)

Worth reading:

Pa-kua - 8-Trigram Boxing by Robert Smith
Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang (Vol 1) by Park Bok Nam


Black belt (4th dan)

Single palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Double palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Striking palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Piercing palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Flicking palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Body overturning palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Shaking body palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Turning body palm change - moving frame (regular & mirrored)
Cavity press
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Dividing the muscles
Freeform grappling
Group work/melee
San da stage 1: freeform self defence
Snake

Challenge form drilling - moving frame (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge form drilling (snake)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge freeform self defence melee

Worth reading:

Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang (Vol 1) by Park Bok Nam
Nei Jia Quan by Jess O'Brien


Black belt (5th dan)

Palm changes - changing frame (regular & mirrored)
Freeform combat against multiple opponents (baguazhang)
Freeform knife (changing frame)
Freeform self defence against multiple opponents (baguazhang)
Freeform stick (changing frame)
Holding down the pillow (baguazhang)
Large rhythm, small rhythm (baguazhang)
Latent movements (baguazhang)
Projections (baguazhang)
San da stage 2: freeform combat
Sealing the breath
Swimming dragon

Challenge form drilling - changing frame (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge form drilling (swimming dragon)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge freeform endurance (5 minutes)
Challenge freeform knife (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge freeform self defence against multiple opponents (5 minutes)
Challenge freeform stick (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge one-hit wonder (5 minutes) 

Worth reading:

Ba Gua by John Bracy
Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang (Vol 2) by Park Bok Nam

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Page created 18 April 1995
Last updated 14 August 2018