|Taijiquan technical skills|
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This level is for students who know the basics and are now faced with learning the bulk of the syllabus.
Once you know the fundamentals you can work on acquiring more challenging skills in all areas of study; gaining experience and becoming martially adept.
There is a lot to learn. The experienced grade uses taijiquan in actual combat.
Kung fu suit
The student wears a changshan rather than a black T-shirt.
A new horizon
Once the taijiquan basics are familiar, the student realises that the art is far more complex than they had realised.
The journey ahead is more fascinating than anticipated. Highlights:
• 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
• 5 animals
• 13 patterns
• Being hit
• Chin na applications
• Countering a knife
• Countering punches, kicks & grapples
• Da lu
• Dying ground
• Everybody falls
• Floor work
• Form applications (7 per movement)
• Gravity striking
• Holding down the pillow
• Improvised weaponry
• Jian form (regular & mirrored)
• Misplacing the bones
• San da
• Shuai jiao applications
• Speed striking
• Sword drills
• Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
Not many taijiquan students get this far.
The student is faced with a very steep climb. They learn a wider range of forms designed to increase agility and martial skill.
Combat is now strongly emphasised; building upon and radically expanding the foundation skills.
Jing becomes a major area of concern; fuelling every movement and determining how the art is applied. Evading a knife presents a difficult, risky new area of study.
There is no need for brute force or aggression. The skills are more subtle now.
In order to use taijiquan effectively in combat, the student must possess a versatile range of applications and diverse combat skills.
There are hundreds of applications to learn at this stage. They must be performed accurately and effectively against a non-cooperative practice partner.
By expanding the depth and variety of their application, the martial student is furnishing themselves with options. In actual combat they will have a broad range of possible responses available to them.
This is the main period of growth and development for the student. Daily home practice is essential and constructive reading is highly recommended.
We offer the opportunity to undertake teacher training. The art must become one with the student in order to prepare the Way for the practice that lies ahead.
Advanced martial art
This part of the syllabus is about stripping away hesitancy and doubt. The material must be employed skilfully and easily. Every action is thorough and convincing.
By performing any action with full mind, body, spirit integrated... the student expresses the art earnestly and truthfully.
You can do forms and all that
kind of stuff - that's really good when you train on your own. But when you
are with other people practicing techniques, it gives a 'live' quality to
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18 March 1997
Last updated 25 April 2019