Intermediate syllabus
Taijiquan fitness

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Stage 1

When learning a martial art there are essentially 3 stages:

  1. Physical fitness (black T-shirt)

  2. Technical skill (kung fu suit)

  3. Combat (kung fu suit)

The intermediate syllabus is about physical fitness, learning the Long Yang form pattern and commencing martial training.

Understanding changes

Once you can perform one skill adequately, move onto the next.
Later, go back and revise what you have learned previously. You will see it now with different eyes.

An introduction to taijiquan

A student is required to work at notably improving their stamina, flexibility, coordination, cardiovascular fitness and agility. The intermediate syllabus is when the fighting begins.

You are where you are

Taijiquan study is a journey, a process, a way of exploring life, yourself and the world around you. Do not think in terms of conclusions or attainment. Just work on what is in front of you right now.


The second grade includes the following material:


5 bows exercise
Crescent moon
Form posture qigong (70/30)
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Pushing peng exercise
Qigong development
Qigong on one leg
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work 


Cardio work (2 sets)
Core strength (3 sets)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Psoas exercises
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Form (regular & mirrored)

Long Yang form

Pushing hands

Double pushing hands
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Monkey paws (stepping)
Single pushing hands (stepping)

Partner work

4 directions with a partner
6 balanced pairs
70/30 stance
Central equilibrium fixed feet
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Floor work
Martial concepts
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)

Martial sets

Penetrating defences
Silk arms
Small san sau


Knife drills
Stick drills (3 sets)
Sword drills

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Last updated 08 June 2018