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.


Intermediate

The second grade includes the following material:


Qigong

Crescent moon
Horse stance qigong
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Massage
Pushing peng exercise
Qigong development
Qigong on one leg
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work 


Fitness

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


Form (regular & mirrored)

Long Yang form


Pushing hands

Monkey paws
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Monkey paws (stepping)
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands



Partner work

3-D
4 directions with a partner
6 balanced pairs
70/30 stance
Central equilibrium fixed feet
Central equilibrium maintain the centre
Eyes-closed walking
Martial concepts
Palm at 3 distances
Peripheral vision
Posture testing
Stepping
Yielding exercise
Yielding basic skills


Martial sets

Penetrating defences
Silk arms
Small san sau


Weapons

Knife drills
Stick drills (3 sets)


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Last updated 16 July 2018