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The kung fu syllabus is not the default martial curriculum.
It was intended for students who are eager to pass belts and undertake harsher training.
There are certain eligibility factors to consider.


4 methods

Our students study 4 compatible kung fu methods:

  1. Baguazhang (8 trigrams palm)

  2. Chin na (seizing)

  3. Shuai jiao (take downs)

  4. Taijiquan (supreme ultimate fist)

They all use the body in an internal way.
Baguazhang is a martial art in its own right, as is taijiquan: each approaching combat in its own unique way.
Chin na and shuai jiao are kung fu methods employed by both systems.


Belts

The kung fu syllabus offers belts.
We are hoping that it will engender an attitude of challenge and commitment in the student.
The pale belts are quite easy to pass and cover conditioning exercises along with basic partner work and an introduction to form.
The darker belts introduce the martial side of the Art.
At the dan level the student begins to fight.


When?

Taijiquan training commences with white belt.
Shuai jiao training commences at blue belt.
Baguazhang training commences at blue belt.
Chin na training commences at purple belt.


Can you study the kung fu syllabus?

Should the student prove themselves especially keen and fit enough, Sifu Waller will consider offering them the option of doing the kung fu syllabus.
In addition to steady progress in class, Sifu Waller is looking for timely and enthusiastic completion of assignments.
Out of breath? Not so supple? Not happy being thrown on the floor? Not able to attend class every week? Not prepared to train at home between lessons? Indifferent about assignments?
Don't ask.

 

Kung fu is thousands of years old and is a highly developed system of martial art. The student who locates a good kung fu school will find the training thorough and challenging. Kung fu skills, which have been refined over centuries, are not learned easily or quickly. The sincere student, however, through hard work and dedication, will not be disappointed with the results.

(Adam Hsu)


The traditional learning environment for kung fu can be difficult to handle psychologically. During the first months of training, students may get frustrated because the training seems difficult and boring. They may feel discouraged because no one is telling them how great they are or giving them a gold star for their efforts. This type of feedback, which is a typical part of the modern education process, is not suited to the kung fu learning environment. Instructors need to encourage students but not give them false impressions or expectations.


(Adam Hsu)


Kung fu syllabus - taijiquan student

Partner work

Qigong
Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette


Long Yang form (section 1)
Stick drills (intro)
Yielding basic skills

Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu

Leg stretches (2 sets)
Monkey paws
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands

Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - There Are No Secrets


Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision
Knife drills (intro)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Challenge - knife
drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #4 - Cat stepping

Full syllabus revision
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
Martial concepts
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Qigong development
Shuai jiao applications
Small san sau
Stick drills (3 sets)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment #3 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #4 - Martial concepts theory


3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Chin na applications
Core strength (3 sets)
Form posture qigong (70/30)
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 3)
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Pushing peng exercise

Qigong on one leg
Silk arms
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work
Sword drills
Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (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 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #3 - The Art of War


Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Floor work
Form applications
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (mirrored)
Melee
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
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 - form applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 mins x 4 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 New Lao Tzu
Assignment #3 - Tao of Being

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
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 form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - 13 postures (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 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Book of Life
Assignment #3 - The Inner Way
Assignment #4 - Sword & Brush

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
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 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Little Zen Companion
Assignment #3 - Moving Zen
Assignment #4 - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters

Jian form (regular & mirrored)
5 animals
5 centres
Crude fa jing
Elbow
Folding
Form applications (section 3)
Full syllabus revision
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 - 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 - Q & A
Assignment #2 -
36 Strategies
Assignment #3 - Steal My Art
Assignment #4 - Zen in the Art of Archery


Kung fu syllabus - taijiquan instructor

Pao chui form
5 challenges
5 elements striking (part 1)
6 balanced pairs
Freeform grappling
Full syllabus revision
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Projections (set 1)
Shuai jiao: footwork
Shuai jiao: elbow & bump
Shuai jiao: mutual arising
Shuai jiao: use of legs
Shuai jiao: throws
Silk arms (combat)
Small san sau (combat)
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 challenges
Challenge – pao chui form
(60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 1) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Art of War (Cleary/Shambhala)
Assignment #3 - The Complete Taiji Dao
Assignment #4 - The Tai Chi Journey
Assignment #5 - Blink
Assignment #6 - Commentaries on Living volume 2
Assignment #7 - Curious

5 elements striking (part 2)
60/40 stance
Balance, rhythm, timing
Cold jing
Entry methods
Fa jing
Flowing chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Full syllabus revision
Heavy bag
Jing/leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Pao chui form applications
Projections (set 2)
Shen
Small san sau against a knife
Small stick drills
Small stick flexibility drills
Wu nien
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Challenge - knife attackers (5 minutes)
Challenge – pao chui form applications
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 2) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Assignment #3 - Free Yourself From Back Pain
Assignment #4 - How to Win Friends and Influence People
Assignment #5 - Tao Te Ching (various translations)
Assignment #6 - The Way To Love
Assignment #7 - The Willpower Instinct

5 pre-emptive methods
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Dividing the muscle
First hand/second hand
Full syllabus revision
Hidden power (an jing)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Large san sau
Latent movements
Neigong (21-30)
Penetrating defences against a knife
Projections (set 3)
Rolling
San da stage 2: freeform combat
Shih (martial advantage)
Shuai jiao against a knife
Silk arms against a knife
Sparing yourself
Tools
Travelling
Yielding/chin na against a knife
Challenge – large san sau
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 3) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao relay (5 minutes)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Who Moved My Cheese?
Assignment #3 - The Pavement Arena
Assignment #4 - In the Dojo
Assignment #5 - Mindwise
Assignment #6 - Outliers
Assignment #7 - The Road Less Travelled
Assignment #8 - Your Erroneous Zones

5 elements striking (part 3)
Bone marrow washing
Cultivating sung
Disarming
Disintegration
Dying ground (expert)
Energy drainage
Fa jing (variations)
Form application (power)
Form in self defence
Full syllabus revision

Internalising
Kinetic pathway
Monkey
Neigong
- 20 qualities
- incorporation
Open & close
Overwhelming attacks
Pre-natal breathing
Reeling silk
Rhythm
Sealing the breath
Small circle
Sung
Tortoise breathing
Unite upper & lower
Waving
Yin body
Yin/yang
Challenge - mass attack (5 minutes)
Challenge - non-cooperative relay (5 mins)
Assignment #1 - interpret a koan
Assignment #2 - write a poem
Assignment #3 -
The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: Manual of Taiji Jian
Assignment #4 -
The Book of Tea
Assignment #5 - Keep it Simple
Assignment #6 - The Power of Internal Martial Arts
Assignment #7 -
Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji
Assignment #8 -
Back to Beginnings
Assignment #9 - Chuang Tzu in a Nutshell
Assignment #10 -
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power

2-person cane drill
dismantled
Adapt, change & improvise
Biomechanics
Consciousness
Consolidation
Dim-mak (dim-su/incapacitation)
Eastern philosophy
Form
Form application (cane)
Form application (pao chui)
Form application (jian)
Form application (walking stick)
Freeform
Full syllabus revision
Jian form dismantled
Kinaesthetic awareness
Knife drills dismantled
Large san sau dismantled
Long Yang form dismantled
Martial theory & practice
Meditation
Neigong dismantled
Pao chui form dismantled
Partner work dismantled
Penetrating defences dismantled
Power generation
Proprioception
Pushing hands (all variations) dismantled
Qigong dismantled
Silk arms dismantled
Small san sau dismantled
Small stick drills dismantled
Spiritual inquiry
Stick drills dismantled
Striking methods
S
word drills dismantled
Syllabus design
Taijiquan principles
Teaching methods
Walking stick form
dismantled
Whole-body movement
Masterwork/masterpiece



Kung fu syllabus - baguazhang student

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)

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)

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 (misplacing the bones)
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)

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)

Balance, rhythm, timing
Cavity press
Countering a knife
Elbow
Escapes/knife
Folding
Freeform grappling
Group work/melee
Improvised weaponry/knife
Kicking
San da stage 1: freeform self defence
Snake
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/chin na against a knife
Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao
Challenge – freeform self defence melee
Challenge – knife attackers (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/chin na drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/countering drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge – yielding/shuai jiao drilling (5 minutes)

Freeform combat against multiple opponents (baguazhang)
Freeform self defence against multiple opponents (baguazhang)
Holding down the pillow (baguazhang)
Large rhythm, small rhythm (baguazhang)
Latent movements (baguazhang)
Projections (baguazhang)
San da stage 2: freeform combat
Swimming dragon
Challenge – form drilling (snake)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – form drilling (swimming dragon)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge – freeform endurance (5 minutes)
Challenge – freeform self defence against multiple opponents (5 minutes)
Challenge – one-hit wonder (5 minutes)  


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Last updated 17 November 2017