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Qigong ticksheet

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


Yellow

The ball game
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands

Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - Attitude & etiquette


Orange

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular)
Constructive rest
Fear of falling
Horse stance
How to escape from a hold
How to punch
Knife drills
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Partner work mistakes
Playing the attacker
- commitment
- range & reach
Punching rehab
Shuai jiao applications (set 1)
Yielding basic skills


Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding basic skills challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - A & E

Recommended reading - The Sword Polisher's Record


Green

Long Yang form (section 2) (regular)
Bracing
Cat-stepping
Chin na applications (set 1)

Floor work
- basics
- back-to-back
Hitting a focus mitt

Horse stance qigong
How to slip a hold
Loose striking
Penetrating defences (intro)

Standing post with arms

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Cat stepping

Recommended reading - There Are No Secrets


Blue

Long Yang form (section 3) (regular)
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Countering
- 3 B's: blocking, blending & balance
- 4 stages
- fence
- X-shape
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Shuai jiao applications (set 2)
Silk arms

Qigong development
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – silk arms (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Martial concepts theory

Recommended reading -
The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition


Purple

Long Yang form (revision & corrections)
Chin na applications (set 2)
Floor work
- kicks
- tackling

Martial concepts & qigong
Penetrating defences
Silk arms #1
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Stick drills (3 sets)

Stretches & joint work
Yielding exercise - finishing off

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise - finishing off (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Recommended reading - The Art of War


Brown

Long Yang form (mirrored)
3-D
Central equilibrium
- fixed feet
Chair game
Chin na applications (set 3)
Core strength (3 sets)
Crescent moon
High circle qigong

Kicking game
- evasive body focus
- sustained & varied kicking
Massage
Moving qigong (complete set)
San sau

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – san sau (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Recommended reading -
The Book of Five Rings & The Way of Chuang Tzu       


Black (1st dan)

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
5 bows
5 bows exercise
60/40 stance
Being hit
Breath meditation
Combat stance
Double pushing hands
Immovable elbow
Keeping the pressure on when attacking
Martial sets: a precursor to form application
Monkey paws (stepping)
The power/function of 'li'
Pushing peng exercise
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong on one leg

Qigong revision
Ready/guard stance
Slam ball challenge
Strategic stepping
Striking pads
- focus mitt, squashy pad, round pad
Sword drills

Yielding exercise
- take to the ground

Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Sword Polisher's Record
Assignment #2 - There Are No Secrets
Assignment #3 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #4 - The Art of War
Assignment #5 - The Book of Five Rings


Black (2nd dan)

2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
5 elements
Anti-sparring
Biomechanical advantage
Chops
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Cultivating peng
Da lu
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Floor work
- control
- expedience
Form applications (section 1)
Freeform triangle
Gravity striking
Loose striking
Meditation on body sensations
Qigong revision
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Silk arms (peng)
San sau (peng)
Speed striking
Sustaining peng throughout your counter
Tactics used by other arts
Using 3-D to gain optimal power

Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)

Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)


Assignment #1 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #2 - Moving Zen
Assignment #3 - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #4 - Zen in the Art of Archery
Assignment #5 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking


Black (3rd dan)

Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
4 ounces exercise
5 animals
5 centres

6 balanced pairs
Cultivating sung
Elbow
Fa li
Finishing-off

Floor work
- multiple opponents
- tactics
Folding

Form applications (section 2)
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Kicking
Long Yang form (lines of force version)
Meditation on emotions
Moving with kwa
Neigong (1-10)
Neigong (extras)
Punching from the centre
Pushing hands development
Yielding/chin na

Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao


Challenge - lines of force form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1- 36 Strategies
Assignment #2 - Commentaries on Living volume 2
Assignment #3 - Peak
Assignment #4 - Tao of Being
Assignment #5 - The Little Zen Companion


Black (4th dan)

Jian form (regular & mirrored)
5 elements striking (part 1)
5 pre-emptive methods
Countering a knife
Crude fa jing
Escapes/knife
First hand/second hand
Floor work
- chin na
- dying ground

Form applications (section 3)
Heavy bag
Improvised weaponry/knife
Long Yang form (round version)
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering

Neigong (11-20)
Obvious power (ming jing)
Penetrating defences against a knife
Reverse breathing
San da stage 1: freeform application
San sau (jing)
Silk arms (jing)
Sparing yourself
Spiral body
Travelling

Yielding/knife
Yin

Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - round form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 3 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 -
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power
Assignment #2 -
Back to Beginnings
Assignment #3 - Chuang Tzu in a Nutshell
Assignment #4 - The Art of War (Cleary/Shambhala)
Assignment #5 - Tao Te Ching (various translations)


Black (5th dan)

5 challenges
5 elements stepping
5 elements striking (part 2)
8 powers striking
13 postures
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Disarming
Freeform grappling
Jing
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Long & short jing
Neigong (21-30)
Projections (section 1)
Reeling silk
San da stage 2: freeform combat
San sau against a knife
San sau (combat)
Silk arms against a knife
Silk arms (combat)
Small stick drills
Small stick flexibility drills
Tools
Yielding/chin na against a knife


Challenge - 5 challenges
Challenge - projections (section 1) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - sections 1, 2 & 3 form applications (120 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao relay (5 minutes)
Challenge - silk arms (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 -
The Okinawa Program
Assignment #2 - How to Win Friends and Influence People
Assignment #3 - Rapt
Assignment #4 - Free Yourself From Back Pain
Assignment #5 - Sword & Brush


Black (6th dan)

5 elements striking (part 3)
Cavity press
Cold jing
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Dividing the muscle
Entry methods
Fa jing
Flowing chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Form application (cane)
Form application (jian)
Form application (power)
Form application (sabre)
Form application (walking stick)
Hidden power (an jing)
Jing/leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Latent movements
Monkey
Neigong (31-40)
Projections (section 2)
Projections (section 3)
Rolling
San sau (variations)
Shen
Shih (martial advantage)
Shuai jiao: footwork
Shuai jiao: elbow & bump
Shuai jiao: mutual arising
Shuai jiao: use of legs
Shuai jiao: throws
Shuai jiao against a knife
Silk arms (
variations)
Sung
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
Wu nien

Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - knife attackers (5 minutes)

Challenge - non-cooperative relay (5 mins)
Challenge - projections (section 2) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - projections (section 3) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - s
an sau (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment - interpret a koan

Assignment #1 - Commentaries on Living volume 2
Assignment #2 - Keep it Simple
Assignment #3 - The Power of Internal Martial Arts
Assignment #4 - The Road Less Travelled
Assignment #5 - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters


Black (7th dan)

Biomechanics (chin na)
Biomechanics (combat)
Biomechanics (drills)
Biomechanics (form)
Biomechanics (qigong)
Biomechanics (shuai jiao)

Biomechanics (weapons)
Bone marrow washing
Disintegration
Dying ground (expert)
Energy drainage
Fa jing (variations)
Form in self defence

Internalising
Kinetic pathway
Neigong (41-50)
Open & close
Overwhelming attacks
Pre-natal breathing
Refined power (hua jing)
Rhythm
Sealing the breath
Small circle
Tortoise breathing
Unite upper & lower
Waving
Yin body
Yin/yang

Challenge - mass attack (5 minutes)

Assignment - write a poem

Assignment #1 - The Book of Tea
Assignment #2 - The Inner Way or The Inner Warrior
Assignment #3 - The Pavement Arena
Assignment #4 - Steal My Art
Assignment #5 - The Tai Chi Journey


Red (8th dan)

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


Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 01 March 2021