|Taijiquan syllabus (summary)|
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Tai chi cannot be approached in a haphazard, piecemeal fashion. There needs to be a framework for learning.
This would be true of any subject: Spanish, cooking, carpentry, music, ballet, massage, accountancy, engineering, botany, computing, rugby...
Beginners start with basic skills and gradually build to a richer, more complex grasp of the subject.
By adhering to a professional approach to learning, taijiquan students can make the most of the class, achieve tangible results and get the best value for their money.
A good taijiquan school will have a tried and tested syllabus in place.
By systematically learning one skill at a time, the student gradually accrues information, gains physical awareness and increases the range and scope of their understanding.
But this does not happen overnight. There is a considerable amount of information to learn. It must be revised, refined, honed and practiced thoroughly.
Some tai chi schools advertise a syllabus that only contains form. This is not a traditional syllabus. Taijiquan is a complex Art. It contains a lot more than just form.
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.
Summary of main topics
These are the highlights:
Ba duan jin (8 exercises)
Moving qigong (15 exercises)
Reeling silk (6 exercises)
Standing qigong (various)
Stretches & joint work (12 exercises)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Core strength (3 sets)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)
Form (regular & mirrored)
8 stages of form
Double pushing hands
Single pushing hands
Theory & principles
Martial theory & practice
Tai Chi Classics
Yielding basic skills
Study & assignments (optional)
Free the movement
Using the mind instead of force
Countering a knife
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Large san sau
Small san sau
Dividing the muscles
Misplacing the bones
Sealing the breath
Shuai jiao applications
2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
Small stick drills
Stick drills (3 sets)
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8 June 1995
Last updated 19 September 2018