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Kung fu

Taijiquan is an advanced kung fu method.
This
complex, detailed martial art needs to be taught in a thorough, methodical manner.
Haphazard, piecemeal tuition will not work.
Expect a syllabus that is progressive, differentiated and proven.
Every student should know where they are in terms of progress, what they should be working on, and what happens next.
 

Kung fu styles like taijiquan have become widespread and popular. It is important for all practitioners to understand a major weakness in the transmission of all Chinese arts; a lack of basic training. In fact, a step-by-step training program, standardized terminology, clear explanations and correct interpretations are either entirely missing or woefully scarce.

(Adam Hsu)


1. Beginner

Long Yang form (section 1)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Knife drills (intro)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Qigong
Single pushing hands
Stick drills (intro)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)
Yielding basic skills

Challenge - form challenge (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #5 - Q & A
Assignment #6 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #7 - Cat stepping


2. Intermediate

Long Yang form (section 2)
Long Yang form (section 3)

Long Yang form (mirrored)
3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Chin na applications
Core strength (3 sets)
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Double pushing hands
Everybody falls (optional)
Form applications
Form posture qigong (70/30)
Full syllabus revision (grading)
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Martial concepts (intro)
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng exercise

Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong development
Qigong on one leg
Qigong revision
Shuai jiao application s (optional)
Silk arms
Single pushing hands (stepping) 
Small san sau
Standing post with arms
Stick drills (3 sets)
Stretches & joint work
Sword drills
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/countering
Yielding/shuai jiao

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - double pushing hands (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form applications (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - mirrored form (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 12 weeks) (optional)
Challenge - silk arms (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Q & A
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu
Assignment #5 - There Are No Secrets
Assignment #6 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #7 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment #8 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #9 - The Way of Chuang Tzu
Assignment #10 - Peak
Assignment #11 - The Art of War
Assignment #12 - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #13 - Tao of Being
Assignment #14 - Smarter, Faster, Better


3. Experienced

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
Jian form (regular & mirrored)
2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
4 ounces exercise
5 bows
5 centres
5 elements stepping
8 powers striking
13 postures
Being hit
Breath meditation
Countering a knife
Crude fa jing
Da lu
Elbow
Escapes/knife
Folding
Form applications (section 1)
Form applications (section 2)
Form applications (section 3)
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Gravity striking
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Improvised weaponry/knife
Jing
Kicking
Long Yang form (round version)
Loose striking
Meditation on body sensations
Meditation on emotions
Moving with kwa
Neigong (1-10)
Neigong (11-20)
Neigong (extras)
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Obvious power (ming jing)
Pushing hands development
Reverse breathing
San da stage 1: freeform application
Silk arms (jing)
Silk arms (peng)
Small san sau (jing)
Small san sau (peng)
Speed striking
Spiral body
Yielding/knife
Yin

Challenge - 13 postures (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (30 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 - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - sections 1, 2 & 3 form applications (120 mins x 48 weeks) 
Challenge - silk arms (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Book of Life
Assignment #2 - The Inner Way
Assignment #3 - Sword & Brush
Assignment #4 - Grit
Assignment #5 -
The Okinawa Program
Assignment #6 - The Little Zen Companion
Assignment #7 - Moving Zen
Assignment #8 - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters
Assignment #9 - Blink
Assignment #10 - Commentaries on Living volume 2
Assignment #11 - 36 Strategies
Assignment #12 - Steal My Art
Assignment #13 - Zen in the Art of Archery
Assignment #14 - Curious
Assignment #15 - Outliers


4. Advanced

Pao chui form (regular & mirrored)
5 elements striking
5 pre-emptive methods
6 balanced pairs
60/40 stance
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Cold jing
Fa jing
First hand/second hand
Full syllabus revision (grading)
Heavy bag
Hidden power (an jing)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Large san sau
Latent movements
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Neigong (21-30)
Rolling
San da stage 2: freeform combat
Shen
Shih (martial advantage)
Silk arms (combat)
Small san sau (combat)
Small stick drills
Tools
Travelling
Wu nien

Challenge – large san sau
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge – pao chui form
(60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – pao chui form applications
(120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (combat) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (combat) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Q & A
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - The Art of War (Cleary/Shambhala)
Assignment #5 - The Complete Taiji Dao
Assignment #6 - The Tai Chi Journey
Assignment #7 - Who Moved My Cheese?
Assignment #8 - The Willpower Instinct
Assignment #9 - Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
Assignment #10 - Free Yourself From Back Pain
Assignment #11 - How to Win Friends and Influence People
Assignment #12 - Tao Te Ching (various translations)
Assignment #13 - The Way To Love
Assignment #14 - The Pavement Arena
Assignment #15 - In the Dojo
Assignment #16 - Mindwise
Assignment #17 - The Road Less Travelled
Assignment #18 - Your Erroneous Zones


5. Expert

Bone marrow washing
Cultivating sung
Disarming
Fa jing (variations)
Form application (power)
Form in self defence
Full syllabus revision (grading)

Internalising
Kinetic pathway
Neigong
- 20 qualities
- incorporation
Open & close
Pre-natal breathing
Reeling silk
Rhythm
Small circle
Sung
Tortoise breathing
Unite upper & lower
Waving
Yin body
Yin/yang

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


6. Master

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 (sabre)
Form application (walking stick)
Freeform
Full syllabus revision (grading)
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
Sabre form dismantled

Silk arms dismantled
Small san sau 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


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Page created 8 June 1995
Last updated 02 December 2017