Taijiquan syllabus (summary)
 
     

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Structured learning

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.


Syllabus

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.


Just form?

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.

(Adam Hsu)


Summary of main topics

These are the highlights:


Qigong

Ba duan jin (8 exercises)
Moving qigong (15 exercises)
Reeling silk (6 exercises)
Standing qigong (various)
Stretches & joint work (12 exercises)


Fitness

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


Form (regular & mirrored)

8 stages of form
Long Yang
Sabre
Walking stick
Jian
Pao chui
Understanding form


Pushing hands

Da lu
Double pushing hands
Monkey paws
Single pushing hands
 


Theory & principles

Key points
Martial concepts
Martial theory & practice
Taoism
Tai Chi Classics

Yielding basic skills
Yielding exercise
Zen



Brain work

Awareness
Clarity
Constructive reading
Emotional awareness
Meditation
Memory
Metacognition
Rest
Study & assignments (optional)


Neigong (50)

Biomechanics
Internal/external ratio
Internal strength
Natural power
Power generation
Reeling silk
Strength
Whole-body


Jing

13 postures
Fa jing
Free the movement
Groundpath
Peng
Small circle
Using the mind instead of force


Self defence

Counter
ing a knife

Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Disarming
Floor work


Martial skill

3-tier wallbag
Form applications
Freeform combat
Impact
Large san sau
Martial sets
Multiple opponents
Penetrating defences
Pushing legs
San da
Silk arms
Small san sau
Technical skills


Chin na

Cavity press
Dividing the muscles
Misplacing the bones
Sealing the breath



Shuai jiao

Grappling
Holds
Shuai jiao applications
Technique-based mentality


Weapons


2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
Knife drills
Small stick drills
Stick drills (3 sets)
Sword drills

More...


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Page created 8 June 1995
Last updated 19 September 2018