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Orange belt

Alex is working through the taijiquan material explored in the kung fu syllabus.
His immediate focus is assignments and
the full circle qigong challenge (30 mins x 4 weeks).
To continue studying the kung fu syllabus, Alex must pass
green belt by February 19.


Attendance (2017)

Alex has demonstrated serious
commitment; endeavouring to attend a large number of additional training opportunities. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 10/8
Boot camp: 0
Private lessons:
0


Attendance (2018)

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 4/12
Boot camp: 0
Private lessons: 0
 

Upon reaching what is perceived as an ideal goal, the artist discovers something entirely different. The artist is suddenly confronted with the fact that what was thought of as perfection of technique was merely the introduction to it.

An entirely new vista has opened. The artist must be prepared to turn his gaze from the heights that have so recently been gained, and prepare for the ascent of the peak suddenly found beyond them.


(Dave Lowry)


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
-
4 directions - to the side, cloud hands, full circle qigong
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 - 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)  

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


Additional responsibilities

Alex is a helper.


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Last updated 21 November 2017