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Beginner

Brett is working through the taijiquan beginners syllabus.  His immediate focus is yielding basic skills and form.


Attendance (2017)

Brett has not attended enough workshops/boot camp to receive adequate exposure to the taijiquan syllabus. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 4/8
Boot camp: 2
Private lessons: 0

Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.

(Eugen Herrigel)
 

Taijiquan syllabus - student grades


1. Beginner

Long Yang form (section 1)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision
Knife drills (intro)
Leg stretches (set 1)
Leg stretches (set 2)
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Qigong
Single pushing hands
Stick drills (intro)
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

Part 1:

Chin na applications
Full syllabus revision
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
Long Yang form (section 2) (mirrored)
Martial concepts
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Qigong development
Small san sau
Stick drills (3 sets)
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)
Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu
Assignment #3 - There Are No Secrets
Assignment #4 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition
Assignment #5 - Martial concepts theory


Part 2:

3-D
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Core strength (3 sets)
Form applications
Form posture qigong (70/30)

Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 3)
Long Yang form (section 3) (mirrored)

Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Pushing peng exercise

Qigong on one leg
Silk arms
Standing post with arms
Stretches & joint work
Sword drills
Challenge - form applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3)  mirrored) (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 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment #3 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #4 - The Way of Chuang Tzu


Part 3:

Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Floor work
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
Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
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)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Art of War
Assignment #3 - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment #4 - Tao of Being


3. Experienced

Part 1:

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 drill (regular & mirrored) (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 - The Book of Life
Assignment - The Inner Way
Assignment - Sword & Brush


Part 2:

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 - The Little Zen Companion
Assignment - Moving Zen
Assignment - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters


Part 3:

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 - section 3 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 - small san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - 36 Strategies
Assignment - Steal My Art
Assignment - Zen in the Art of Archery

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Last updated 7 May 2017