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Beginner

Brett is working through part 2 of the taijiquan beginners syllabus.  His immediate focus is yielding basic skills and form.


Attendance (2017)

Brett has demonstrated good commitment; endeavouring to attend a number of additional training opportunities. 

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 4
Boot camp: 1
Private lessons: 0

Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.

(Eugen Herrigel)
 

Taijiquan syllabus - student grades


1. Beginner

Part 1:


Partner work

Qigong
Challenge – full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette

Part 2:

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

Part 3:

Leg stretches (2 sets)
Monkey paws
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette

Part 4:

Cardio work (2 sets)
Knife drills (intro)
Psoas exercises
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette

Part 5:

Cat-stepping
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)
Martial concepts (intro)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Cat stepping
Assignment #2 - Martial concepts theory


2. Intermediate

Part 1:

Full syllabus revision
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
Qigong development
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Sword Polisher's Record: The Way of Kung Fu

Part 2:

Chin na applications
Full syllabus revision
High circle qigong
Stick drills (3 sets)
Challenge - chin na applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - There Are No Secrets

Part 3:

Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 2) (mirrored)
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Small san sau
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – small san sau (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition

Part 4:

4 directions with a partner (no contact)
Core strength (3 sets)
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 3)

Massage
Pushing peng exercise
Qigong on one leg
Standing post with arms
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Part 5:


Form applications
Form posture qigong (70/30)
Full syllabus revision
Stretches & joint work
Sword drills
Challenge - form applications (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Book of Five Rings

Part 6:

3-D
70/30 stance
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (section 3) (mirrored)
Monkey paws (stepping)
Silk arms
Challenge - form challenge (section 3)  mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Way of Chuang Tzu

Part 7:

Countering/pushing peng
Full syllabus revision
Long Yang form (mirrored)
Pushing peng (partnered)
Qigong revision
Single pushing hands (stepping)
Challenge - mirrored form (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The Art of War

Part 8:

Double pushing hands
Full syllabus revision
Penetrating defences
Pushing peng (striking)
Yielding/chin na
Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - The New Lao Tzu

Part 9:

Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Dying ground
Floor work
Full syllabus revision
Melee
Yielding/countering
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Tao of Being


3. Experienced

Part 1:

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
13 postures
Breath meditation
Form applications (section 1)
Full syllabus revision
Neigong (1-10)
Small san sau (peng)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - The Book of Life

Part 2:


2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
Being hit
Full syllabus revision
Gravity striking
Loose striking
Silk arms (peng)
Speed striking
Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - The Inner Way

Part 3:


Da lu
Finishing-off
Freeform triangle
Full syllabus revision
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - Sword & Brush

Part 4:

5 elements stepping
8 powers striking
Form applications (section 2)
Full syllabus revision
Meditation on emotions
Obvious power (ming jing)
Reverse breathing
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Assignment - The Little Zen Companion

Part 5:

4 ounces exercise
5 bows
Floor work (control)
Full syllabus revision
Neigong (11-20)
Pushing hands development
Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - Moving Zen

Part 6:

Countering a knife
Escapes/knife
Full syllabus revision
Improvised weaponry/knife
Long Yang form (round version)
Yielding/knife
Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Assignment - Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters

Part 7:

Form applications (section 3)
Full syllabus revision
Groundpath
Meditation on body sensations
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Spiral body
Yin
Challenge - section 3 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Assignment - 36 Strategies

Part 8:

5 animals
Crude fa jing
Full syllabus revision
Holding down the pillow
Jian form (regular & mirrored)
Jing
Neigong (extras)
Small san sau (jing)
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small san sau (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - Steal My Art

Part 9:

5 centres
Crude fa jing
Elbow
Folding
Full syllabus revision
Kicking
Moving with kwa
San da stage 1: freeform application
Silk arms (jing)
Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - sections 1, 2 & 3 form applications (120 mins x 48 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (jing) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Assignment - Zen in the Art of Archery

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