Chris
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Orange belt

Chris is working through the taijiquan material explored in the kung fu syllabus.
His immediate focus is cat stepping, martial concepts and mirrored form.
To continue studying the kung fu syllabus, Chris must pass
green belt by the beginning of March.


Attendance (2017)

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

Class: weekly
Workshops attended: 15/6
Boot camp: 0
Private lessons: 0

 

The martial arts were not developed for the defence of soldiers fighting on battlefields. Neither are they sports. The combat that martial artists practice is free of restraints. Martial arts have one objective only: to neutralise an attack by any means, and as rapidly as possible.

(Howard Reid)

Kung fu syllabus - student belts

Taijiquan:

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
Knife drills (intro)
Long Yang form (section 1) (mirrored)

Martial concepts (intro)
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
Assignment #5 - Martial concepts theory

Full syllabus revision
High circle qigong
Horse stance
Long Yang form (section 2)
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


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

Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


Additional responsibilities

Chris is a helper.


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Last updated 22 September 2017