Blue & purple belts
Tai chi chuan syllabus - beginner's level

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Students have passed the first 6 belts:

  1. White 1

  2. White 2

  3. Yellow 1

  4. Yellow 2

  5. Orange

  6. Green

Attendance requirement

To train the tai chi chuan syllabus, students must attend:

Weekly tuition
A minimum of 20 workshops per calendar year

Failure to do so will mean no grading and no progress. The worst case scenario for very poor commitment will be transfer to qigong & tai chi.
If you haven't signed-up for workshops, don't ask to be assessed/graded in class.


Teachers can only teach you to the level that the strength of your basics will allow them to. They can't do anything more, it's impossible.

(Bruce Frantzis)

Physical fitness

This part of the syllabus is mainly about physical fitness, learning the Long Yang form pattern and commencing martial training.

You must get fit

All martial arts require the student to be fit for combat and tai chi is no exception. There are many lazy tai chi classes in the world. This is naive in the extreme.

Cross-training tai chi
Our students train: massage, leg stretches, qigong, neigong, form, partnered work, martial concepts and weapons.
The training is done carefully, gently - in a controlled manner - without exertion or strain.


If you don't meet these criteria, you are encouraged to set the time aside and work hard. There's no hurry. Home practice is the key. You just need to develop your organisational skills.

Level of difficulty

These grades are about getting fitter. Not fighting. It is the beginning of the martial training. Expect a challenging learning curve
Students who do not like the prospect of getting roughed up should consider doing qigong & tai chi instead.


A yoga mat is necessary for the warm-up routine at 7:00 PM. A rubber-coated 1" stick and a rubber knife are required if you are interested in weapons night.

Weapons drills

The knife, stick and sword drills are practiced every month on weapons night. If you can't remember the movements, buy the Weapons Drills DVD.


Weapons Drills DVD and Exercises DVD are the ideal titles to watch for supplementary guidance and revision.

Darker belts

Blue and purple belts are for students willing to make the level of commitment associated with martial arts training.


Long Yang form (section 3) (regular)
Floor work
- kicks
- tackling

Stretches & joint work
Yielding exercise
- take to the ground

Challenge - 3 sets of qigong in 30 mins (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Martial concepts theory

Recommended reading -
 Chinese Boxing   


Long Yang form (mirrored)
Chair game
Martial concepts & qigong
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Stick drills (3 sets)
Taoist yoga (3 sets)

Challenge - form challenge (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Recommended reading - The Art of War


Reading is optional

Reading is optional, but failure to read the books will impede progress and hinder understanding.

Further reading

Fight for your belt
Darker belts


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Page created 2 March 1995
Last updated
21 May 2015