Monsieur Poulpe (octopus)
With limbs like boneless tentacles.
     

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Helper

Marc is a tai chi for health
teaching assistant. He has over 10 years practice behind him.


Taijiquan

Marc is working through the taijiquan blue belt syllabus.


Baguazhang

Marc is working through the baguazhang black belt (1st dan) syllabus.


2020 attendance

Marc has attended the required number of workshops for grading.


Coffee Club

Marc is the founder member of the Coffee Club.
 

His ability to take adequate care of himself.
Not a hypochondriac or obsessed with his appearance, but not ignoring things either.
With the result that he hardly ever needed medical attention,
or drugs or any sort of salve or ointment.

(Marcus Aurelius)
 


Taijiquan syllabus


White

Qigong

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette


Yellow

The ball game
Monkey paws
Partner work
Psoas exercises
Pushing legs
Single pushing hands


Challenge full circle qigong (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge standing qigong (4 postures) (20 minutes x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - Attitude & etiquette
Assignment #3 - Q & A
Assignment #4 - Attitude & etiquette


Orange

Long Yang form (section 1) (regular)
Constructive rest
Fear of falling
Horse stance
How to escape from a hold
How to punch
Knife drills
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Partner work mistakes
Playing the attacker
- commitment
- range & reach
Punching rehab
Shuai jiao applications (set 1)
Yielding basic skills


Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - knife drilling (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - yielding basic skills challenge (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Q & A
Assignment #2 - A & E
Assignment #3 - The Sword Polisher's Record


Green

Long Yang form (section 2) (regular)
Bracing
Cardio work (2 sets)
Cat-stepping
Chin na applications (set 1)

Floor work
- basics
- back-to-back
Hitting a focus mitt

Horse stance qigong
How to slip a hold
Loose striking
Penetrating defences (intro)

Standing post with arms


Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (section 2) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - horse stance qigong (5 mins x 12 weeks)


Assignment #1 - Cat stepping
Assignment #2 - There Are No Secrets


Blue

Long Yang form (section 3) (regular)
4 directions with a partner (no contact)
70/30 stance
Countering
- 3 B's: blocking, blending & balance
- 4 stages
- fence
- X-shape
Monkey paws (5 hands)
Shuai jiao applications (set 2)
Silk arms

Qigong development
Tao yin/Taoist Yoga (3 sets)


Challenge - form challenge (section 3) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - qigong development (40 mins x 4 weeks)

Challenge - shuai jiao applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge silk arms (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - Martial concepts theory

Assignment #2 - The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan - The Literary Tradition


Purple

Long Yang form (revision & corrections)
Chin na applications (set 2)
Floor work
- kicks
- tackling

Martial concepts & qigong
Penetrating defences
Silk arms #1
Square on the inside, round on the outside
Stick drills (3 sets)

Stretches & joint work
Yielding exercise - finishing off

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - penetrating defences (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - stick drills (30 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge - yielding exercise - finishing off (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment - The Art of War


Baguazhang syllabus


Blue

6 direction changes
8 mother palms
9 palaces
Body overturning drill
Circle walking
Crane stepping
The crouch
Figure of 8
The gaze
Lion stepping
Partnered circle walking

Challenge 6 direction changes drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 8 mother palms drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 9 palaces drilling (20 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge circle walking drilling (60 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge figure of 8 drilling (60 mins x 6 weeks)

Worth reading:

Chinese Boxing by Robert Smith


Purple

8 directions stepping
16 elbows
60/40 stance

Drilling (spiralling forward)
Kicking exercise
Mud stepping
Pressing (splitting)
Rolling (circular coiling)
Plate exercise (baguazhang version)
Toe in, toe out
Wrapping (embrace)
Yielding/chin na
Yielding/shuai jiao

Challenge 8 directions stepping (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 60/40 stance circle walking drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge 60/40 stance figure of 8 drilling (120 mins x 6 weeks)
Challenge yielding/chin na drilling (5 minutes)
Challenge yielding/shuai jiao drilling (5 minutes)


Worth reading:

Bagua Linked Palms by Wang Shujin


Brown

Single palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Double palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Striking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Piercing palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Flicking palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Body overturning palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Shaking body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)
Turning body palm change - fixed frame (regular & mirrored)

Challenge body overturning palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge double palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge flicking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge piercing palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge shaking body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks) 
Challenge single palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge striking palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge turning body palm change - fixed frame drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)

Challenge self defence relay (against all baguazhang students)

Fitness requirement:

Cardio work (2 sets)
Core strength (3 sets)
Leg stretches (2 sets)
Psoas exercises
Taoist yoga (3 sets)


Worth reading:

The Power of Internal Martial Arts by Bruce Frantzis


Black (1st dan)

3-D
5 animals
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Countering punches, kicks and grapples
Dying ground
Elbow
Entry methods
Escape from a hold
Everybody falls
First hand/second hand
Folding
Kicking
Monkey
Monkey paws
Mutual arising
Shuai jiao applications
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
Yielding/countering

Challenge 5 animals palm change drilling (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge chin na applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge countering punches, kicks and grapples (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge escapes relay (5 minutes)
Challenge form drilling (monkey)  (60 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge monkey paws (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge shuai jiao applications (30 minutes x 12 weeks)
Challenge yielding/countering drilling (5 minutes)

Worth reading:

Effortless Combat Throws by Tim Cartmell


Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 01 October 2020