Taijiquan syllabus (complete)
 
     

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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


Brown

Long Yang form (mirrored)
3-D
Biomechanical advantage
Central equilibrium
- fixed feet
Chair game
Chin na applications (set 3)
Core strength (3 sets)
Crescent moon
High circle qigong

Immovable elbow
Kicking game
- evasive body focus
- sustained & varied kicking
Martial sets: a precursor to form application
Massage
Monkey paws (stepping)
Moving qigong (complete set)
Qigong on one leg
Qigong revision
San sau
Slam ball challenge
Strategic stepping
Striking pads
- focus mitt, squashy pad, round pad
Yielding exercise
- take to the ground

Challenge - chin na applications (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - form challenge (mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge – san sau (30 mins x 6 weeks)

Assignment #1 - The Book of Five Rings
Assignment #2 - The Way of Chuang Tzu 


Black (1st dan)

Sabre form (regular & mirrored)
2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored)
3-tier wallbag
5 bows
5 bows exercise
5 elements
6 balanced pairs
60/40 stance
Anti-sparring
Being hit
Biomechanics (qigong)
Breath meditation
Chops
Combat stance
Countering punches, kicks & grapples
Countering/pushing peng
Cultivating peng
Da lu
Double pushing hands
Dying ground
Everybody falls
Fa li
Floor work
- control
- expedience
Form applications (section 1)
Gravity striking
Keeping the pressure on when attacking
Long Yang form (lines of force version)
Loose striking
The power/function of 'li'
Pushing peng exercise
Pushing peng (partnered)
Pushing peng (striking)
Qigong revision
Silk arms (peng)
San sau (peng)
Speed striking
Sustaining peng throughout your counter
Sword drills
Tactics used by other arts
Using 3-D to gain optimal power

Challenge - 2-person cane drill (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - da lu (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - double pushing hands (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - floor work endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - lines of force form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - sabre form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (peng) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 1 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - sword drills (30 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment - Moving Zen
Assignment - The New Lao Tzu
Assignment - Zen in the Art of Archery


Black (2nd dan)

Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
4 ounces exercise
5 animals
5 centres
5 elements stepping
8 powers striking
13 postures
Crude fa jing
Cultivating sung
Elbow
Finishing-off
Floor work
- chin na
- dying ground
Folding
Form applications (section 2)
Freeform triangle
Groundpath
Holding down the pillow
Kicking
Meditation on body sensations
Meditation on emotions
Moving with kwa
Neigong (1-10)
Neigong (extras)
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Punching from the centre
Pushing hands development
Reverse breathing
San sau (variations)
Silk arms (
variations)
Small stick drills
Small stick flexibility drills
Spiral body
Yin

Challenge - s
an sau (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - section 2 form applications (120 mins x 24 weeks)
Challenge - silk arms (variations) (30 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - small stick drills (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - walking stick form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment - 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Assignment - 36 Strategies
Assignment - Commentaries on Living volume 2


Black (3rd dan)

Jian form (regular & mirrored)
Biomechanics (chin na)
Biomechanics (drills)
Biomechanics (form)
Biomechanics (shuai jiao)
Countering a knife
Escapes/knife
Floor work
- multiple opponents
- tactics

Form applications (section 3)
Improvised weaponry/knife
Jing
Long & short jing
Long Yang form (round version)
Melee:
– yielding/shuai jiao
– yielding/chin na
– yielding/countering
Neigong (11-20)
Obvious power (ming jing)
San da stage 1: freeform application
San sau (jing)
Silk arms (jing)
Yielding/chin na

Yielding/countering
Yielding/knife
Yielding/shuai jiao


Challenge - 10 minute freeform application endurance challenge
Challenge - improvised weaponry (5 minutes)
Challenge - jian form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - round form (regular & mirrored) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (jing) (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 - yielding/chin na endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/countering endurance (10 mins)
Challenge - yielding/shuai jiao endurance (10 mins)

Assignment #1 - Peak
Assignment #2 - Tao of Being
Assignment #3 - The Little Zen Companion


Black (4th dan)

5 challenges
5 elements striking (part 1)
5 elements striking (part 2)
5 pre-emptive methods
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Biomechanics (combat)
Biomechanics (weapons)
Cold jing
Combining chin na, shuai jiao & jing
Dividing the muscle
Entry methods
Fa jing
First hand/second hand
Flowing chin na applications (misplacing the bones)
Flowing shuai jiao applications
Freeform grappling
Heavy bag
Hidden power (an jing)
Jing/leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Latent movements
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Neigong (21-30)
Penetrating defences against a knife
Projections (sections 1, 2 & 3)
Rolling
San da stage 2: freeform combat
San sau against a knife
San sau (combat)
Shen
Shih (martial advantage)
Shuai jiao: footwork
Shuai jiao: elbow & bump
Shuai jiao: mutual arising
Shuai jiao: use of legs
Shuai jiao: throws
Shuai jiao against a knife
Silk arms against a knife
Silk arms (combat)
Sparing yourself
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
Tools
Travelling
Wu nien
Yielding/chin na against a knife

Challenge - 5 challenges
Challenge - knife attackers (5 minutes)
Challenge - projections (set 1) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 2) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - projections (set 3) (30 mins x 12 weeks)
Challenge - shuai jiao relay (5 minutes)
Challenge - silk arms (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)
Challenge - san sau (combat) (60 mins x 4 weeks)

Assignment #1 -
Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power
Assignment #2 -
Back to Beginnings
Assignment #3 - Chuang Tzu in a Nutshell
Assignment #4 - The Art of War (Cleary/Shambhala)
Assignment #5 - Tao Te Ching (various translations)
Assignment #6 -
The Okinawa Program
Assignment #7 - How to Win Friends and Influence People


Black (5th dan)

5 elements striking (part 3)
Bone marrow washing
Cavity press
Cultivating sung
Disarming
Disintegration
Dying ground (expert)
Energy drainage
Fa jing (variations)
Form application (cane)
Form application (jian)
Form application (power)
Form application (sabre)
Form application (walking stick)

Form in self defence
Internalising
Kinetic pathway
Monkey
Neigong
- 20 qualities
- incorporation
Open & close
Overwhelming attacks
Pre-natal breathing
Reeling silk
Refined power (hua jing)
Rhythm
Sealing the breath
Small circle
Sung
Tortoise breathing
Unite upper & lower
Waving
Yin body
Yin/yang

Challenge - mass attack (5 minutes)
Challenge - non-cooperative relay (5 mins)

Assignment #1 - interpret a koan
Assignment #2 - write a poem

Recommended reading:

The Book of Tea
Free Yourself From Back Pain
The Inner Way
Keep it Simple
The Pavement Arena
The Power of Internal Martial Arts
Rapt
The Road Less Travelled
Steal My Art
Sword & Brush
The Tai Chi Journey
Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters


Master

2-person cane drill dismantled
Adapt, change & improvise
Biomechanics
Consciousness
Consolidation
Dim-mak (dim-su/incapacitation)
Eastern philosophy
Form
Freeform
Jian form dismantled
Kinaesthetic awareness
Knife drills dismantled
Long Yang form dismantled
Martial principles & practice
Meditation
Neigong dismantled
Partner work dismantled
Penetrating defences dismantled
Power generation
Proprioception
Pushing hands (all variations) dismantled
Qigong dismantled
Sabre form dismantled
San sau dismantled
Silk arms dismantled
Small stick drills dismantled
Spiritual inquiry
Stick drills dismantled
Striking methods
Sword drills dismantled
Syllabus design
Taijiquan principles
Teaching methods
Walking stick form
dismantled
Whole-body movement
Masterwork/masterpiece


Greyed out items meet the required standard of skill.


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Last updated 06 July 2020