THE YANG STYLE TAI CHI
Our school of Tai Chi Chuan practices several traditional Tai Chi
There are many other Tai Chi Chuan exercises such as the Eight-diagram
Palm, Spear Forms and various shortened forms which we do not practice.
- The Long Tai Chi Chuan Form
- This 'long' form (so-called to distinguish it from more recent
'short' forms) is traditionaly considered to consist of 108 movements.
These movements derive from the martial arts. It develops all the basic
principals of Tai Chi: balance; centeredness; empty vs. full (wieghted &
non-weighted); alignment; careful attention to precise movement;
rootedness of the legs; flexibility of the waist; sinking one's energy to
the 'tantien'; internal stillness; smooth movement rhythms, etc. It
consists of three 'stages' of increasing length and difficulty.
- The Tai Chi Chien Sword Form
- Traditionally the Sword Form is composed of 32 movements divided into
four stages. It is very subtle, nuanced and graceful and drwas particular
attention to the movements and positions of the hands as they are
expressed by the sword and 'sword-finger'.
- The Staff Form
- The traditional Tai Chi staff form was taught by Master Lee. It is
short and energetic and extends the flow of chi into a wide sphere of
- Push Hands
- We also practice a two person exercise in sensitivity and responsiveness
which is known as push hands. This can be done with either one or two
hands and in its more advanced stages actively incorporates the movements
of the Tai Chi Chuan form into a sparring martial-arts like exercise. A Slow Discourse On
Push Hands from Peter Lim.
- The Tai Chi Tao Sabre Form
- There is a Tai Chi Sabre Form which we hope to start teaching in the
near future. It is very energetic, balance intensive and develops the
concepts of attack and retreat very ably.
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