Class Content

100_6824To say that one “practices tai chi” means a  great variety of things to different people.  This is where taichi already heads down a path of ambiguity before the first movement even begins.  To “practice” means that you can be standing, doing vigorous exercise, meditating, or improving fighting application.  Simple postures can be extremely demanding on your body to the point that you are sweating or can be euphoric.  To do “tai chi” can mean that you are doing concrete, tangible movements, or that you are studying the process of a simple action (breathing) and debating abstractly how the process applies to unrelated events (finances).  How TaiChi is defined is based solely on a person’s intent.

Tai Chi’s beauty lies in the fact that people of different backgrounds, ages, and body types, can come together to partake in a mutual agenda and yet achieve completely disparate goals.  A secondary advantage of tai chi is that progress that is made in “practice” invades other areas of your life.  Proper practice does not exist in a two-hour block each week but is married to other daily events such as work and familiy life.   On the surface this seems extremely lofty and not so easy to accomplish (it is!).  However, progess is made by concentrating on the minute aspects of training.

The goal of the Chen Tai Chi Association of Austin is to pursue a complete curriculum that includes many activities that improve tai chi abilities.  Many practitioners use the forms as the sole focus of their practice.  We, instead, seek practice that builds energy, stability, strength, and flexibility and use the forms (open-hand or weapon) as a measure of our progress.

Class content:

  1. Chen Taichi Warm-up Exercises (As taught by Chen Youze)
  2. Qi Gong
    1. Zhan Zhuang  (Standing Qi Gong)
      1. Standing Presented by Chen Xiao Wang
      2. Pronounciation in Pile Stance
      3. Chen Qing Zhou on Youtube demonstrating tones and Pile Stance
      4. Standing Meditation Case Study Shared Example
    2. Standing Exercises for Qi Cultivation
      1. Standing Article by Mark Chen
      2. Chen Youze Interview on Relaxation
      3. Three Standing Qi Gong Sets
        1. Lower Cycling Standing Qi Gong Set
        2. Circulating Qi Standing Qi Gong Set
        3. Standing Qi Gong
    3. Silk Reeling
      1. Silk Reeling Book by Feng Zhiqiang
      2. Three Main Silk Reeling Exercises with Notes
  3. Technical Practice
      1. Pole Shaking
      2. 8-Energy Movements (Pung, Lu, Gi,, An, Sai, Lai, Jo, Cow)
      3. Tai Chi Sphere (Ball)  Read about the history and use
        1. Tai Chi Sphere (Ball) Video
  4. Open Hand and Weapons Frames
    1. Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine) Great Video demonstration by Chen Qing zhou
    2. Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine)  Chen Youze Tutorial Video Link
    3. Lao Jia Er Lu (Old Frame Second Routine, also known as Cannon Fist)
    4. 26 Movement Form (erh shyr lio) List of 26 Movements, 26 Movement Form Video – Chen Youze
    5. Broad Sword (Dao)
    6. Single Sword (Jian)
    7. Long Pole (Cháng gān)  Long Pole Video Example
    8. Spear Form Moves – (Li Hua Chiang)  – Spear Video
  5. Pushhands (Tui Shou)   Notes on 5 Pushhands Patterns
    1. Single
    2. Double
    3. Double (Da Lu)
    4. Fixed-step
    5. Moving