Beginner's Taiji Classes - Taiji Chuan Long Form, Large-Frame Wu
Students are taught about three movements a session and practice
each, integrating always into what has been already learned. The
form itself is divided into three sections which can be learned
separately at each student's own pace of learning, and finally put
together. Emphasis is on correct posture and the ability to practice
the form without following an instructor.
Intermediate and Advanced Classes
Students who have finished learning individual movements now begin
to study the movements as one continuous set and how individual
movements fit together in detail. Emphasis is on smoothness with
distinct rhythm when practicing the form as a whole and on transformation
of the instinctive behavior of the body.
Push-hands is a two-person practice method which teaches the principles
of listening, adhering, sticking and neutralizing. These skills
are considered fundamental to eventual martial applications of the
(See Pushing Hands Rules and Procedures
at the bottom of this page.)
An advanced taiji training. All the individual moves in the taiji
set will be demonstrated and praticed in an actual body contact
way that resembles real self-defense situations. A solid form training
is a pre-requisite to participaiton in this stage of training.
An advanced class, the traditional taiji Sword form is learned
Taiji Qigong Training
An advanced class, the traditional taiji breathing exercises learned
and practiced; physically and psychologically demanding!.
Daoist Internal Self Cultivation (Neidan)
The ultimate internal energy and spiritual cultivation in the Daoist
tradition. In this tradition, not merely qi, but essence (jing)
and spirit (shen) will be cultivated individually as well as integrated
together to achieve a total transformation of an individule. In
modern terms, a positive physical, psychological, and spiritual
transformation can be achieved. That is, in Daoist terms, to become
a "zhenren," a genuine human being.
Individually arranged according to different students' needs and
schedules. The sessions can cover all levels from beginning to advanced.
Hands Rules and Procedures
Explanation of the Pushing Hands Rules and Procedures
The Pushing Hands Rules and Procedures have been
created based on Instructor Jingyu Gu’s experience as well
as on rules and regulations published in China and in the US, such
as at www.chinahand.com/tai_chi/ph_rules.htm.
(You need cut and paste this address in order to find the page on
1. Pushing hands is one of the supplementary taiji training methods
to cultivate the practitioner’s whole body health and power.
2. More specifically, pushing hands is a sportsmanly sparring training
between two practitioners to obtain, as well as to verify their
taiji qualities and skills, such as subtleness, resilience, sensitivity
or the release of their whole body strength.
3. The goals of pushing hands are the development and maintenance
of the above mentioned qualities and skills, rather than winning.
4. Pushing hands is only one of the stepping stones to higher levels
of taiji training.
5. Pushing hands therefore follows specific rules and procedures
that will facilitate the accomplishment of the above-mentioned goals.
6. Free-style sparring adopted in some recent taiji competitions
are beyond the scope of taiji pushing hands training. It is not
an appropriate training until at a very late or advanced stage in
a taiji practitioner’s development.
Pushing Hands Procedures
1. Lottery determines which competitors will face
each other; a weigh-in will be necessary if the competitors’
weights seem to differ significantly.
2. Contestants must wear a T shirt, martial arts pants, and shoes.
No jewelry or watches.
3. Matches consist of two two-minute rounds. Only the center referee
can stop the clock. There will be a one minute break between rounds.
Restricted Step Rules and Procedures
1. There is no ring, but competitors are limited to taking a shifting
step forward or backward. It will be counted as a loss, if both
feet move at the same time.
2. Competitors must begin each match with three circles of Peng,
Lu, Ji, An, before executing techniques. The techniques competitors
will be allowed to use are Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao
and other tai chi pushing hands techniques.
3. Scoring: One point is awarded for an effective attack which forces
the opponent to step off balance in any direction. Two points are
awarded if the opponent falls or touches the ground with his/her
Moving Step Rules and Procedures
1. Competitors must begin each match with three circles
of Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao before executing techniques.
The techniques competitors will be allowed to use are Peng, Lu,
Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao and other tai chi pushing hands techniques.
2. The ring consists of three concentric circles. The innermost
circle is 15 feet in diameter, the middle circle is 18 feet in diameter,
and the outermost circle is 21 feet in diameter.
3. Scoring: One point is awarded for a technique that forces the
opponent to step outside of the innermost circle. Two points are
awarded if the opponent steps outside of the second circle. If the
technique causes the opponent to fall inside the innermost ring,
one point is awarded. If the opponent falls outside the innermost
ring two points are awarded. Techniques forcing the competitors
to fall outside the second and third rings are worth three and four
points, respectively. The competitor who scores 15 points first
wins the match.
1. Surprise attacks or punches.
2. Kicking, sweeping, or wrestling techniques.
3. Contact to the head, throat, or groin.
4. Holding the leg or waist.
5. Grabbing and pulling the opponent's arm with both hands is not
allowed. Grabbing with one hand and redirecting with the other is
6. Unruly conduct.
7. Foul language.
1. The fifth foul results in disqualification.
2. Any serious infraction of the rules may result in immediate disqualification.
3. The Center Referee possesses full authority.
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