What is the course about?
The course was originally intended to focus on post hand form practice, push hands & Da Lu etc and reflect this back to form practice correction and development. However the group has opted to focus more on developing a sounder base in the hand form practice as preparation to these post form practices, though there is reflection from the hand form sequences to these post form practices and application as clear ways to test, investigate, correct and develop a clear sound practice for health well-being and application.
You will learn a sound grounding in the Yang family-style long-form T'ai Chi Chuan (TCC) syllabus leading onto including Push Hands, Da Lu, application and Chi Kung, exercises that will enable you to calm and relax your body-mind. Improve, co-ordinate and integrate your whole body power and intent for health well-being and application. As an intermediate course some background in Yang style TCC is expected (at least of the first section of the form), though the focus will be on teaching to the individual so varying levels can be positively accommodated and some time will be spent on form correction and improvement.
What will we cover?
- T'ai Chi Chuan - using the long form as a foundation to practice
- Push Hands and Da Lu
- Chi Kung
- Taoist stretching
- Warm up exercises
- Meditation and TCC principles.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Adequately perform movements from the T'ai Chi Yang long form, Push Hands and Da Lu practice
- Demonstrate using solo and partner testing of posture and application to improve health, well-being and practice
- Perform loosening-up, stretching and some Chi Kung movements
- Be able to improve personal practice health and well-being by understanding and utilising TCC principles and practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for those with some TCC experience, especially of first section of Yang-style long form. Previous students of shorter forms will also benefit from improved understanding of the original authentic and much more comprehensive practice from which the ’shorter’ forms were abstracted. You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is
suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you
have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, verbal direction and explanation, physical correction, group and individual practice.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose comfortable clothing. Certain books and video/DVD will be recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue next term and/or enrol on City Lit's Chi Kung and Relaxation course.