Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Chuan)

What to expect at our class. Open source for beginners:  Warm-ups, Neigong, Basics, Taolu (form), basic push hand drills, and warm downs like Paida gong (qi packing massage) or taiji qigong. Please enjoy some info and sample follow-along videos below.

8 form is the first 8 moves of the Long form. We do the long form, but beginners start with 8 form, then you learn the long form (85, 103, 108 depending on how you count the movements).

Intermediate personal training: intermediate push hands and form, Weapons (sword, saber, spear, long pole) solo and partner drills.

Advanced personal training: Advanced form and neigong, Tui shou/Da Lu/Da Shou/San shou (push hands and free fighting) solo and partner drills are available.

Prescription Tai Chi: the benefits comes from daily practice. For 10 weeks, each day do these sets in that order. Journal the experience. Communicate back if you do not feel better after 100 days. – Matthew Stampe

Yang style 13 qigong/warm up

Yang style Relaxation Neigong in Wuji stance

Yang style 8 form: Ward off, roll back, press, push, single whip, lift hands, white crane spreads wings, brush knee. The 8 form is an old yang form from Yongnian country Guang Fu town where the Yang family resided. In his youth, Fu Zhongwen, under the training of Yang Zhoupeng (Yang Banhou’s son) learned this form that repeats 8 times, so students had a easy 20 minute form as a warm-up to Tui shou (Push hands) the auxiliary two person mid-range grappling drill. More here.


Yang style Pai Da gong: “Packing the Qi” into the 4 limbs, head, and body.

Basics: Jibengong the taiji fundamentals

Bow stance requires:
1. The shape of an archer stance.
2. Knee follows the toe, does not go past the toe.
3. Back leg straight but not locked.
4. Shoulder width between feet.
5. Back foot points to 45 degrees.
6. Weight ranges from 60% to 70% in front leg and 30% to 40% in back leg.
Postures that use the bow stance are “Ward off right”, “Press”, “Push”, “Single Whip”, “Brush Knee”.

Empty stance requirements:
1. Back leg is pointed to corner while front leg points straight.
2. Front foot touches with heel or toe, while back leg bears most of the weight.
3. Back leg knee is aligned with toes.
4. Foot work is narrower, stay on both sides of the center line between the heels.
5. Weight is ranges from 0 to 30% front leg and 70 to 100% back leg.
Postures that use empty stances are “Lift hands” uses empty stance with heel touching ground, while “White crane spread wings” uses front toe touching the ground.


Forward walking “like a cat”, forward walk hold basket, forward walk raise hands, forwad walk grasp bird tail, forward walk brush knee.

Side Walking, side walking with pheonix flaps arms, side walking cloud hands.

Back Walking, Back walking with fundamental arms, Back walking Repulse monkey.

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