Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Chuan)

What to expect at our class. I teach Warm-ups, Neigong, Basics, Taolu (form), Weapons (sword, saber, spear, long pole), Tui shou/San shou (push hands and free fighting), and warm downs: Paida gong (percussion massage). Some sample 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).

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
13-warmup

Tai Chi Private lesson also available. 30 minutes in-person or Telemedicine $40.00



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.

8_yang-form

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

Stances:
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 is 60% in front and 40% in back.
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 30% front leg and 70% 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.

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