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Beginning Level

Typically the starting for beginners in T'ai Chi and consists of three terms of classes known as B1, B2 and B3 which are normaly completed in that order.

Fundamentals

Once students have completed the B1, B2, B3 classes they progress to the Fundamentals. Fundamentals consists of two terms of classes known as F1 and F2.

Sensing Hands 1

In this course we introduce the work with partners known as push hands or sensing hands. Despite the connotation, "push hands" is taught in a non-confrontational way, focusing on our own stability, balance and ability to interact with each other in harmony. (2 terms)

Intermediate Form

In this course, we progress to a deeper and more internal understanding and practice of the form. New concepts are introduced that enable us to integrate our form and push hands practice as one body of knowledge. (2 terms)

Sensing Hands 2

A continuation of Sensing Hands 1, but with the two-hand sequence and the principle of yielding introduced. In this course we establish a clear understanding and embodiment of sensing hands practice, refining our technique, sensitivity and awareness of ourselves in relation to others. (3 terms)

Sensing Hands 3

In this advanced course we focus on both form and sensing hands using self-observation to increase our awareness and release tension from specific parts of the body. Relaxation is emphasized with various breathing and meditation techniques used. (3 terms)

Intermediate Form Corrections

Our curriculum alternates study of the form with study of push hands. The insights we've gained in Sensing Hands 3 are used to further refine our intermediate form practice. (2 terms)

Sword Form

The art of T'ai Chi Chuan has three main branches: the Form, Sensing Hands, and the Sword. In the Form, we learn about ourselves: our health, our balance, our ability to relax. In learning Sensing Hands, we expand our awareness to include interacting with a partner. Listening for tension and relaxation, we learn to stay relaxed and rooted to the ground while playing with the energy of our partner's movement. After Sensing Hands, we expand our consciousness still further with the longer reach of the sword. With the Sword Form and Fencing we now have moving feet rather than the fixed feet of Sensing Hands. We use the sword as an extension of our body and feel, through this tool, the expression of our spirit.

Appenticeships

An extensive program designed to train students to become teachers is offered to approved students. Coursework includes advanced work in form, sensing  hands and the sword.

Advanced Levels, Open Push Hands, Sword Fencing and Pole

 

 

 

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