Equinox Tai Chi

                                                                                           Curriculum

Qigong for Holistic Health

 

Preparatory exercises. A series of simple exercises to gently warm up and ready the body and mind for considered movement. Loosening exercises to gain a degree of relaxation and a series of 'listening' exercises to create a deeper connection between body, mind & breath - using intention and meditative focus.

 

Zhan Zhuang. The standing pole sequence. Body-Mind cultivation to further develop correct structure & alignent, building qualities such 'Wuji' (emptiness/neutraility), 'Sung' (effortlessness) and various other 'Jins' (energies/qualities) required for correct tai chi practice.

 

Open Door Five Qigong. A Taoist health practice consisting of 5 connected meditative qigong movements with an ever deepening journey of development - to culitivate holisitc health and mindful accomplishment.

 

Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing. A Qigong system comprising of 16 movements founded on Taoist internal practices and designed for holistic health improvement and wellbeing according to Taoist tradition. In the Phoenix, we train our bodies to emulate the movements of nature with an emphasis on energised softness and  flowing spirals, while literally embodying the practical philosophies of Taoism from the Wudang and Dragon Gate traditions. This system culminates in a short, graceful moving form.

 

Tai Chi for Health

 

Tai Chi movement. Exercises for health and wellbeing. Movements taken from the Yang style 37 step moving form to develop coordination, balance & strength.

 

37 Yang style form. Learning the full moving form in order to apply correct structure, internal alignment and 'Yi' (minful intention/motive) to produce a graceful moving meditation.

 

Partner exercises. Gentle and simple 'listening' and 'sensing' exercises through partnerwork, to help understand - in both oneself ond a partner - the basic qualities and principles needed for proper tai chi practice.

 

Sword. A graceful Yang style form using the 'Jian' (Chinese double edged straight sword), moving onto controlled fencing exercises.

 

Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi as a martial art).

 

The 13 qualities of Tai Chi Chuan. Developing the 8 energetic qualities (Expansion, Diversion/Yeilding, Pressing, Pushing, Plucking, Splitting, Elbowing and Bumping) and the 5 stepping movements (Forward, Backward, Left, Right & Centre) of martial Tai Chi Chuan.

 

Applications. Exploring all the postures and movements of the form to discover their application in a self-defence context.

 

Pushing Hands. Partner exercises and drills to cultivate kinaesthetic listening and sensitivity, and to utilise the 13 qualities under varying degrees of pressure, and to learn the tai chi push hand principles of Stick, Adhere, Join & Follow.

 

Spiralling & Explosive power. Training whole-body connective methods of issuing power using tai chi principles.

 

Sparring. Developing the effectiveness of a 'tai chi body/mind' under varying degrees of pressure.