Taijiquan Program

We are only accepting applications for Level 1: Fundamentals of Taijiquan.

Time Table

From August 21 to November 6 of 2021.

Saturdays from 11 to 12 m.

 

Location

Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera, San Juan.

Cost

$750 per participant, payable as follows: $250 at the moment of application and $500 before de beginning of the Course. You can pay cash, via ATH Móvil, Venmo or Paypal.

$1,200 for couples, payable as follows: $400 at the moment of application and $800 before the beginning of the Course. You can pay cash, via ATH Móvil, Venmo or Paypal.

One essential condition is required for participating in this Taijiquan Program, and that is to uphold and practice the Ten Shaolin Laws. Please read and understand the Ten Shaolin Laws carefully. Application for the course is taken to be an indication that you have accepted this condition.
 

Petition Form
Ask stating the following:
Course Name and Session - Fundamentals  of Taijiquan, Level 1
Full name
Sex and age
Occupation
Health problems (briefly), if any

 

If accepted, details will be emailed to you.

 

Level 1: Fundamentals of Taijiquan

 

Form: Stances. fundamental footwork and basic Taijiquan forms.

Application: Taijiquan techniques to overcome simple combat situations.

Force: Wuji Stance, Lifting Water, Three-Circle Stance, and Grasping Sparrow's Tail, Leg Stretching (Art of Flexibility).

Philosophy: Dimensions, aims and brief history.

Note:

  • From Wuji to Taiji, and back to Wuji.

  • Movement from the waist.

  • Differentiating between yin and yang.

  • One-pointed mind and energy flow.

  • Basic Taijiquan patterns.

  • Internal force training.

 

Level 2: Basic Taijiquan Set

 

Form: White Crane Flaps Wings.

Application: Pushing Hands and simple combat application.

Force: Induced energy flow.

Philosophy: Taijiquan for health and combat.

 

Note:

  • Unity of form (Jing), energy (Chi) and mind (Shen).

  • The principle of Yin-Yang.

 

Level 3: Techniques of Pushing Hands

Form: White Snake Shoots Venom.

Application: Pushing Hands and Combat Application.

Force: Flow of movement, Sensing ability, Using the opponent's strength.

Philosophy: Principles of internal force training.

Note:

  • Techniques from White Snake Shoots Venom.

  • Pushing from front, left, right and back.

  • Importance of good stances.

  • Movement from the waist.

  • Four tahils against thousand katis.

  • Flowing with the opponent to overcome him.

 

Level 4: Tactics of Pushing Hands

Form: Green Dragon Shoots Pearl.

Application: Combat application from Green Dragon Shoots Pearl.

Force: Flowing with the opponent.

Philosophy: Difference between techniques and tactics.

 

Note:

  • Reactive and proactive advantages.

  • Tactic of continuous attacks.

  • Tactic of confusing moves.

  • Tactic of instantaneous counter.

  • Tactic of interruption.

 

Level 5: Da Shou or Striking Hands

Form: Black Bear Sinks Hips.

Application: Combat application from Black Bear Sinks Hips.

Force: Breath co-ordination and energy flow.

Philosophy: Principles of attack and defense.

 

Note:

  • Four categories of attacks.

  • The principle of safety first.

  • Soft against hard, and vice versa.

  • Circular against straight, and vice versa.

  • Starting later but arriving earlier.

 

Level 6: Cultivation for Health, Combat and Spiritual Development

Form: Carry Tiger Back to Mountain.

Application: Combat application of Carry Tiger Back to Mountain.

Force: Abdominal Breathing.

Philosophy: Use of Strategies.

 

Note:

  • Strategies based on Know Thyself, Know your Opponent.

 

Level 7: Flowing Water, Floating Clouds

Form: Flowing Water Floating Clouds Set.

Application: Combat application of Flowing Water, Floating Clouds.

Force: Solo performance as well as sparring with picture-perfect form, force and speed but without panting.

Philosophy: Principles of weapon combat.

 

Note:

  • This set, which is probably closer in spirit and form to the original Taijiquan practiced by past masters like Zhang San Feng and Chen Wang Ting than many Taijiquan sets practiced today, enables us to attain good health, combat efficiency and spiritual fulfillment.

Level 8: Wudang Sword

Form: Wudang Sword set.

Application: Combat application of Wudang sword.

Force: Channeling energy to the tip of a sword.

Philosophy: Principles of weapon combat.

 

Note:

  • Safety, certainty and decisiveness.

  • Avoiding strength and attacking weakness.

 

Level 9: Taijiquan Sabre

Form: Taijiquan Sabre set.

Application: Application of Taijiquan Sabre.

Force: Accuracy and power of chosen weapon.

Philosophy: Characteristics of major weapons.

Note:

  • Major weapons ⎯ staff, sabre, spear, sword, dagger, big knife, trident, soft whip.

 

Level 10: Unarmed against Armed

Form: Empty Hands Enter White Blade.

Application: Unarmed against dagger, staff and knife.

Force: Countering feign moves.

Philosophy: The principles and practice of Apparent and Real.

 

Note:

  • Over Bridge, Flow with Water.

 

Level 11: Single Unarmed against Multiple Unarmed

Form: Tiger Enters Herd of Sheep.

Application: Single unarmed against multiple unarmed.

Force: Bamboo Man or Through the Woods.

Philosophy: Back-wall Battle and Dodge-hit Battle.

 

Note:

  • Agility, stamina and endurance.

 

Level 12: Single Unarmed and Armed against Multiple Armed

Form: Dodge Hit.

Application: Single unarmed and armed against multiple armed.

Force: Dodging skills and using enemy as shields.

Philosophy: Catch the Leader First and Break Through the Weakest.