*Links in this thread courtesy of Yang Family Association.
Interested in Tai Chi Chuan classes?
you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Facebook “Matt Stampe”.
1. Warm-up: loosening and stretching exercises.
2. Tui shou/Push Hands: including Da Shou, Research applications, qin-na (seize-grapple), 13 techniques.
Techniques are taught first so when you do the moves, you understand what is happening and not just waving arms around in the air.
3. Core Basics and Taolu (103 form): Drilling Basics, postures, and transitions.
4. Straight sword: basics, applications, and Taolu (form), two person form.
5. Saber: basics, applications, and Tao Lu (form), two person form.
6. Long weapon: spear and long pole: techniques, 24 set, two person set.
7. San Shou: rounds of bag work, pad striking: hand, foot, elbow, knees. Throws/take downs, free sparring.
8. Padded weapon sparring: short and long weapons.
9. Warm-down: qigong/neigong, and self-massage/Pai Da gong.
Push Hands- some basic patterns.
We teach the forms official with the Yang Family. Current President is Master Yang Jun of the International Yang Family Association. I’ve been studying Yang Tai Chi Chuan since 1989, first the Cheng Man Ching’s “Yang short form” (Robert W. Smith/Ben Lo students and seminars).
1992 with the USA Yongnian Taijiquan chapter: curriculum of Fu Zhongwen, primarily via Master Weiqi He, Xu Jengheng, and seminars with Fu Zhongwen, his son, Fu Shengyuan, and grandson, James Fu. 85 Long form, sword, 13 saber, push hands: single/double fixed, moving, and Da Lu. Long pole.
1997-2003 with Sifu Xianhao Cheng of Hangzhou branch of Yongnian Taijiquan which included Jiang Yu-Keung method of large and small frame fast form Taijiquan, broadsword, push hands/da lu, san shou and spear. The Xiong Yangho branch from Taiwan was also prominent in the Washington DC area at two schools I attended: Omei Wushu School (Johnson thomas) and Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Willy Lin/Sifu Clarence Burris).
2003: I was advised by Master Weiqi He to continue study with Yang Family: Yang Zhenjie (with Coach Christopher Pei), Yang Zhendou (Master Pat Rice), and Yang Jun to keep progressing, diligence, discipline, and perseverance.
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All these guys have won championships in one way or another (except myself). I’ve competed but usually got second place. I test some of my pushing with them. Though I took a lot of pushes, I’m seeing some of the things that worked for me. Many teachers will not put themselves out there in free pushing against a high level person. They will lose face. They tend to show only beating their students and other silly demos not under pressure and many are suspect. No showboating here, just testing under duress.
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