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Qi Gong Syllabus

At the Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Assoc. U.K. a student can study basic principles and practice of Qi cultivation and awareness. We teach specialist Wu Style Qi Gong, Dynamic Qi Gong sets like Eternal Spring, 5 Elements and Traditional sets like Eight Section Brocade and ‘Post Standing’ Qi Gong.

We also teach less dynamic and more therapeutic health oriented Qi Gong such as Qi circulation (Small and Large Heavenly Circuit – Xiao Zhou Tian & Da Zhou Tian) Fang Song Gong (a method of cultivating deep relaxation using sound and mental guidance) Dao Bu Fan Hui Qi Gong ( a moving step Qi Gong specialising in balancing and tonifying the 5 Yin organs from Master Li Liqun). Jing Luo Dao Yin Fa ( a method of activating and tonifying the 12 meridians) Jiu Zhuan San Huan Gong ( a method of Qi absorbtion and blending by opening three energy centres) Tian Di Ren ( a method of absorbing & balancing Heaven and Earth Qi) Meditation and much more. Students who complete such a course are accredited with a certificate of participation and achievement.

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Taiji Quan Syllabus

The Wu Shi Taiji Quan Assoc. teaches a comprehensive  Wu Style syllabus . It is based upon the Taiji taught by Wu Jian Quan in Shanghai (Jianquan Taiji Boxing Association founded in 1932) and faithfully passed on by senior disciple Ma Yueh Liang (1901-1998) to Li Li Qun. (1925-2013) It is sometimes known as the Southern Wu Style. The Northern Wu style is an earlier development from Quan You through Wang Maozhai and Yang Yuting. Though the root is the same and recognizably so, the characteristics are different.

All students start with the Taiji Slow Form (Da Man Quan) and specifically related exercises. The Slow Form  is a series of approximately 37 individual component movements compiled sequentially to create a long slow form of approximately 108 movements and is taught in 6 sections. This is the essential foundation for all study of Taiji, whether for martial or health reasons. Once completed it can take about 20 mins or more to perform.

There are traditional short forms  which are, by virtue of their brevity, quicker to learn. These can serve to introduce Taiji Quan to beginner student but they do not carry the full vocabulary of movement. At the Association we teach a short form developed by Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang in the 1970’s. All Form practice is accompanied by exercise which train and condition the Taiji body.

Students who wish to further their study learn Tui Shou,(Pushing Hands) two man exercise sets from which attack and defence strategies and martial  methods are developed.

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Weapons forms are also important in furthering physical and martial ability beyond the fact that they are beautiful to watch and to practice adding enormously to the students  skill base. Typically the Jian or the double edge sword is the first form to learn. There are two primary forms, Heaven and Earth and Seven Stars plus a two man combating routine etc. Jian forms are complex and physically demanding and build on the Slow Form by increasing the range of postural and martial vocabulary.

Next the Broadsword (Dao) is learned. This builds strength and is more dynamic. It is an excellent adjunct to the more ‘surgical’ Jian and there is a more advanced Wu style Double Broadsword sparring and Double Dao form. A dedicated student should also study the Pole practice which leads to the Qiang (Spear) Wu style contains both 13 and 24 Form Spear.

Finally a sincere and dedicated student can study the Fast Form – Kuai Quan. This form is considered the predecessor to the slow form and according to Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang and Master Li Li Qun, (3rd and 4th generation Masters) was the original form taught by Yang Lu Chan to Quan You (Wu Jian Quans father) and past down through Ma Yueh Liang. It does not relate to the Chen Style and seems to indicate a totally different provenance. The Kuai Quan retains changes in speed, jumping, stamping, high kicks and ‘Fa Jing’ (strikes) later excluded from the slow form. It is usually left to the end of the syllabus since it is both a treasure for the most dedicated and a difficult form to practice correctly. Until the early 1990’s it had rarely been seen publicly.

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