Workshop Series: Chen Taiji Fundamentals, May – June 2019

This 4-session series is a detail-oriented, slow-cooking (re-)introduction to four areas of “gong”, or foundations, in Taijiquan studies and practice. Each session introduces/reviews a few key exercises that are seemingly simple and yet difficult to grasp without putting in time and attention. These exercises include breathing techniques, standing poses, stepping/walking drills, and silk-reeling exercises that are frequently used by Taijiquan practitioners as training tools. The focus of this series, however, is not to broaden your repertoire of training tools, but to use a few of them effectively to set your practice on the right course.

This series is both an introduction for beginners and a review/refinement course for Chen Taiji students with prior experience. Most of the exercises are from various Chen Taiji lineages, but applicable to other taijiquan or internal styles. If you want to cultivate relaxation and integrated movement in your body, this is the right course for you.

May 11 – Fundamentals I: 身法 Body Alignment
May 18 – Fundamentals II: 步法 Footwork
June 8 – Fundamentals III: 手法 Hand Techniques
June 15 – Fundamentals IV: 开合 Open and Close

All sessions on Saturday, 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

While each session builds on the previous one(s), the series can be taken as a whole or by individual topic(s).

Fees:
$45 / session or $150 / series
(ACTS friends: $30 / session or $100 / series)

Location:
Nine Star University of Health Sciences Wellness Center *
441 De Guigne Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(* End of parking lot on the south side of the building.)

Registration:
Please email Yan at yli.taiji@gmail.com with intent to attend, and arrive 15 minutes before class to register and pay (cash/check/paypal accepted). First time participants are required to sign a waiver form.

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