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Bagua Zhang


Bagua has the unique training method of walking and maneuvering in circles.  The emphasis of Bagua as a martial art is its quick footwork and maneuverability.  These same movements used as self-defense methods are based upon Taoist walking meditation practices.  Bagua can be described as turning, coiling, spinning, and gliding.  Beginners will learn the basic warm-ups and walking meditation drills.  As students progress they begin to work on partner exercises, drills, and self-defense methods.  Advanced students learn a variety of weaponry unique to the Bagua curriculum.  Though considered a 'sister' art of Taiji Quan since they share the same basic principles, Bagua is more physically demanding.

After the first year students may enter the instructor's certification program.
Chen Taiji
Quan


Chen Taiji Quan is the original style of Taiji.  Different from the well known Yang Taiji, Chen emphasizes both slow and quick movements as well as soft and hard within its forms.  The Chen Taiji form is physically more difficult than Yang Taiji and requires extra dedication and daily practice to learn and remember the movements.   Contrary to Chen Village Taiji we believe it's important to practice both right and left sides of each movement to keep the body muscles well balanced. 

Beginners:
 Beginners will start learning a 10 movement short form which will take about 2 months. Then onto the expanded short form (24 movements) which is a continuation of the 10 movements already learned.  Those wishing to continue will then proceed to learning the 4 sections, 96 movement symmetrical form which the short form is the first section. This club also emphasizes partner work and applications at the beginning level. The  96 movement form unique to Xin Qi Shen Dojo based on Master Feng Zhiqiang's 48 form. After learning this solo form continuing students will learn partner Taiji forms, push hands, roushou, applications, and weaponry.

After learning the long form, students may enter the instructor's certification program.
 

Yang Taiji
Quan

The Yang style of Taiji is the most common and what the public usually associates as Taiji Quan.  Characterized by smooth, even flowing movements this is actually only the beginning and basic level.  Yang style evolved from the original Chen Taiji and is less physically demanding and initially more relaxing in its practice. However it is equally effective as an exercise system and self-defense method.  Similar to Chen style, the curriculum of Yang Taiji includes partner Taiji forms, self-defense practice, weaponry, and fast forms. 

Beginners:
Beginners will start with qi gong warm-ups then proceed to learning the symmetrical short form (10 movements).  This takes about two months. Students interested in continuing then learn the expanded short form (24 movements). The short form is the first section of the long form yet complete in itself.  Students interested in continuing will then proceed to learn the entire long form.  
After the long form is learned student proceed to learn pushing hands, partner Taiji form and weaponry. 

After learning the long form, students may enter the instructor's certification program.
 

Sun Taiji
Quan

 

Created by grandmaster Sun Lu Tang, the Sun style of Taiji is very simple and direct. This system is excellent for the elderly who haven't done any physical activity or those with knee problems. It's simple movements, though still containing the excellence of the traditional Taiji martial arts and health benefits.
Roushou

Roushou translates as 'soft hands' describing its emphasis during self-defense techniques.  Though from the art of Bagua, Xin Qi Shen dojo combines drills from Aikido, Taiji, Bagua, Tian Shan, and Yueng Quan.  We approach this practice as 'play' instead of fighting.  Emphasis is on softness, sticking, yielding, balance stealing, understanding body dynamics, and having fun. 

Whereas Taiji push hands training with constant contact to push a partner off balance, Roushou deals with responding to various strikes, kicks, and punches.  Self Defense oriented movements teach blending in with the attack, stealing balance, and counter attacks, using the least amount of energy and strenght needed.  Each month features a theme on a specific exercise and developing techniques from them.

Teaching certification is issued after students have learned all basic drills and taught a monthly class.
 

Tuishou Xin Qi Shen Dojo emphasizes traditional push hands training.   This views the practice as a partner exercise to refine and enhance each other's skill.  We are not tournament oriented.  Footwork, throws, and wrist locks are available to those interested.  Elements of Yang Taiji, Chen Taiji, Bagua, Tian Shan, and Yueng Quan push hands are taught.
Relaxation and softness is the first priority.
Second we focus on pushing, body coordination, and issuing energy.
Third we emphases counter attacks, stealing balance and energy.
 
   
Sanshou

Yang & Sun Taiji Partner Work

Sanshou is a traditional Taiji partner form designed to teach the basic applications of Taiji Quan. Focusing on softness, relaxation and not resisting ,it is a unique and complex series of movements (2 forms) that interlink teaching footwork, sticking skills, and maneuvering in response to attacks. Though pre-arranged, the sanshou has many variables within the form in change of speed, emphasis, and energy that makes it a very important component in the martial and relaxation aspect of Taiji Quan. At first the Sanshou is a fixed pattern eventually becoming a free form play time. Tuishou is the beginning, next is Roushou, then students progress to Sanshou. 

Xing Yi
Quan

A sister art of Taiji and Bagua, Xing Yi looks the least like an internal art than the others. The movements are forceful and very direct. However, the study of the art is to learn how to use our natural body energy and power: simply and efficiently. Also, Xing Yi emphasizes the intent and focus of concentration and the mind forcefully. The movements look very simple and easy but in actuality the internal work is very complex.

 

 

Teaching Curriculum
Tchoung Family
Yang Taiji Quan
Lineage of 
Yang Shou Hou
Chen Taiji Quan 
(xin jia)
Lineage of 
Chen Fake
Sun Taiji Quan 
Lineage of 
Sun Lu Tang
Bagua Zhang
Lineage of
Cheng Ting Hua 
Xing-I Quan
Lineage of
Yuan Tao &
Wang Xujin
Qi Gong
Practice Drills
Yang Taiji Long Form
Push Hands
Rou Shou
Partner Taiji 7&8
Yang Sword
Partner Sword
Double Swords
Yang Broadsword
Partner Broadsword
Taiji Staff
Taiji Spear
Cane Form
Partner Cane
Short Staff
Fast Form
Xin-I Quan
Qi Gong
Fa Sung Gong
Chen Qin-na stick
Chan Ssu Gong
Taiji Ruler
96 Form
Chen Taiji Sphere
Push Hands
Rou Shou
Partner Taiji
Chen Sword
Partner Sword
Pao Chui / Er Lu
Chen Broadsword
Partner Broadsword
Chen Spear
Partner Spear
Taiji Cane
Partner Cane

Qi Gong
Fa Sung Gong
Symmetrical Long Form
Push Hands
Sun Partner Taiji
Sun Broadsword
Sun Bagua Sword

 
Qi Gong
Inner Palms
Eight Changes
Linking Forms
Push Hands
Rou Shou
Striking Forms
Swords
Broadswords
Short Staff
Needles
Deer Horn Knives
Xin-I Quan
Interlocking Rings
Trapping Legs
Dragon Palm
Liang-I Quan

Zhan Zhuang
Qi Gong
Nei Gung Bang
Bufa
Beng Quan
Zuan Quan
Pao Quan
Heng Quan
Pi Quan
Animals
Linking Forms
Wu Xing San Tsai
Applications

Xing I Quan is usually taught as part of the Bagua program.

FORMAL CLASSES
The first year is devoted to form and basics.
The second year is partner work and applications.
The third year is weaponry.
The forth year is teaching methods.
Regardless of prior experience all new members start at the beginning unless
passing tests on Qi gong, warm-ups and basic forms. 
Teaching certifications are issued upon the successful completion of a system.