*Taiji 64 Course*

For the first time: Wudang Michuan Taijiquan 64 (Led Personally by Master Tang Li Long)

Commencing 2018.09.10

1. Course Dates: 10.09.2018 – 10.10.2018

2. Form: Wudang Michuan Taijiquan 64 (full-set)

3. About Wudang Michuan Taijiquan:

Wudang Michuan Taijiquan originates from the Wudang mountains, and has been passed down through the lineage of Xuan Wu Pai. It is an inner-door practice that has historically been guarded within Daoistic circles and the temples, and tended not to have been outwardly taught, hence its name “Michuan Taijichuan”. 

This Taijiquan form incorporates clear and practical movements, harmonising health cultivation, body-strengthening, and martial applications within one practice. It is easy to learn, and easy to practice, suitable for all ages, male and female, alike. 

Wudang Michuan Taijiquan involves expansive movements, that are light and graceful,  with full-bodied, circular, reeling motions, all in a continuous flow. Thus, embodying the Yin/Yang aspects to Taiji within the opening and closing, advancing and retreating, rising and falling, the full and the empty, and the interchange between each of these pairs. Through long-term practice, one’s tendons will soften and one’s bones will strengthen, one’s blood and Qi will flow more smoothly, the Dan Tian will become full and energetically vibrant, one’s footsteps and stances will become both rooted and stable, yet at the same time light and nimble, one’s limbs and body will relax and soften, whilst gaining greater mobility and agility, the internal organs within the body will balance along with the balancing of Yin and Yang, such that ‘the one-hundred ailments’ will no longer afflict one’s body, reaping the benefits of health and longevity, as well as body conditioning and self-defence. It is truly a treasure of China’s cultural tradition, the quintessence of Daoistic wisdom.

4. Content of Study:

  • General Knowledge on Daoistic Traditions. Understanding the meaning of “Dao”, “Taiji”, “Yin/Yang”, and the embodiment of Yin and Yang within the practice of Taijiquan.
  • Daoist breathing (Tu-Na) techniques; Neijia (internal) foundational practice of replenishing one’s vital energies.
  • Neijia practices for relaxation; Neijia footwork practice.
  • Foundational Taiji practices; Sanshou (sparring)/Qin-Na (grappling) applications.
  • Wushu basics (stretching, kicks, etc.)
  • Various Gong-Li (skill) training, incl. finger-strengthening, body-knocking (massage), Fa Li (projection/emission of power).
  • Wudang Michuan Taijiquan form practice.
  • Correction of movements, allowing one to go from just knowing the movements to being familiar with the movements, and to advance/progress accordingly.
  • In depth explanation of the (martial) applications to the movements in the form.
  • Learning Taiji Push-hands and its practical application.
  • Study of Theory.
  • Examination of what one has learned (at the end of the course), with a Certificate of Study.

5. Course fee: 10,000 rmb (including meals, accommodation, and tuition; single price-rate regardless of room (shared triple room/dormitory), room arrangements will depend on time of booking (first come first served).

Booking deposit (to secure one’s booking, non-refundable): 1000 rmb. This is deductible from the course fee upon arrival.

6. Reserving a place: accepting bookings from 20.04.2018; numbers limited to 5 -10; with no further bookings accepted once the quota is filled.

7. Goals for Course Completion:

Allowing each student to being able to perform the whole form in its entirety, with the right/centred postural alignment, correct motions, embodying both shape/form and spirit. Ability to apply a number of Neijia Sanshou/Qin-Na applications, push-hands, sending an opponent out, etc. Initial development of the centred and upright, full-bodied round/circular energy of the Neijia practice, in accord with nature.

Through this course, one should feel that it is as if a breath of fresh air, and be able to experience the subtlety of Daoistic culture, as well as appreciate the ability of Wudang Neijia Gongfu to use softness to overcome steel, using stillness to overcome motion, harmonising softness and hardness, light and vibrant, full and round, of benefit to one’s health, strengthening to one’s body, and with the potential for martial application. With an understanding of the practical value to “Taiji” and “Yin/Yang”, one will be able to appreciate the deep simplicity to “Taiji being Yin/Yang, and Yin/Yang being Taiji”. Thus, learning the correct way to practice Taijiquan, so that one will be able to tread the right path in understanding Taiji. Since ancient times, the Dao has only been passed on to those for whom it has been meant for. If you are looking for, or pursuing ‘the Taiji dream’, this academy will prove to be the right choice, allowing you to walk on the path from ‘knowing’ to ‘understanding’ Taiji.