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Brighton, England

February 17-19

Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' (Baduanjin) #3

Yang-shi Taijiquan Baduanjin 楊式太極拳八段錦


Taijiquan is often described as 'meditation in movement' but meditative and energetic aspects of the art often take a back seat to outer form. Learning this type of 'Taiji Neigong/Qigong' will transform your understanding of the art and add depth to your practice.

Fragments of the Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' (Baduanjin) have been passed down through various sources but it is not common to find instruction in the entire set. The material was considered by early Yang masters to be an essential part of internal training. While parts of this neigong practice have appeared in print, for example in Chen Yanlin's 1943 book 'Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled', to date there is no full rendering of a Yang 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' in English.

In last year's classes we looked at the the first five parts of the Yang Baduanjin: Section 1 Peng and An, and Section 2 the 21 gesture 'Taijiquan Fundamental Strengthening Body and Mobilizing Qi Method', Section 3, the Waist and Spine, Section 4, The Arms, and Section 5, the Legs. This weekend we will continue with the final three sections: Section 6, 'Standing Post' (Zhan Zhuang), Section 7, 'Issuing' and 'Coiling' (Fajin and Chansijin), and Section 8, 'Trample Stepping' (Caituigong). On Friday evening we will review sections 3-5.

Times:     Fri. 6-9pm. Sat/Sun 10:30am-5:30pm
Cost:       Full weekend £165. Sat/Sun only £135. Fri. only £35
Location: Middle Street Primary, Middle Street, Brighton (The entrance gate is the tall green one opposite Oasis on Middle Street.)
Contact:   Simon or Cher Robins 

               07825 410967 / 01903 369501

               Tai Chi Wisdom

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