Yang-style Taijiquan 'Eight Pieces of Brocade' #2
Yang-shi Taijiquan Baduanjin 楊式太極拳八段錦
Taijiquan is often described as 'meditation in motion' but meditative and energetic aspects of the art often take a back seat to the outer movements of the form. Learning this type of 'taiji 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 this four day class, we will learn, in detail, sections four through eight of the Yang Taijiquan Baduanjin Section as well as review the first three sections.
Section One Peng and An
Section Two 21 Form Neigong
Section Three The Waist and Spine
Section Four The Arms
Section Five The Legs
Section Six Zhan Zhuang
Section Seven Fajin and Chansijin
Section Eight Caituigong
Times: 10.00-17.30 daily (13.00-15.00 break)
Cost: $475 ($450 if pre-registered by April 15) ($135 per day; if you are coming by the day)
Location: Columbus Club of Aylmer, 58 Beech Street, Aylmer, ON
Contact: Chuck Stratton