Curriculum

Chen Pan-ling Form

The Chen Pan-ling style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a composite of the Yang, Wu, and Chen styles. It was developed by a World War II era committee of top martial artists commissioned by the Chinese Nationalist Government. Chiefly promoted by Chen Pan-ling, this style has been recognized with his name.

This style of T'ai Chi has borrowed several elements from other styles making it a more energetic form by utilizing a greater range of motion of the body. It promotes health and relaxation, as well as the connections that make T'ai Chi a martial art. The Chen Pan-ling style has classes at the beginner level and a 99 movement long form for the advanced student.

Chen Pan-ling Martial Arts

Chinese Kuo Shu - Qigong, traditional health exercises and stretches, are used to warm up, as well as the Chen Pan-ling T'ai Chi form. Shaolin, Hsing-I, Pa Kua, Traditional Chinese weapons and two person drills are included in this system.

Grandmaster William C.C. Chen Yang Form

Grandmaster William C.C. Chen has been described as a teacher's teacher. Quiet, gentle, and supportive, he is none-the-less knowledgeable and perceptive in his teachings and evaluation on what people need.

Grandmaster Chen's 60 movement form is based on the Yang style. It provides people with the necessary motions and movements to allow them to experience the relaxed aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan as well as the connections that make T'ai Chi a powerful art. Classes are arranged to accommodate the beginner, (the first 20 movements), and the more advanced practitioner, (the complete 60 movement form).

Cheng Hsin Pushing Hands

This is a class in the application of T'ai Chi Ch'uan in a non-threatening manner. Two people work together to explore the movements which help the body, mind, and spirit, as well as gain insight into the martial aspect of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Students of either T'ai Chi styles are welcome to this class. It is insightful when the two styles meet.

Sun T'ai Chi Ch'uan and T'ai Chi for Arthritis

The Traditional Sun style is taught in its long form and as a basis for the T'ai Chi for Arthritis program.

Da Liu's Modified Yang Form

We will use Master Da Liu’s modified Yang style Taijiquan Form with its gentle flowing movements, deep breathing and relaxed awareness, to coordinate the body and mind, to reduce distraction, and to balance inner and outer awareness.
The Form will be a vehicle for "meditation in motion" in order to achieve a calm meditative spirit, good health, and longevity.Warm up exercises may include stretches, Qigong, sitting and standing exercises, self-massage.

Qigong

An ongoing relaxation course, this is a Qigong workout for healing. The goal is to sample methods to build into your daily health practices.

T’ai Chi Principles

This is a class for form refinement, using the Simplified 24 posture Form or our Chen Pan-ling Four Direction Form, and working on classic principles as defined by T'ai Chi classic writings. This course is a good pre-cursor to push hands and a prerequisite for long forms.

Workshops

The Center also offers regular workshops with many renowned instructors in the pursuit of excellence in the art of T'ai Chi and other internal arts.