Programs: Tai Ji
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- Taught by Joshua Grant and
Yang Style Tai Ji Quan
(also referred to as Tai Chi Chuan)
The simplified 24 movement form is characterized by
slow, relaxed, and evenly paced movement. This
particular form is probably the most widely practiced
type of Tai Ji. This course is recommended as an
introduction to the internal program, providing the
principles that will be found through out the other
Yang Style Tai Ji Sword
As a compliment to Yang Style Tai Ji, this weapon form emphasizes the use of
dynamic thought and its extension through the body and sword.
Requiring the extra level of controlling a blade and featuring more single-leg
stances, Yang Tai Ji Sword is the next progressive step in the Internal Program.
88 Move Yang Style The
standardized version of the original Yang family form is currently available to
students who have learned the 24 Move form. Taking up to 20 minutes to
perform, the 88 Move form has more repetition and more complex transitions than
the 24. This form is not formally taught at present, but students are
welcome to drop-in and follow along during the Advanced Class on Saturdays.
- Taught by
Joshua, Gene, Steve, and Tom
Combined Tai Ji 42 Movement
This form combines four prominent styles of Tai Ji today
- Chen, Yang, Wu and Sun. Each style features different
aspects of Tai Ji that are introduced in this set.
This form is used in the People's Republic of China as a
competition set. Most importantly, students
begin to learn Fa Jing (explosive energy).
Combined Tai Ji 42 Sword
Like the hand form, this is another competition routine that draws from the
primary Tai Ji styles. These Combined forms are meant to serve as an even
playing field for practitioners and judges alike in tournaments.
Taught by Joshua Grant
Chen Style Tai Ji
Newer students are often surprised to think of Chen as a
Tai Ji form as it looks dramatically different from the
Yang styles. Chen features low stances, slow and quick
tempo changes, and the explosive power called Fa Jing.
In spite of the visible differences between it and Yang
forms, Chen Style uses the same qualities of relaxation
and mindfulness found in all internal arts. Chen is
actually considered to be the original Tai Ji style.
Chen Style Tai Ji Sword
The Chen Sword set has the same stances and pacing as the Chen hand routine.
This sword form advances the student's understanding of dynamic waist movement
and further develops the concept of Fa Jing.
Ba Gua Zhang
Ba Gua, like Xing I (below), is Chinese internal art similar to Tai Ji, yet with
very distinct characteristics. Using circular, spiraling moves, Ba Gua's
emphasis is on the use of the waist, intricate turns and sliding footwork in
defensive and offensive movement.
Xing I Quan
The expression of linear power is Xing I's defining trait. This internal form
employs direct sequences of fast attacks through a combination of unique
footwork and relaxation followed by explosive movement.
Influenced by the moves of the praying mantis, this is a fast and explosive
form, employing snapping multiple strikes, high and low stances and aggressive
footwork. This particular routine, "Mantis Fighting In a Blizzard", draws
from both the internal and external arts. It is one of the most challenging
styles that the school offers.
Wu Dang Sword
The Wu Dang Sword is another advanced form. With aspects similar to the
Chen Sword, Ba Gua-like footwork, and its sweeping moves, this is an elegant and
- Taught by Joshua Grant
and other instructors
Push Hands is the sparring side of Tai Ji. In this
class, and sometime taught during the Level I program,
students learn how to "root" (establish deep connection
through the ground), and express energy to unbalance a
partner. Certain techniques from the Tai Ji forms
are used in Push Hands, making it a great way for
learning applications from the forms.
(also referred to as Chi Kung)
Literally translated as "energy
work", Qi Gong is just that. Students cultivate Qi or energy by using deep
breathing in combination with gentle yet dynamic expansive moves. Relaxing
for the mind and healthy for the body, Qi Gong principles are an essential
component for any of the internal arts.
Dynamic StretchingThis class is
designed to increase students’ flexibility, and also to provide toning and
conditioning. Joshua use many of the techniques he’s learned through his years
of martial arts practice, along with those he’s also studied with an Olympic
gymnast and other physical trainers. The class will benefit martial artists
wanting to improve their forms, as well as anyone looking for a deep stretch.
Boston Kung Fu Tai Chi Institute | 883 Boylston Street |
Boston, MA | USA | 02115 | 617 262 0600