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Programs: Tai Ji


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LEVEL I  - Taught by Joshua Grant and other instructors

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 forms.

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.

LEVEL II - 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.

Wushu Mantis
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 unique routine.

OPEN - Taught by Joshua Grant and other instructors

Push Hands
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.

Qi Gong (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 Stretching
This 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