Weekly classes focus on correct body alignment
and relaxation, essential principles of form, foundation movements and
postures that when linked together is called "The Form". Class will also
explore additional Qigong exercises and fundamental stances to sense and
cultivate Qi. The main focus will be on the health aspects of the form and
integrating the practice of tai chi into daily life.
Yang 24 class. This beginning class is open to people with little or no
prior knowledge of Tai Chi, who want a shorter adaptable form or who
have had various introductions to martial arts and tai chi. Adaptable in
this case means changed to fit your health or physical condition. It could
be that you are looking for a beginning class, or athletic and want an
introduction before going on to the more complex 42 or that you
have a health issue that requires changing a few of the stances
to fit your body.
History: This form is also known as the Beijing
24 form, the 24 step form, the Peking form, simplified tai chi and even just
the 24 postures.
This simplified tai chi form was created
in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of
the People's Republic of China as part of the drive to document and
standardize training and introduce competition forms. What
they found was a form that is higher in stances and able to be
learned and practiced by all ages and all conditions yet keeping all
the characteristic postures of the family yang style. Recently,
variations of the 24 yang form are being used to
study the effects of tai chi on health.
42 Combined Form
contains the best movements of Yang, Wu, Chen, and Sun styles of traditional
Tai Chi. It is learned and practiced at a consistent tempo and smooth flow
of yang with a subtle touch of spiral energy; yet uses the characteristic
speed and feel during the movements for each different style. For example
Chen has lower stances and powerful explosive moves powered by spiral energy
and fajing. Sun style has a follow up step and built in qigong. The Wu
movements are varied in high and low stances and some are the most difficult
moves of the form. Here at CTC, the 42 is learned as a natural progression
step from the 24 or
can be used as a beginning class for those who are in good physical shape.
There are challenges in this form that make it fun--kicks, stomps, slides
and 360 turns--all of which can be modified to each student's ability.
History: It was created in 1989 by grandmaster
Li De Yin for the Chinese Sports Committee. The 42-form has received a lot
of positive attention for being a challenging, fluid form which loads
the body with energy (qi). Today it is a popular form for competition as
well as for personal health benefits.
If you have a questions about your ability
and class to choose, please contact Cathi.