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Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

     

 

 

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Yang Style

( pronounced "Yong")

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Yang style is one of the most popular styles of tai chi practiced in the world. Yang Lu-chan created this style in the 19th century and has been refined over the years by many practitioners mostly famously by Yang Cheng -fu and Cheng Man-Ch'ing. Over the years the form has evolved into what is know as the Long 108 Form, Yang 64, Yang 40, Yang 24 and Yang 37. The  numbers represent the number of postures in the form.

Currently we offer class in Simplified Yang 24 and 42 combined form. Private lessons in Cheng Man- Ch'ing (CMC)Yang Style 37 Short Form are available. 

 

  Who Participates in Yang Forms?

The corner stone of Tai Chi practice is the solo exercise or what tai chi players refer to as --the Form.

 

Participate in  Yang Style classes  to experience the classic Chinese exercise for health. Graceful in movement, slow in tempo, relaxed and fluid in  beautiful and natural postures-- it's meditation in motion. Emphasis is placed on body alignment and stance is upright to medium depth and length although that is adjusted according to students ability and body. Hands are soft and full of intention as the body and spine relax with head top suspended from above. Breath is gentle, visual and mental concentration deepen as  weight changes from one foot to the other. The waist is  leading and connecting the upper and lower body creating subtle energy patterns.  Movements are slow and not strained. Because the body is staying at one height and in good alignment, core muscles are being used while the other muscles, such as the shoulder muscles, are letting go. This is how tai chi can transform your body, strengthening and improving flexibility while also relaxing the mind and body.

 

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.

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24 movements learned

 

Class consists of 24 Postures, warm ups, foundation movements and qigong from a variety of programs, cool downs, and breathing.

Regular and consistent participation in class and "playing" (practice) at home will maximize the benefits and strengthen the learning process.

The 24 Form is divided into three parts. Part one is listed below.

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1.  Commencement or Opening

 

13. Turn Body and Kick with heel right

 

2.  Parting Wild Horse's Mane L, R, L 3 times

 

14. Turn Body and Kick with Heel left

 

3.  White Crane Cools Wings

15. Strike (Punch) Ears with Both Fists

 

4. Brush Knee Left, right , left

 

16. Snake Creeps Down &  Golden Rooster Left

 

5.  Lifting Hands

 

17. Snake Creeps Down & Golden Rooster Right

 

6. Repulse Monkey 4 times

 

18. Fair Lady Working at the Shuttles

 

7.  Single whip

 

19. Needle at the Sea Bottom

 

8. Grasp (Stroke) the Birdís Tail left

 

20. Fan Through the Back

 

9. Grasp (Stroke) the Birdís Tail right

 

21. Turn Body to Deflect Downwards Parry Punch

 

10. Single whip

 

22. Apparent Close Up

 

11. Cloud Hands (3) left

 

23. Cross Hands

 

12. Single whip

 

24. Closing Form

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  The Benefits of Tai Chi

 

 

Regular and consistent Tai Chi practice:

  • *Improves muscular strength and flexibility

  • *Improves fitness and heart-lung capacity and stamina

  • *Improved balance and reduction of falls

  • *Reduces the levels of pain and stiffness

  • Promotes relaxation and ability to cope

  • Improves posture and body awareness

  • Improves concentration and memory

  • Increases feelings of well being and rejuvenation

[ Tai Chi movements emphasize the importance of weight transference which helps balance and prevents falls

[ * Based on documented studies and research. See Article Page for more information.

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Class Structure and Information

 

   Please read general information about Classes offered by Community Tai Chi
  • Each class lasts 60 minutes
  • Pre-registration is required because:

    •  There is a size limit (12)  for class

    •  Personal instruction is emphasized as well as group instruction.

  • Sessions are scheduled in a set number of weeks, with one class per week.
  • Cost is charged per session. See Registration page for complete details

    • Elder rates available.

    • Try It for the First Time Class rates available.

    • Walk ins rates available.

  • Session schedule ( tentative) See Schedule and Registration page for complete list

 

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