Tai chi classes held in Centennial Park Sydney every Saturday morning at 8.30am (see map below).
The 37 move Yang style short form is designed to introduce the basics of Tai Chi and its principles at any level and takes between six months and a year to learn depending on the number of classes attended. The training is further based on Master Huang Sheng Shyan's system of Yang-Style Tai Chi, through the teaching of Patrick Kelly, and the form has evolved with the approach to fluidity, dynamics, relaxation and the internal flow of chi/qi through the body which assists the learning process and the integration of taiji into everyday life.
We aim to strengthen our internal organs, unblock energy meridians (pathways) and facilitate the flow of vital fluids through the body, by relaxing, attention to posture, releasing, alignment, balance and coordination. Calm and relaxed breathing with movement, meditation and visualization all help to establish a strong constitution, physical, mental and emotional well being. The practice of weapons can also lead to a practical understanding of some of the self defence applications useful in everday life which can then be incorporated into your taiji training. It is also a dynamic form of stretching and utilising intention to expand your energy sphere.
The 108 move Yang Cheng Fu long form predates the short form with the emphasis on self defence applications and push hands practice. Natural body alignment, effortless movements, forward backwards, up and down, left and right and central equilibrium combine to shape all the various movement configurations possible.Working with the five elements (earth, metal, water, wood and fire plus our external senses (seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, feeling) and the five internal sensors (joint alignment, pain, temperature, muscle states and pressure) the body begins a shift from it's involuntary movement reaction - (sympathetic neThis class is Ideal for students who have finished learning the short form (usually the 2nd year of training)
We practice Master Huang's Fujian White Crane which
has a wave of expansion from the ground - 'shooting
arrow' whereas taiji emphasises a wave of stretching
and compression that precedes the wave of expansion -
drawing the bow. Master Huang refined and developed the white crane
forms to reflect the true taiji principles (therefore
the fighting or competitive aspect is not emphasised). We focus on the the San Feng Kuai Chuan or
'Quick Fist' (dedicated to Chang Sanfeng, founder of
taiji) which is Master Huang's fast taiji form and
occassionally BaPuLien (this form is inspired by the 'call of the crane' and
develops power based on the breathing. or 'Eight Continuous Steps') and the 'drinking crane'.