T’ai Chi Solo Form
The foundation practice of T’ai Chi Ch’uan is called the solo form. It contains a series of movements performed at a slow and relaxed pace. Each Solo Form class begins with warm-ups: gentle stretches and joint-release movements designed to prepare you for T’ai Chi practice and Qigong (chee gong, meaning energy work). Qigong is simple movement combined with breathing and a quiet mind. Different qigong practices are taught in each solo form class: 1) Energy Spheres Qigong, 2) 6 Healing Sounds, 3) Cosmic Orbit Qigong, 4) Internal Qi Breathing Qigong. All students do warm ups together then new students are assigned a tutor to learn the T’ai Chi solo form.
T’ai Chi 43 Postures Form
This two-person form, created by Paul Abdella, teaches a martial arts application for the postures in the solo form in the order they appear in the solo form sequence. It develops sensitivity in the body to external forces, highlights martial applications, and deepens the understanding and experience of the solo form.
This is a two-person form composed by Master T.T. Liang that catalogues and links together many partner practices created by past masters in the Yang style T’ai Chi tradition.
Two-person movement patterns designed to teach martial applications, feeling, timing, and an understanding of the fundamental techniques of T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
Weapons practice in the Sword, Saber, Spear, Cane and Fan are used as training tools to extend one’s energy beyond the hands and to help develop a refined aesthetic quality in the body.