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After 3 days of training the student should be able to practice the Taiji-Qigong 18 Style and the first 8 movements of the Taijiform on his own. Repeating the last 5 of these 8 movements in 4 directions creates a short Taijiform which takes about 5 minutes. When the student has more time we can change the schedule accordingly.
Designed for absolute beginners this is an introduction to Qigong and to the Taijiquan Yang Style. In this course you learn an 18 Movement Qigong and the first 8 postures of the Taijiquan Short Form, Yang Style, as taught by Grandmaster William C.C. Chen since 1950.
The purpose of Qigong is to create balance and harmony between body (essence), breath (energy) and mind (spirit). The mind governs the breath, and the breath supplies the body with Qi. Qigong supports the balance between Yin and Yang, which is an indicator for health, by harmonizing the energy-flow throughout the body. In China illness and sickness are seen as an imbalance of the energy-flow, which is also connected to the mental states.
This 18 Movement Qigong emphasizes the rooting and grounding of the lower body and the relaxation and looseness of the upper body. Therefore it is a good preparation for the kind of Taijiquan as taught by William C.C. Chen, as both follow the same principles. The Qigong is easier to learn, because each movement is repeated several times, whereas in the Taijiquan one movement immediately follows another. You can look at the Taijiquan Form as a kind of Qigong, but it's only the first step into learning Taijiquan, which is a martial art.
We continue working on the Short Form and also do the "8 Pieces of Brocade" Qigong. There is the possibility to learn the Long and the Sword Form after William C.C. Chen as well.