Wudangshan Taijiquan, Beginning and Continuing
Ongoing: Drop-ins welcome.
This is a traditional form that is suggested for improving balance, focus and meditative aspects. It is taught one posture at a time, at the student's pace, with an intensive focus on fundamentals in movement. Wudangshan is a starting point for anyone interested in the art of taijiquan.
It is a long empty hand form which the same posture list as the commonly taught Yang style however each posture generally contains a few more movement or applications. The form has 108 postures and, when performed in its entirety, takes 45 minutes to complete. Students usually learn the form in roughly 2 years but are able to start benefiting from the practice of the form after a month or so, as principles of movement are ingrained.
Beginning students will start learning principles and fundamentals essential for taiji. They will continue through the form, posture by posture at their own pace.
More advanced students who have a small foundation in the Wudangshan 108 empty hand form will take on a few postures each week and focus on corrections personalized for the students. It will also build taiji principles details within the postures; details include matching, stance work, alignment and applications of postures. Students of all levels (including beginners) are welcome!
Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane, Durham, NC 27705, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The center is centrally located between Chapel Hill and Durham and has easy access from I-40. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $20. Followed by Push-Hands (see below).
Ongoing. Magic Tortoise students, drop-ins welcome. Other taiji students please contact Lao Ma before attending.
Mondays, 7:30-9 pm.
Recommended for all players, two person work is used to explore the interaction aspect of taiji. Students can explore the importance of principles while applying the techniques practiced in the taiji empty hand forms. Push hands (tui shou) partners help each other relax, center, listen, and express application
Push hands can be explored as an informative companion to the the form and also as a competitive exploration of the martial side of taiji. Both approaches to push hands are explored in the push hands class and monthly workshop. Beginning push hands students are highly encouraged to attend the 2nd Saturday workshop that is held monthly. The Monday night push hands class includes technique and drill training as well as exploration of free pushing. Periodically, the Monday class may also offer practice in tournament-style push-hands, during which each participant will have an opportunity to be a competitor, referee, judge, timekeeper, and scorekeeper.
Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane, Durham, NC 27705, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The center is centrally located between Chapel Hill and Durham and has easy access from I-40. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $20.(Preceded by Wudangshan, above).