Traditional Learning, Modern Teaching.
Thank you for being part of this class. This first lesson take us through a warm up and teaches the first two postures of the Chen 18 Posture routine: Preparation & Buddha's Warrior Pounds the Mortar.
Weighting and Tai Chi structure is also covered in this first lesson.
This class includes a warm up and review of the first two postures. Then teaches the third posture, Lazy Tying of Coat. This Posture is distinctive of Chen syle Tai Chi with its open, rounded and solid structure.
This lesson also dicusses proper stepping in Chen Tai Chi.
This class includes a warm up and review of the first three postures. Then details the movements of Six Sealings, Four Closings & Single Whip.
These are the first 5 Postures of the routine and contain the essential elements of Tai Chi.
Use this reference video to review the first 5 Postures covered so far and to preview the rest of the routine.
This class includes a warm up, review of the first 5 Postures and introduces the details of White Goose Spreads Its Wings.
This is an important Posture in both Yang and Chen styles of Tai Chi. The principle of maintaining a vertical axis is illustrated in this Posture.
This class includes a warm up, review of the routine and teaches the movements for the Posture Cross Aligned Stance.
The principle of separating weight shifts from turning of the body is also covered in this lesson.
This class details the movements for the Postures, Lift Knee & Step Forward. These two Postures are often grouped together as a single move.
Tai Chi grappling principles are also discussed in the analysis of Lift Knne & Step Forward.
This class teaches the movements of the Posture Cover Fist and Punch. Another important Chen Tai Chi Posture.
The movements train 'fajin' or explosive power. To be properly executed requires solid structure, and an understanding of softness, rotational movement and integration of body and intent.
This class details the movements for High Pat on Horse. This secton can be difficult to learn, only because the turn result in you facing in the opposite direction from which you started.
The Tai Chi principle of Yin and Yang hands is illustrated by movement in the Posture.
Use this reference video to review the Postures learnt so far and to preview the rest of the routine.
This lesson covers the Posture Left Side Kick. "Fa jin' or explosive power is trained again with this Posture.
Kicking and striking with explosive power is central to the movements in this Posture. Stability prior to striking is an important detail in learning this move.
This class covers the movements of Jade Woman Shoots the Shuttle. Two jumps and a second kick are trained in this Posture.
Maintaining all of the principles covered in the first half of the routine, stability, frame, softness, etc. is one of the key challenges within this Posture.
This class details the movements for Cloud Hands. This posture is central to all Tai Chi styles and embodies its Characteristic soft power aproach to martial arts.
This lesson covers the movements for the Posture Outside Cresent Kick. Kicks in Chen Tai Chi require adequate hip flexibility. This is the third kick in the 18 Posture routine.
This class teaches the third last Posture, Double Fist Punch.
This class completes the step-by-step instruction of the routine by detailing the last two Postures, Buddha's Warrior Pounds the Mortar & Closing Posture.
Buddha's Warrior Pounds the Mortar starts and ends the routine, making it possible to practice continuous repetitions of the sequence.
This is the last lesson of the course. Congratulations on completing the routine! This class is an opportunity to practice the complete routine and to understand the pacing and sequence.
Use this reference video to refine your practice of the complete routine.
Thank you again for being a part of this class!
Learn Chen style Tai Chi in twenty minutes a day!
Chen style Tai Chi is the original style of Tai Chi, from which all of the other styles developed from. In this course, you will learn the Chen Tai Chi 18 Posture Routine created by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei.
Each lesson provides a warm up, clear instruction on each posture and movement, plus information on general Tai Chi principles and applications. This routine is a complete practice unto itself and also an excellent preparation for the traditional Chen routines.
While living and studying Traditional Chinese Medicine in Victoria, I had the good fortune to meet & train Chinese Martial Arts with Shane Watson & Andrea Falk. I began a serious study of Yang & Chen styles of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) in Victoria under Andrea's vigilant eye. I also was able to learn the Qi Gong form, Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa (18 Postures for Daily Practice), in Victoria from Sue Jiang. I graduated from Oshio College with distinction in 2002 & was among the first group of registered practitioners recognized by British Columbia's College of TCM Practitioners & Acupuncturists.
Since moving to Guelph, Ontario, I have been able to deepen my Chen Taijiquan studies with Master Jack Yan, one of the eighteen inheritor disciples of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei. And since 2004 expanded my training with Andrea Falk to include Bagua & Xingyi.
Since 2004 I have been teaching internal styles & since 2002 operating a solo Traditional Chinese Medicine practice in Guelph, Ontario.