INTENSIVE TAIJIQUAN (TAI CHI CHUAN) COURSE

Personally conducted by Sifu Wong Kiew Kit

Taijiquan

Sifu Wong demonstrating a felling technique in Taijiquan combat application


Grandmaster Wong makes an outlandish claim in his book, "The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan", that today more than 90% practitioners of Taijiquan, spelt as Tai Chi Chuna in English, get less than 10% of its benefits. This course will provide the 90% of the benefits, particularly in internal force, combat application, good health and spiritual cultivation.

Aims

  1. To have a basic understanding of the meaning and scope of Taijiquan as an internal martial art.
  2. To acquire within a comparatively short time the best available Taijiquan skills and techniques which you can competently practise on your own after the intensive course for health, vitality, combat efficiency, mental freshness and spiritual fulfilment.

Objectives

  1. To provide some understanding of Taijiquan as a martial art, a philosophy of life, and a way of spiritual cultivation, irrespective of race, culture and religion.
  2. To be able to perform Taijiquan with balance and gracefulness.
  3. To learn and practice some internal force training.
  4. To appreciate that Taijiquan can be used for self-defence.

Course Content

  1. Some important Taijiquan principles as taught by great masters.
  2. Basic internal force training — Taiji Stance, Wuji Stance and Cloud Hands.
  3. A basic Wahnam Taijiquan set and somme combat application sets.
  4. Energy flow and a heightened state of mind.
  5. Taijiquan Push Hands.
  6. Combat application of Taijiquan.

Expected Results

  1. Appreciate and experience that Taijiquan is not a dance.
  2. Appreciate and experience that every Taijiquan movement is a training of energy and mind.
  3. Be able to perform Taijiquan movements with balance and grace.
  4. Have some experience of energy flow and internal force.
  5. Appreciate that Taijiquan can be used for combat as well as spiritual cultivation.

Time Table

This course consists of 28 hours. All tours and dinners in the programme are complimentary. This course is really intensive. Please be sure to be fit physically and mentally before attending the course.

Fee

1800 euros per participant to be sent to the Secretary before the course, or paid by cash on the first day of the course.

If any course participant is not satisfied that the set objectives have been fulfilled, he or she can ask for a full refund and it will be refunded without question. But this must be done before the end of the course. Once the course is over, it is deem that all those who have completed the course are satisfied, and no refund will be given after that.

Note

This intensive Taijiquan course is meant for those at instructors' levels or with at least three years of Taijiquan experience. Beginners who wish to take the course must work extra hard to compensate for their lack of experience.

While results can be felt during the course itself, lasting effects and of a high standard can be obtained only if the students continue practicing what they have learnt for at least a few months, if not years. No one can be proficient in Taijiquan, or Tai Chi Chuan, by merely attaining an intensive course. The purpose of the course is to provide students with fundamental skills and techniques; subsequent diligent practice is necessary.

Intending students should also note that while combat efficiency is emphasized, this course is never meant for street combat or prize-fighting.

The intensive courses are NOT suitable for AIDS patients and those who are HIV positive. If you wish to know the reasons, please refer to Answer 22 of the May 1999 Part 1 from the Question-Answer series.

Also please refer to this page for some examples of illness overcome.

Application

Apply to The Secretary, stating:

  1. the name of this course, i.e. Intensive Taijiquan Course
  2. your full name
  3. your sex and age
  4. your occupation
  5. your e-mail address
  6. your postal address
  7. your phone and fax numbers, if any
  8. your health problems (briefly), if any

If you are accepted, details will be e-mailed to you.

You do not have to pay any application or booking fees. The course fee of 1800 Euros (which is the only fee you have to pay) is payable during the course only if you are satisfied.

Food and Accommodation

The course is usually held in Sungai Petani or Penang in Malaysia, but may be held in other places on special occasions. The exact venue will be announced with the dates of the course.

You have to pay for your own food and accommodation. You can have your meals or stay wherever you like. But it is recommended that you ask our Secretary to book accommodation for you for better co-ordination.

A comfortable, air-conditioned room with complimentary breakfast costs about 30 euros per day. A sumptuous meal costs less than 10 euros per person. Both Western and Eastern food are available.

Basic Combat Sequences

A major aim of the course is to enable you to spar using typical Taijiquan patterns. The basic material in our Wahnam Taijiquan sparring methodology to achieve this aim are the Basic Wahnam Taijiquan Combat Sequences.

Try to familiarize yourself with these 12 sequences as best as you can. But if you have difficulty doing so, don't worry. You will learn them systematically during the course. These video clips will serve as useful source material for reference.

Wahnam Taijiquan Sets

It is a well-known fact that our intensive courses are really intensive, covering many important areas in some depth within a very short time. The teaching, however, is methodical and systematic, enabling you to progress from scratch to fairly advanced levels. You need not have prior experience in the various areas mentioned above, but you need to be able to perform basic Taijiquan patterns (even just their external forms) reasonably well before attending the course. And when you have returned home you need to practice what you have learnt so that the benefits can become lasting.

The following Wahnam Taijiquan sets shown in Wahnam Taijiquan Sets for Intensive Taijiquan Course will be used during the course for the training of the various skills and techniques mentioned above.

It will be a great help to you if you familiarize yourselves with these forms or routines before you attend the course. You need not be perfect in them, as fine-tuning will be done during the course, but it will be very helpful if you can perform them without worrying about the accuracy of their forms and sequencing of their order, so that during the course you can focus on developing skills rather than learning forms. But if you are unable to do this, don't worry. We shall do what we can during the course to help you.

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