Silk Reeling 4
Tai Chi Silk Reeling practice (太極圈纏手練習, Tàijí quānchánshǒu liànxí) is an important foundation to Taiji Pushing Hands and Taiji Sparring. It is also known as Tai Chi symbol training, or Yin-Yang Sticking Hands. A competent level will allow a practitioner to smoothly transition from one technique to another. In this level, students must practice the Yin-side of the form with Bagua circling (八卦圈, bāguàquān). Direction changes should incorporate kicking and leg trapping.
Pushing Hands Applications 4
In Pushing Hands Applications 4 (推手之應用四, tuīshǒu zhī yìngyòng sì), students must successfully execute 5 techniques from a moving double pushing hands situation, where the opponent is uncooperative. Each application must contain at least one technique from each of the 4 fighting categories: kicking, punching, wrestling, and Chin Na.
Taiji Fighting Set Applications 2
Taiji Fighting Set Applications (太極對手之應用, tàijíquán zhī yìngyòng) will help solidify Taiji fighting concepts in your pushing hands and Taiji sparring practice. In this level, you will explore alternative options and applications that deviate from the original sequence. You should be able to demonstrate and explain at least 3 alternatives for each movement. The test will consist of 5 randomly selected techniques from the form.
Taiji Sword Applications 1
Taiji Sword Applications (太極劍應用, tàijíjián yìngyòng) is the analysis, deconstruction, and discussion of techniques from the Yang-style Taiji Sword form. You will need to be able to demonstrate and explain 5 randomly selected techniques while clearly employing Taiji principles.
Taiji Sword Matching 1
In Taiji Sword Matching (太極劍對練, tàijíjián duìliàn), students must create 5 short repeating routines with a partner that demonstrate offensive and defensive techniques based in correct Taiji sword theory.