This bracket was created by Master to enhance balance and condition the body through alignment, stretching and jumping techniques. Many who age stop jumping but it is actually very good for your esteem, bone density, and prostate.
Balance of power forms are included, which teach you to retain your balance of power, regardless of external forces. The synchronicity of breathe with action is imperative in all of the forms, as with all of Master’s training.
These forms were created by Master following a garden meditation and so have wonderful natural imagery to guide your movements. They represent an all-over workout and I often think of them as Teh Nei Chia Chuan’s version of yoga.
The degree of challenge is variable and even the most unbalanced will gain from doing the basic levels of this bracket. Body flexibility forms are also taught to increase the range of movement using physical and mental forms.
Students are taught how to kneel and also how to transition from the floor laying and sitting positions to coming upright again. As we age we lose the adeptness and agility required for this. Physical technique and breathing control are equally important to success.
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What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?
Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt. We wear black pants and white tops.
After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.
For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.
Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings. It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily. Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible. Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.
Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale. Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.
Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask. Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.
We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages. A book can be frustrating and restrictive. Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry. You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.
Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn. We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.
Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page. In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books. Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/
Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.
Weapons – are provided for lessons initially. After three months, you are expected to have your own. Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.