Both the short and long tai chi forms are moving meditation forms. Most people, including myself, begin this journey, thinking the tai chi form is all there is to know about Tai Chi. Like me, you will learn it is but one part of a complex system.
Though, if you prefer to just learn the tai chi short or long-form, we can accommodate that request. If there is one key skill to learn, it would be the Qi Gong, or Motion of Feeling, not the Tai Chi Form.
Master is quick to distinguish his style from the ‘wave your hands around in the park’ styles of tai chi. There is immense detail and finesse to master, and no endpoint, even for a supreme tai chi master. Tai chi by definition is a never-ending pursuit.
It is continuous improvement. In Teh Nei Chia Chuan style, we also include applications of push hand and sticky hand brackets, which naturally, flow into Kung Fu applications.
Those familiar with Tai Chi styles will note Master’s tai chi forms are unique, yet will see Yang style influence.
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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.