Many students including the Senior Instructor were quite alarmed about weapons training, initially, not wanting to engage in it all. Many students ask for Tai Chi seeking only peace and tranquillity, not realising it is actually a martial art.
As Senior Instructor, I can attest to the value of weapons training, and encourage all to engage. Students who demonstrate over time that they are responsible and sensible are able to engage in Teh Nei Chia Chuan weapons training.
We recommend this for coordination, spatial awareness, dexterity and fun as well as defence. People enjoy becoming adept at manipulating and twirling the bamboo staff and applying the Teh Nei Chia Chuan principles in the multitude of form brackets.
Bamboo staff is not only very enjoyable and satisfying but also it is legal to use a walking staff in society, so it is fun to practice down at the local park.
Knife forms are taught, mainly responses to knife attacks, including disarms and counterattacks. This can be confronting but is a more likely form of attack a person may encounter in the 21st century. Nunchaku is also used in training, and prove popular for learning about directional changes using circular motions and dexterity. Don’t worry, we teach beginners using the foam ones. Rarely, we conduct training using Chinese Fans, Sai, Double Swords and Tonfa.
Master also includes in the curriculum ways of choosing opportunistic weapons from the surroundings and using the environment and other opponents as weapons against attack. He also teaches how to turn an attacker’s weapon against the attacker, and how to disarm.
Master says, You don’t need a weapon to overcome an attacker with a weapon.
Regardless of the weapon, the Teh Nei Chia Chuan principles apply to their use so students soon learn to transition from one weapon to the next. Nei Kung and Tai Chi forms are pre-requisite for Weapons training.
You simply won’t be sufficiently conditioned, otherwise, and would remain unable to grasp the details required for high-level weapons training. There are no shortcuts. Due to our safety policy, we don’t offer freestyle combat or sparring.
However, anyone who wishes to do combat or sparring with weapons would definitely benefit from the detailed finesse revealed through Master’s teaching. It will lift your skills to a new level.
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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.