Online Taiji 48 Form (Beginner/ Intermediate Level)

Online Taiji 48 Form (Beginner/ Intermediate Level)

From: CAD $96.00 / month for 8 months

Online (Zoom Meeting)
Number of sessions: 36
Start Date: Aug 18, 2021
End Date: April 20th, 2022
Class Time: Wed, 6 PM – 7 PM (PDT), GMT-7

Instructors: Chenhan Yang

Note: A minimum of 15 registrants are required to start the class. Class may be postponed or cancelled if the requirement is not met. Registrants will be fully refunded if the class is cancelled. Make up class will be made should there be any cancellation of classes made by SYL institute. All students are expected to have their camera turned on.

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Description

Taiji 48-Form

The Taiji 48-movement form is ideal for those interested experiencing in the true essence of Taiji Quan, because it combines powerful techniques from all styles into a sequence embodying the spirit of relaxation and softness with circular, continuous movements.

While maintaining all the movements from the Simplified Taiji 24-form with slight modifications, this sequence also incorporated other more challenging techniques from the Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wu styles of tai chi chuan. The martial applications and Tai Chi Push Hands techniques for each movement are still intact in this shortened form.

The Simplified 48-form maintains the characteristics and “flavor” of Yang Style Big Frame Taiji. Therefore, the same guidelines and principles of Yang Style Taijiquan applies to the 48-Posture Taijiquan. It is performed at an even pace with open and expressive movements, with the exception of a few faster-paced movements, which are characteristic of fa jin, which means “emitting power.” In this 8 months course, we will learn the movements in detail, step by step, adding a few postures at a time.

The beautiful 48-form takes about 10 minutes to perform, and it appears very lively and graceful.

Moving Meditation

The practice of taiji requires that your mind be relaxed, but also focused and alert. The ancient art of taiji is often described as “moving meditation,” because it stimulates your mind, body, and spirit. Many people today practice tai chi as a holistic health regimen, and modern science is beginning to measure the amazing benefits of tai chi.

A major goal in taiji practice is to improve your circulation of intrinsic energy, or qi. Therefore, even those who only practice taiji for health should be mindful of the intention within each movement, in order to correctly lead abundant energy throughout the entire form. Pay attention to the feeling within your body continuously, all the way out to the extremities of the fingers and toes.

Symmetry and Balance

The Taiji 48-form was devised to be a more balanced form, with certain moving patterns practiced to both the left and right, such as Single Whip and Wave Hands Like Clouds. This gives the legs a more even workout, and helps you to develop greater understanding of the purpose, or intent, of each movement. Remember to maintain slight curvature in the arms and legs at all time.  Do not completely straighten the limbs at any point. The shoulders and elbows should remain relaxed and dropped, while the wrists are flexible and variable depending upon each hand form. Because the form includes more flexible footwork from Sun and Wu style, it is important to be mindful of your stepping, so that you maintain enough width between the feet to stay balanced and rooted.

In conclusion, the study of tai chi involves three aspects:

  • Health:  Tai chi concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the mind and the body.
  • Meditation:  The focus and calmness of tai chi helps to relieve stress and to regulate internal conditions to remain stable.
  • Martial Art:  Tai chi is the study of change in response to outside forces.

Instructor Introduction

Master Chenhan Yang is the official disciple of the world renowned Grandmaster Shouyu Liang and the lineage holder of the Shushan Wuji Xiao Yao Pai(蜀山無極逍遥派). Master Yang is the Vice Chairman of the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) and holds a 8th degree Master Level Black Belt with IWSD, 8th degree level of The World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters. He currently is the president of the SYL Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute in Vancouver Canada, one of the most renowned Chinese Martial Arts School in North America since 1987 and was originally founded by Grandmaster Shouyu Liang. Master Yang has won numerous gold medals in international competitions and grand championship at the World Cup International Martial Arts Championship. He has also served as Wushu and Taiji head judges in many international championships.

Master Chenhan Yang has produced numerous DVDs in Taichi, Bagua, Xingyi etc. He was featured in the book Chinese Martial Arts Elites, Kungfu Elements, Contemporary Famous Chinese Martial Artists and Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World. He was also featured in many TV programs like CCTV, Fairchild Television and Channel M in Canada.

Here is the list of the published DVDs

  1. Chen Tai Chi for Beginner: Demonstration 56 Form
  2. Bagua for Beginner 1: Eight Palms
  3. Bagua for Beginners 2: Swimming Body
  4. Chen Tai Chi First Form (74-Posture Yi Lu)
  5. Chen Tai Chi: Cannon Fist (43 Posture Er Lu)
  6. Xing Yi 5 Elements Fist
  7. Xing Yi Twelve Animals Fist
  8. Selection of Traditional Xing Yi Fist Forms
  9. Chen Style Old Frame Routine No. 1 (demonstration style)
  10. Sun Style Tai Chi (coming soon) 
  11. Wu Style Tai Chi (coming soon)

Frequently Asked Questions about SYL Online Classes

• Q: What platform does SYL online classes use?

   A: Zoom meeting. Zoom is very easy to use and it supports IOS, Androids, Windows and Macs. You will need to download Zoom meeting apps prior to the start of the class.

• Q: Do I need a big space for online classes?

   A: You don’t need a big space to learn. You will probably need to adjust position here and there to accommodate the sequence of movements. 

• Q: Will online classes be recorded?

   A: This class will be recorded and students will have 7 days to access the recording for review. It’s great for students who miss classes, they can always use the recording to help them catch up. 

  • Q: Is this class only available for local students?

    A: It is open to students worldwide. In fact the beauty of online classes is that we are able to meet with students and friends from all parts of the world. Normally it is only available once or twice a year when we hold workshops for students outside Vancouver, online classes now bring us closer on a regular basis. Please be reminded to check your time difference for the class. We always try our best to schedule our class at a time that we are able to accommodate more students from around the world.

• Q: What are the benefits of online classes?

   A: While we all miss physical classes and waiting for them to be resumed, online classes, however, have their benefits for times like this. Doing online classes would surely save commune time for many people. Most classes are recorded which will be a great help for students’ review. It’s a way to discipline yourself and keep up with your training especially during a time where physical activities are much more limited than before.

• Q: Do I need to have my camera on during the class?

   A: Students are strongly recommended to turn on their camera so instructors have better idea about the progress of the class and also to better give feedback.

Additional information

Number of Installments

One, Two, Eight