Online (Zoom Meeting)
Number of sessions: 18
Every Wednesday . January 5 to May 4, 2022
1PM – 2 PM (PST), GMT-8
Instructors: Helen Liang
Note: A minimum of 10 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. All students are expected to have their camera turned on.
Simplified Tai Chi (Taiji) 24 Form
The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form is the most popular tai chi form in the world. With only 24 movements, it is the perfect way to experience the amazing health benefits of a shortened Tai Chi form, no matter your current fitness level. The ancient art of Tai Chi is often described as “moving meditation” because it stimulates your mind, body, and spirit.
The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form is traditionally learned in short, easy-to-follow sections over the course of about 4 months.
With this 6-minute Tai Chi form, you’ll feel stronger and more energized. Tai Chi is known for improving balance and keeping the mind sharp and positive. This tai chi form is excellent for beginners at any age, those who want a low-impact whole-body exercise, and those with limited time.
The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form was compiled by the Chinese Sports Commission in 1956, in an effort to promote tai chi chuan. The 24-Posture Tai Chi form was derived from the traditional Yang Style Tai Chi long form. Many masters worked together to simplify and standardize Tai Chi Quan. Many of the more complicated and repeated movements were deleted from the long form, so it is easier for people to learn and practice. Although this sequence has been used primarily as a health promoting exercise, it is still a sequence with martial art applications.
Because this form is based on Yang Style Tai Chi Quan, the training guidelines and principles follow the characteristic “flavor” of the Yang Style. The entire sequence should be performed at an even pace with no abrupt changes.
Martial Arts Combined with Qi
Tai Chi Quan is a martial art that combines martial arts movements with Qi (energy) circulation, breathing, and stretching techniques. It utilizes the ancient philosophy of Yin Yang theory. Theories for its foundation and to establish its training principles. The training of taijiquan includes the integration of mind, qi, and body. The focus on qi circulation was initially used for the purpose of increasing the internal strength of the physical body for combat. The same techniques that were capable of developing internal power for combat, also proved to be effective as life prolonging, healing, and rejuvenating exercises. These health benefits are the primary contributions that led to the popularity of taijiquan today. The value of taijiquan is in its potential to strengthen and repair the physical and energetic body, which in turn has the potential to prevent and cure diseases.
With regular practice of Tai Chi Quan, it is possible to keep blood and energy circulations smooth in the entire body, and prevent disease. Traditional Chinese medical theory places prevention in the highest esteem; correcting a problem before any symptom occurs. If a problem already exists, it can be regulated through the regular practice of taijiquan, before it causes any major damage. If the problem is already causing damage, then drastic measures may need to be taken to repair the damage. Once the damage is repaired, the non-jarring, slow, and integrated movements of Tai Chi Quan make an excellent recovery exercise for regaining health.
The slow, relaxed, condensing and expanding movements of taijiquan provide a total body exercise. As the muscles are allowed to relax, blood circulation can be improved. The gentle movements loosen up the spine, ribs and the internal organs. By “massaging” the organs, you can loosen up the tension around them and increase the blood circulation. The slow movements allow the body to move with less tension than high pace movements, which require fast muscle contractions. The slow movements of taijiquan allow the lungs to be more relaxed and to increase the intake of oxygen.
Tai Chi Quan exercise helps to redistribute your qi (energy) in your body, by leading excess energy from tense areas, so as to regain balance. Performing taijiquan early in the morning clears the mind and prepares you to tackle any task during the day. Qi is the intrinsic substance or the “vital force” within all things in the universe.
Chinese medicine believes that sickness is the result of the body’s inability to properly adapt and adjust to the “evil” influences of nature. Because humans are a part of nature, any change in nature will inevitably affect the human body. When the influences of nature go above and beyond human adaptability, the balance between human and nature is destroyed. The human body functions will then be affected and sickness will result. Sickness will last until the body can attain the proper balance.
The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form takes only six minutes to practice, but offers benefits for your entire life.
Master Helen Liang
Helen is the author of numerous videos in Tai Chi, Qigong, Liu He Ba Fa (Water Style), and other internal styles of Chinese Martial Art. Her 24 Form Taichi, Beginner Taichi for Health, Taichi for Women, and Qigong for Cancer are all bestsellers on Amazon. Helen was featured two times on the cover of Kungfu Taichi Qigong Magazine in United States. She was also featured in the books of Chinese Martial Arts Elites, Contemporary Famous Chinese Martial Artists, Kungfu Elements and Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World.
In 2005, Helen and her father Grandmaster Shouyu Liang, together with Channel M, Canada had created a one-of-a-kind instructional Tai Chi television series of 130 episodes for Canada’s multicultural community. The show, planned and written entirely by Helen and Grandmaster Liang and hosted by Helen, has been picked up by stations across Canada and the United States. It was nominated for several Leo Awards, namely Best Lifestyle Series, Best Direction, and Best Host and won the Best Lifestyle Series Award.
In 2017, Helen hosted another Tai Chi video for Canada’s national telecommunications company, Telus Corporation, to promote wellness to Canada’s diverse multicultural community. She has also been featured in many media including Chinese Central Television (CCTV), Shanghai and Sichuan Provincial television in China, national pay-per-view features in the US, CBC, Fairchild Television and Channel M in Canada, as well as newspapers and magazines in US, Canada and China.
Helen was invited to demonstrate in the Opening Ceremony of the 10th World Wushu Championships in Toronto in 2009. In 2013
and 2014 she obtained level 8th degree from both International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) and The World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters. She was also awarded Outstanding Martial Arts Achievements by IWSD.
Helen began Wushu training at the age of 4 under the strict guidance of her father, world renowned Grandmaster Shouyu Liang. At the age of 11, Helen was chosen to train with Sichuan Professional Wushu School in China. Since a very young age, Helen has participated in many national and international competitions and has won a great number of gold medals. Today, Helen dedicates herself into the teaching and promotion of the ancient arts and science of Taichi, Qigong and Chinese Martial Art worldwide with the hope of bringing health and harmony into the lives of all people that she touches upon.
- Water Style for Beginners
- Simplified Tai Chi for Beginner – 24 Form
- Simplified Tai Chi for Beginners – 48 Form
- Tai Chi for Women
- Qigong for Cancer: Beginner Exercises for Healing the Prevention
- Beginner TaiChi for Health 0 Mirror- View Exercises
- Tai Ji 13 Postures
- Yi Yang Taiji 13 Postures
- Xing Yi 5 Elements Fist
- XIng Yi Twelve Animals Fist
- Selection of Traditional Xing Yi Fist Form
- 5 Elements Xingyi Sword
- 12 Animals XIngyi Sword
- Bagua Palm: Emei Swimming Body Baguazhang
- Bagua Deer horn Knives
- Bagua Sword
- Snake Fist
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.