Online (Zoom Meeting)
Number of sessions: 18
Every Tuesday. Starts Oct 19, 2021
7 PM – 8 PM (PST), GMT-7
Instructors: Chenhan Yang
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 Taiji 24 Form
The Simplified Taiji 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 taiji form, no matter your current fitness level. The ancient art of Taiji is often described as “moving meditation” because it stimulates your mind, body, and spirit.
The Simplified Taiji 24 form is traditionally learned in short, easy-to-follow sections over the course of about 4 months.
With this 6-minute Taiji form, you’ll feel stronger and more energized. Taiji 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 Taiji 24 form was compiled by the Chinese Sports Commission in 1956, in an effort to promote tai chi chuan. The 24-Posture Taiji form was derived from the traditional Yang Style Taiji long form. Many masters worked together to simplify and standardize Taiji 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 Taiji 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
Taiji 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 Taijiquan, 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 taijiquan 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.
Taijiquan 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 Taiji 24 form takes only six minutes to practice, but offers benefits for your entire life.
Master Chenhan Yang
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
- Chen Tai Chi for Beginner: Demonstration 56 Form
- Bagua for Beginner 1: Eight Palms
- Bagua for Beginners 2: Swimming Body
- Chen Tai Chi First Form (74-Posture Yi Lu)
- Chen Tai Chi: Cannon Fist (43 Posture Er Lu)
- Xing Yi 5 Elements Fist
- Xing Yi Twelve Animals Fist
- Selection of Traditional Xing Yi Fist Forms
- Chen Style Old Frame Routine No. 1 (demonstration style)
- Sun Style Tai Chi
- Wu Style Tai Chi
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.