TAIJIQUAN / TAI CHI CHUAN
(two ways of writing the same words)
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The foundation for the study of Taijiquan is a series of movements (a "form" or "routine"), connected in a flowing pattern,
and governed by principles of correct body usage. It is performed slowly in order to gain precision and deep body awareness.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GAIN?
Taijiquan's benefits include stress reduction, flexibility, stamina, balance, and coordination, as well as basic
knowledge of self-defense.
WHAT IS IT?
Practiced in China for centuries as a martial art, taijiquan has been developed in modern times for exercise, health,
and meditation as well as self defense.
WHO STUDIES IT?
Taijiquan is suitable for people of all ages and levels of physical ability. Itís ideal for people who need to exercise
but require a gentle system of movement.
TAIJIQUAN CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Curriculum includes barehand routines, weapons study, partner work and applications, push-hands, competition preparation,
study of classical theory, and enrichment studies such as alignment, standing meditation, etc. Students may progress through the
curriculum with the advice of the director or they may select courses according to their interest.
Yang Family Style Taijiquan Courses
- 10-Move Yang Family Tai Chi Gong Form - Introduction to Taijiquan
- 16-Move Yang Family Routine - Introduction to Taijiquan
- Traditional Yang Family Style routines are the main style of instruction.
- Traditional Yang Family Style 103-move Bare-hand Routine
- 49-form Yang Family Demonstration and Competition Routine
- Saber: Traditional Yang Family Style Saber Routine
- Straight Sword: Traditional Yang Family Style Straight Sword Routine
Other Weapons of Taijiquan Courses
- Fan: Flying Rainbow Taiji Single Fan, Taiji Gongfu Fan
Spear: Taiji 16-form spear
Push-Hands and other Partner Work
- Yang style single-hand push-hands, double hand push-hands; moving step push-hands; Da-Lu, Applications and Eight energies
Ranking System for Taijiquan
- As the Winchester Yang Chengfu Center, we use a ranking system of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.
Participation in ranking is optional and never required.
STRUCTURE OF COURSEWORK AND CLASSES
Taijiquan courses are offered in eight-week Sessions. Classes meet on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. Drop-in attendance for
taijiquan classes is available with the permission of the Director.
HOW TO BEGIN
WHERE DO I START?
Entry-level course for taijiquan is the "Foundation Course 1, Introduction to Taijiquan." This eight-week course is
offered six times a year.
DO I REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME?
Pre-registration is recommended for all
courses. On-site registration is available whenever the course has not filled, but you should call before arriving if you
haven't pre-registered. Enrollment for Beginner taiji courses is accepted through the second class meeting.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Registration fee: New students pay a one-time Registration fee:
$25.00 (includes a FREE school t-shirt)
Tuition: Tuition is charged according to the length of the course and type of content.
Foundation courses are $110 for eight weeks, attending once a week.
Standard courses are $160 for once a week, $190 attending twice a week.
Discounts for enrollments in multiple classes.
CONTINUING: A PROGRESSIVE CURRICULUM
SELECTING COURSES: WHAT DO I STUDY?
After you've been through the foundation courses, you may continue under several options.
We have a progressive curriculum that takes you through a specifically designed sequence of studies.
We also have elective courses that you can take any time.
You can always repeat a course, which is the best way to learn it thoroughly.
For some areas of the curriculum, there are certain "prerequisite" courses that introduce you to the basic skills and concepts
and give you better success.
Most workshops or special events are suitable for anyone.
2020 TAIJIQUAN CALENDAR
2020 Standard Sessions: Once or twice a week, Tuesday and/or Thursday
||January 7 - February 27
||March 3 - April 23
||April 28 - 30 (Apple Blossom Week)
||May 5 - June 25
||June 30 - July 2
||July 7 - August 13
||August 18 - 27
||September 1 - October 22
||October 27 - December 17
||December 22 - January 5, 2021
TAIJIQUAN PROGRAMS 2020
Courses, Schedules, Tuition
The introductory program is designed to help you get acquainted with taijiquan. Our primary study is
Traditional Yang Family Style. Fundamentals include beginner movements, stances and footwork; taiji history and
philosophy; work with balance, flexibility, strength, and body coordination. You will learn foundation exercises,
body alignment, ways to relax, and Yang 10-form Tai Chi Gong.
Tuesday and/or Thursday-Introduction classes are offered both days, 6:00-7:00.
Students may attend once a week, either day as convenient, or twice a week, for a total of 16 classes.
No special permission is needed to attend in a mixed pattern.
Start dates 2020: January 7/9, March 3/5, May 5/7, July 7/9, September 1/3, October 27/29.
Late start dates or other start dates may be arranged with permission of the Director.
Introduction to Taijiquan $155 for sixteen classes
Registration (one-time fee) $25
Next: Traditional Yang Family Style Taijiquan: Hand Form.
Traditional Yang Family Style Taijiquan: Hand Form-
Eight week course: $225 twice a week or $185 once a week.
Daytime class: Tuesday and/or Thursday, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Evening class: Tuesday and/or Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
103-move Traditional Yang Family Style; principles of taijiquan; taiji breathing exercises; taiji stance training;
qi development exercises; history of Yang style; group practice.
The "long form" sequence is divided into six subsections that may be studied in any order. Day and evening classes
have the same content, and students may attend either or both.
Intermediate Studies in Taijiquan: Weapons Forms-
Eight week course: $185 once a week.
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: Traditional Yang Family Hand Form
Focus 2020: Yang Style Saber, Yang Style Sword
Intermediate Studies in Taijiquan: Push-Hands-
Eight week course: $185 once a week.
Tuesdays and Thursday, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: Traditional Yang Family Hand Form
Fundamentals of working with a partner, selected applications, introduction to push-hands basic circles and patterns.
Advanced Studies in Taijiquan: Selected Topics-
To Be Arranged. Theory, applications, other styles.
Mindful Movement through Tai Chi and Qigong
On-going class, open enrollment, drop-in option.
$25 per class or $155 for eight classes (flex card, no expiration date)
Tuesday and/or Thursday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm. ((Refer to 2020 Calendar for breaks.)
Mindful Movement is a blend of taijiquan and therapeutic qigong. It uses gentle exercises to build mind-body connection.
Each class includes mental and physical relaxation techniques; mild exercises for strengthening and flexibility; and work
with balance and coordination.
Mindful Movement is suitable for all ages, and perfect for people with conditions such as high blood pressure,
fibromyalgia, arthritis, asthma.
Gaining benefits doesnít require years of study. A few minutes a day is enough.
You also learn the Tai Chi Gong 10-form routine, a short choreography that incorporates basic movements and traditional benefits.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS & COURSES
The Center operates a variety of supplementary programs and special events in Chinese martial arts and related arts in addition to the above curriculum.
These include qigong, associated health arts, and oriental cultural and philosophical studies.
We offer courses of varying length, workshops, and private tutoring for all programs, taught by experts in the subjects.
These programs are arranged and announced during the year. Open to all students and to non-students according to subject matter.
Possible topics include review and in-depth study of current taijiquan routines, focus on challenging moves, principles of taijiquan,
adaptation of traditional routines, other styles of taijiquan and other styles of Chinese martial arts, push-hands, partner work, self-defense,
weapons, conditioning in flexibility and strength training, history of taijiquan, philosophy, cultural studies,
feng-shui, and personal development. Guest instructors may be invited to present special topics.
Private lessons in all styles of taijiquan, qigong, and other internal styles (xingyi, bagua, liuhebafa) are available.
Taking group classes is a good way to learn the basic choreography of a form or the fundamentals of one of these arts.
But if our group-class schedule doesn't match your schedule, private lessons can be the way to go.
A personalized lesson with a perceptive teacher is one of the best ways to accelerate your learning progress.
Private lessons are particularly appropriate for more experienced students. However, individualized instruction is
recommended for all students at various points during their studies and is essential for those who wish to advance to
higher levels. The fee for a private class is $60/hour, $35/half hour for students enrolled in coursework at the Center.
The fee for non-students is $65/hour. There is an adjusted scale for groups of 2 or more.
Call the Center (540-247-2283) for details and to arrange your personal session.
We have designed our programs and curriculum to provide you with many areas of study and enrichment for your life.
We hope you will join our "family" of students and teachers, and we look forward to a long and enjoyable association.
HOURS OF OPERATION AND CONTACTING STC-
The Center normally is open one hour before start of any given class for conducting business and for students to prepare
for class. Additional times of operation may be announced or set by appointment. Call to 540-247-2283 to make special
arrangements or for appointments. Messages are checked frequently.
Wear clothing that allows you to move freely: sweat pants or track suit, school t-shirt. Soft-soled athletic shoes are
required. No sock feet, no bare feet, please.
Pat Rice, Director and Instructor, is the primary instructor for the Shenandoah Taijiquan Center/Winchester Yang Chengfu
Teaching associates for our programs are trained assistant instructors authorized to conduct classes and present
instructional material at the Shenandoah Taijiquan Center, and they also teach at other locations in the area.
Contact the Center at 540-247-2283 for information on their classes.
The Shenandoah Taijiquan Center is affiliated with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association as the
Winchester Yang Chengfu Center. The Association website is