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The following drills are the traditional training methods used in this style of tai chi to program an instinctive and intelligent response to combat questions.

The techniques emphasise evasion, subtle slips and neutralisations and footwork for defence, whilst teaching you how to counter with a wide variety of striking, throwing, grappling, joint locking and restraining methods. In essence you learn to embody the tai chi ideal of softness defeating hardness and stillness defeating motion.

They are practiced slowly at first and then when the essential details are learned speeded up until you can defend yourself in a calm manner against full speed attacks.

Ideally within a months practice you will have spent time practicing all the different exercises, which all build and internalise the tai chi principles and use of the foundation 13 dynamics (basic methods) of the art.

0 The Tai Chi Beginning Style
1 The Seven Stars Style
2 Grasping The Bird’s Tail
3 The Single Whip
4 Flying Oblique
5 Raise Hands And Step Up
6 White Crane Flaps Its Wings
7 Brush Knee Twist Step
8 Stroke The Lute
9 Parry And Punch
10 As If Shutting A Door
11 Embrace Tiger And Return To Mountain
12 Cross Hands
13 Fist Under Elbow
14 Step Back And Repulse Monkey
15 Needle At Sea Bottom
16 Fan Through The Back
17 Swing Fist
18 Wave Hands In Clouds
19 Pat The Horse High
20 Turn The Body To Face
21 Raise The Leg And Kick Out In A Curve
22 Turn Around And Kick With Heel
23 Step Forward And Punch Down
24 Turn Body And Swing Fist
25 Step Back Into The Seven Stars Style
26 Step Back To Strike The Tiger
27 Twist The Body And Kick
28 Boxing The Ears
29 Parting The Wild Horse’s Mane
30 Fair Lady Works At Shuttle
31 Snake Creeps Down
32 Golden Cockerel Stands On One Leg
33 Slap The Face
34 Cross And Single Hand Sweep Lotus Leg
35 Step Up To Punch The Groin
36 Step Back To Ride The Tiger
37 Turn Body And Double Hand Sweep Lotus Leg
38 Draw The Bow To Shoot The Tiger
39 Two-Handed Sweep
40 Single-Handed Sweep
41 Snapping The Arm Style
42 Guard Breaker Style
43 Tiger capturing the Head
44 White Snake Putting Out Its Tongue
45 Pioneer Arm
46 Flying Flower Palm
47 Five Elements Elbow
48 Thunder Fist

We practice around 6 of the exercises per class, rotating each week. If you’d like to join a session drop us a message below

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