The Chinese martial arts have been traditionally categorized as internal and external arts. The internal arts Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan), Xing Yi Quan (Hsing I Chuan), and Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Chang) ­­ focus the use of meditative practices and full body coordination. Each of these internal martial arts emphasizes specific characteristics that give them a unique flavor and appearance. All three styles include training in empty hand forms, weapons forms, two person drills, self­-defense applications, free fighting techniques and power development. At the US Kuo Shu Academy, you can benefit from instruction in any of these arts.

We teach a complete program in traditional Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) . Our Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) program is as compelling and sophisticated as the kung fu (external) program.

At the beginner level, the Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) program includes stretching and warm up exercises, breathing exercises (called “chi kung” or “qi gong”), and pre­arranged sequences of techniques which we call “forms.” After developing skill in the beginner level, students start to take on paired exercises (called “pushing hands”) to develop specific skills and learn weapon routines. Later, some Tai Ji Quan students elect to participate in the school Daoist meditation curriculum, in order to develop a deeper experience in these Chinese arts.

Tai Ji Quan emphasizes yielding to the oncoming force, neutralizing the attack, and then counterattacking. The Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) forms are done very slowly and are essentially a moving meditation. Students begin their Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) instruction with Yang style Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan). Other Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) styles available include Chen Pan Ling and Ancient style. Students are trained in Qi Gong, pushing hands exercises, Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) free fighting, Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) weapons (broadsword, straightsword, long staff, spear, large broadsword and straightsword two person sets), and Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) two-­man set.

In the background of our instruction, we emphasize the philosophies expressed in the Tien Shan Pai Motto “Virtue, Wisdom, Humility, Martial Arts.” Students are expected to exhibit these qualities both inside and outside of the school. The Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) program includes the following elements:

太極拳 Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan)

  • 楊氏太極拳 Yang Shi Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) (Yang Style Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan))
  • 陳泮嶺太極拳 Chen Pan Ling Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan)
  • 太極刀 Tai Ji Dao (Tai Ji Broadsword)
  • 太極劍 Tai Ji Jian (Tai Ji Straightsword)
  • 先天太極劍 Xian Tian Tai Ji Jian (Pre-Natal Tai Ji Straightsword)
  • 太極槍,桿 Tai Ji Qiang, Gan (Tai Ji Spear, Staff)
  • 太極拳對練 Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) Dui Lian (Tai Ji Two-Person Set)
  • 太極拳推手 Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) Tui Shou (Tai Ji Push Hands)
  • 太極拳自衛術 Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) Zi Wei Shu (Tai Ji Self Defense)
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