The Chinese Culture Center offers a variety of educational programming, including classes, workshops and lectures.
Chen Family Taijiquan Classes (T’ai Ch’i Ch’uan)
Instructor: Debbie Au
Time: Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuition: $65/month for registration
trial classes are available: $16, please email for more information (see below).
Debbie is certified to teach Chen Family Taijiquan by Grand Master Chen Qingzhou, a 19th Generation Direct Descendant of Chen Family Taijiquan and the Chen Family Taijiquan School in Wenxin, China (birth place of Chen Taiji).
Special workshops will be offered from time to time to students of the class only.
Generally, there are 2 barehanded form sets in Chen Taiji, 1st Form: “Yi Lu” [一路]; and, 2nd Form: “Er Lu”[二路] also known as “Cannon Fist” or “Pao Chui” [炮捶] ) of which the speed, strength, and difficulty are all different. These variations are based upon the forms’ lineage and what a teacher is trying to explain.
The first form (Yi Lu) is softer. This form is used as a tool to help develop a student’s strength, balance, coordination, and understanding of basic Taiji principles. The strength of Yi Lu is based on the basic “Chan Si Jing” (spiral energy/force). Because of this characteristic, not only is this an essential form for beginners to learn, it is also beneficial for those who want to practice Taiji for health reasons.
The second form (Cannon Fist) is more complex. It is geared more toward the development of explosive power and fighting techniques. There are many fast, powerful, and hard movements.
Traditionally, beginners always start out with Zungu Chen Family Taiji Yi Lu along with some basic exercise to get rid of body stiffness. Practicing the combination of the first set and the basic exercises correctly will help the beginner develop “Chan Si Jing” (spiral energy). The second form then develops more explosive power.
The Zungu Chen Family Taiji Yi Lu Form [尊古陳氏太極一路] will be taught at the Chinese Culture Center. It is straight forward and will build a strong taiji foundation in the student. This form is suitable for a wide range of participants. There is no age, sex, nor health discrimination in the learning of this form. Students can learn and practice the form at their own pace and tempo. As the student progresses and at the discretion of the instructor, the student will have options to learn Zungu Chen Family Taiji Er lu or weapon sets.
Email Debbie: firstname.lastname@example.org