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Tai Chi Class at Cranberry Township Community Center

Tonight, Tuesday, February 25th, is the first night of a six-week Tai Chi class at the Cranberry Township Community Center.  The class will introduce my “Video Taiji Form 1″ over the six classes.  This “Form 1″, based upon the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Ch’uan, was developed as part of my Video Taiji YouTube video series for the purpose of providing those of limited movement, or with limit room in which to move, to have a short sequence of exercise and meditation movements available.

The form consists of these six named postures:

1. Commencement
2. Part Wild Horses’ Mane
3. White Crane Spreads Wings
4. Fair Maiden Works Shuttles
5. Snake Creeps Down the Tree
6. Cross Hands/Embrace the Tiger

Like most Tai Chi forms, while the named postures are few in number, the actual movements number many more. With repetitions, there are 15 primary movements/stances in Video Taiji Form 1, with many interstitial or transitional movements, along with associated breathing patterns and hidden self-defense applications.

The primary movements in this form which relate to Tai Chi’s 13 underlying postures, Ward Off, Pull Back, Press, Push, Shoulder, Elbow, Split, Pull Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, and Center, are Ward Off, Split, and Pull Down.  Ward Off is found in both Part Wild Horses’ Mane and Fair Maiden, while Pull Down is found in Snake Creeps Down. Unlike most other Tai Chi forms, however, the 13th primary movement, “Center”, is actually the primary movement in this form, as the form continually moves from a centered placement, never moving more than two or three feet in any one direction.

See YouTube for my representative videos:

“Video Taiji Sixteen: Our Form” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcpMo383IqI
“Video Taiji 48: Video Taiji Form 1” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APphQWQqymc
Class document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zD1J_8OyTm3rByoDWvyMNm7jf0kOGjF2rjhL5cmaR8E/edit?usp=sharing

..Alex.