The Taoist Sanctuary offers classes in Chen Style Taijiquan as taught by the Chen family. Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is the 19th generation Standard Bearer of Chen Style Taijiquan, which is the original style of Taijiquan. Chen family instructors travel yearly to San Diego to teach Chen StyleTaijiquan.
We host seminars with Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing (head instructor in Chen Village), Master Chen Zi Qiang (Chen Xiaoxing's son), Master Chen Bing (Chen Xiaowang's nephew), Master Jan Silberstorff (from Germany and has studied for years directly under Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang) and other 20th generation practitioners of the Chen family style.
We teach the Laojia Yilu Form as our first form, with an emphasis on health and gentle strengthening. Instruction also includes Chen Style Silk Reeling exercises, which form the basis for the moves and postures in the form. The Laojia instruction is completed in 8-9 months (2 1/2 semesters). The student can then move on to Laojia Corrections, and progress to beginning Push Hands training and weapons forms. Emphasis shifts to the more martial aspects of Taijiquan. Instruction in the advanced classes includes power training, Push Hands, and more weapons training, including sword, broadsword, kwandao and spear forms. All class levels focus on training the taiji principles of movement, which include moving with the dantian in a coordinated whole-body fashion.
Semester 1: Sections 1-6 Laojia Yi Lu, Intro to Silk Reeling Exercises (Single Hand, Double Hand)
Semester 2: Sections 7-9 Laojia Yi Lu, Intermediate Silk Reeling Training (Stepping Silk Reeling)
Semester 3: Sections 10-13 Laojia Yi Lu, Intro to Push Hands, Power Training
Semester 4: Corrections Laojia Yi Lu, Intro to Weapon (Sword or Broadsword)
All subsequent semesters will build on previous knowledge, advance push hands training, teach the laojia er lu, continue weapons training with spear, double broadsword, kwan dao
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Open Hand forms in the Chen Family curriculum:
Weapons forms in the Chen Family curriculum: