Tai Chi Long form:(太极拳长套)
This style is the traditional Yang style long form. The Yang style is the most common style of Tai Chi. In the old days it was called the Tai Chi 108-form. Some people also referred to it as the 88-form. Essentially the form sequence is the same; the method of counting the postures is slightly different. Because the Yang style is so widespread, you might see variations of posture and movements between schools or teachers. There are also short forms which consist of about 38 movements, as well 24 and 16 postures forms for competition.

Tai Chi Sword:(太极剑)
The traditional Yang style sword long form has 56 postures.

Other styles of Tai Chi sword such as Eight Immortals Sword (八仙剑), Wu Dang Sword (武当剑) and others may be offered for the class.

Tai Chi Dao:(太极刀)
Currently we play the Zhang style Tai Chi Dao. The Dao form consists of 32 postures.

Tai Chi Cane:(太极杖)
The Cane form that we currently play is the 38-posture form. You will need a walking cane with a hook style handle if you would like to learn this form.

Tai Chi Baton:(太极警棍)
Most of the time in our lives it is impractical to carry a sword for protection while you walk down a street at night or find yourself in other situations (don’t even mention the legality of carrying a sword with you!). A baton, such as the Expandable baton (which is much shorter than a sword, maybe 18” to 26”) or a short wooden staff, or something similar might be more practical -- if it is legal in your town. To play our baton form, you can just use a rolled up magazine, or a short sized umbrella with a straight handle. (This way, you won’t need to worry about carrying a sword on your vacation or business trip!) The single baton form has 40 postures and the double baton form has 45 postures.

When in the closed position, the Expandable baton can be used as a Pocket Stick and used to practice the same baton form. A Pocket Stick is a shorter stick made with wood, plastic rod, fiberglass rod, metal rod or other materials. Usually it is about 5” to 6” long, depending on the size of your hand. You can add a finger loop wrap to the Pocket Stick to make it a Koppo Stick. There are many commercially available Pocket Sticks and Koppo Sticks, or you can make your own. There are slight changes in the Baton form to meet Pocket Stick movements.

Chinese Traditional Meditation follows the traditional Chinese medical theory about the Chi’s flow via the Channels (经络) or Meridians. Meditation does not depend on music or someone else’s talk to guide you into the meditative state. It is self-controlled. There are two kinds of Chi inside your body. One is the original Chi which was passed down from your mother (congenital,先天气); and the other is the Chi after-birth (postnatal, 后天气). There are three Gates, which were closed after your birth and lie along your Channels or Meridians. It is believed that by meditating, you can re-open these Gates to make your congenital Chi flow through the Channels again. It will bring you better health or can help you build the balanced path to Nature. You will learn the positions for meditation, technique for breathing and ways to focus your mind. Gradually you will learn how to re-open the Gates, how to do ankle breathing, and how to do body breathing. For more details, please refer to the book I have recently published. There are no classes dedicated to learning how to meditate. You can learn this as part of the Tai Chi class if you are interested.