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MAC' s Student Guide 

to Tai Chi (Tai Ji Quan)

This Student guide is designed to be a reference to all materials taught at the MAC and Tai Chi Class at CSULA.  It is not a substitute for regular attendance, but is designed to reinforce and expand on what you are being taught.

What is Tai Chi?


The Martial Arts Club

names and phone numbers

events that the MAC is evolved in

events that are happening in the community

History of Tai Chi

   History of Tai Chi

Goals of Tai Chi

The Ten Essential Characteristics of Tai Ji Quan

1 Xu, Ling, Ding, Jing (Loose, Alert, Focused, Still)
2 Contain chest, Spread back
3 Free waist
4 Distinguish loose and firm
5 Sink shoulders and hang elbow
6 Use idea, not strength
7 Upper and lower mutually flow
8 Inner and outer mutually harmonize
9 Continuous without break
10 Seek calm within movement.  Movement and stillness as one.

Orientation Class and Basics

     The orientation of the class are on the first and second classes.  The basic concepts of  what is Tai Ji Quan ("q" pronounced "ch"), "Flow," "Soft," and "Centering," thus making possible each movement a whole body movement will be discussed during this period. A guided experience of these concepts will be performed by the instructor thus establishing a basic "warm-up" evolving into the more specific forms of the Tai ji quan series.


     Currently the only form of Tai Chi being offered is the Short Form (24) Yang Style. Beginning Fall Quarter 2002, their will be an intermediate section added, which will possibly include the Long form (108) and Push-Hands technqiues.

Links to other interesting sites

    Other Tai Chi resources on the Web!

All Comments and Suggestions are welcome.

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This Student Guide is just that, a guide.  Many sources and hours have gone into the design and upkeep of this site.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to ask.

This Student Guide was created to assist the student at Cal State LA in there training in Tai Chi.  This guide is not a replacement for actual instruction by an instructor.

Copyright 2002 by MAC@CSULA

Course Outline (for Tai Chi class)
History of Tai Chi
Goals of Tai Chi
10 Essentials
Short Form (24)