“For over 200 years, the Yang Family has carried out the tradition and practice of tai chi chuan. Because of its gentle, large, and open movements, combined with a variety of health benefits, Yang Family Tai Chi has become the world’s most popular form of tai chi that is practiced today. This tradition has been passed down within the family from generation to generation, and is continued through the teaching of Master Yang Jun, the 5th generation direct-line inheritor of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, received from his grandfather Master Yang Zhenduo. The Yang Family Tai Chi organization is a world-wide association of over 80 Centers and Schools around the world authorized to teach tai chi chuan as passed down directly from the rich heritage and standards of the Yang Family under the direction of Master Yang Jun.”
(From the Yang Family Tai Chi website: www. https://yangfamilytaichi.com/)
The traditional Yang style 103 Hand Form is taught in 3 sections.
Section I provides the foundation for the entire form. There are many layers that the student can explore. Beginners will focus mainly on learning the correct body posture, footwork, and learning the sequence.
Video of Section I
Section II continues the practice of the fundamentals learned in section I and introduces movements that challenge the student’s balance through kicks and turns. Modifications can be made on all of the movements to accommodate different levels of skill and balance.
Video of Section II – Pre-requisite: Section I
Section III is the longest of the three sections and is a combination of movements from Section II and some new, and more challenging movements.
Video of Section III Pre-requisite: Section II
Learning all three sections takes approximately 18 months.
Section II (starts Jan. 1st)
Class: Mon/Thurs 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT
Video Practice: Tues/Fri 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT
Section III (started Nov. 6th)
Class: Tuesdays 9:00-9:45 a.m. PDT
Fridays 9:00-9:30 Section III Single Movement Practice
Fridays 9:30-9:50 Essential Form Practice