I'm very pleased to announce that 3 of my Tai Chi students will be testing for there white sashes next week. They have been training for a little over a year at this point and I'm very proud of them for all their hard work. I'm also very excited that they are about to take this next step in their training.
Below is a list of all the things they will be tested on and will need to show proficiency in to pass the test:
Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong (Standing Like a Tree Qi Gong)
Correct movements into posture, correct posture, and correct closing movements as well as an understanding of what you should be focusing on during this Qi Gong
8 Fundamental Stances – Static (Ji Ben Ba Shi)
Able to hold each Stance for 30 seconds
Bow & Arrow Stance
Sitting on Crossed Legs Stance
Tame the Tiger Stance
Rooster Stands on One Leg Stance
5 Stepping Practices – Solo and with a partner
Stepping to the Left – Inside and Outside
Stepping to the Right – Inside and Outside
Keeping the Center
Yang Tai Chi 24 Postures Form
Tai Chi 10 postures Qi Gong
Basic Off-Balancing Concepts
Explain the concept of the “3rd leg of the triangle”
Demonstrate where to lead someone to take them off balance from Horse Stance, Bow & Arrow Stance, and Four-Six Stance
Correct Wushu Salute and Its Meaning
Many of these things may sound very simple when just reading the titles, but each section of this test requires a great deal of attention to detail. There is a reason it has taken these students a year to prepare for this test, but all their hard work has definitely earned them the right to take part in this examination of skills.
Stay tuned for pictures and updates from the test and the ceremony.