The curriculum of training for the general public follows the traditional syllabus handed down to our Technical Director Sifu Stephen Britt by his teachers from the Wu family. Training begins with learning the 108 postures that make up the form of Tai Chi Chuan. The postures are taught sequentially, part by part, working at the speed of assimilation of the student. Training through the postures of the form works to improve muscular development, coordination and balance. Depending on the student, it usually takes three to six months to complete working through the postures of the form.
After completion of the form, the training shifts to two-person training, known as pushing-hands, which helps to further condition the student’s balance and coordination, which in turn assists in refining the postures of the form. Concurrent with the training of pushing-hands, the student also begins the training of Chi Kung that focuses on individual postures to improve respiration and the circulation of energy in the body. From this point on, the student is guided into the more senior levels of the syllabus, including weapons forms training, advanced theory and application and if so chosen by the student, training of the martial aspect of Tai Chi Chuan. Finally, if there is an interest expressed by the student in learning to teach, classes in the art of Tai Chi Chuan instruction follow.