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Taiji 13 (十三势) Online with Master Zhou

Zoom – Two months – 16 sessions
Monday and Thursday – 7 – 8 PM (EST)
Starts August 3 – Ends September 28 – No Class August 31
Class Recordings will be available for ten days*
Click here to see the essence of Master Zhou’s Taiji practice.

Taiji 13 or Thirteen Postures (十三势)

Wudang Taiji 13 had its root in Zhang San Feng 张三丰 , the iconic Wudang spiritual teacher and martial arts master and a folk hero from the late Song Dynasty. He witnessed the fight between a bird (possibly a swallow) protecting its nest from a snake, and as the oral tradition goes, Zhang was taken by this event that inspired him to the creation of Taiji. The Taiji 13 movements were full of symbolism based on Daoist alchemic principles. The Chinese theory of Five Elements was represented: Wood (木 Mù), Fire (火 Huǒ), Earth (土 Tǔ), Metal (金 Jīn), and Water (水 Shuǐ), including the concept of Eight Trigrams: Li (fire), Kun (earth), Dui (lake), Qian (heaven), Kan (water), Gen (mountain), Zhen (thunder), Xun (wind) — then the later generation of Zhang disciples formulated from Taiji 13 a more practical fighting style of what we know now as Taiji 108.

Indeed, Taiji 13 predates 108; thus, learning Taijiquan is also to understand the natural world and its interchanges and transformations as the original movements intended. The practice requires intensive development of the skills of synthesizing the opposites and harmonizing Yin and Yang. In this learning process, one develops a more pronounced concept of balance. 13 unique combinations include: push, explore, pounce, load, and separate. Familiar postures such as spreading the wings of a bird, splitting the horse’s mane, brushing the knees, pushing the shoulders, and stepping with one leg are of great significance in this practice.

Wudang Tai Chi focuses primarily on health preservation and self-defense as a secondary aspect. The Tai Chi 13 forms draw upon the principles of the Eight Trigrams and the Five Elements, combining them into 13 forms.

Internally, practicing Wudang Tai Chi can harmonize the Qi flow through the Eight Extraordinary Meridians, nourishing the five  organs and achieving unity in the 13 forms.

The Wudang Tai Chi 13 forms consist of 13 sets of movements, including the starting form, holding the ball form, single push form, probing form, supporting form, pouncing form, carrying form, dividing form, cloud form, transforming form, double push form, downward form, and closing form.

In practicing the Tai Chi 13 forms, the key is to integrate form and intention, intention and Qi, Qi and spirit, achieving harmony in the six harmonies. The spirit takes on a profound quality within the forms, with movements flowing continuously, relaxed and natural, like clouds and flowing water. Breathing is smooth and effortless, deep and even, returning to the root with every breath. The Tai Chi 13 forms contain rich and profound meanings and have far-reaching significance. Each move and form can regulate both the physiological and psychological aspects of life, providing benefits such as relaxing tendons, nourishing the internal organs, and cultivating the mind and body.

Is this for me?
Everyone is welcome to join this class. Moreover, this class is for teachers-in-training students who wish to fulfill their Taiji curriculum requirements. After the class, teachers in training will be tested for proficiency. 

Pricing

$260.00 – 16 sessions

The Zoom link will be sent to you one week before the class starts.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

  • A full refund will be given to participants who cancel their event attendance up to 30 days prior to the event.   
  • Cancellations within 30 days of the event will only result in a credit toward a future event; no refund will be given. 

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August 3, 2023 @ 7:00 pm September 28, 2023 @ 8:00 pm EDT