TAI CHI TRAINING:
Join our semi-private group for
Tai Chi and Qi Gong - training in the Yang Cheng Fu and Yang
Lo Chan long forms.
Tuesday - "Tai Chi Tuesday" 6 - 7.30 pm: For advanced
students and trainee teachers only. Must have completed the
Yang Cheng Fu form for admission to this class.
Thursday - "Therapeutic
Thursday" 6 - 7 pm: Therapeutic Movement.
Assists Qi building, training.
Tai Chi at 6th Dimension™ is privately run and is independent
of any franchise. Training runs throughout the year.
PLEASE READ all
of the information here at this page and the Tai
Chi training info page.
TAI CHI CHUAN is a flowing form of therapeutic movement that
is also a form of self defense, very much so. Tai Chi isn't just
a pretty health-dance. The graceful "dance-like" movements
are coded self-defence moves which also have healing properties.
Based in the principle of stillness within movement, Tai
Chi develops the physical, psychological, and spiritual levels of
the student. While heightened perceptual and sensitive abilities
may develop, these are a by-product of the Tai Chi training, not
a goal, and frankly most people are very busy concentrating on memorizing
the movement sequences for quite a long time. It is this concentration
which suspends the noisy mind's chatter about every day problems
that is part of the relaxation that Tai Chi brings.
Place, Wrong Place"
you are looking for Tai Chi training that adheres to its
traditional origins in Kung Fu, you are in the right
you are looking for short forms, lots of pseudo-guru
Sifu-ism, a watered-down pseudo-Tai Chi which is
really some sort of New Age health dance that ignores that
Tai Chi is a martial art, our training is the wrong
place for you
("Chi Kung"): The system of standing postures known as Qi
Gong taps into and builds the Qi (Chi/ energy) and healing potentials
of the human energy system. Qi Gong is an integral part of Tai Chi
training at 6th Dimension TM.
The long forms of Yang Cheng Fu and Yang Lo Chan
Tai Chi. Push Hands basics are also taught as part of your overall
development as a student of Tai Chi. (NOTE: If you
are looking for a short form, this isn't the place. Most short forms
are simply extracts from long forms, and some can be harmful. The
benefits from the subtle repetitions and the energy cycles within
the long form are worth the time and effort.)
the midst of stilness one comes in contact with movement, moving
as though remaining still." (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 435.)
WHAT TO EXPECT:
There are three segments,
or "thirds", to the long form of Yang Cheng Fu style Tai
Chi, which is the first form that you will learn.
An initial commitment
to completing the 1st third is important: This first third of
the long form Tai Chi contains one complete energy sub-cycle within
the total Tai Chi form. It also provides important building blocks
for the next two thirds of the entire Tai Chi form. You will be
able to memorize the movements of the first third in about 30 -
40 hoursif you attend class regularly and practise between classes.
whole long form generally takes people about 9 months to 1 year
to memorize all the movements of the entire Yang Cheng Fu Tai Chi
form - depending on their commitment, class attendance, weekly hours
of training, and practise at home. This involves additonal energy
cycles and more complex moves. That is why Tai Chi at 6th Dimension™
is initially structured for an initial year
of training. Admissions are accepted at the begining of each month.
the first year - Towards the essence: Completing
the memorization of the sequence of movements is just the beginning.
After this, push hands techniques are then undertaken in more depth
so that you become aware of where your energy really is and of how
you position yourself in many circumstances, not just in class; the
healing applications of Tai Chi and Qi Gong are explored; and we
also begin to explore the older form of Yang Tai Chi - the Yang Lo
Chan form and work to deepen the energy awareness in your form,
thereby truly beginning your way to the essence of Tai Chi.
comprehending energy, you will attain by degrees spiritual illumination.
Nevertheless, without an exertion of effort, one will not be
able to suddenly have an understanding of it." (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 430.)
TRAINING APPROACH: Tai Chi
training at 6th Dimension™ is conducted in the traditional manner.
Tai Chi originated from a tradition of transmission from teacher to
student and there were no judging systems, no belts, no step-by-step
grading systems or other contemporary trends - these are modern inventions.
At 6th Dimension™ we just steadily get on with learning Tai
Chi. Your progress in Tai Chi and Qi Gong is observed, and acknowledged
and honored in the traditional manner as you progress through your
training. Remember, Tai Chi is an internal energy art and, with over
three decades of training and teaching, your teacher will be able
to see when you have integrated important principles and are ready
for the next layer of deeper training, experience, and understanding.
The challenge is with yourself (not with a grading system).
more about this approach at our Traditional Tai Chi training site.
Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan (Black Belt/ 8th degree, 1986) (PhD, BCPP,
RPP, RPE) has been
involved in Tai Chi Chuan since 1978. Click here for more information
journey to find a teacher. Ranna trained in Australia with
a Senior Master, Ian Garbett, and through his association with one
of his peers, Master Erle Montaigue, she was personally graded to
Instructor Black Belt/ 8th degree in 1986 (Montaigue School of Tai
Chi and PaKua). Dr Lachlan
has been a life long member of the Australian Therapeutic Movement
Association since 1985 and the Pacific Kung Fu Federation since 1986.
Ranna has been based in the USA since 1998 and has taught Tai Chi
and therapeutic movement at various locations in Australia and the
U.S.A. since then.
the Tai Chi TRAINING INFO (click here)
6th Dimension™ to register
for Tai Chi training.
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