Tai Chi class info
Traditional Training in Yang family long forms, Qi Gong, and Push Hands
still like a mountain. Move like a flowing river."
(Yang Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005,
Tai Chi at 6th Dimension™! Training is conducted in the
way. We are a small group of good natured Tai Chi practitioners who
are dedicated to our training.
and all levels: To teach you the long forms of Yang Cheng Fu and
Yang Lo Chan style Tai Chi. The training incorporates Chi Kung (a.k.a.
Qi Gong) to tap into your Chi energy and carry it into the Tai Chi
form itself. The first year of training also incorporates elementary
health uses of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, and elementary push hands.
training is also provided to refine the form, and begin to approach
the essence as well as explore the martial and health applications.
Advanced training participants must have completed at least the
entire Yang Cheng Fu long form to join the advanced group.
in motion, the entire body should be light and agile, and even
more importantly, must be threaded together." (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 444.)
Ranna-Lesley Lachlan, black belt Tai Chi Instructor/ 8th degree (PhD,
BCPP, RPP, RPE, VCST, DFA, Grad. D. Mat. Anth., Cert Ministry). Ranna
has been involved in Tai Chi and Qi Gong for over 30 years. She was
"graded" as an instructor in 1986 by Master Ian Garbett
and Master Erle Montaigue. Click here for more info about her journey
to find a Tai Chi teacher.
word about Tai Chi trainers: Master Erle Monataigue, made the
point that if a teacher has less than 6 years experience in Tai
Chi, walk away because, while they might be able to teach you the
sequence of movements, they are not in a position to impart the
essence of Tai Chi.
6th Dimension™, Middletown area. The studio is a private
location, 6 - 7 minutes from Main Street/ Route 11 Middletown
and 15 - 20 minutes from Winchester and Front Royal. Directions will
be provided when your "meet the trainier" appointment is
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone over the age of 18 years. (Sorry, no children's or teens' classes.)
The only physical requirement is that you must be able to support
your own weight on either leg. If you cannot, a Yoga
class at 6th Dimension™ would be a better choice for you
8 MAXimum. Class
size is kept small to ensure individual attention for participants.
Class is provided in a peaceful, non-competitive environment that
recognizes individual needs. No drop-ins.
consolidate the spirit of vitality. Without, express tranquility
and ease." ... (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 443.)
LEVELS & FEES:
NOTE during COVID, training is online as clips and "Sifu Saturday".
When in-person training resumes, please note the following information AND our COVID policy.
*** Ongoing students pre-pay at the beginning of each
*** Beginnners /
new students pre pay for the first 12 weeks, then on a monthly
*** All fees are non-transferable.
A cancellation policy applies.
- 2 - 3.30 pm - advanced students, $15.00 / class;
- 4 - 5 pm - first level and beginners of the Yang Cheng Fu form, $10.00 / class.
teachers in-training may be participating in coaching these
classes (at the discretion of 6th Dimension™).
Tuesdays - "Tai
Chi Tuesday" 6.00
- 7.30 pm, $15.00 / class. Strong focus on Qi Gong, advanced practice, and push hands. Must have completed the Yang Cheng Fu form before joining Tuesday
- Thursdays - "Therapeutic
Thursday" 6 - 7 pm, $10.00
/ class. Internal
energy movement system - Aumgenic™ movement
- useful for advanced understanding, Qi building, and improved Tai Chi
- Combined days:
Fees are on a sliding scale based on the number of days combined
- Sat plus Tues or Sat plus Tues plus Thurs. Admission to each of
the additional days is by arrangement and is based on Dr Lachlan's
assessment of each student's proficiency and readiness.
Our COVID Policy
Fees & Training Media
Fee - non-refundable: $25.00 per person for all new admissions.
is a one time only fee, except if attendance lapses for more
than one year - then registration will be required again.
The registration fee is in addition to the Tuition cost.
CD of the First Third is provided as part of registration.
This fee covers only a fraction of the administrative cost
of establishing and running the training, interview time,
and supplying new students with a complementary CD of the
CDs: Aside from the complementary CD included in registration,
additional audio CDs of the 2nd Third, 3rd Third, and the entire
Yang Cheng Fu Tai Chi form are available for purchase.
A DVD of the first third is provided after each
student has completed the first third. DVDs of the entire Yang Cheng
Fu and Yang Lo Chan forms are available for purchase at appropriate
stages of each student's training.
concentrate upon your study. The bending, extending, opening
and closing: let them come on their own." (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 437.)
HOW TO JOIN &
Follow these steps to join training:
the Trainer: An initial meeting with Dr Ranna-Lesley
Lachlan is required before you enter training. Call or email
to schedule your meeting after you have registered. NOTE: Registration
and interview do not guarantee admission to training.
A pre-start meeting?!?! Really?? Why?Yes.
In the traditional approach in earlier times in China, people
wishing to train in Tai Chi would approach the family or
teacher of whom they had heard, and wait until they had
been accepted into training. It was not automatic or guaranteed.
The pre-start meeting is the modern version of that process. Also: This meeting helps
you to zero in on your reasons for wanting to learn Tai
Chi, and helps you sort through those.
Admission is at the sole discretion of 6th Dimension ™.
You will be notified at or shortly after meeting Dr Lachlan.
You will then need to confirm your place in training.
Beginners: Pre-payment of
the first 12 weeks' tuition plus the registration fee confirms
your place in training and must
be received here, preferably no later than
2 weeks before you join training. Your place in class
is not confirmed until prepayment has been received and processed.
Since space is limited, unconfirmed places may be allocated
to other participants or new students.
may not allocate their place in training to any other person,
or transfer their fees to any other person.
relevant forms and policies will be provided at interview or
electronically shortly after. In some scheduling
circumstances affecting 6th Dimension, we may elect to provide
the forms and paperwork at the first class, to be completed
by new training participants on arrival.
method : Online invoices are emailed to you, payable online via our Square payment account. This confirms your place in Tai
Chi training. All transactions are processed through Ranna® Arts Incorporatewd (LLC).
special note to spouses/ partners/ family members/
significant others: Anyone wishing to enter Tai Chi
training at 6th Dimension™, please independently follow
all enrollment steps for your own reasons.
Loose, full length track pants (black or dark color) and tee shirts
(white or pastel) are fine. Jeans and belts are too constrictive.
No track shoes - they grip the floor too much. Bare feet or socks
are fine in the current studio. (More about Tai Chi
clothing at https://ezinearticles.com/?Why-Proper-Clothing-Is-So-Important-In-Tai-Chi&id=283449)
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INITIAL 1st THIRD COMMITMENT: New
students are required to commit to completing at least the first
third of the Yang Cheng Fu long form. It takes approximately
3 months' of a 90 minute class once per week or 4 - 6 months if you attend a one hour class once per week... longer if you are absent regularly
during this crucial initial learning phase. Dropping out before
completing the 1st third doesn't give you enough of a taste to really
know if Tai Chi is for you. You can do that but you will have wasted your money!
Before you decide to enter
training, be realistic about your expectations regarding how quickly
you'll learn this amazing practice. If you have regular or frequent
absences from training, it will take you longer to complete
the 1st third and, ultimately, the entire form. Stopping and starting
training inevitably involves needing to refresh one's practice first
before adding new learning, all of which adds time to the overall
process of completing learning the sequence of movements. Most new
learners find this discouraging and drop out. This is counter-productive
not only for the new learners but it is also disruptive for the
rest of the established group and your trainers/s.
This is what Yang Cheng
Fu himself had to say about this:
the gate and being led to the path, this must come from oral
guidance. To ceaselessly exert oneself in the method is self-cultivation."
(Yang Cheng Fu, c.1930;
trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 437.)
THE FIRST YEAR: Training continues. Approximately one
year of 90 minute classes once per week or about 15 - 18 months of a 1 hour class per week is usually just enough time
to learn the sequence of movements. After that, refinement of the
movements, beginning to experience the essence of Tai Chi, and deepening
our Qi Gong, health knowledge, push hands, and martial refinements
of Tai Chi are part of continuing training. Generally, later in
the second or third year, you will also begin training in the older
form: Yang Lo Chuan Tai Chi.
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WHAT TAI CHI IS REALLY ABOUT
of Ranna's mentors in Tai Chi, Erle Montaigue, articulated beautifully
what Tai Chi is really about in an article, "The Way of the
Warrior". (You can read the article when you
begin training.) Please also read the journey
to find a Tai Chi teacher background information below.
please be aware of
Capacity to make an initial commitment
to complete the first third of the Yang Cheng Fu long form. |
Progress fees for grading belts. (In traditional learning,
there are no gradings.)
To adjust your schedule appropriately in order to attend
Tai Chi training consistently.
To give up your life as it is.
To practice between training sessions.
Special clothes or special shoes.
Recognition that Tai Chi is a comprehensive system of self
defense, health, and later the beginnings of refined perceptions.
Misconceptions that Tai Chi is a new age trend, or simply
a slow pretty health dance, or solely a spiritual path.
Yes: Patience with yourself, perseverence, and recognition
that the initial phases of learning tai Chi can be quite
Expectation of quick results.
To register and attend a pre-admission interview.
Drop in to try-before-you-buy. (The interview replaces this.)
Ability to support your own weight on one leg.
Prior training in Tai Chi or martial arts.
A notebook. Traditional Tai Chi training is by transmission
from teacher to student.
Intention to train in Tai Chi for YOU (not
for a partner, spouse, parent or significant other - unless
you want this for yourself, starting Tai Chi to satisfy
the wishes of someone else simply doesn't work out).
Place, Wrong Place"
you are looking for Tai Chi training that adheres to its
origins in authentic Kung Fu, you are in the right place.
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.
INDIVIDUAL OR SPECIALIZED TUTORING:
person: $80.00 per hour.
people $55.00 per person per hour.
TEACHER TRAINING: By
arrangement. 2 - 4 people. AIM: To educate intending Tai Chi teachers
in leading a class in body-opening, joint releaxation, triple warmers, Qi Gong, and Yang
Cheng Fu long form.
To be acknowledged
as fully fledged instructors of Yang Cheng Fu Tai Chi by 6th Dimension™
under the imprimateur of Dr Lachlan, trainee teachers/ associate
instructors must have:
learning the entire Yang Cheng Fu long form to a high level of proficiency
such at they can independently execute the entire form smoothly,
effortlessly, and ACCURATELY;
able to hold standing Qi Gong postures for 20 - 30 minutes;
some proficiency in push hands;
knowledge both of the health applications and the martial applications
of the form;
developed in their own training that they carry within them the
more subtle aspects of Tai Chi, inlcuding self-restraint, respect, and upright conduct;
demonstrated a consistent capacity to crisply instruct and demonstrate
to beginners and experienced beginners, without error in that instruction
orders what is changeless in change so that one may thoroughly
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 97.) [Li
BACKGROUND - SO YOU
WANT TO LEARN TAI CHI...
want to learn Tai Chi!" It is natural to be excited about
something that you want to learn and studying Tai Chi really is worth
doing. It becomes a resource that you hold in your body and consciousness
for life. My aim is to develop a close knit, mutually supportive group
of people who are willing to enter into an older, more traditional
approach to Tai Chi study.
embarking on this wonderful adventure that is Tai Chi, please take
a moment or two to ponder the following.
is a time for everything. I count among some of my most dedicated
students someone who first contacted me many years before actually
Tai Chi is simple but remember that "simple" and "easy" aren't the same thing, so here
are some mile-markers as to whether now is the time for you to undertake
The journey to find a teacher is often quite a feat in itself. Would you persevere in finding a teacher?
started when I was really quite young, in Australia where I undertook
all my training. I knew I wanted to study Tai Chi and my search for
a teacher led me first to someone who had done a bit of Tai Chi during
travels around Australia. The group foundered after only a matter
of weeks. This gentleman was not sufficiently developed in his own
training to teach. My search then led me to someone who had established
a more commercially oriented franchise-style school, complete with
a contract for a particular period of study, very expensive up front-fees,
the requirement to buy their uniform, belts, grading and other paraphernalia.
Their approach was a very "hard", martial approach. They
soon ran into financial difficulties and closed. I then found a wonderful,
sincere, and very skilled Tai Chi practitioner who was also teaching...
a Chinese gentleman with no requirement for a study contract, exorbitant
fees, or buying a uniform from him, or anything like that. He taught
the Ching Chung "Praying Mantis" style, in "the old
way". Sadly for me, while I was still training with him he retired
but I now knew I was on the right trail as to what to look for in
I found a teacher about whom the local paper had written a feature
story. He did not want to be too easily found (and in his final decades taugh only closed classes until his passing in 2014), so he refused to own a telephone. To eventually enter
his training, I ended up leaving hand written messages on the door
of his school. He did not respond to the first hand written note.
A few weeks later, I tried again, another hand written note on the
door. Another few weeks after that, one of his advanced students called
me, on the teacher's instruction. I was interviewed over the phone
and later re-interviewed at the first open class that I attended.
Yes, interviewed. No student was admitted to their group without first
being thoroughly screened for a genuine commitment to learn, willingness
to accept direction and willingness to follow through. Ultimately,
after a long period of training with the larger, public group, I was
invited into the private group of dedicated students who were serious
about their training. No-one gained entry to this group simply because
they wanted it.
One did not ask. One did not expect. One was invited,
after being observed for a long time. As I said, "the old way".
through this teacher's collegial connection with Erle Montaigue in Sydney (Australia), I came under
the mantle of his training. With so much prior training under my belt,
my training advanced quickly and I was on my way when I was accepted
by Erle Montaigue. Within a year, Erle had graded me as Instructor,
black belt/ 8th degree, in 1986 - eight years after I had taken
my first Tai Chi class. To the Western mind, that may seem an eternity. In the traditional Asian sense, it is a nano-second.
ask yourself: "Why do I want to study Tai Chi? How much do
I want this, really? Would I persevere with finding a teacher to
this extent? Do I want it enough?"
Tai Chi long forms, including Yang Cheng Fu Tai Chi, have
a definite beginning and end, and each week's training builds on the
previous week's learning, so it is important to join the class from
the beginning date and time. For the same reason, it is important
to be punctual. Also, keep in mind that there are three major
thirds within the long form and I do
ask that you make the commitment to yourself to complete the
First Third even if you are undecided as to whether you wish
to continue with the entire Tai Chi long form or not.
whether you can do this, consider the following facts.
third: Typically, it takes approximately 30 - 40 hours to learn
the sequence of movements in the First Third. Roughly. Disjointedly. Just the sequence. Completing the First
Third is one way to see if Tai Chi really is for you while also completing
a sub-part of the form for your health and well being. By completing
the First Third, you will have set in motion some energy principles
and pathways that will nourish you regardless.
the first third is a matter of individual commitment, class attendance,
and practice between classes. The movements are taught in sequence.
Each class builds on cumulative knowledge from previous classes in
the series. Past experience has proved to me that when people are
able to attend weekly training consistently and incorporate
at-home practice into their schedules, they complete the First Third sequence in about 12 - 15 weeks. The opposite is also true if people are not able
to attend class consistently and don't practice between
classes. They fall behind and flounder, which is an unsettling and
discouraging experience for them, and leaves them with a less than
positive impression of Tai Chi. (It is also disruptive for the people
who have committed to regular attendance and practice.) The point
is, before joining class, give some thought to whether you can make
the commitment to completing the first third.
ask yourself: "Am I willing to honor myself by sticking to
completing at least the first third? Am I willing to respect my
trainer and my fellow students sufficiently that I will stick to
that initial commitment?" [If your quiet voice within
answers "no", please wait until you can answer "yes"
whole form, one year: After the first third, for those of you
who do decide to continue through the entire long form of Yang Cheng
Fu Tai Chi, having already completed the First Third with me means
that you already have an initial foundation to continue training, as this
First Third provides important building blocks for the next two thirds
of the entire form. That takes about 1 - 1.5 years, just to learn the sequences
of movements in a basic way. It's no big surprise, therefore, that approximately 60% of people who commence any
Tai Chi long form do not complete the full form. It takes considerably
longer to refine your execution and understanding of the form and
all its applications. Years for some small modicum of results... Decades to truly even BEGIN to get glimpses of the extraordinary gift that Tai Chi actually is to the world - and yourself.
you want to attain the highest achievement, have some patience
and it will come (p. 102)...
You will not get it without consciously expending a great deal
of time and effort (p.
436)... Those with perseverence can accomplish
results within three years (p.
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, pp. 102, 436, &
ask yourself: "Even if it takes me a year or more to learn
the whole form and somehow juggle my life (yes, we do recognize
that life can be quite a juggling act!), is it possible that I could
apply myself to learning the whole form?"
the way: Once the shifting composition of class has worked itself
out, as people have decided whether to continue their training or
not, things settle into an integrated, close knit class which is very
rewarding for those who continue. A truly wonderful and unified group
energy develops. I still count among my warmest and fondest memories,
and continuing friendships, the people with whom I undertook my own early training
and some people whom I have trained since then.
even mentioned all the subtle physical, emotional, psychological and
inner awareness that comes to light through training...
ask yourself: Despite transitory discomfort and unfamiliarity as
I learn movements and patterns that are suprisingly demanding, does that seem like a small investment in all that can be
received through training in Tai Chi?
I deal with the fact that the health, well-being, strength, growth,
self-awareness, subtle perceptions, and self-defence skill that
I will definitely gain, will come first as glimpses at the expense
of effort on my own part rather than demanded of Tai Chi as an immediate
I deal with the fact that the greatest "competition or opposition"
that I will face through training in Tai Chi is myself?
I get out of my head and my patterns long enough to do myself a
it time for me to train in Tai Chi?
to you: As I said a moment ago, studying Tai Chi really is worth
it as it truly does become a resource that you hold in your body and
consciousness for life.
forward to meeting you in class.
inquiry proceeds without regard to... [the essence and applications
of Taijiquan], one's efforts will be wasted, and this will
only cause one to sigh with regret." (Yang
Cheng Fu, c.1930; trans: Swaim, L., 2005, p. 438.)
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