Wu Taiji(health and martial aspects) level specifications
Assessment is the process in which a students skill, knowledge and understanding of the Art is measured. In order to attain a Tuan (stage) award, the student must have certain abilities as shown below. To achieve the Water level, students must demonstrate their achievement in all areas in the Water Level Specification section. Likewise, in order to achieve the Liang Yi level, students must first attain Water level and then all the areas in the Yi level. From then on, students can progress to higher and higher levels which will be specified in due course.
Due to the experiencing nature of Taiji Quan, the award is simply to mark the level of progress of the student at the time of assessment, the award does not hold its validity into the future due to the regression of ability of the student by not pursuing the art.
The Water Level Specifications
Elements 1 to 3 apply to student who practise for the health aspect.
Elements 1 to 5 apply to student who practise for the health and martial aspects.
First Tuan (yellow)
- Learned the Taiji Quan to the first set of ‘Cloudy Hands’
- Learned the four basic movements in Push-hands
- Learned the basic Qi Kong exercise
- Learned receiving hands and legs
- Can do Zhan Zhon for 15 minutes
Second Tuan (Red)
- Learned the Taiji Quan to the second set of ‘Cloudy Hands’
- Learned the principles of free Push-hands
- Can feel Qi in the basic Qi Kong exercise
- Can apply Receiving-hands and legs in 8 different ways
- Can do Zhan Zhon for 30 minutes
Third Tuan (Blue)
- Learned the whole form of the Taiji Quan
- Can relax in Push-hands
- Can progress into Taiji Ball exercise
- Can apply 16 Taiji movements in combat
- Can do Zhan Zhon for 60 minutes
Fourth Tuan (Purple)
- Can relax when doing the Taiji Quan
- Can do Push-hands and Push-legs
- Can release and retrieve the Qi
- Can apply 24 Taiji movements in combat
- Can familiarise in the fundamental Bu Fa (leg movements)
Fifth Tuan (Black)
- Can do the low form of Taiji Quan
- Can do Push-hands and Push-legs without resistance and detachment.
- Can co-ordinate Qi from 5 different centres
- Can apply 36 movements combat
- Have obtained the sense of distance
The Liang Yi(the polarised) Level specifications
Elements 1 – 3 apply to student who practise for the health aspect.
Elements 1 – 6 apply to student who practise for the health and martial aspects.
First Tuan (Bronze)
- Learned the Taiji Sword up to the movement of ‘Fan Xun San Jien’ (swirl body triple swords)
- Familiar in Ren and Du Qi tunnel Qi Kung
- Can do Push-hands without resistance and detachment
- Can apply 48 movements in combat
- Can hit a tree with 7 different parts of the body
- Familiar with the basic Bu Fa, distance judgement, and for 3 minutes the opponent can not attack the body.
Second Tuan (Silver)
- Learned the Taiji Sword to the movement of ‘Yuan More San Wu Jien’ (the cloud fairy’s triple sword dance).
- Can sense the Qi in 4 specific points when doing Qi Kung exercise
- Can reach to the light and agile state in Push-hands and Push-legs
- Can attack a tree with 18 specific parts of the body
- Can apply 72 – 108 Taiji Quan movements in combat
- Can use Bue Fa (leg movements) to reach to a position unnoticed by the opponent.
Third Tuan (Gold)
- Learned the whole form of Taiji Sword
- Ren and Du Qi Tunnels have been open up through the related Qi Kung training.
- Can self-resume to the state of equilibrium in body and mind
- Can achieve the strength of Yi (intend) and Lien (mind) when doing Push-hands and Push-legs.
- Can decentre the opponent on contact in Receiving-hands and Receiving-legs.
- Fa Qin (execution of the internal energy) reaches the penetrating effect.
- learned all the Taiji weaponries.
After you have reached the Liang Yi level, you begin to enter into the inner school of the Taiji Quan, at this stage, you will explore into the subsequent levels with the supervision of Sifu. These levels are:
Amalgamation of skin, bones and tendons.
Amalgamation of Jing(essence), Qi (energy) and Shen (spirit)
Touch Points, and hands likened knives
Yin Yang Fish
Energy like Tai Mountain when confronted, and effortlessly discarding of opponents like leaves blown by the wind.
Dan Tian originated Qi for promoting health and assisting in combat.
Utilisation of the three different Dan Tians
Jian Qi (finger directing)
The seventh sense
The heart, The Shen (spirit), The Yi (mind), The Qi