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Below is a short segment of the first few movements of the Yang LuCh'an Long Form (Grasping Swallow's Tail).
We practice Yang Style Tai Chi, The Yang Lu Ch’an Long Form and training methods as presented by the World Taiji Boxing Association (WTBA).
Back In March, I decided to give up my training room where I had taught classes for many years! I had a little help making that decision, of course, because of COVID-19 and the state lockdown. I thought I would need to tell my students that we could no longer meet to learn, study and practice Tai Chi! Below is our long time training room!
There are, of course, other hand to hand training methods in Tai Chi. We also, from time to time, practice the Tai Chi “short stick”! It’s really not that short, with a length of about 48 inches!
Little did I know that this would be a new beginning. With all the hype about online learning, I thought, maybe we should try it. At least it’s a way to communicate with my students and continue training while we sort things out. So, we did it! We started out with four Skype classes each week, two morning classes and two evening classes. Go to skyp.com to get a free Skype account. After a while, it became clear. While the Skype classes were actually working, there was no substitute for face to face classes! After months of online classes, I decided to add a two hour seminar style class at The Crossings of Colonie. Weather permitting and if the stars align, we have been meeting most Saturday mornings. Plenty of room for social distancing and everyone loves being outdoors! In fact, many of my students are telling me that they prefer it to the indoor classes! I then decided to trade one of the evening Skype classes for another class at The Crossings. But, with daylight waning, it looks like that will be seasonal.
I have recently decided that I will hold outdoor classes even during the Winter months! Initially, this was not my idea but after doing some research and giving it some reasonable thought, I believe that it’s a viable option!
Partner training is a very important part of the Tai Chi training experience. So, I have recently added a class for “Pushing Hands”! Pushing hands is the most widely practiced partner training method in Tai Chi.