Taijiquan At RisenWushu
Training at RisenWushu
At RisenWushu students can follow a structured training program starting with beginner’s lessons and gradually progressing to intermediate and advanced lessons in Taiji martial art form.
In keeping with tradition in martial arts training RisenWushu values the teachers and students relationship and will therefore accept students who have trained with us from beginner’s classes to enroll in the intermediate and advanced level.
Beginners in new intake will start with basic Taiji routines beginning with Yang Style Taijiquan 12-form and progressing to 24-form and 40-form. Thereafter students can opt to progress to classes in Taijiquan conducted at intermediate or advanced level.
Risen Wushu welcome students of all ages, individuals, private groups and program or workshop requested and tailored to corporate or school wellness program.
Yang Style Taijiquan / Taiji Weaponry Routines
The Yang Style Taijiquan 12-form, 24-form, and 40-form routines “杨氏十二/甘四/四十式” 套路 are Taiji foundation training routines adopted by RisenWushu. Beginners who have familiarized themselves with these routines will find it relatively easier to progress throughout their pursuit of oriental-style internal martial arts with RisenWushu. These routines were also integrated with Yang Style Taijiquan at intermediate and advanced level using fan, sabre, and sword.
As in the fundamentals of Taiji, the Yang Style Taiji routines 杨氏太极套路 place importance on the focus to direct and balance the Yin and Yang energies within everyone to improve the general health.
The Yang Style Taiji, 杨氏太极 has its origins in the Qing Dynasty where it evolved from the Chen Style Taiji 陈氏太极 and was brought to fame by Yang Lu Chan 楊露禅 and his grandson Yang Cheng Yu 杨澄宇。The differentiating factor between the Yang Style Taiji 杨氏太极 and other Taiji styles would be seen in its smooth, soft and gentle movements. This combination of moves blended into what was seen as simple and smooth strokes throughout the style’s routines. And this has become an art form that was to become very popular to those who aspired to pursue and train in martial arts and become a part of the martial arts community.
Liu He Ba Fa Quan/ Weaponry Routines 六合八法拳/武器 套路
Despite being the lesser known oriental-styled internal martial arts routines, the Liu He Ba Fa routines “六合八法” 套路 are taught with great emphasis at Risen Wushu. To enable maximum benefits, mentally and physically, out of the routines, variations to the original routines are made to improve ease and effectiveness in students. The theory of Liu He Ba Fa elements are also dissected and taught in classes for better understanding and execution of the routines during practices.
The Liu He Ba Fa routines “六合八法” 套路 pose similarities to the Yang Style Taiji Quan 杨氏太极拳 and other Taiji routines. These routines are meditative in nature and bring about immense health benefits, as backed by scientific research. These includes spine stimulation, massage of the internal organs, overcoming psychological issues like anxiety/depression and improvement of one’s flexibility. The routines bring unity and control of the mind, body, heart and intentions. Therefore, they can strike balance within an individual. What makes these routines distinct from others would be its focus on methods and harmonies. Based on these, its movements will enable one’s energies to flow like water and hence commonly termed as “Water Boxing”.
Liu He Ba Fa 六合八法, literally translates to “Six Harmonies and Eight Methods” as described below:
The Six Harmonies
– Body with Mind
– Mind with Intent
– Intent with Vital Energy
– Vital Energy with Spirit
– Spirit with Movement
– Movement with Emptiness
The Eight Methods
– Qi : Vital Energy
– Gu : Bone
– Xing : Form
– Sui : Follow
– Ti : Lift
– Huan : Return
– Le : Suspend
– Fu – Conceal
Zen Taiji Quan Routine 禅拳 套路
Zen Taiji Quan routine (Ch’an) “禅拳” 套路 is one other Taiji forms taught at Risen Wushu due to the profound interest of our Chief Instructor/ Founder Ms Jasmine Koh. It was her wish that students were exposed to, and would be able to, understand the essence of Zen. This was done so by making the form more accessible and feasible for people from all walks of life. In addition, Zen theories and teachings about self-improvement, awareness and development are also incorporated in the classes. These better enable students to tap on their inner strength, mental and physical capabilities.
Zen 禅, individually, is a state of absolute awareness which brings about complete control. Taiji, on the other hand, is the path to achieving that state. The Zen Taiji Quan routine (Ch’an) “禅拳” 套路 combines both spiritual and meditative powers of the former and physical strength built of the latter. This, therefore, aids one to build unity between his/her inner strengths and the forces of the universe.
Zen Taiji Quan 禅拳 is deep-rooted in the Chinese cultural heritage, having been practiced and perfected for more than 1500 years. Its origins of being an ancient and mysterious set of boxing movement named “Great Compassionate Dharani Boxing Method” was one that was rarely known to the world. The form is suitable for anyone seeking an absolute awareness state with complete control, regardless of any bodily restrictions (e.g. weight or age). It simultaneously provides him/her with a mind free from fears and worries. Practicing it in the long run would prove beneficial to health and contribute to longevity.
Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taiji Quan Routine 陈式心意混元太极拳 套路
The Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taiji Quan Routine “陈式心意混元太极拳” 套路 is another routine famously taught at Risen Wushu. Paired with a melodious yet mysterious-feeling soundtrack, students are taught to give pronounced attention to flow in bringing out the routine’s essence. This unique routine is one of the key routines in which the wellness centre uses as a milestone for students. Students are challenged to display their abilities to infuse musicality with the intricacies of Taiji during local public performances.
The Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taiji Quan 陈式心意混元太极拳 was invented by Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang 冯志强大师 Developed with nourishment of the body and attainment of spiritual insight in mind, Influences of the form came from his protege with two great masters of his time. The two were, mainly, Master Hu Yao Zhen 胡躍贞大师, a famous Chinese medicine practitioner 中医学者/ Taoist Qi Gong 道教气功/ Xinyi Quan 心意拳 Master and Chen Fa Ke 陈发科大师, a master of modern Qi Gong 现代气功. The form, hence, integrates Taoist internal training 道教内丹修炼, Qi Gong 气功, Chen Style Taiji Quan 陈式太极拳 as well as Xinyi Quan (mind-intent boxing) 心意拳 into a single form that has since seen numerous variations over the years.