Organized by the IYFTCCA North America Teacher Academy Training Program.
Grandmaster Yang Jun will offer a three-day Tai Chi Chuan Teaching Methods (Tai Chi Kung) training camp for the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Teaching Method (Tai Chi Kung) 10 Movement Hand Form. Emphasis will be given on the practical teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, the 5 Tai Chi Chuan Directives, Tai Chi Chuan philosophy, the 10 Essential Principals of Tai Chi Chuan, and Tai Chi Chuan theory. Following the three days Tai Chi Kung, there will be two days academic program on Anatomy, Body Mechanics, Chinese Terminology, Pedagogy, History of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, Administration and Management of a TTM-1 Camp, taught by Academy faculty.
The camp is offered for:
Entry level teacher trainees who want to earn a TTM-1 Trainer certification to teach the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Teaching Method (Tai Chi Kung) 10 Movement Hand Form or Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan 16 Movement Hand Form.
Certified Instructors who want to qualify for TTM-1 Coach certification to offer a non-credit program to students participating in a TTM-1 Trainer certification program.
Center Directors, Academy Instructors, and above, who want to qualify for TTM-1 Coach certification that allows them to offer Academy credits and allows them to evaluate students participating in a TTM-1 Trainer certification program.
In the Hand Form, Body Shape is closely linked to Footwork. The different stances have corresponding body shapes. Please note that no matter what footwork is used, the body shape must follow the Principles directing us to maintain the proper alignment resulting in smooth, easy movement and natural breathing.With three exceptions, when performing movements using the Bow Stance, the upper body inclines slightly forward, lining up the back with the angle of the back leg. Additionally, the upper body will either face forward or open to the side, depending on the requirements of the particular movement. For example, in Push, the upper body inclines in the forward direction and also faces the forward direction. In Bend Bow Shoot Tiger the upper body inclines in the forward direction and is open toward the left.The three exceptions mentioned above are Left Ward Off, Single Whip and Fan Through the Back. In these three movements the upper body does not incline in the forward direction but remains upright, straight up and down.
When performing an Empty Stance, the body should lean slightly forward so that the Kua of the weighted leg is nearly over the Yong Chuan, Bubbling Well. Be sure to line up the back knee with the back toe direction, keeping the tail bone centered. With Empty Stances using the ball touch, the body faces forward. White Crane Spread It’s Wings and High Pat on Horse are examples. With Empty Stances using the heel touch, the body opens toward the side. Raise Hands and Step Forward and Fist Under the Elbow are examples.
It is very clearly stated in the Ten Essentials of Tai Chi Chuan：should lift the head, sink the chest and pull up the back, sink the shoulders and drop the elbows, drop the hip and relax the waist. Meanwhile, center the tailbone.
• In order to lift the head, slightly tuck in your chin while pushing up from the inside.
• To sink the chest and pull up the back, think of slightly absorbing the chest inward which expands the back, making it slightly rounded.
• To sink the shoulders and drop the elbows, simply relax the shoulders down and droop the elbows.
• To relax the waist and open the kua, tuck in the tail bone slightly.
To center the tailbone is often explained as keeping the tail bone in line with a straight line between the Baihui and Huiyin. Actually, you should find the center from your footwork. When using footwork in which the toes of both feet are pointed straight forward, Preparation or Cross Hands are examples, the tail bone is in the center between the two feet. Or, when the feet point to different directions, Bow Stance or Empty Stance are examples, think that the front foot is standing on a line pointing in the forward direction and the back foot is on a parallel line with the toes turned 45 degrees from that forward direction. Find the midpoint between the two parallel lines.
After you have met all of these requirements you will feel four directions pulling your back: up, down, left and right. Use the relaxation method and the correct body shape described above to unify the whole body and keep the Qi sinking down, the breath calm. The upper body will then be light, the middle body flexible and the lower body sinking down and heavy.