Authentic Chen Tai Chi in Perth
Beginner Class @ Booragoon
27 Feb 2020, 6:45 PM
Beginner Class @ Osborne Park
29 Feb 2020, 9:00 AM
5 Elements – 4 Movements
The are the first four movements of the Old Frame Routine 1. This is the most important of the traditional Chen Tai Chi oldest routine (laojia in hanyupinyin)and often refer to Old Frame. By learning and mastering this four movements you have in fact covered more than 25% of the traditional Old Frame.
Why is it called Five elements?
Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy used to describe interactions and relationships between things. The corresponding directions are East(wood), South(fire), Centre(earth), West(metal), and North(water). 4 repetition of these 4 movements will covered the 4 directions and will go back to the original starting location. It is simple, do not required a lot of space and easy to master.
Estimated time to learn this : 10 weeks
This set of routine was developed by Grand Master Zhu based on the 13 Tai Chi postures. The 13 postures are:
掤 peng, 捋lǚ, 挤jǐ, 按àn, 采cǎi, 挒 liè, 肘zhǒu, 靠kào，进jìn,、退tuì、顾gù,、盼pàn、定dìng.
13 essential movesment were selected from the traditional laojia (old frame or kata) for the students to enhance and solidify the foundation of Chen Taijiquan (Tai Chi).
Estimated Time : 10 weeks
72 Movements or Laojia Routine 1
Laojia Yi Lu consists of 72 movements. Traditionally there is no starting and closing, but due to the modern day requirement these two are added. Therefore most school refer it to 74 movements. Grand Master explained that 72 is a multiple of 12. Traditionally Chinese culture are fond of this, 12 months, 12 zodiac , 12 Chinese hours in a day etc.
This is the oldest of the Chen style forms. It is refer to the 功夫架kongfujia, which mean the foundation martial art skill building form, in Chen village. (Note: Kongfu in Chinese mean to build skills with proper methods via effort and time)
It is considered to be the foundation form for all other practices.
Learn how to maintain a comfortable and healthy posture in motion, with our comprehensive class that goes through the most ancient and authentic Tai Chi movements. These movements are gears to make your body more flexible and agile.