As a beginner in Qi Elements' Taijiquan training program, you will start with a structured program of set requirements for achievement through the first three levels of the curriculum: White Sash, Yellow Sash and Green Sash. These requirements will provide you with a thorough introduction into the principles of Taijiquan practice including postures, movements, internal energy cultivation and circulation, partner practice and Taijiquan-based self-defense. You will find the specific requirements for each of the three levels spelled out in the progress charts for each level.
As you progress along Qi Elements’ curriculum, you will learn the Yang Chengfu outdoor version of the traditional Yang-style bare-hand long form, the applications that we call “standard” and use as aids to teach the movements of the form and, at the higher levels, many additional applications of the outdoor and indoor form movements. You will receive comprehensive and in-depth training in five core components of our curriculum. Bare-hand form and applications, Taiji-Qigong—the internal side of Taijiquan, Zhan Zhuang (standing meditation), Partner Exercises including stationary and moving pushing hands and Taijiquan-based self-defense. In addition, you will gain teaching experience once you complete the beginner levels and you will be able to choose from a number of elective components to tailor your training to your personal goals.
When you complete the beginner levels and are awarded the Green Sash, you enter the intermediate ranks—Blue, Purple and Sashes—and you will be able to maintain and improve the skills you have learned through teaching the beginner levels. When you complete the Red Sash requirements, you will enter the advanced ranks—Brown and Black Sashes and post Black Sash training.