The CURRICULUM
 
We offer CLASSES, WORKSHOPS and PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
in Chinese Internal Martial Arts: Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-I Chuan, Qigong
and Tui Shou/San Shou in the San Francisco Bay & Central Coast Areas of California. A formal APPRENTICESHIP program is available for qualified students.
Online INTERACTIVE CLASSES are now taking application.

   
PACIFIC LIGHT & POWER:
Internal Martial Arts

7377 Monterey Street
Gilroy, CA, 95020
The Bioenergy Company - since 1983
taichi@michaelshaman.com
(408) 455-1628; (408) 767-2624

     
  EVENTS (view):   Intro Qigong/Tai Chi M & Th: 5:30PM: QI Dojo VII - Gilroy:

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"Energy waves, directed by the mind, mobilizing
the human body into shapes and movement..."
             Grandmaster William C.C. Chen

ENERGY *** LIFE-EXTENSION *** VISION
PEACE *** HEALING *** TRANSFORMATION
CLARITY *** INTENTION *** FOCUS
FITNESS *** WELL BEING *** CHARACTER
SECURITY *** BALANCE *** RELAXATION
POWER *** GRACE *** STYLE

12-LEVEL PROGRAM of INSTRUCTION
Pacific Light & Power - Internal Martial Arts offers
a twelve level program of instruction, guidance and training that systematically advances students through the maze of material and ongoing changes that come with the practice of Chinese Internal Martial arts.
The 12-Levels are, in turn, divided into three Degrees.

Degree 1 contains the first five levels of training. Each level includes learning a section of the Tai Chi Chuan form or set, two Qigong sets focused to develop the abilities required at that level, and some Tui Shou and San Shou (the basic interactive skills relevant to the self/other defense aspects or "Applications" of Tai Chi Chuan).

Degree II includes the next 4 levels of training and focuses more into Interactive training, including more advanced Tui Shou and San Shou techniques, the 2-person Tai Chi San Shou set, and a variety of traditional Weapons (such as Sword, Saber, Staff, Cane, etc. The Tai Chi "Long Form" is learned. Students are also introduced to the sister internal martial arts of Xing Yi Quan (Hsing I Chuan) and Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang). Students also advance through assisting with the instruction of lower level students as requested by the Instructor.

Degree III includes the last 3 levels of training and prepares advanced students to Master these Arts, to be ready to teach and pass the information effectively on to others, and ultimately to become Masters in their own right.
TAI CHI ( Taiji ) SOLO FORMS (view)
QIGONG ( Chi Kung ) (view)
INTERACTIVE TAI CHI CHUAN ( Taijiquan ) (view)

TAI CHI CHUAN ( Taijiquan )   is a comprehensive transformational path: it is a highly efficient movement art, a wholistic healing art, a powerful fighting art and a method of bioenergy cultivation that facilitates spritual and psychological growth. It is compatible with, and supportive of, most religious, spiritual and cultural traditions. It derives from an ancient Taoist philosophical and metaphysical outlook on life that sees life as something to be cherished and that sees human beings as FUNDAMENTALLY CAPABLE OF SELF GENERATED CHANGE.

The study of Tai Chi Chuan ( Taijiquan ) traditionally has three main components for coordinated study: These are:

TAI CHI ( Taiji ) SOLO EXERCISE (view) are dance like, choreographed "Sets" of shapes and movements which train and strengthen the body, mind and "Qi" ( Bioenergy ) in more effective ways for the evolving soul to function and move about on planet Earth. The "Form" provides full range of motion training for the body in the triune context of Structurally Sound Grace and Power of Movement, Bio-Energy Cultivation and Effective Self Defense.

QIGONG ( Chi Kung ) (view) literally translated means something like "Breath Exercise" and refers to methods and practices directed toward the development and enhancement of a person's internal Bio-Energy (Qi, Chi, or Ki) for purposes of self healing, transformation, and enhancement of "special abilities."

INTERACTIVE TAI CHI CHUAN ( Tui Shou / San Shou )(view)is the self defense / fighting skills part of these arts. It refers to 2 person relational energy & self/other defense training, normally associated with the Martial Arts and "Kung Fu." If Tai Chi Solo Forms can be compared to dance routines performed by an individual, then Interactive Tai Chi Chuan can be compared to Ballroom Dancing with a partner. And like partner dancing, Interactive Tai Chi has both choreographed routines and improvisational practices. Also, like partner dancing, there are moves that require constant contact between the partners, like during a waltz or a tango (in Tai Chi this is called "Tui Shou", which translates variously as "push hands", "hands attaching" or "sticky hands" and in actualization looks a lot like wrestling or Aikido). Likewise, for other dance forms contact between the partners may be fleeting, or may endure for a time on and off as the partners prefer, as in Rock n' Roll, Swing, and most contemporary "Popular" dances (in Tai Chi this is called "San Shou" and looks a lot like Boxing with a few kicks, throws and "uproots" thrown in).


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