Course Descriptions

Qigong translates as “internal energy work or skill,” and refers to a broad range of gentle, mind/body/spirit integrative exercises that can include dynamic movement, standing, sitting, and breath work. Qigong is also the foundation of the art of Taijiquan. This class will emphasize the practice and cultivation of various Qigong energy exercises with a particular focus on building vitality and health. Potential benefits of the program include improved balance, range of motion, and core strength, in addition to pain management and decreased stress and anxiety. Open to all levels of experience, including beginners

Primordial Qigong is a rare and powerful system from the ancient Taoist tradition as transmitted by renowned Taijiquan Master Feng Zhiqiang. These accessible, meditative exercises cultivate, rejuvenate and revitalize one’s qi by blending the primordial forces of Yang and Yin with the internal energy & intelligence of the body/mind. Practice of this system can result in myriad health benefits and also serve as a good foundation for other internal arts including Taiji forms.

Created by a doctor of chinese medicine, soaring crane qigong consists of both standing meditation and full body movement. Five short forms work to open the joints, relax the body and calm the mind. Each set promotes healing in a different part of the body – opening the shoulders, spine, hops, knees and ankles – increasing the circulation of qi throughout the body and benefiting the organs. Many have reported significant healing benefits from doing this qigong regularly.

Consisting of a blend of standing meditation holding postures and rooted slow moving meditative movement this class will focus on cultivating ease, relaxation and quiet joy, along with cultivation of internal strength.

This program is the product of Dr. Yang Yang’s extensive training with grandmasters of the Chen style and his research studying the mechanisms and benefits of Taijiquan and Qigong practice. The program focus is “the most important aspects of traditional training that will yield the greatest measured benefit in the shortest amount of time” and consists of essential static and dynamic qigong exercises & seven forms that are challenging yet adaptable to suit all levels. Curriculum serves as a comprehensive program for beginners and a solid foundation for further study in any style taiji. Instructors are certified by Dr. Yang Yang.

Yang style Forms as evolved by William C.C. Chen are generally characterized by slow, small to medium sized expressions performed at a consistent pace in a medium to high stance. Classes teach the 60 movements Form in 9-12 months. This Taiji Form sequence is a 10-15 minute moving meditation that has been divided into five sections to clarify the curriculum: Section 1 (#1-8), Section 2 (#9-20), Section 3 (#21-30), Section 4 (#31-52), Section 5 (#53-60 and review). Yang style taiji is suitable for all ages and easily allows for modifications due to physical limitations.

Focus is on the essential 48 movements that comprise the first routine in (Hunyuan) Chen style Taijiquan as taught by Dr. Yang Yang, a senior student of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. In addition to the mechanics of the forms, the primary internal energetics & intentions are emphasized. Forms are characteristically very big & circular in the beginning. Static & dynamic qigong are also emphasized as essential skill developing methods. Prerequisite: competency with the EBT curriculum.

This class will introduce students to sword training by exploring a few fundamental elements of both jian (double edged sword) and dao (saber or single edged sword). Those interested should have a basic understanding of taiji principles and/or form work as we will be building on those skills. We will study and practice basic cuts of each technique through solo practice, agility training, and simple 2 person sword drills. Wooden practice swords will be used for the entire 4 week session, you may bring your own or use a MCT wooden practice sword.

Classes emphasize the essential qualities of Push Hands including partner engagement, sensitivity, neutralization, yielding, rooting and issuing sensitive, efficient, controlled force. Working in pairs, students learn to release excess tension during a dynamic interactive experience while nurturing themselves and growing with others. In this class Push Hands is stimulating and exciting but not “competitive” in the usual sense.

This class will teach and explore taiji from its roots as a martial art. Rather than learning a set form, students will learn the principle movements of taiji and practice their internal dynamics with drills, games, and guided solo practice. There will be a focus on individual instruction as each student will have different goals and comfort levels. This class is guaranteed to be fun and challenging, but completely non-competitive, safe and friendly. Absolute beginners and long-time practitioners are welcome. Instructor Chris Teret has been a student of Full Circle Synergy and the Maine Center for Taijiquan and Qigong since 2008. His principle teachers were Ian Gamble and Jason Ames. He has explored the martial side of taijiquan by entering push hands competitions and visiting different martial arts schools, and he is currently a student of the Daxuan Daoist school of Serge Augier and practices Xingyiquan.