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San Shou - Fighting

In addition to its quiet, peaceful practice, Tai Chi is known for its superiority as a martial art. By developing internal power and the technique of yielding, tai chi students can neutralize opponents with much greater speed and strength. This is summed up in the saying, "four ounces deflect a thousand pounds." Because Tai Chi is a fighting art, training in self-defense applications also provides essential refinement for one's practice of the form.

Students from the Center have excelled in fighting tournaments, winning the heavy-weight and middle-weight titles the last time a full contact kung fu competition was held at Madison Square Garden (1981). At the New York Chinese Martial Art Championship and Tri-State Kung Fu Full Contact Tourament, a student won the heavyweight division (1996). In 2006, after a three consecutive appearances in the Baltimore tournements and a two-year undefeated run, one student was voted Fighter of the Year by the United States Kuo Shu Federation. This is a testament to the originator of the Yang style of Tai Chi taught at the Center, who was known as Invincible Yang.

San Shou Form, Saturdays at 12:30pm

This is a two-person tai chi form developed by Master Chu incorporating all the moves of the Tai Chi long form plus a few moves not in the form. Through this form, students learn the application of the tai chi moves and in a memorable fashion. Rather than trying to remember the application durign the solo form, in San Shou you have a partner to practice the applicaitons with. Through repetition, the meaning of the tai chi forms become familiar and habitual. This new sensibility to the moves will then transfer to your solo practice. Read more about San Shou here.

Street Fighting
"If one lives in Venice, one should know how to swim." Easy-to-learn self-defense techniques for dealing with potentially life-threatening situations. The techniques, based on Tai Chi principles, will enable you to overcome a much stronger opponent. Each class includes solo exercises and two-person sparring practice using chest protectors when appropriate. Pre-requisite: None. Classes usually held on Saturdays.

Fighting I, Mondays at 6:30pm
First training in the self-defense applications of Tai Chi. Class consists of solo practice of various movements from the Tai Chi form at fighting speed, usually covering several different kicks and hand techniques while working on twisting and rooting. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form. Classes are on-going and can be joined at any time.

Fighting II, Mondays at 7:30pm
Two-person workout wearing chest protectors. Fixed-position attacking and yielding. Emphasis on a loose waist and strong root for maximum striking power and for neutralizing attacks. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form and Fighting I. Classes are on-going and can be joined at any time.

Fighting III, Mondays at 7:30pm
Applying fighting techniques in sparring while wearing boxing gloves. Begin with a fixed footwork and form; more advanced students practice free-form sparring. Classes begin with fifteen minutes of punching and kicking warm-up. Pre-requisites: Tai Chi Short Form, Push-Hands, Fighting I, and Fighting II. Classes are on-going and can be joined at any time.

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