3A Form Improvement
This is what students and I call the bread-and-butter course of the curriculum.
In a very real way I feel we are all students of Form Improvement the entire
duration, for outside of William Chen who’s Form looks unimprovable? And
perhaps William Chen is improving his even as we speak! This course is
especially designed for, too, those who’ve just learned the Form and want to
become better at doing it, feel more energy and increase the many other
benefits. We usually go through the entire Form in depth, drilling on many
basics and, too, subtleties of internal energy, mind sets and mental effects,
rooting, breathing, body alignment, weight transfer, upper-lower body relations
and particularly finger-foot relations, applications in self-defense and
general applications like moving a big table, weight transfer, the
horizontal-vertical dynamic, body unity nuances, and others. It is the only
course where I have the opportunity to share a lot of what I know about Tai Chi
Chuan and the Form, and the veterans often in class share their knowledge, too,
some of them nearing 15 years’ vintage. In this atmosphere of a one room
schoolhouse, green or new students benefit enormously.
Also, Form Improvement is the main use of Tai Chi time on the weekend and
weeklong intensives, which is a big reason of their great value accompanied, of
course, by other rich aspects of Tai Chi I can’t get to in classes, and the
wonderful experience of getting away. Other occasions for Form Improvement
include the Summer Evening Week, the Evenings on Saturdays that open each new
quarter of courses, and special half-day or daylong get together events.