Wuduan Intensive News:
• 2010 Full Curriculum Intensive in Gatineau, Canada report (archive)• 2009 Full Curriculum Intensive in Madrid, Spain overview (archive)• Sam has begun work on a 5 Section Taijiquan Program textbook.
two types of 5 Section Taijiquan intensive, the four week 'Full Curriculum Intensive'
and the six week 'Instructor Certification Intensive'
. In both courses the entire 5 Section Program curriculum is covered, however in the first, the focus is on purely technical aspects of the curriculum while the second features curriculum in the light of the interests of an instructor.
tensives we focus on the 5 Section Taijiquan Program
with the goal of developing high level
practitioners and teachers. Participants in these courses advance greatly in all practical and theoretical areas of the art. Upon
satisfactory completion, each class member receive a certificate
and skill evaluation assessment.This course
is designed for intermediate and above level students of Taijiquan
who wish to complete and learn to instruct the entire 5 Section Taijiquan Program as taught by Sam
Masich. To be eligible for the course, students will have studied
approximately 70% of the material prior to the start date of the class
below). Ideally this will have been with Sam but
studies with Sam’s advanced students, DVD learning aids and with other teachers will be
taken into consideration as well.
must be willing to work hard for long hours, commit to the schedule of
training for the six weeks and meet financial commitments. The
course will be limited to 15 participants.Framework of the intensive:
The course curriculum course would normally run for four consecutive weeks for the Full Curriculum Intensive and six weeks for the teacher training. Classes take place four-consecutive-days
per week. Class structure typically
involves a mix of material each day, though some subjects may be taught
in a seminar format in order to allow participation of other students.Applying:
If you are interested in this course and think you might meet eligibility requirements you can email Sam for an application
The cost of the course does not include meals or accommodation. It is suggested that prior to the course
participants begin dialoguing with one another ASAP to: a) find out if
anyone in the class knows of any suitable and available living spaces,
and b) find shared accommodation.Finances:
of the course fee is remitted in non-refundable advance as a
deposit and holds your place in the class. Special arrangements regarding the deposit and fee will be considered based on individual circumstance.
is a lot to consider when taking a course of this nature: Taking time
away from work, family and friends; being in condition and up-to-speed
with your material; financial commitments, etc. These can all be
stressful factors in preparation the intensive.
Start working on your support network now!
Think about who will assist you in realizing this goal:• Show your friends and supporters the 5 Section Taijiquan material so they can see what kind of journey you'll be embarking on.
• A year before the event, start a practice collective to work on the 5 Section curriculum. Make a schedule for practice.
• Plan a budget to save for the course deposit and fee, and for lost income.
1) 5 Section Taijiquan Full Curriculum Intensive:
(Four four-day weeks)
Focuses on mastery of the technical elements of the 5 Section Taijiquan Program. Includes certificate and evaluation.• 5 Section Taijiquan
(solo form Yang style)
Solo bare-hand taiji form. Derived from Yang style (Beginner)• 5 Section Taiji San-shou
(2 person form)
Two person bare-hand taiji sparring form (Intermediate)• 5 Section Taijijian
(solo sword form)
Solo taiji sword form. (Beginner/Intermediate)• 5 Section Taijijian (Duilian)
(2 person sword form)
Two person taiji sword 'sparring' form (Intermediate/Advanced)• 5 Section Chen Taijiquan
(solo form Chen style)
Solo barehand taiji form. Derived from Chen style
(Beginner/Intermediate)• 5 Section 24 Movement Taijiquan
(solo form Yang style)
A '5 Section approach' to the PRC standard.• 5 Section Taiji Qigong & Core Principles
A 'modular' curriculum of basic principles and energetics.• 5 Section Taiji Jue-shou
Multi-functional partner drills which support form work.• 5 Section Taiji Jue-jian
Multi-functional sword partner drills which support sword form work.
2) 5 Section Taijiquan Instructor Certification Intensive:
(Six four-day weeks)
Includes study of full 5 Section Taijiquan curriculum (above) with a focus on instructing and coaching; class structure and program development; ethics and issues; and more.
(Chen-style study from 2007 Teacher certification. Vancouver, Canada)