The School of T’ai Chi Chuan Amsterdam

How do we teach?

One of the distinctive features of our school is that we strive to teach Tai Chi in teams of at least 2 teachers. This system makes our lessons very easy to follow. In addition, the emphasis during the lessons is on giving clear indications so that it is clear how the movements work. With two or more of our instructors working together in a single class, as a student you always have one instructor to follow, while another instructor guides the class and can thus meet the specific needs of the group.
We give a beginner training Tai Chi of 10 weeks four times a year: Autumn, WInter, Spring and Summer, followed by a summer training of one week.

SCHEDULE SUMMER | 29 APRIL 2019 - 4 JULY 2019

MONDAY

PUSH HANDS 1 19:45 – 20:45
GRATIS OEFENSESSIE 21:00 – 22:00 (open for all students)

TUESDAY

IFC & SWORD 18:45 – 19:45
BEGINNERS 2
19:50 – 20:50
BEGINNERS21:00 – 22:00

WEDNESDAY

BEGINNERS 1 18:30 – 19:30
PUSH HANDS 2 19:55 – 20:55

THURSDAY

BEGINNERS 1 18:00 – 19:00
FUNDAMENTALS 2 
19:15 – 20:15
CULTIVATING SENSING HANDS 
20:30 – 21:30 (every other week)

SCHEDULE AFTER SUMMER/AUTUMN | 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 7 NOVEMBER 2019

MONDAY
INTERMEDIATE FORM 19:45 – 20:45
FREE PRACTICE SESSION 21:00 – 22:00 (open for all students)

TUESDAY
SWORD 18:45 – 19:45
BEGINNERS 3 19:50 – 20:50
BEGINNERS 1 21:00 – 22:00

WEDNESDAY
BEGINNERS 2 18:30 – 19:30
SENSING HANDS 3 19:55 – 20:55

THURSDAY
BEGINNERS 1 18:00 – 19:00
SENSING HANDS 1 19:15 – 20:15
CULTIVATING SENSING HANDS 20:30 – 21:30 (every other week)

SCHEDULE WINTER | NOVEMBER 2019 - 8 FEBRUARI 2020

Info follows

ONS CURRICULUM

Beginners1
Beginners 2
Beginners 3
Beginners Form Completed
Fundamentals
Push Hands 1
Push Hands 2
Push Hands 3
Intermediate Form
Intermediate Form Consciousness
Open Push Hands
Zwaardvorm
Zwaard schermen
Roots and Branches
Qi Gong
De Acht Wegen
Tijd In De Kunst
Kinderspelen

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We teach in four terms of ten weeks per year. Below you can read all about the content and price of the courses and you can register. We teach Tai Chi in a carefully constructed curriculum. Ideally you take a next step when you feel reasonably certain about what you have learned in your previous course. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Or come to one of our introduction classes.

COME TO OUR FREE INTRODUCTION LESSON

Next free introduction lesson
Saturday 24 August 2019 11:30 – 13:00
Sunday 1 September 2019 19:00 -20:30

Are you curious about Tai Chi and/or Qi gong, then come to one of our free introduction lessons. Four times a year, at the start of a new period, we offer these kind of sessions. Following these lessons the  Beginners 1 courses start. You don’t have to preregister, just show up about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please wear loose fitting clothes and socks. Following the session you can register for a Beginners course if you like.

DID YOU MISS THE INTRODUCTION(S)?
No problem. To try us out just come to the first class of one of the Beginners 1 courses and take it free of charge. Should you decide to sign up for  the course you do pay the full amount of the 10 lesson course.

BEGINNERS 1

Tuesday 21:00 – 22:00 / 9 – 10 PM
Docenten 
Peter Streef, Kana Yamaguchi and Wawan Kawulusan

Thursday 18:00 – 19:00 / 6 – 7 PM
Teachers Sherry Kent, Johanna Koelman

The Yang Style Tai Chi short form consists of 37 posities that are performed in a slow and even pace. The form is divided in three parts: the man part, the earth part and the heaven part. This subdivision refers to Tai Chi as a way for a human being to (learn to) live in harmony between heaven (yang) and earth (yin). During the course Beginners 1 you learn the first part of the form. This is essentially a form in itself. All the principles that make up Tai Chi (qualities that are continually present, like relaxation, straightness etc) will be taught.

Price € 130, –
Repeat € 95, –
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 90, –
Required course None
Clothing Loose clothing & Tai Chi shoes
Follow-up course B2, Roots & Branches or repeat B1
Number of lessons 10

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BEGINNERS 2

Wednesday 18:30 – 19:30 / 6h30 – 7h30 PM
Teachers Hal Caswell, Ossian Bakker en Kana Yamaguchi

In the course Beginners 2 (B2) you will learn the second part of the form (the earth part). When learning the new movements in this part you will be challenged to stick to and further cultivate the T’ai Chi principles. For example, there are more positions where all your weight is on a single leg and there are steps that require a bigger opening of your hip joint. And just as in the first part of the form, the precision of the positions and movements are an important part.


Price
€ 130, –
Repeat € 95, –
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 90, –

Required course B1
Follow-up course B3, Repeat B2 or Roots & Branches Qi Gong
Number of lessons 10

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BEGINNERS 3

Tuesday 19:50 – 20: 50 / 7:50 – 8:50 PM
Teachers 
Koen Krikhaar, Frances The,  Johanna Koelman (Yin)

Beginners 3 (B3), also called the “sky part”, we will finish the form. In the first two parts – in addition to the principles – precision of the positions and movements play an important role. In the third part you also have to deal with “more free” positions, where the focus is on the inner quality of the movement.

By the end of B3, you will be able to practice the entire form, from beginning to end.


Price
€ 130, –
Repeat € 95, –
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 90, –

Required course B2
Follow-up course Beginners Form Completed (BFC), Fundamentals (Fun), Roots & Branches of herhaal B1, B2 of B3
Number of lessons 10

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SENSING HANDS 1

Thursday 19.15 – 20.15 / 7:15 – 8:15 PM
Teacher Sherry Kent, Hal Cashwell

In this partner exercise, we use postures and movements from the tai chi form to “listen” with our body for our partner’s balance, timing, and tension. Through push hands practice, we learn to play with another person’s energy and movements and develop relaxation and balance in our responses.

Students move through three levels of Push Hands. Push Hands 1 is an introduction to working with a partner in a non-confrontational way, focusing on stability, balance and the ability to interact in harmony with another person with one-handed contact. It is taught between the Fundamentals and Intermediate levels of form work.

Price € 240,00
Repeat € 180,-
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 170.00

Required course Fundamentals
Follow-up course IF
Number of lessons 20

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INTERMEDIATE FORM

Monday 19:45 – 20:45 / 7h45 – 10h45 PM
Teachers Peter Streef, Bas Offerman, Rani Izhar (Yin)

In the Intermediate Form course we bring what we have learned in Sinsing Hands 1 back into the form and integrate this with the new concepts introduced in this course. This leads to a deeper and more internalized understanding and practice of the form. The more internalized sense of straightness, for example, gives you the opportunity to flow more fluently through the form.

In the block from September to November we start with the first 10 of the 20 lessons.

Price € 240,00
Repeat € 180,-
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 170,00

Required course SH1
Follow-up course SH2
Number of lessons 20

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SENSING HANDS 3

Wednesday 19:55 -20:55
Teachers Harm Leerling, Ossian Bakker

In this partner exercise, we use postures and movements from the tai chi form to “listen” with our body for our partner’s balance, timing, and tension. Through sensing hands practice, we learn to play with another person’s energy and movements and develop relaxation and balance in our responses.

Students move through three levels of Sensing Hands. Sensing Hands 1 is an introduction to working with a partner in a non-confrontational way, focusing on stability, balance and the ability to interact in harmony with another person with one-handed contact. It is taught between the Fundamentals and Intermediate levels of form work.

Sensing Hands 2 introduces a two-handed sequence and the principle of yielding. The sequence is based on the section of the form sometimes called the Rollback, or Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail.

Sensing Hands 3 includes both form and sensing hands work, refining the student’s awareness of his own tension and his partner’s.

Currently, higher levels of Sensing Hands (SH4 through SH7) are only taught to the school’s teachers (“apprentices”).

In the block from September to November we start with the first 10 of the 20 lessons.

Price 20 lessons € 240,00
Repeat € 180,-
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 170.00

Required course SH2
Follow-up course IFC
Number of lessons 20

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SWORD

Tuesday 18:45 – 19:45 / 6:45 – 7:45 PM
Teachers Gerrie Sporken, Koen Krikhaar

T’ai Chi Chuan zoals gedoceerd door prof Cheng Man Ching kende drie hoofdtakken: de vorm (Tai Chi Chuan), push hands (Tai Chi Tui Shou) en het zwaard (Tai Chi Jian). In de vorm heb je geleerd over jezelf: je gezondheid, balans en je vaardigheid in het ontspannen. In de push hands heb je je bewustzijn uitgebreid naar de interactie met een partner. Met de zwaardvorm breid je je bewustzijn verder uit naar het langere bereik van het zwaard. Dit stelt extra eisen aan je balans en je geworteld zijn en het vereist een versterkte focus. Mede door het gewicht van het zwaard kent de zwaardvorm een andere dynamiek dan de vorm die je tot op heden geleerd hebt. Zo ontstaat er een subtiel spel tussen vrij meebewegen en controle behouden.

Het dubbelzijdige zwaard is het meest verfijnde van alle Tai Chi wapens (waaronder het slagzwaard en de staf), en oefeningen. Het bewegen van het zwaard is vergelijkbaar met het hanteren van een Chinese kalligrafie penseel, aangezien de yin en yang aspecten van energie tot uitdrukking moeten worden gebracht in de handen en vingers. Het zwaard biedt dus een middel en methode ter verdere disciplinering, uitbreiding en expressie van je intrinsieke energie.

In the block from September to November we start with the first 10 of the 40 lessons.

Price € 440,00
Students, City Pass (dot), Volunteers € 310,00

Required course IFC
Follow-up course Fencing
Number of lessons 40

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CULTIVATING SENSING HANDS THURSDAY

Thursday 20:30 – 21:30 / 8:30 – 9:30 PM
Teachers Sherry Kent, Harm Leerling

This class is where we come together to put time in the art of our sensing hands. Practically this means to practice sensing hands together under the guidance of Harm and Sherry on our way to stay ever more balanced, centered and relaxed in our interaction with others.

Tai Chi Chuan consist of three main practices: the form, push hands and sword. Studying the form you learn about yourself: your health, balans and level of relaxation to name but a few. In the various push hands courses you have learned to expand your awareness through working with a partner. What we aim for in this particular class is to refine our ability to sense and follow our partners movements.

This course is open to all our students and teachers who have completed Sensing Hands 2 (formerly known as push hands 1) and attracted to further cultivate their sensing hands skills.

This group meets every other week on Thursday;
9 + 23  May
6 + 20 June
4 July

It is possible to attend  every session or on a per session based.

Price for whole course  € 100,00
Price for individual sessions 6,00 with use of a 5 or 10 session strippenkaart
Free admission for teaching apprentices

Required course PH2
Number of lessons 20

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We would love to hear what you think of our teaching.

Enige tijd geleden begonnen met Tai Chi lessen. In het begin 1 keer per week, maar al snel ‘smaakte het naar meer’. De hele vorm inmiddels doorlopen en geniet nog steeds van de uitdagingen en overwinningen. De rust, warmte en gezelligheid in de school motiveren om met elkaar de vorm te ontdekken. Het is een niet meer weg te denken aanvulling op mijn dagelijkse rituelen.

Erna Corsten

Student Push Hands 1

Ik vind het een geweldige school. Een prettige sfeer, goede lessen, een doordachte opbouw van de cursus, telkens kom je een stapje verder, ga je iets meer de diepte in. Ik wilde aanvankelijk alleen de vorm leren. Ik dacht dat, als ik de vorm kende, ik het dan wel onder knie zou hebben. Nu begrijp ik dat er nog veel meer te ontdekken valt.

Henri Overduin

Student Push Hands 2

Dit wil ik ook, dacht ik, toen ik decennia geleden in Taiwan voor het eerst iemand Tai Chi zag doen. Het duurde alleen nog even voordat ik er werkelijk aan begon. Bleek er al die jaren een tai chi school bij mij om te hoek te zitten… Een school met een gemoedelijke sfeer en een frisse aanpak, waarschijnlijk doordat er les gegeven wordt door verscheidene leraren, die ieder een eigen invalshoek meebrengen. En wat Tai Chi voor mij is valt moeilijk te zeggen. De ene keer raak ik erdoor betoverd, de volgende keer raak ik erdoor gefrustreerd. Het is in ieder geval iets wat lichaam en geest oneindig goed doet.

Yvon Koelman

Student Fundamentals

Verkrijgbaar op de school

Begin je bij ons met een cursus Beginners 1 vraag dan naar het beginners pakket van Tai Chi schoentjes, DVD en poster.
De DVD en de poster zijn een goede ondersteuning van je eigen studie van de vorm. De schoentjes zijn al decennia het perfecte schoeisel om deze delicate kunst te beoefenen.

Bestel hier je beginners pakket €25,00