Traditional Wu Style Long Form (Kao Style)
This graceful and circular form was taught to the aristocracy in China. While the martial origin is still evident, this sequence has a stronger focus on the physical and emotional health benefits of T’ai Chi. The movements have a characteristic rounded nature, forming circles, s-curves and arches, looking like a beautiful dance or even spiritual journey with your chi/energy being your partner.

This form can benefit anyone who is interested in learning tai chi for stress management or as a gentle exercise to enhance physical strength, coordination, balance, mental alertness and the benefits of deep breathing and increased circulation/chi flow. If you are limited in your range of motion (injury, severe arthritis, pain or stiffness) then you may consider the Back Pain and Arthritis form instead; however, modifications can be made with the Wu form to protect your body from injuries or discomfort, as needed.

I learned this form from Margy Emerson who taught in our community and recently retired in 2017. I have been studying and practicing this form since 2008 and it is my favorite of the forms I have learned.

The complete Wu form (104 movements) is learned over the course of 3 sections.  Movements 1- 23 (approx.) are learned in Section 1: Beginning; Movements 24-57 (approx.) are learned in Section 2: Intermediate; the remaining 58-104 movements are learned in Section 3: Advanced. Most of the movements in Section 3 are repeated movements from the previous classes with some new movements.

*Advanced Wu Practice is for students who have completed Section 1, 2 and 3 for additional opportunities to practice the complete sequence without instruction. Each week we will review a tai chi concept or qigong exercise & integrate it into our practice.

** Wednesday's evening class will rotate throughout the year. Section 1: Beginning (Winter Term), Section 2: Intermediate (Spring Term), Section 3: Advanced (Fall) so students can have an opportunity to learn the entire sequence during an evening class.

For more information about my teacher Margy Emerson and her teacher, Kao Ching-hua, please visit
http://margaretemerson.com/traditional-wu-style-long-form/
Contact us if you are interested in this class or show up within the first 3 weeks to register.
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Images above are from the Traditional Wu Form
Photo's accredited to Britany Villiados at Villiados Photography