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 the new movements throughout.

*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 during the first week to register.
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NOTE for SUMMER class schedule:

Beginning Tai Chi
Our beginning section of the Wu form will be combined with the beginning section of the Back Pain and Arthritis form during Summer and will be a follow along practice. Class will begin with warmups, followed by a run through of the beginning section of Back Pain and Arthritis form 2-3 times and then going through the beginning section of Wu form 2-3 times. You can follow along with both forms or sit out and watch the form you don't know, if you prefer. Regular instruction based classes will return in Fall.

Our evening Intermediate and Advanced Wu class is another combined class during the Summer where we will treat the first half of the class (or more) as an advanced practice class (warmups followed by practicing the entire form). Then the advanced folks can leave early if they like and intermediate students can stay and ask to work on specific movements from the intermediate class or review just the intermediate section for extra practice. This will give the intermediate folks a good opportunity to be exposed to and follow along with the advanced section.

Images above are from the Traditional Wu Form
Photo's accredited to Britany Villiados at Villiados Photography