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The Virtual Class Student Primer for Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong

Tips for students on how to follow the teacher's instructions in a Virtual Class

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If you haven’t already, check out our Virtual Class Guide. There are lots of great tips for setting up your training environment.

The Virtual Class Student Primer is about how to follow your teacher’s instructions when doing Shaolin Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Qigong Virtual Classes at STQI.

It’s quite a bit different than doing classes in-person due to the nature of both the student and teacher using a webcam.

The three main types of instructions are:

1. Mirror or Follow

2. Explicit Movement Commands

3. Implicit Movement Commands

These are the sets of instructions that are most frequently used and include practice exercises. By practicing these before each class, you'll be able to follow more quickly and thereby enhance your overall training experience.

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Your teacher will often tell you to move a body part in a specific direction. This is called an Explicit Movement Command, or simply Movement Command. When your instructor gives you a Movement Command, ignore whether you are mirroring or following the instructor and instead focus on the body part and movement direction. For example, if I say raise your left hand, you’ll have to quickly raise the correct hand. Although that is an easier example, often there will... [more]
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Understanding whether you are mirroring or following your instructor is very important to ensure you are doing things correctly. This is especially true if you are doing a taolu form in Shaolin Tai Chi or Shaolin Kung Fu. If at the beginning of an exercise your instructor is facing you, you’ll be more than likely expected to mirror the movements. For example, if the instructor wants you to raise your right hand, the instructor will raise his/her left hand. If your i... [more]
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Some Movement Commands are implicit, meaning that if no body part is specified, it means move your entire body. usually include directions such as ‘move to your left’, or ‘step forward’. They are also in relation to the direction that you are supposed to be looking in. We can’t help but to keep looking at the display screen, so when you hear take a step forward and you’re in the middle of a kung fu form, then think about ‘f... [more]
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