The Rising Sun School of
T'ai Chi Ch'uan

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Rising Sun School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

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Plan through a study of T'ai Chi for your lifelong wellness. T'ai Chi preserves a quality of life from Youth to Eldering.

What you invest now will come back to you in a quality of life! Sign on and learn the Long Form, a self contained exercise routine, which is performed daily in China by many in their nineties.

The Rising Sun School Weekly Schedule (Toronto, Canada)

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A Favourite Quote:

"Open your thinking, you can be larger..."

Master Lee Shiu-pak

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Soft...
Slow...
Smooth...

~ finis ~

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The Rising Sun School
of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Welcome to our Home Page. We have designed this to meet the needs of people who are just starting out and are looking for information and resources, as well as students within a school, style or lineage who wish to expand their understanding of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. You can start with any section that appeals to you and take it from there.

The Rising Sun School was envisioned as a place where people could explore their potential through the study of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. We feel that T'ai Chi is uniquely suited to this task because it offers us a multi-dimensional experience of ourselves. T'ai Chi speaks to so many of our needs, such as exercise, relaxation, meditation, healing, and personal excellence, to name a few. At the Rising Sun School we try to honour the uniqueness of each student's learning style and goals. Our teaching methods have been honed for over 20 years and reflect the diversity of all the people who have passed through our classes. We teach in a low instructor/student ratio (8:1) so every student receives alot of personal attention and practice time. As a student at our school you can progress at your own pace, and while we always respect your limits, we'll help you to meet and surmount the challenges that naturally arise with learning T'ai Chi. We hope that you will enjoy your time with us here at our web site, and where you feel disposed, join us in the process and opportunities for learning that present themselves. If you would like to be informed about up-coming events, everything from book and video launches through workshops, or would like to organize a workshop in your hometown, please leave us your email address at taichitoronto@rogers.com and we will include you in our mailings. Thanks for stopping by!

The Rising Sun School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan was founded in 1984 by Paul McCaughey, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We teach Yang Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan in the tradition of Master Lee Shiu Pak (1910 - 1982). Master Lee taught in Montreal, Quebec, from the early 1960's until 1982 when he passed away. Master Lee was a disciple of Chen Wei Ming of Shanghai, one of Yang Cheng Fu's senior disciples. The Rising Sun School is dedicated to the preservation of Master Lee's legacy.

The Yang Style Tradition of Master Lee Shiu Pak is rich, diverse, and comprehensive. Perhaps the most essential of his teachings is "The Four Aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan." Master Lee felt that understanding the principles of T'ai Chi required one to study them from multiple perspectives.

The Four Aspects of T'ai Chi Ch'uan are Exercise, Medicine, Boxing and Philosophy. At the Rising Sun School we express this diversity of study as:

1- Exercise:The Yang Family Long Form, Partnered Form, Sword , Broadsword, Cane and Staff Forms.

2- Medicine: Acupressure Massage, Injury Treatment, Chinese Herbal Medicine for common maladies, and Dietary Energetics.

3- Boxing: Push Hands, Leverage, Striking, Displacement, Self Defense techniques, 86 Long Form Solo Applications, Partnered Form (San Sou)

4- Philosophy: Living a life that is characterized by inclusiveness, learning, helping oneself and others, and doing one's work in the world.

We find that most people come to T'ai Chi for its Exercise aspect and yet also have some degree of interest in T'ai Chi's Eastern Philosophy of balance and harmony. Many prospective students of T'ai Chi are are not aware that by working in the Exercise aspect, they also practice aspects of Medicine (prevention of disease) and Boxing (each movement has its application to self-defense). In principle, the Four Aspects teaching is about the enormous value that a multi-dimensional viewing point can add to your study. How much of the entire Four Aspects Study a student may pursue will depend on the needs and disposition of that student. It is not uncommon for people to find extraordinary growth and balance by learning about the aspects they find the most challenging. For 'Healers' this is often the Boxing and for 'Boxers' this is often the Medicine, - not so surprising!

Master Lee's 86 movement Yang Family Long Form was a beautiful fulfillment of over 40 years of practice and study. His movements were extended yet relaxed, his spine vertical, and each posture conveyed an impeccability of martial application, as well as health benefit. He was able to accomplish the difficult task of sinking and remaining soft while at full extension. His form exemplified unity in diversity, reflecting a precision of intent without loss of continuity.

Master Lee's teaching on T'ai Chi Boxing was inspirational in its simplicity, freedom and adaptability. He trained his students to move directly from single-handed push hands practice to free-style. He demonstrated the full application of all boxing aspects within his free-style push hands, and so this is where students spent most of their time in practice. The uprooting and sudden discharging common in today's competitive practice represents a single training method. Master Lee emphasized a plurality of practice through the free use of displacement, leverage, strikes and infinitely variable application.

Master Lee taught a form of T'ai Chi folk medicine once or twice a year. Through Acupressure Massage, he taught students about the flow of Blood and Energy and about point locations and their uses. In their practice of this medicine, students had to learn to apply the skills of listening and returning with sensitivity, the same skills which helped them to become better T'ai Chi boxers. Master Lee also taught about herbs and foods for common maladies, and how to recognize Yin and Yang at play in all aspects of health and life. Whether treating old or new injuries, or recovering good health through T'ai Chi as he himself had done earlier in life, Master Lee always espoused the healing potential of T'ai Chi. He helped many people through his practice of this tradition. His ideal for the practice of T'ai Chi medicine was that you could help yourself with what you learned from it, but it's real value was how one could use that knowledge to give to others.

Master Lee's teachings in Philosophy were down to earth and affirming. He encouraged us to acknowledge the needs of oneself and others. He taught us to look around ourselves and appreciate the interdependence of all life. He understood that we all support each other, and that each person's work is integral to his or her community. These principles taught students to value themselves and their fellow people, a value which found it's most lasting expression through his teachings on T'ai Chi Family. Tai Chi Family was the organizing principle of his classes and the place where his philosophy of mutual support was put into action.

Master Lee's Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan was an art of living. He encouraged a lifetime of learning. He led by example and by openly showing what he knew. Now, long after his passing in 1982, many of his students and their students continue to strive for the same excellence that his lifetime in T'ai Chi exemplified.

It is a rare gift to find and give yourself to a lifelong challenge, whether that be marriage, parenting, friendship, career, or T'ai Chi Ch'uan. When one gives themselves to T'ai Chi Ch'uan as a lifetime study, it becomes a continuous thread that is drawn through all the changes and challenges of life. T'ai Chi Ch'uan can be a mirror, a companion, and eventually an old friend. It can be where one's balance is reflected, and perhaps more importantly, where one's measure is cultivated.

 

Ch'ang Ch'uan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan)
is like a great river
rolling unceasingly

The T'ai Chi Classics

see The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
translations by
Lo/Inn/Amacker/Fo

Yang's Ten Important Points

The head should be upright so the Shen(spirit) can reach the headtop
Sink the chest and raise the upper back
Sung (relax/release) the waist
Differentiate substantial (Yang) and insubstantial (Yin)
Sink the shoulders and elbows
Use mind and not force
Upper and lower mutually follow
Inside and outside coordinate
It is mutually joined and unbroken
Seek stillness in movement

The Yang Family Transmission
see The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
translations by Lo/Inn/Amacker/Foe

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"You are to learn from your mother
that there comes a point
when there is nothing more to learn from your mother.
And its alright. School is out.
But one graduates only with love."

Emmanuel's Book II
compiled by Pat Rodegast and Judith Stanton