GBSC Tai Chi (Taiji)
GBSC (Golden Black Sash Champion Team) is our officialy enrolled student body. When you complete the initial basic program, you will be qualified for the GBSC Team program. The basic qualification and requirement for GBSC is commitment. You must be committed to never give up before you obtain a full Golden Black Sash. It takes about 3-5 years to complete the first GBSC full pledged program.
In the process of completing our true Shaolin Institute mission, we often face the challenges and vicissitudes of life. However, along that rough road of testing and training, we learn who we really are, and learn how to live with others harmoniously in a challenged society. Our primary mission is to restore character and integrity to humanity; to see the true freedom of self – nature; and to unveil our true nature to live in our own world. We strive to be proactive to adapt ourselves; to develop the ability to respond to any challenges; and to have a clear vision of the true world. We possess the freedom within to choose effectively where our lives are heading.
With that character and integrity, we listen to others with compassion and appreciate others with right speech and righteous action to help and to influence the world around us with positive and harmonious Qi.
As Confucius stated to us over two-thousand years ago, thousands of miles start with a first step. We shall start our first step of this life path with the principle of Dao that our self-nature of freedom allows us to choose what we do daily, weekly, to make wise decisions, with the wisdom of the mind instead of emotions. Let the old mind of habits be “emptied and cleared,” and let us refresh ourselves with clear vision of body and mind and like the morning meadow let us be flowing with Qi. Let us flow with nature. We shall empower ourselves and cultivate our ability to live our life and respond to events and incidents through the correct interpretation instead of reacting or reflecting with emotions or feelings. We shall see the world and see our surroundings with clear eyes. We shall choose happiness instead of gloominess or misfortunes. It is us who see light instead of darkness. It is our responsibility to see life sufferings or challenges as our training opportunities.
Our Tai Chi class is held in a peaceful environment and incorporates Shaolin Qi Gong breathing exercises as a warm- up to help everyone relax. New students will start learning the standard Yang-style, 24-movement form, which is one of the most popular worldwide. From there, we progress onto more traditional forms, such as the Yang 108-movement form and some short Chen-style and Yang sword forms.