Wushu/TaiChi Curriculum

Leda has been training in the various styles of contemporary  Wushu since 1988, and teaching since 1994 and has been training in the traditional Wudang  style under Master Bow Sim Mark of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute since 1996. She has knowledge in both western and eastern methods of exercise and tries to blend her understanding of both when teaching her students.

Because of her close ties to Master Bow Sim Mark and affiliation to the Chinese Wushu Research Institute, students who study with Leda will have opportunities to perform, and take special seminars at the CWRI.

Leda has selected a few of the internal and external styles which would be suitable for beginners and intermediate students.   Leda's specialty in empty hand lies in Tai Chi of the internal curriculum and the Long Fist style of the external curriculum, and in weapons: straight sword and fan. 

Whether one chooses the internal or external curriculum, there is a large emphasis on wushu basic stretching and conditioning as an essential part of training. 
Leda has come up with a comprehensive flexibility and conditioning program which combines the most essential and beneficial elements from wushu, yoga, pilates, acrobatics and dance which she recommends to everyone who wishes to fully excel in the wushu curriculums.

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External  Curriculum

Internal Curriculum

The Foundation of Wushu
All students looking to study the external styles are required to learn the following:

  • Wushu Basic Training
    Body Conditioning, Balance and Flexibility Training :

There are various exercises to improve physical conditioning, range of motion flexibility and balance specific to wushu.  In addition to the wushu basic training, it is recommended to take the Flexibility and Conditioning Class for a more complete physical training program.

  • 4 sections of kicking and jumping drill

  • 4 directions of punching and stance work

  • Gong Li Chuan Basics

  • 14 movement Shaolin Long Boxing Basics

  • Junior Level Long Fist

Various Styles of Wushu
Upon completion of the above basics, a student is welcome to study more intermediate level forms, and weaponry.


  • Gong Li Chuan 
  • Southern Fist 
  • Northern Fist 
  • Snake Form
  • Leopard Boxing


  • Single Staff
  • Straight Sword
  • Drunken Sword
  • Single and Double Spear


Beginner Tai Chi
  • 32 Steps of Tai Chi
  • The Essence of Tai Chi (7 movement basics)(3 levels)
  • Taste of Tai Chi (12 Movements of Yang Style)
  • 24 movements of Yang Style
  • 2 person 32 steps of Tai Chi
  • 2 Person Taste of Tai Chi

Intermediate Tai Chi

  • Essentials of Combined Movement (28 movements total.)
  • 67 Movements of Combined Internal Tai Chi
  • Combined Internal (Basic Yang Style, Ba Gua, Tiger Xing Yi, Meditation)

Advanced Tai Chi

  • Cultivation of Tai Chi (advanced Yang, Leung Yi,Ba Gua, and Xing Yi)


To learn weapons, the student must complete at least 2 of the above with understanding and execution of the requirements and characteristics of the various levels of Tai chi.

  • Tai Chi Sleeves
  • Tai Chi Dragon Fan
  • Tai Chi Double Fan
  • Wudang Sword (Single and Double)
  • Tai Chi Broadsword
  • Tai Chi spear

Pushing Hands (Tai Chi Sparring)

Pushing hands will be taught in conjunction with the various levels of classes.

Rooting Pine Energy and Meditation

This is an essential component of Tai Chi.  Students will be introduced to the qi gong exercises of rooting pine.



Last Modified: 06.23.05    Copyright 2000-2001 by Leda Elliott. All rights reserved.  Silhouette Photos by Liz Linder.   photos by Jim Madden