Cloud Hands

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong


Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Standing Bear
Level 1 Ranking

Michael P. Garofalo
Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructor

April 18, 2004



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Valley Spirit T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Red Bluff, California

Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Ranking System
Effective January 2002


Standing Bear  
Level 1 Ranking  
Valley Spirit Taijiquan  


1.   Walk continuously for 1 hour on a flat track
           and walk a distance of 3 miles in one hour
           (i.e., 20 minutes per mile rate).

2.   Participate in Valley Spirit Taijiquan group classes or private
           lessons on a regular basis.

3.   Demonstrate 4 movements of The Bear from the Five Animal Frolics.

4.   Lead a class in doing the Eight Treasures Qigong.

5.   Perform the Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail Taijiquan Drill.

6.   Demonstrate the 24 Form, Yang Style, T’ai Chi Ch’uan Short Form.

7.   Answer 25 questions correctly out of 30 multiple choice questions
           about Taijiquan and Qigong.  All questions and answers are
           available on the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Standing Bear
           Questions and Answers webpage.



Mr. Garofalo will judge the performances, demonstrations and tests.
Students who complete all seven requirements will receive a certificate
acknowledging their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments;
and, certifying that they have qualified for The Standing Bear, Level 1 
Ranking, from Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan.




Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Training Programs

The Standing Bear, Beginning Program, Level 1

The Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2

The Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3

The Dashing Deer, Intermediate Program, Level 4

The Clever Monkey, Intermediate Program, Level 5










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Michael P. Garofalo's E-Mail


Valley Spirit Tai Chi Chuan Club


Red Bluff, Tehama County, North Sacramento Valley, Northern California, U.S.A.
Cities in the area: Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City, Orland, Corning,
Rancho Tehama, Los Molinos, Tehama, Gerber, Manton, Cottonwood, 
Anderson, Shasta Lake, Palo Cedro, and Redding, CA






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