Introduction to Tai Chi Ch'uan (1.5) A course designed to introduce students to Tai Chi Ch'uan, a traditional Chinese system of personal cultivation and self-defense.
KINES 076 Introduction to Tai Chi Ch’uan (1.5)
This course will introduce students to Tai Chi Ch'uan a health and martial arts system originating from China, and based on more than five thousand years of observation and practice culled from the major Chinese Schools of philosophy and Chinese medical practice. It is seen as a physical embodiment of the supreme Taoist principles. Tai Chi has become very popular in the rest of the world as a means for attaining physical health and vitality and as a formidable defensive martial art. Tai chi has been the focus of research in China and the west and has been found extremely beneficial for balance, arthritis, Parkinson Disease and for general health and well being.
Students will be introduced to the principles of Tai Chi Ch'uan by learning Tai Chi relaxation techniques and warm ups to relax the joints, right body alignment and Qi Gong exercises to promote the flow of chi or life energy through the body and the internal organs. They will learn and become proficient in the performance of the first part of the Tai Chi Yang form, which is the heart of the practice. The students will also explore the martial aspects of Tai Chi Ch'uan through the practice of push hands, a two person play, and through the demonstration and introduction to the Tai Chi Sword. The martial art aspects will enrich the students experience and demonstrate the interaction of the student's chi with his or her environment.
Students are encouraged to practice daily outside of class and to record their practice and observations in a journal. At the end of the course they will be required to perform the Tai chi form and related exercises on their own.
Evaluation is based on participation, class journal and observations, and the final individual performance of the Tai Chi form and related exercises. No special facilities are required for this course. The department plans to offer one section every fall and spring semesters with an anticipated enrollment of 25 students per section.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.