Beginning T'ai Chi Ch'uan

DANCE AND SOMATIC MOVEMENT STUDIES 115

An introduction to the theory and practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. T'ai Chi Ch'uan is based on the Daoist theory of complementary opposites (yin/yang). The purpose of these exercises is to help students gain bodily strength, balance, flexibility, peace of mind, relaxation, and improved circulation. T'ai Chi Ch'uan may also be used for self-defense; it specializes in the neutralization of an attack by turning of the waist. Students should wear loose-fitting clothing and sneakers. Readings in Daoist texts, including taijiquan classics, are assigned. During the fall semester, students learn parts one (18 movements) and two (36 movements) of the three-part Yang Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan sequence. Part three (final 54 movements) is taught as a continuation course in Spring. Pass/Fail only. Students admitted to the Certificate in Somatic Studies must take this course for a letter grade. Students may enroll no more than two times.
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Section 01

Beginning T'ai Chi Ch'uan - 01
INSTRUCTOR: Dirk Killen
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