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.