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Tai Chi (Beginning)

Description

Tai Chi Course Description:
This course explores the traditional Chinese exercise of Tai Chi Chuan.  It provides for the development of basic skills and techniques that lead toward an integration of the mind-body-spirit trilogy.  Various Chinese fitness exercises in relation to health are explored.  Principles of Confucianism and Taoism, including a basic review of Tai Chi history and philosophy are discussed.  Overall, the physical discipline and structure of Tai Chi movements are emphasized.  The level of difficulty is relatively high, providing a very complete type of bodily training.


Purpose of the Class:

Through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and student participation, the beginner skill sets of Tai Chi Chuan movements will be taught and practiced during the class   This course is designed to accommodate the beginner’s level.  The emphasis will be placed on establishing a solid foundation of fundamentals.  This course will enhance internal strength and energy while improving one’s balance, vitality, and stamina.  As an added feature, Tai Chi Chuan will often relieve inner stress and help calm one’s mind.


Objectives:

•Learn the fundamentals as a good prerequisite for perform of Tai Chi Chuan. 
•Learn the first eight movements of the simplified 24 forms。 
•Learn and practice Chinese language (terminology) for each movement of Tai Chi Chuan. •Be able to demonstrate Tai Chi forms for each skill set.


Proper Attire for Class:

Students are encouraged to come to each class in comfortable attire that permits for flexibility, comfort, warmth, and movement.  Shoes with non-scuffing soles and with appropriate supports are encouraged.


VI. Grading Procedures:

•Grades will be awarded based on the student’s participation, effort, and attendance.  
•There are no skill tests that affect your grade; however, class attendance is the criteria used to determine the Pass/No Pass class for 0.5 units of credit, and you will be expected to demonstrate the movements and Mandarin in relation to the Tai Chi movements you have been taught. 
•Students are allowed three (3) absences during the Quarter

•Consistent attendance is encouraged and essential for positive progress; progressions of each of the skills will be taught in sequence and regular attendance will enhance your learning process. 
•PE 1 classes do not meet during exam week. In addition, technical and tactical skill development is assessed and supported throughout the quarter.


Safety Notification:

There are risks and dangers inherent in participating and/or receiving instruction in a P.E. activity course.  Injury resulting from participation is always a possibility in physical activity.  Steps taken in warm-up and in cool-down assist in reducing such possibilities.    
Please notify your instructor immediately if you become injured or ill, or feel that should not participate in a certain activity.        
Unless otherwise expressly indicated by the student, the assumption is that the student is in good health and is capable of participating in all facets of the physical activity related to this class.