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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Underwood
  • Course Code W24SCIO09B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The Yang Cheng Fu Tai Chi form was simplified from his Grandfather’s original fighting form to make it accessible for all ‘to heal the nation’. It is often called the 108 steps form and consists of learning 37 postures which when learnt and put together create the Tai Chi form. Particularly excellent for seniors! The training methods are designed to help us learn about natural body movement. Through regular practice it teaches us about balance, timing and coordination. An understanding of Yin and Yang through various slow-moving Qi Gong postures. These postures in the form all have various martial applications hidden within them but the emphasis with this class is on improving mental and overall physical health. Practitioners often refer to this as meditation in movement. Students who have successfully completed this course and subsequent training over the years have gone on to become qualified Tai Chi instructors. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to an advanced- level course

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Move and position body following the Tai Chi principles of movement
  • Locate, move and turn from the centre (dantien) of the body
  • Recognise correct posture and how to improve one's own
  • Improve balance and flexibility
  • Improve gait, motor skills and hand-eye coordination

Class format and activities

Weekly timetabled face to face sessions in College. The course will be delivered through following instructor led movements and then practice them on your own and with other students with instructor feedback so you will be able to run-through them independently out of class.

Entry requirements

An ability to stand and walk unaided (for at least a short while) and a commitment to practice for 5-10 minutes each day during your own time away from class are the only requirements.

What you need to know before you enrol

Tai Chi strengthens leg muscles and improves balance whilst performing the movements and due to the slow movements a minimum level of fitness and stamina is perfectly adequate.

What you need

Loose clothing suitable for free and unrestricted movements of arms and legs. Flat shoes e.g. plimsoles or slippers, non-slip socks are suitable however, bare feet are fine in the studio.

What you can do next

The course will progress and continue through the year.