When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Underwood
  • Course Code W23SCIO11C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The Yang Lu-Chan old Tai Chi form and training methods are designed to help us learn about natural body movement. Through practice, teaching us about balance, timing and coordination. An understanding of Yin and Yang through various slow moving and explosive postures. These postures in the form all have various martial applications hidden within them, which teach us some of the deadliest point striking methods, known as Dim Mak point strikes. More importantly the meditation in movement de-stresses the mind and improves overall health. 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 healthy posture and how to improve one’s own
  • Improve gait, motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • How to breath normally for optimum health and relaxation
  • How to practice/learn/improve one’s Tai Chi skills


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    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. Weekly timetabled class in college with social distancing. During these sessions you will work individually and in small and large groups with other students. You will also be expected to join classes online, and will need access to the internet via a smartphone, laptop or tablet with wifi access. To access additional resources and homework you will need to use the College’s virtual learning environment, Moodle. Typical activities include: movement instruction and exploration, some optional reading and homework. You will be assessed by tutor assessment of informal weekly learning activities and observation of progress made in class. In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

    Entry requirements

    An ability to walk un-aided

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

    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. In order to access online resources for your course, you will need the following: smartphone or laptop/tablet with wifi.

    What you can do next

    Successful completion of this course allows you to progress: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Students can also join the World Taiji Boxing Association (WTBA) and be graded accordingly