Course Content and Outcome Guide for PE 182S

Course Number:
PE 182S
Course Title:
Tai Chi
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Course Description

Explore this ancient form of gentle movement which emphasizes balance, concentration and coordination. Learn traditional styles of Tai Chi in an easy to follow format. Gain strength while relieving tension and stress. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The Tai Chi style taught may vary between instructors

Intended Outcomes for the course

  • Develop basic movement skills and kinesthetic awareness through beginning Tai Chi technique
  • Identify and apply the language and technique of Tai Chi within a beginning Tai Chi class
  • Explore and appreciate the principles of Tai Chi

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Class participation and attendance records
  • Performance Review
  • Examinations
  • Research Projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Correct alignment
  • Footwork patterns
  • Body positions
  • Leg and arm positions
  • Warm-up\cool down
  • Kinesthetic memory
  • Coordination of legs, arms, body
  • Breath awareness
  • Continuous flow of movement
  • Mind-body connection
  • Principles of safety in movement
  • Tai Chi vocabulary
  • Short Form
  • Demonstrate correct technique in beginning Tai Chi steps and postures with the following elements,
    • Leg, arm and body positions
    • Attention to intent
    • Incorporation of visualization
    • Steps in relationship to breath rhythm
    • Awareness of combative applications
    • Stretches
    • Level changes
    • Weight changes
    • Directional changes
    • Connecting steps
  • Repeat Tai Chi steps and postures
  • Identify steps, positions, and postures visually and aurally
  • Examine and discuss Tai Chi principles