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CCOG for PE 182S Fall 2023

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

Explores this ancient form of gentle movement which emphasizes balance, concentration and coordination. Addresses traditional styles of Tai Chi, meditation and Yi (mind) development techniques in an easy to follow format. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The Tai Chi style taught may vary between instructors

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply basic movements and kinesthetic awareness utilizing beginning Tai Chi techniques.
  • Incorporate the principles, language, and techniques of Tai Chi daily.

Course Activities and Design

  • Improvement of physical conditioning through Tai Chi
  • Perform safe and effective Tai Chi techniques
  • Develop life-long fitness, health and wellness

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