Spring 2016 Tuesday and Thursday 1: 00 to 2: 20 pm



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Spring 2016

Tuesday and Thursday

1:00 to 2:20 PM

Room CTC 206 and Room CTC 121



ALH 1031

T’ai Chi

Course Schedule

Note: This course schedule is tentative an subject to change as the semester progresses


Week/Date
1 – January 14

Topic: Course Syllabus and Schedule; location of diaphragm; breathing mechanics;

warm up exercises, silk reeling and qigong practices, basic principles, form

practice


2 – January 19,21

Topic: Breath awareness; six qualities of natural breathing; health benefits of abdominal

breathing; warm up exercises; t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and qigong

practices; form practice


3 – January 26,28

Topic: Use of breath in t’ai chi; common breath holding patterns; warm up exercises; t’ai

chi principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice
Note: Thursday, February 28 – Last Day for Refund for ALH 1031

4 – February 2,4 Examination 1

Topic: Stress; stress research of Ader & Cohen; Fight-or-Flight Response; warm up

exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice


5 – February 9,11

Topic: General Adaptation Syndrome; Relaxation Response; warm up exercises, t’ai chi

principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice
6 – February 16,18

Topic: Stress reduction benefits of t’ai chi; other health benefits of t’ai chi; warm up

exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice
7 – February 23,25 Examination 2

Topic: General comments on t’ai chi; Yin/Yang theory; warm up exercises, t’ai chi

principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice

Week/Date
8 – March 1,3 Examination 3

Topic: English-written systems of representing Chinese language; Taiji principles;

Chinese philosophy; warm up exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and

qigong practices; form practice


9 – March 8,10

Topic: Dantien; qigong (cultivation of energy); 3 core practices of t’ai chi; warm up

exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice
10 – March 15,17

Topic: Chinese philosophy; warm up exercises, silk reeling and qigong practices, basic

principles, form practice
11 – March 22,24

Topic: Chinese philosophy; warm up exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and

qigong practices; form practice
12 – March 29, 31 No Classes - College closed – Spring Break
13 – April 5,7

Topic: Chinese philosophy; warm up exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and

qigong practices; form practice
14 – April 12,14 Examination 4
Note: Tuesday, April 12– Last Day for Student Withdrawal From ALH 1031
Topic: Origins of taiji chuan; Muscle Tendon Change Classic; Schools of thought on

origins of t’ai chi; Shun chan/nichan; Styles of taiji; warm up exercises, t’ai chi

principles; silk reeling and qigong practices; form practice
15 – April 19,21

Topic: Types of qi; Three Treasures; Five Elements; location of Zang/Fu organs; Styles

of taiji; warm up exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk reeling and qigong practices;

form practice


16 – April 26,28

Topic: Introduction to Meridians; Du and Ren meridians; Health and well being from

Chinese perspective; Styles of taiji; warm up exercises, t’ai chi principles; silk

reeling and qigong practices; form practice


17 – May 5 – Final Examination


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