Chinese Wand Exercise

Ref: C2337349

Chinese Wand Exercises provide a simple and effective series of movements which tone the body whilst improving mobility and strength from its central axis. The series is short and can be used daily as an general exercise system or to supplement sport training or as a means of regaining fitness following injury or illness at any age.

Additional information about this course

This system of graduated simple movements using a lightweight stick is suitable for everyone and can help restore or improve mobility, strength and balance.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the Chinese Wand Exercise system for fitness, mobility, strength and balance and also for rehabilitation after illness or injury

Who is the course for?

No previous experience or particular level of fitness is necessary. Chinese Wand Exercises can be performed whilst seated and are graded for individual ability and requirements (rehabilitation, training, etc). Participants will need to be able to hold wand with both hands.

What topics will this course cover

There are 17 specific exercises performed either standing or sitting. The standing exercises can be performed from a seated position if it is not possible to stand. Each exercise is graded so from the outset, even with very limited ability, it is possible to improve posture and muscle tone. Each participant works according to her/his specific ability, performing the action once or several times with attention on form and placement. It is a non-martial art which has developed for health and fitness from the same elemental principles (earth, water, fire, air, space). A simple explanation of these will be given during the course. Because a stick is being used, it is essential for all participants to conform to safety instructions and respect their own limitations and those of others.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Be able to hold a Wand correctly in a suitable stance either standing or sitting 2) Understand the need for personal safety and for the safety of others 3) Perform the full series of Chinese Wand Exercises to the appropriate level of personal ability 4) Recognise that abilities and needs change so that daily/weekly performance levels will differ

How will I know I'm making progress?

Because of the specific nature of the exercise system, it will be necessary to correct students so that they hold the Wands in a balanced manner and have a suitable position and stance. Arising from demonstration and discussion, students will gain confidence in proprioceptive feedback from their own bodies and will be able to self-assess and make personal adjustments. With continued practice and feedback students will feel the difference and improvement in their abilities and range of movement as they gain mobility, strength and stamina. This form of self-assessment, which will be promoted throughout the course, is a important skill which can be used in other activities and areas of life.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Comfortable clothing with NO "floaty" bits. Soft flat shoes or trainers. Mat or towel/blanket may be required as the course progresses for those students who are able to sit on the floor.

Reading and information sources

No prior knowledge is necessary

What could the course lead to?

As with any physical activity, continued practice to improve skills and performance, fitness and wellbeing.

Download full course outline

Chinese Wand Exercise Course Outline


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