Tai Chi

Ref: C2419624

This is an introductory course for people interested in finding out what Tai Chi and Qi Gong are, as well as for those wishing to learn and practice Tai Chi in a group setting. Classes will include low impact stretching exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility in the joints, basic foundation Tai Chi walking and balancing exercises, and postures and movements of the Tai Chi 24 Form in Yang style.

Course aim

To introduce the principles and practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to beginners, incorporating foundation exercises, postures and movement.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand the history, philosophy, and principles of tai chi chuan
  • Understand how tai chi practice promotes and improves health
  • Perform suitable warm up and cool down safely.
  • Perform ten basic Yang Style Tai Chi forms
  • Improve breathing techniques, posture and mental focus through Qi Gong practice

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Loose comfortable clothing Flexible shoes Water bottle

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

Download full course outline

Tai Chi Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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