|1. Description - |
|Introduction to the internal martial art of Tai Chi. Includes practice and discussion of fundamental Tai Chi exercises and its relationship to mind-body awareness.|
|Advisory: Not open to students with credit in H P 83.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of Tai Chi.
- practice the twelve most basic Tai Chi exercises.
- analyze the relationship of mind and body through the practice of Tai Chi.
- recognize the value of Tai Chi as a means of self-defense.
- demonstrate an increase in coordination, flexibility, balance, and strength by incorporating the basic techniques of Tai Chi.
- value Tai Chi as a means of managing stress.
|3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Comfortable exercise clothing and low-heeled, supporting, non-slippery-soled shoes. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- History and background
- Chinese origins
- Introduction to the United States
- Physical benefits of Tai Chi
- Increased joint flexibility
- Development of overall body strength
- Improvement of balance and coordination
- Development of regular breathing patterns
- Mental benefits of Tai Chi
- Development of mind-body awareness
- Improvement of stress management
- Enhancement of sense of well-being and self-confidence
- Increased Patience
- Tai Chi Principles
- Relaxation of muscles and joints
- Spine; rotation around vertical axis
- Grounding with the earth
- Movements: Fluid, circular, consistent pace
- Body, mind, spirit integration
- Attention, awareness
- Harmony of Yin and Yang
- Tai Chi exercises and form
- Yang Style Principles
- Moving from one's center
- Arm movements
- Posture (move) names
- Warm-up exercises which teach the fundamental principles
- Learning and practicing the Tai Chi postures
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Periodic visual evaluation of skills and application of technique, principles and philosophy.
- Contribution and involvement in discussions and pop oral quizzes on concepts, posture names and movement skills, and their relationships to one's well-being.
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Recommended: Taijquan: Chen Style 38 Forms and Applications, T'ai-Chi, North Clarendon, VT.: Tuttle Publishing, 2003. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|Physical Education |
|9. Method of Instruction - No content|
|10. Lab Content - |
|This is a P.E. activity course. All lab content is covered under course content. |
|11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.|
|12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - No content|
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This course meets the Foothill GE Requirements for Area VII, Lifelong Learning. |