|Instructor Info:||Rob Zilin|
T'ai Chi is an enjoyable exercise which gives a feeling of exquisite mental calm and emotional ease. T'ai Chi does not strain your joints or ligaments, but actually heals them and teaches your body to move with perfect efficiency. T'ai Chi will not strain your heart or circulatory system, but is a gentle and effective tonic to your heart. T'ai Chi is especially beneficial to the functions of your internal organs and builds up your body from the inside out. T'ai Chi has it's origin as a valid martial discipline. Our emphasis will be the contrasts and similarities of the health art and martial art. This 2 hour class is open to beginner and experienced students. During the first few classes students will be sorted into appropriate practice groups depending on experience and ability. More advanced practices and intermediate form work will happen during the second hour of the class. 5-College students will be graded pass/fail.
First and foremost - relax and have fun.
Ten Essential Points of T’ai Chi
1. Suspend the crown of the head lightly and alertly.
As dictated by Yang Cheng-fu,
Success in this course is based on attendance.
You must attend.
OPRA 121 Taiji Reading Assignments
It is strongly recommended that you keep a journal of your internal arts experiences. Record your own descriptions of the movements you learn. Write about your own experiences, feeling and sensations. Write down questions that you find in the readings or while you are training. Use your journal to express the changes that you experience as travel the path of Taiji. See the article on Tai ji journal writing in the "Wee Wu Tang 1 October 11" news letter in your resources.
Week 1-3 Read chapters 1, 3, 11 and 13, Animal Frolics, Yang Cheng-Fu’s Ten Important Points, the Deer Mountain letter to Beginners, and The Taiji System.
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