This 14-week self-paced course introduces you to Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Chi) fundamentals that are applicable to all styles:

  • body alignment (身法),
  • stepping, or footwork (步法),
  • hand maneuvers, or Silk Reeling Exercises (手法),
  • relaxation (放鬆) and
  • whole-body movement with Dantian as the center (以丹田為核心的整體運動)

To practice integrating the above principles in a coherent sequence of variable movements, you will also learn the beginning section (first 3'27" of this clip) of Chen Style Taijiquan Old Frame First Routine (Laojia Yilu 老架一路), one of the oldest forms of Taijiquan.


About Taijiquan and Its Benefits


Students come to this course with various background knowledge about Taijiquan - its history, martial art principles, health benefits, lineages, etc. If you are new to Taijiquan, here are some introductory information to get you started:

Taijiquan, besides being a martial art system, is popular for its many health benefits including balance and lower-body strength, stress reduction, and immunity boosting, and improvements in various chronic health issues. For evidence from clinical studies, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a branch of National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a series of articles reviewing and summarizing the effects of Tai Chi on a number of health conditions, in comparison to other mind and body approaches. 


Syllabus

This course was a 14-week live online course taught to matriculated students at the California University - Silicon Valley (CUSV), as part of their Oriental Medicine Curriculum.

The recording of each week's 2-hour class was segmented by topic for easy navigation.

The instructional language is English, and occasionally bilingual (English and Chinese Mandarin).

  Welcome!
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  Session 1 [May 14, 2021]
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  Session 2 [May 21, 2021 - Pre-recorded]
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  Session 3 [May 28, 2021]
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  Session 4 [June 4, 2021]
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  Session 5 [June 11, 2021]
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  Session 6 [June 18, 2021]
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  Session 7 [June 25, 2021]
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  Session 8 [July 2, 2021]
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  Session 9 [July 9, 2021]
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  Sesson 10 [July 16, 2021]
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  Session 11 [July 23, 2021]
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  Session 12 [July 30, 2021]
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  Session 13 [August 6, 2021]
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  Session 14 [August 13, 2021]
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