Theory and practice of taijiquan
Name of lecturer(s)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course will introduce the students to the theoretical and practical aspects of the traditional Chinese excercise taijiquan of the Yang family, which is deeply rooted in the three ancient Chinese philosophies, taoism, confucianism and buddhism. Students will learn old taijiquan skills aimed at improving physical and mental prowess and restoring the harmony of the body, mind and spirit.
Mode of study
Practical hands-on course at the training centre in Poněšice November 7 - 8 2020.
Saturday November 7 2020
10:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 17:00
Sunday November 8 2020
10:00 - 13:00
Prerequisites and co-requisites
No prior knowledge required to enrol for this course. To complete the course in Poněšice, good health is required.
Equipment: indoor/outdoor sportswear and footwear (compulsory).
- Exercises aimed at easing of the stress on the body and mind.
- Meditation exercises cultivating concentration and general calming aimed at maintaining optimal health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis).
- The ability to use taiji as a form of self-defense is a test of understanding this art.
Recommended or required reading
The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan, North Atlantic Books, 2005
Tai Chi Chuan Ta Wen, Questions and Answers on Tai Chi Chuan, North Atlantic Books, 1985
Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan, Blue Snake Books, 2006
Assessment methods and criteria
Active participation in the course is necessary for a successful completion of the course. Credits are awarded based on activity in the exercises.
Course web page
The course will take place at the training centre in Poněšice under the guidance of MgA. Michael Kňažko.
Course may be repeated
This course is an elective for all AMU students
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Schedule for summer semester 2020/2021:
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