Traditional taijiquan and its health benefits

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
703MTTPZ Z 1 12 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per semester, 16 to 21 hours of self-study Czech winter

Subject guarantor

Michael KŇAŽKO

Name of lecturer(s)

Michael KŇAŽKO

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 and its health benefits. 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

Paralel 1.

Saturday October 22 2022

10:00 - 13:00 taijiquan

14:00 - 17:00 taijiquan

Sunday October 23 2022

10:00 - 13:00 taijiquan

Paralel 2.

Saturday November 19 2022

10:00 - 13:00 taijiquan

14:00 - 17:00 taijiquan

Sunday November 20 2022

10:00 - 13:00 taijiquan

Taiji lessons are conducted in Czech and English.

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).

Course contents

  1. Exercises aimed at easing of the stress on the body and mind.
  2. Meditation exercises cultivating concentration and general calming aimed at maintaining optimal health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis).
  3. Health benefits of taijiquan practice.

Recommended or required reading

YANG, Chengfu.

The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan, North Atlantic Books, 2005

CHEN, Weiming.

Tai Chi Chuan Ta Wen, Questions and Answers on Tai Chi Chuan, North Atlantic Books, 1985

FU, Zhongwen.

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.

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The course will take place at the training centre in Poněšice under the guidance of MgA. Michael Kňažko.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
22.10.2022 10:00–17:00 Michael KŇAŽKO
23.10.2022 10:00–13:00 Michael KŇAŽKO
19.11.2022 10:00–17:00 Michael KŇAŽKO
20.11.2022 10:00–13:00 Michael KŇAŽKO

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans