Health, Physical Education And Recreation | T'ai Chi Ch'uan T'ul Shou (Push Hands) (1 cr)
E148 | 6256-6258 | Pearce


CLASS MEETING:
Meets one 50 minute period two times per week for the entire semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Introduction to the techniques, skills and strategies of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
T'ui Shou (Push Hands).
T'ui Shou was originally designed as a training level between solo forms and
high impact
interaction.  It models fundamental Taoist and Chan Buddhist philosophical
concepts in the form
of a physical activity.  Course provides instruction and practice in
techniques of Yang Style T'ui
Shou (as developed by William C.C. Chen and Dr. Tao Ping-siang from Cheng
Man-
cling's style), with additional material from Peter Ralston's Cheng Hsin,
and Alternative Directions
of Response.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1. To refine concentration and attentional skills
2. To refine the physical mechanics for lifting and throwing
3. To develop quickness, anticipation and reaction skills
4. To develop acute sensitivity to pressure, balance and/or directional
change
5. To refine yielding skills (moving in direction of opponent's pressure)
6. To practice circular movements, stepping and pivoting to affect objects
and forces
7. To refine techniques of martial unbalancing

EQUIPMENT:
Loose comfortable clothing:  cotton-soled shoes, white shirt and black pants
are required.  Other
martial arts uniforms may be substituted.  Levis or other jeans are not
acceptable.

ATTENDANCE:
Students are allowed a maximum of three (3) unexcused absences.  Upon a
fourth absence the
student has three (3) options:
1.  receive a grade of F;
2.  officially withdraw from the course;
3.  follow an appeal procedure through your instructor and/or the Elective
Program Coordinator.

GRADING PROCEDURES:
Grades are determined by class performance, papers, midterm and final exam.