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Appendix 2: Course Nature

Appendix 2: Wu Style Tai Chi Class —— Required Resources

Nature of the course:
• Every class will include 6-8 minutes warm up exercise “13 forms”. The Warm up- Health Qigong Yi Jin Jing, known as Tendon-muscle strengthening exercises that handed down from ancient China. The 12 routines which putting the theory, skills and effects on the foundations knowledge of Qigong. It features extended, soft and even movements displaying a graceful charm, and it puts focus on the turning and flexing of the spine, thus invigorating the limbs and internal organs. It helps to improve health and fitness, flexibility, balance and muscular strength.
• Every class will include new steps learning and learned steps review.
• The Wu style’s distinctive hand form, pushing hands and weapons trainings emphasize parallel footwork and horse stance training with the feet relatively closer together than the modern Yang or Chen styles, small circle hand techniques (although large circle techniques are trained as well) and differs from the other Tai Chi family styles martially with Wu style’s initial focus on grappling, throws , tumbling, jumping, foot sweeps, pressure point leverage and joint locks and breaks, which are trained in addition to more conventional Tai Chi sparring and fencing at advanced levels.
• Participants in this course will have the opportunity to participate and showcase their Tai Chi competency to Concordia community on Chinese New Year Celebration.

Required Resources:

• flat shoes – No runners because they are not flat. Cross training shoes are acceptable because they are flat.
• comfortable pants — No jeans. Elastic pants or shorts are acceptable.
• comfortable coats – Elastic coats or shorts are acceptable

• 吴英华、马岳梁《正宗吴氏太极拳》,北京体育大学出版社
• 童红云《吴氏太极基础13式拳》,成都时代出版社
• https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu-style_t%27ai_chi_ch%27uan