PHED129 Tai Chi Chaun

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education

I. Course Number and Title
PHED129 Tai Chi Chaun
II. Number of Credits
2 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
1500 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
Tai chi chuan is an introductory Chinese Martial Art course that is performed slowly, in a relaxed fashion with fluid graceful motions. It is based on traditional Chinese philosophies and is useful for body and mind. It increases balance, range of motion, and helps to relieve stress. Basic concepts and principles of nutritional and physiological fitness are included in the course.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. The student will learn that lifelong wellness is achieved and sustained by practicing habits that include regular physical exercise, and proper nutrition.
    2. The student will learn the health benefits obtained from tai chi practice using the traditional, as well as modern perspective. The student will be encouraged to incorporate tai chi concepts into a personal health regimen.
    3. The student will study Yang style tai chi chaun as an art-exercise- meditation and self defense method.
    4. The student will learn valid concepts of exercise physiology and how to apply them to a chosen activity.
    5. The student will learn valid concepts of nutrition and how to apply them to his own diet.
    6. The student will be introduced to the traditional health scheme as understood by the Chinese and its relevance in the modern world as a holistic health method.
    7. Performance Objectives:
      1. The student will learn to develop a personal exercise program in tai chi china chaun, utilizing valid concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition.
      2. Through repetition and practice, the student will be able to demonstrate a basic level of proficiency in Yang style tai chi chaun.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Basic Physiology of Exercise
      1. Principles of warm-up, stretching and cool down
      2. Basic Anatomy of muscles and joints
        1. Fiber type
        2. Ligament
        3. Tendon
      3. Muscular contractions: Isotonic, Isometric, and Isokinetic
      4. Muscular Metabolism
        1. Anaerobic
        2. Aerobic
    2. Applied Physiology of exercise
      1. Principles of an exercise prescription:
        1. Frequency, intensity, time
        2. Overload, progressive resistance, specificity recovery
      2. Physiological effects of regular anaerobic and aerobic exercise
      3. Cross training
    3. The role of diet and nutrition- what is a quality diet?
      1. Weight management and body composition
      2. Cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis
      3. Heat balance, fluid and electrolyte consumption
      4. Role of the nutrients in energy metabolism
      5. Relationship among stress, diet and exercise
    4. Concepts of recuperation positive adaptation and deconditioning
      1. Immediate and correct care of athletic injuries
      2. Evaluation of fitness progress and self-testing
    5. How to critically review the current literature in the areas of nutrition and physiology of exercise
    6. Tai chi chaun's relationship to the traditional health methods of acupuncture and chi development.
    7. The basic exercise of tai chi chaun to develop
      1. relaxation
      2. rooting
      3. smooth coiling action
      4. integral body use
      5. focus of the mind
    8. Study and practice of tai chi chaun's unique methods of self-defense.
    9. Study and practice of tai chi chaun's unique methods of self-defense.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Policies governing student evaluation, grades, and attendance, will be specified in the Course Format. The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty teaching the course and listed in the Course Format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
The class period is divided between mini-lectures and physical participation by students. Some portions of the class are dedicated to student presentations. Teacher demonstrations and instructional videos may be used.

Review/Approval Date - 5/99