T'ai Chi: intensive

Advanced T'ai Chi Chuan – the primary focus on studying the Yang style Dao (single edge sword) form. The weapon’s nature provides greater challenge, clarifying and developing understanding and skill, amplifying and enhancing the benefits of TCC practice.

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Key course information

15/09/14 - 15/12/14


14 weeks

18:45 - 21:15

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Full fee: £379NC

KS - Keeley Street

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NC: No concessionary fees available as there is no government funding for this course.

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Course outline

What is the course about?

You will learn the Yang style Dao (single edge sword/knife) form. This forms the basis of the practice and skills, the understanding of which will reflect back on and enhance empty hand forms, partner practice, pushing hands and application, if known, of other weapon forms and practice.
The weapon can act as an ‘amplifier' of practice, with the benefit of stimulating deeper understanding.

What topics will we cover?

Sequence and elements of Yang Style Dao (single sword) form
How this weapons usage arises from and reflects back on elements of the solo hand form, push hands and application
Weapon characteristics with Tai Chi principles.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- Practice the Yang style Dao form
- Demonstrate weapon skills, the interplay and interaction between weapon and hands, body, stance and footwork function to mutually enhance each other across the TCC curriculum
- Translate skills to empty hand and other weapon skills, including improvised weapons, eg, a walking stick or umbrella
- Increase awareness of the weight, length and edge of the weapon provides an additional challenge
- Develop and extend TCC principle, empty hand skills and power through at least the length of the weapon.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Ideally you would have a sound grounding in the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan long form or a familiarity with other styles. The requirements of the practice and weapon impose some additional challenge, but this is well within the abilities of most people. (if you can wield a kitchen knife, screwdriver, tennis racket or hold a pen, then you could wield a sabre if you choose). These skills can be practised at a range of levels and can facilitate health benefits.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.


To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.

- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as Arthritis, Osteoporosis, back or knee problems?

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration and practice
Personal practice would be expected at this level.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

If you already have a dao, bring one. For safety reasons a wooden or synthetic version would be best. Your tutor will advise you in the first class about purchasing a suitable weapon. Prices for a new one start at around £47.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit www.citylit.ac.uk/students

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Your tutor will advise you.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2622


Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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Advice times:

During term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

Non term-time Tuesday 17.30 - 18.30 Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30 Room 101A

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831

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