What is the course about?
The weapons of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan system - sabre, sword (single and double edged swords) and staff / spear. Exploring weapon forms, partner work and application.
What will we cover?
The continuing course will progress through the various weapons of the Yang style system, starting with the shorter weapons , single and double edged swords onto the staff / spear. covering their forms, partner practice and application. The weapons practice requires development and extension of energy and power beyond body through weapon utilised, extending 1, 2, 3+ metres beyond the body, this is a powerful and challenging practice with powerful possible health benefits as a result.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
understand and perform the weapons practiced , their forms, partner work and application and use this knowledge to refine and develop the empty hand skills and practice for health well being and application.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
It is an advanced course and a sound grounding in the Yang style long form would be the best foundation, though previous weapons training would not be mandatory.
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.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
self study and daily practice would be expected.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
T'ai Chi, Chi Kung, BaGuaZhang or choose from a wide range of other movement courses from our programme.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details