WRIT 101

Tai Chi On Paper

Spring 2014

Tuesday/Thursday 11:50-1:35

We meet in Harstad 109

Professor Sid Olufs, olufs@plu.edu

153 Xavier Hall

Office Hours:  M 12-1:30, T 1:45-3, W 9:30-1, plus appointments

During Exam Week, May 19-23, office hours are M 9-11, W 11-2, plus appointments.



What is tai chi?  What happens in our bodies as we learn tai chi?  In this course we explore tai chi movements, and write about them.   The benefits experts have claimed for tai chi include improvements in health, mindfulness, and self-defense.  Assignments include learning Yang Family long form postures, writing and editing descriptions of the movements, developing a research paper on medical investigations of tai chi, and analyzing some self-defense applications.  


á      We are reading Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan, by Fu Zhongwen (trans. Louis Swaim), Blue Snake Books, ISBN: 978-1-58394-152-2

á      Students will also use a writing manual, such as Lester Faigley, The Brief Penguin Handbook (NY: Longman, 2003).  Other editions are OK, too, but I like The One With The ŇPlastic CombÓ Binding.  It is available used, because people foolishly let theirs go. Other acceptable manuals are The Little, Brown Handbook (compact version is fine), A WriterŐs Reference, The Everyday Writer, and A Pocket Manual of Style

á      Additional material will be accessible through Sakai. 


Here is a web page that supports the study of tai chi. 


Here is the class assignments page. 


[last updated February 2014]