WRIT 101

Tai Chi On Paper

Spring 2015

Tuesday/Thursday 11:50-1:35 in Admn 208

Professor Sid Olufs, olufs@plu.edu

153 Xavier Hall

Office Hours:  T 2-3:30, W 10-1, plus appointments.  In addition, classes will have some online contact hours for individuals and groups.



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.  


We are using three books:

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

      Richard Bullock, Michal Brody and Francine Weinberg, The Little Seagull Handbook, 2nd. ed., Norton, ISBN PLEASE NOTE:  You get a deal by ordering this and the following book as a package, at ISBN 978-0-393-26284-1

      Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, They Say / I Say," 3rd ed., Norton, 2014.

      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 January 2015]