THTR 130Fall, Spring

Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu)

Strengthen your balance, posture, flexibility, discipline, and coordination. Learn useful means to relieve stress, and test your skills at competition!    
Howard Hao
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Howard Hao

Howard Hao

Ph.D. Traditional Chinese Sports from Beijing Sport University. 
Interests
  • Martial arts
  • Sports
  • Wushu

Introduction to Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu)

This course is accredited through Loyola University Chicago
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Course Description

This course introduces students to Chinese Wushu (martial arts), which is a representation of the broad and profound subject of traditional Chinese body culture.

The different styles of Chinese Wushu are so numerous that no one could learn all of them. For this class, two forms from two styles of Wushu have been selected for the students to learn, one is 24-Movement Yang Style Taiji, which incorporates traditional Chinese culture, philosophy and thoughts, the other is Xingyiquan (Body- mind Boxing), which is one of the major “internal”styles of Chinese martial arts.

To encourage students to perfect the forms, a competition or a public show is required for students to attend.

Also, to help students learn more about Chinese culture as related to Wushu, a written paper will be assigned as a mid-term exam.

Courses Outcomes

Through imitating, practicing, memorizing, reading, meditating and reflecting, competing and demonstrating, by the end of the semester students will be able to:

  1. Learn two basic Wushu forms
  2. Gain the abilities to keep good balance, posture, flexibility, discipline andcoordination
  3. Gain the experience of how Chinese Wushu people were/are trained
  4. Understand correct concepts of what Chinese Wushu
  5. Learn useful means to relieve stress
  6. Understand some traditional Chinese culture, philosophy and thoughtsrelated to Wushu
  7. Attain a level of experience and competence so as to be able to compete and show in public.