CIWA太极拳班的开设，旨在给华盛顿大学的教职员工提供一个了解传统中国文化及强身健体的平台，与华盛顿大学提倡促进教职员工的全方面身心健康的 “The Whole U” 项目的理念完合契合。
Tai Chi Classes Pilot by CIWA
On April, 23rd 2015, the first class of the eight-week pilot Tai Chi program offered by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington was carried out. The program is brought into being through co-efforts of the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington and the UW Libraries Wellness Committee. The first group of students of this class is composed of more than 20 UW employees and stuff.
The co-organized Tai Chi class is instructed by Master Hong Yijiao. Master Yijiao Hong is a 12th generation disciple of Chen Style Tai Chi, who has earned the highest rank as a Wushu International A Grade Judge in 2004. She has rich teaching experience and patience. And in order to help the students to achieve the best learning results, she corrected all students’ movement and positions one by one. With Master Hong’s patient and careful instructions as well as students’ diligence, all of the students achieved great progress within a short time. After the class, all of them expressed their wishes to keep attending the class.
Tai Chi is an intangible cultural heritage of the Chinese nation. The concept of it appeared in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy, where it represents the fusion of Yin and Yang into a single ultimate. The practice of Tai Chi is a traditional form of martial arts, which involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
The aim for CIWA to launch this Taichi class is to provide a platform for UW staff and employees to get to know traditional Chinese culture as well as to cultivate a healthy life style. This class echoes perfectly with the “The whole U” motto of UW designated to promote both physical and mental health of all the employees and stuff of the university.