Chinese Culture Courses

文化课程

All courses are open to people from all walks of life, including university staff, students and the general public. Registration is via the University Online Store.

Health Qigong/Kung Fu and Yang-Style Tai Chi

Time: 6-8pm, Wednesdays, 27 Sept - 13 Dec2017, 12 weeks
Venue: Studio 1, Drama Studio, Shearwood Road S10 2TD
Fees: £3/h, total £72
Teacher:
Miss Jinxuan Wang. Sent by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban) as a Kung Fu Teacher, Jinxuan officially works as an academic lecturer at Beijing Sports University.

Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing exercises, mental training and meditation, forming a fundamental part of Chinese martial arts, i.e. Kung Fu. Health Qigong aligns physical movement, breath and mind adjustments as the major form of exercise. It has distinctive characteristics of health preservation.

Yang-style Tai chi is the most popular and widely practised style in the world today. Its’gentle, slow, steady, smooth and large and fluidic movements help you to relax and to feel the flow of energy within the body, fostering a sense of exuberance and freedom.

First Teaching Part, Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Moves): a health-building move developed by the famous doctor Hua Tuo in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220AD) by imitating the actions of animals based on the habits of the tiger, deer, bear, ape, and bird. It is gentle and unfold, especially beneficial for cardiovascular function, respiratory system, joint agility as well as psychological wellbeing.

Second Teaching Part, Yang-Style Tai Chi: Basic techniques and 8-Form of Tai Chi routine.

Please wear loose and comfortable sportswear, including sports shoes or flat-soled shoes. This course involves physical exercise: remember to inform the instructor about any health issues in advance, and bring along a bottle of water.


Wu-Style Tai Chi

Time: Sundays 4:00-6:00pm, 1 Oct - 17 Dec 2017, 12 weeks
Venue: Studio 1, Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD
Fees: £3/h, total £72

This class allows you to master some basic moves of Tai Chi, a martial art form extremely popular both in China and abroad. A typical daily exercise for many Chinese, this calm yet powerful training is well known for its beneficial effects on health, coordination and the ability to focus.

Please wear loose and comfortable sportswear, including sports shoes or flat-soled shoes. This course involves physical exercise: remember to inform the instructor about any health issues in advance, and bring along a bottle of water.


Chinese Folk Dance

Time: 6-8pm, Mondays, 25 Sept - 11 Dec2017, 12 weeks
Venue: Studio 2, Drama Studio, Shearwood Road S10 2TD
Fees: £3/h, total £72
Teacher: Miss Xuefei Chu. Sent by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban), Xuefei is a professional Dance Teacher who has studied at Beijing Dance Academy, and majored in Chinese Folk dance, Chinese classical dance, contemporary and modern dance.

China has 56 ethnic groups including the majority Han. The course will learn different ethnic dance, including the Han, Mongolian, Uygur and Dai dance, each has unique movements and dance form. Various aspects of tradition, costume and folk culture, along with a few words of Chinese language, and many famous pieces of Chinese music, will be addressed. Through the coordination of hands, arms, feet, head, neck and facial expression, the graceful Chinese dance especially express the happiness and the hope.


Chinese Zither (Guzheng) Beginners’ Class for all

Venue: CI Office, 5-7 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD;     Fees: £100 per 10 weekly sessions.

Immerse yourself into a world of Chinese traditional music and enjoy the hauntingly beautiful Guzheng (which is a 21-stringed Chinese plucked zither). Learn to read Chinese music notations/scores, get introduced to the main Chinese guzheng performance styles, practise the basic playing techniques and enjoy guzheng performance.

No prior knowledge about music and Chinese language are needed. Guzheng instrument will be provided during the class. Maximum 3 people per class. Classes for adults and children are separated.

Time and date need to be set individually: 1h/w, normally weekday after 5pm.

Please make a reply to confucius@sheffield.ac.uk to state your preferred time. We will endevour to accommodate you. Therefore, your timetable will be confirmed with you in person.



12-week Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy classThese courses require no prior knowledge of Chinese language/writing. You will practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy and get introduced to the main Chinese calligraphy styles, and also learn more about the cultural and historical message of the characters you write.

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For more information, please contact:

Email: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk