Tai Chi and Chinese Zither for All Adult Learners

语言和文化学校成人部- 文化课程

The Confucius Institute offers 12-week Cultural Courses- Tai Chi and Chinese Zither (Gu-Zheng), to all, including university students, staff, and the general public.

All courses are offered twice a year, following the University Semester Dates.


Tai Chi

The course allows you to learn, practise and master some basic moves of Tai Chi, a martial art form that is extremely popular both in China and abroad. As 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, and bring along a bottle of water. This course involves physical exercise. Remember to inform the Course Instructor about any health issues in advance.

Time:    Sundays 4:30-6:30pm.
Date:     6th October - 22 December 2019 (W1-W12), University Autumn Semester.
Venue:  Workroom 1 (G04), the Diamond, 32 Leavy Greave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD
Fees:     £72

Registration and payment at the University Online Store, https://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk, search for "Tai Chi".

Instructor: Paul Thompson started leaning Wu Style Tai Chi 30 years ago. He went to China in 1996 in order to trace the founder of the neijia martial art of Wu-Style Tai Chi- Mr. Wu Jianquan. He has met Master Wu’s daughter Wu Yinghua and her husband Ma Yuehliang, both were famous Tai Chi teachers. Since 2012 he has been visiting China every year and learn from master Ma Changxun in Beijing. Paul has been teaching Tai Chi in the UK for 22 years.


Chinese Zither (Guzheng) Class for all

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. Places limited to TWO people per class. Classes for adults and children are separated.

Time and date set individually: 1h/w, normally on a weekday after 5pm.

Please contact confucius@sheffield.ac.uk or 0114 2228447 to state your preferred time. We will be endevouring to accommodate you, i.e. your timetable will be confirmed with you in person.

Venue: the Confucius Institute Office, 2 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE.

Fee: rate £10/h, total £100 per 11 sessions (the first session is FREE).

Registration and payment at the University Online Store, https://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk


12-w Chinese Calligraphy for All

Calligraphy classChinese Calligraphy course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language and Chinese writing skills. 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.

Calligraphy sets, including round brush, ink, rice-paper will be provided. You can prepare a folder or portfolio to store your work. More materials could be provided for practising at home.

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For more information, please contact:

Email: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: 0114 222 8447 / 222 8332