Tai Chi, music and calligraphy | 语言和文化学校成人部- 文化课程

The Confucius Institute offers 12-week cultural courses - Tai Chi, Chinese Zither (Gu-Zheng) and calligraphy, for all.


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


Tai Chi Course - Begins September 28, 2023

Tai Chi Class

About the art of Tai Chi:

The original system of Tai Chi was developed as an internal form of martial arts. However, as the need for self defence lessened and the health benefits of Tai chi have become apparent, most people now practise it solely for health reasons. Tai Chi is gentle, graceful and often described as ‘meditation in motion’, but when used as a martial art it is deceptively powerful. Age is no barrier and it can be practised by everyone.

There are many health benefits to the practice of Tai Chi. These include relief from various conditions and general physical benefits such as joint mobility, improved posture, ligament and muscle strength, improved balance and the aiding of concentration. Ongoing research is adding to our knowledge about the benefits of Tai Chi.

About our teacher:

Deborah McCall has 15 years of experience learning and teaching Tai Chi and has trained with masters of the art. Her classes include warm up exercises, Qigong  training in the hand forms (a very old training system which helps to generate a flow of Qi and circulate this within the body), and one of the 5 animal Qigongs with posture correction.

Price: £110 general public - £90 university staff

Time: 1 hour 30 min/session, timetabling on Thursdays 19:00 - 20:30,

Location: Hicks Building, Hicks - K14 (54)

Please email confucius@sheffield.ac.uk, or call 07593502130 with any inquiries 

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Register for Tai Chi course

Chinese Calligraphy course- ON HOLD

Students practices her calligraphy
Students practices her calligraphy

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

About: You will practice the basics of Chinese calligraphy and become acquainted with Chinese calligraphy styles. You will learn more about the cultural and historical messages behind the characters you write.

Time: 7:30pm - 9pm every second Wednesday of the month. Next session: 14 December 2022. 

Location: Room BB15a, Bartolomé House, Winter Street, Sheffield S3 7ND

Price: FREE - Just come along!

Equipment: Calligraphy brushes ink and paper will be provided for use during each session.

This course is suitable for anyone new to Calligraphy and for those who have experience with Calligraphy or have previously attended our Calligraphy courses.

Contact for inquiries: confucius@sheffield.ac.uk

Chinese Zither (Guzheng) - ON HOLD

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 a guzheng performance.

No prior knowledge about music or Chinese language is required. Guzheng instruments will be provided during the class. Places are limited to two people per class, with separate classes for adults and children.

Time: 50min/session, timetabling at Saturdays 09:00 -  17:00, or weekdays after 16:00. 

Please state your preferred time when making registrations, or email confucius@sheffield.ac.uk, or call 07593502130

Location: CI office, 2-4 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE

Price: £120 per 10 sessions.

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