Internal Martial Arts: History, Theory, and Philosophy

This class uses classical texts, modern writings, and videos to explore the history, theory, and philosophy of Taijiquan and aikido in the context of the broad field of martial arts. We study the overall principles of internal martial arts, grounded in reading the taiji classics, and examine how the themes in the classics apply to Taijiquan, aikido, and everyday life. We then focus in depth on specific theoretical and philosophical texts of the taiji, aikido, and internal practice traditions. Prerequisites: Two of the following courses: TRA105, TRA110, TRA133, TRA205, TRA210, TRA233.
Course Number: TRA350
Units: 3.0
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