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-- Current Practice Schedule --

Fall Quarter 2011
 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Wushu
4:30-6:30 PM
Erickson Courts, Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation


Taiji
7:00-9:00 PM
A3C Ballroom, Old Union

x x x

Wushu
5:00-6:20 PM
Erickson Courts, Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation

x x


-- Class Fees --

Stanford Wushu is only partially funded by the University. In order to keep running, we need to charge a quarterly class fee. The fees are:
  Stanford Students Non Students
Wushu $90 $180
Taiji $60 $125
Wushu and Taiji $145 $265
Note: Students who have done Wushu or Taiji during the previous quarter will receive a 10% discount for the next quarter. For example, if you did wushu in fall, then you would receive a discount in winter.

 
For Wushu, this includes both weekly 2 hour classes. Our classes run for about 10 weeks each quarter. Considering the level and intensity of instruction we receive, the classes are well worth the prices.


--- Class Registration ---
To join the class, just come to one of our practices, fill out a registration sheet, and bring in a check for your class fee. It's that simple.

If you want to try out a class before you join, go ahead. New students who have not tried out our classes before are entitled to one free practice. Wear loose clothes (sweatpants and a t-shirt work) and light, flexible shoes. You'll still have to fill out a registration sheet though, so make sure to talk to club officer when you get there. Informal practices should only be attended after going to a formal practice.

You may also fill out the class registration and waiver form ahead of time:

Registration Form (PDF)
Waiver Form (Students) (PDF)
Waiver Form (Non-Students) (PDF)


-- New to Wushu? What to Expect in Class --
Wushu is a martial art and a demanding performance sport. Like any physical sport, it helps to be prepared. Make sure to wear loose, breathable clothes. A pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt are what most people wear. Sweatpants are recommended because they'll help keep your legs warmed-up and limber. Wear shoes that are light and flexible and give you good traction on the floor. You'll be doing a lot of kicking and jumping so the right shoes are important. Badminton shoes, keds, and light sneakers work well. In China, they make shoes especially for wushu, and a number of club members sport them. You might want to consider getting a pair after attending enough practices. On hot days, also bring a bottle of water so you won't get dehydrated.

The first part of class is spent mostly stretching and the second part is spent practicing kicks, jumps, and sets. If you're just beginning wushu, you'll learn a basic "beginner's set" that will teach you the fundamentals of stances, kicks, and movements. You'll practice this set while also working on the basic kicks and jumps. As you progress, you'll eventually learn other empty hand forms and weapons. Of course, the learning process is a long one. Wushu is an extremely challenging sport. Just take it one front stretch kick at a time.