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Cultural courses

Explore the richness of Chinese culture

Our cultural courses celebrate the achievements of Chinese culture and the arts – from the earliest times to today. Enjoy the benefits of immersing yourself in a culture that is astonishingly diverse, as you take a voyage of discovery.

This eight-week course offers insights into the essence of Chinese art and aesthetics. You will explore the historical development of Chinese calligraphy, painting and papercutting, while learning some of the basic skills associated with each art form. Everyone is welcome and you don't need any prior knowledge.

The instructor, Dr Tianli Zu, is an award-winning multimedia artist. She is frequently commissioned by the City of Sydney to design artworks for major exhibitions.

The class will be conducted in English on the University of Sydney's main campus in Camperdown.

Tuition fee: $300/$270 (University staff, students and returning students)

Material fee: $15 (payable to teacher)

For the first time, the Institute is combining tai ji and flamenco into one eight-week World Fitness Program. This new program is specially designed to help you get moving while having fun. Different forms of exercise will strength different parts of your body and, in turn, sharpen your mind.

The tai ji instructor, Richard Niu, has won several international Chinese martial arts competitions. The flamenco teacher, Annalouise Paul, is a trained dancer, choreographer and dance teacher with 30 years’ experience: from dancing for Michael Jackson and winning Australian Dance Awards, to choreographing for festivals, films and operas.

The program is flexible. You can enrol in either four or eight sessions. They will be conducted in English at the University of Sydney's main campus in Camperdown.

Tuition fee for any four sessions: $80 / $72 (University staff and students)
Tuition fee for eight sessions: $140 / $126 (University staff and students)

Kung Fu is a simple, direct and efficient form of martial arts that is founded on scientific principles and body biomechanics rather than brute force. In this 10-week course you will learn the fundamental Kung Fu concepts and practical skills on how to stay safe in dangerous or threatening situations. Everyone is welcome and you don't need any prior knowledge.

The instructor, Richard Niu, holds a master's degree in Chinese martial arts and has won several international Chinese martial arts competitions. He began martial arts training at a very young age and is passionate about sharing his knowledge.

The class will be conducted in English on the University of Sydney's main campus in Camperdown.

Tuition fee: $176/$160 (University staff, students and returning students)

Tai ji (also called tai chi) is a Chinese martial art that has become one of the world’s most popular forms of exercise. Underpinned by the ancient Chinese principles of yin and yang, tai ji uses soft, slow and continuous movements to train the body and focus the mind. Studies have shown that practising tai ji can improve one’s health, reduce stress and provide relief for ailments such as high blood pressure, arthritis and osteoporosis.

In this eight-week workshop you will learn basic tai ji movements step-by-step in a relaxing environment. The classes are small (15 maximum) in order to ensure one-to-one coaching. Suitable for beginners.

The class will be conducted in English on the University of Sydney's main campus in Camperdown.

Tuition fee: $120/$108 (University staff, students and returning students)

We can customise any of our culture courses to suit the needs of your school.