Form: Use the Force: Body Awareness and Ergonomics in Taiko Playing

Saturdays, 12pm-1:45pm

First Class: Sat, June 01, 2019
Teacher(s): Yeeman Mui
Room: Small Classroom

Objectives: The 8-week course offers exercises and drills that strengthen participants’ connection with their own body as they explore their connection with the instruments. Explore how to approach body movement efficiently to develop a strong and dynamic strike regardless of individual drumming style.

Brief Workshop Content description:
In taiko, we often talk about the “ki” with reference to the energy of the performer and stage presence. This workshop explores the “ki” as a force from within your body, an important element that we often overlook. The “ki” is the force that affects your stance, posture, alignment, strike, timing, and the sound you create from the drum. The “ki” enhances your efficiency of movement and core muscle connection. In this session, We will delve into various drills and exercises that focus on breathing, body coordination and beyond. “Ki”, “chi”, energy, “the force”, they are all essentially the same. Whatever you call it, learn to use it to your advantage so you can strike like a Jedi. May the force be with you.

Target Taiko Skills and Achievement:
-Improve participants' body awareness and ability to maintain a natural posture when playing taiko
-Strengthen participants’ taiko stance in order to enhance the sound created out of the drum
-Enhance efficiency and fluidity of movement
-Improve core engagement and develop a deeper understand of core control

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Sat, June 01, 2019 01
Sat, June 08, 2019 02
Sat, June 15, 2019 03