WMCI Community Classes

This fall, WMCI will offer the following community courses for Session I (September 9 - October 11): Chinese Martial Arts - Changquan I, Chinese Painting I, Chinese Level I, Pipa I and Taiji Fan I.

Chinese Cooking classes begin immediately after Session I and will meet on Thursdays from September 20 to October 11.

Session II (October 22 - November 15) will offer Chinese Martial Arts - Changquan II, Chinese Painting II, Chinese Level II, Taiji Fan II and Pipa II.

The cost for each course is $10/class, to be paid in full on the first day of class. In general, each session holds 8 classes per course ($80). In fall 2018, the Cooking Class will have four classes, costing $40. W&M faculty, staff, and students always receive a 50% discount (e.g. $40 for 8 classes). Payment is due on the first day of class and accepted by cash or check. Please make a check payable to: The College of William and Mary. 

Please sign up today to secure your spot, as the classes are filling up quickly!

Chinese Martial Arts - Changquan

Changquan is a long-range style of Chinese Martial Arts known for its circular kicks and striking techniques. It has even been shown to improve mobility in the muscles, tendons and joints. In this workshop students can expect to learn the basics of Changquan and improve their ability to defend themselves.

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting, with its emphasis on the beauty of simplicity, smooth brush strokes and graceful designs, reflects time-honored principles of Chinese philosophy and culture. Practicing Chinese painting is a great way to relax and creatively express yourself. During this course, students will learn basic knowledge about traditional Chinese painting and its differences from western works, appreciate different kinds of Chinese painting, and work on traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings. Our schedule will include lessons on painting orchids, bamboo, lotus flowers and forsythia, along with butterflies, dragonflies, swallows and pandas.

Taiji Fan

Taiji Fan is a fitness activity which is based on traditional Taiji; Taiji Fan combines the movements of martial arts with the body awareness of dance and the mindfulness of Taiji. In this workshop students will learn the basics of Taiji Fan and learn to improve their focus, balance and poise.

Chinese Cooking

Taught by local Chef Ed McMahon, the WMCI Chinese Cooking classes are an excellent way to experience more Chinese culture. The class will teach students how to prepare many varieties of authentic Chinese food. This class was previously taught by local Chef Peter Chang.

Chinese - I and II

Open to students of all skill levels, this class covers the basic phonetics, grammar, and writing systems of conversational Chinese. The lessons integrate Chinese Culture, including character etymology and relevant holidays, with each lesson. The class places most emphasis on listening and speaking.


Originally from India, the Pipa (琵琶) has been at the heart of traditional Chinese music for over 2,000 years. In this class, Students will be introduced to the instrument through basic notes and techniques, while being exposed to more complex classical pieces that will enhance their understanding of Chinese musical culture.


Click here to see the classes we have offered in the past.