You can come along to any of our Beginners classes at any time.

 

How do I learn Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is learned by doing. It takes about three to four months to learn the 108-move set, and the beginner class format is quite simple. The instructor will demonstrate a move several times, then perform it with the class, and finally watch the students as they repeat it. People of all ages and conditions can learn.

What happens if I miss the beginning of the course?
You can come along to any of the beginners classes at any time. Many of the moves are repeated throughout the Tai Chi set and you will be able to catch up. People often repeat a beginners class and there are plenty of opportunities to cover anything you may have missed.

 

Some of your questions may be answered in the FAQ below,
but another way to get introduced to Taoist Tai Chi™ arts is to

visit a beginners class with our compliments.

 

What should I wear?
The moves can be performed in any comfortable clothing. We recommend that you wear shoes that offer good support and balance, like comfortable walking shoes or sneakers, but there are no special uniforms. We have a wide variety of T-shirts available that have been designed by different branches.

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What if I have health problems or a disability?
Most people can practice Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in spite of disability or ailment, even those with advanced chronic conditions or those who use a wheelchair. Numerous illnesses have been shown to improve with the regular practice of the 108-move Tai Chi set and associated exercises. Some branches offer ‘health recovery’ classes to help those with particular health problems or who are recovering from injury or illness. Pregnant women or those with an acute health problem should check both with the instructor and their personal physician before beginning any exercise programme. The International Centre near Toronto in Canada offers a supervised Health Recovery Program, which provides an opportunity for those with significant health problems to improve their health through the intensive practice of Tai Chi in the supportive, calm and healthy environment of a Taoist training center.

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What if I’m not coordinated?
Developing balance and coordination are part of the learning process, the benefits of the practice. You needn’t worry if you believe you have two left feet or no eye-hand coordination. You learn by doing.

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My memory is not what it used to be, does that matter?
No, the repetition of the moves develops memory you didn’t even know you had. One of the benefits of the way we teach Tai Chi is that you will always be doing it with people who know the set whom you can follow.

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Who are the instructors?
All our instructors are accredited volunteers who have been approved to instruct by the National Instruction Coordination Committee (NICC) of New Zealand. No instructor is paid for teaching, and they must attend regular training workshops and meet annual re-accreditation requirements.

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What does it cost?
Membership fees may be paid by the month, six monthly or yearly. There are special rates available for families and the unwaged. Your membership entitles you to attend as many available classes as you’d like, in your area or abroad. You are not limited to just a specific class or instructor. If you happen to be travelling, members are welcome to visit classes at any of our approximately 800 locations in some 26 countries. Since all our instructors are volunteers, membership fees are used to pay operating costs such as advertising and rent. Fees are set by the New Zealand National Board.

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Is there more after the beginner course?
Learning Taoist Tai Chi™ is a developmental process. The better your Tai Chi, the more you benefit. The basic beginner class is literally just the beginning. While some people only take the initial class out of curiosity, many students practise and attend more advanced classes and workshops for the rest of their lives. We offer continuing classes with instructors who have been certified to teach more advanced skills. In these classes you get a chance to practise the set, get corrections on your form, and improve your understanding of the set, in order to experience deeper benefits for health and well-being. Most members also practise the set outside of class. Master Moy noted that five minutes of Tai Chi once a day is better than two hours once a week.

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Is there instruction outside of regular classes?
Local, regional, national and international instruction committees periodically schedule intensives and workshops for members that offer extended instruction, from a few hours and up to five days. You can check with a location near you for upcoming events or click here to find workshops and events nationally.

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Can I learn Tai Chi using videos or books?
Videos and books can serve as aids to learn the set, but can’t replace the role of a trained instructor, who can offer customised feedback and support as you progress in your practice. The instructor can make sure that your form is correct, effective and won’t cause injury.

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