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.
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 one of our open houses.
What should I wear?
The moves can be performed in any comfortable clothing. It is recommended that you wear shoes that offer good support and balance, like comfortable walking shoes or trainers, but there are no special uniforms.
What if I have health problems or disabilities?
Most people can practice Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in spite of handicap or ailment, even those with advanced chronic conditions or those who are confined to a wheel chair. Numerous illnesses have been shown to improve with the regular practice of the set and associated exercises. Some locations 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 program.
What if I’m not coordinated?
Learning Tai Chi is not like learning dance. 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.
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.
Who are the instructors?
All our instructors are accredited volunteers who have been approved to instruct by the National Instruction Coordination Committee (NICC) of the member association for their particular country. No instructor is paid for teaching, and they must attend regular training workshops and meet annual accreditation requirements.
What does it cost?
Membership dues are set by the association in the relevant country or region and may be paid annually, biannually, or monthly. There are special rates for students and seniors, and assistance is available to anyone unable to pay the full amount due to financial hardship. 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 500 locations in some 27 countries. Since all our instructors are volunteers, membership fees are used to pay operating costs such as advertising and rent.
Is there more after the beginner course?
Learning 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 practice 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 at a more advanced level. In these classes you get a chance to practice the set, get corrections on your form, and improve your understanding, in order to experience deeper benefits for health and well-being. Most members also practice 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.
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 5 days. You can check with a location near you for upcoming events.
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.
A moving meditation for body, mind and spirit.
Young or old, newly healthy or healing, all around the world, practitioners of the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts experience profound and life-changing improvement in their overall well-being.
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