Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I’ve never done Tai Chi before but would like to try it out. Will these classes be suitable for me?
A. Yes – all classes have people in them who have recently started learning Tai Chi and know exactly how it is to be a complete beginner. Taking the first step is always the hardest part but beginners are always welcome in classes – don’t be afraid to come along and try it out.
Q. What is the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong ?
A. Qigong(Chi Kung) is normally learned through a series of simpler repetitive exercises with less emphasis on movement than Tai Chi. This makes it is easier to learn than Tai Chi but means a lot of the richness and flow of Tai Chi movement is not present. Health Benefits accrue from both Tai Chi and Qigong.
Q. I can’t always make every class so would it be a problem if I’m not there every week?
A. No – the classes are flexible and are available on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. Things always crop up as people have busy lives and this must be recognised. Of course the more you attend the more you learn but within each class there will always be specific things you can concentrate on and then practice yourself. If you want to come to different classes on different weeks then that is absolutely fine too.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Whatever you find comfortable. Most people find flat shoes or trainers best and looser clothing.
Q. I do other sports – can Tai Chi improve these?
A. Yes – Tai Chi relaxes the body and the mind and eventually results in whole body movement. This type of movement is the aim of most sports – whether it is the perfect golf swing or tennis shot.
Q. Is Tai Chi just for older people?
A. No – Tai Chi can be practiced at any age. Tai Chi is one of the few activities that can be practised right into old age and this is why mistakenly some people associate it with older people only. The younger you begin the more you can learn. The great Tai Chi masters of today started learning when they were young children.
Q. I’ve read Chen style is only suitable for younger/fitter people?
A. No – While true to its’ martial roots Chen style can be practised by people of all ages and fitness levels. Postures can be done at high/medium/low levels and movements at a rate that suits the individual. All the great health benefits are still available.