Method Not Mimic
Your Tai Chi Journey
As a beginner when learning the internal martial art of Tai Chi or Qi Gong, it is important to learn how to move rather than mimicking the instructor. Without guided and personal instruction, the movements become mere choreography.
Whether learning about posture and alignment, expansion and compression, how to protect the knee, the Kua squat, diaphragm breathing, effortless intention, shoulder position, coiling limbs or martial application, Tai Chi is like an onion with several layers to explore.
To follow along watching an instructor without explanation and guided tuition, this is not truly Tai Chi as it removes vital elements of development e.g. How should the movement feel? What is happening in the internal body? What is the movement used for martially? How is the breath coordinated? How does the body move in unity? How are the upper and lower body connected? What drives the movement?
Instructor Nicola of Earth Balance Tai Chi provides clear explanations of how to move during her classes, progressing through the principles of Tai Chi to aid each student on their Tai Chi journey. With hands on guidance to ensure good posture and class sizes of 12 students or under, each student receives individual attention during the class. Her beginner courses take the student from little or no experience to a good foundation of Tai Chi, learning how to move as a method.