FAQs for New Students – Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Taoist Meditations
Before you join read these
- It’s not a Quick Fix
- I Forgot the Moves
- Struggle is Opportunity
- What is your Goal?
- When the Resources aren’t enough
- This isn’t your grandmother’s Tai Chi – An article looking at Chen style Tai Chi
- Watch this Youtube clip on the Yin Yang Meaning of Taiji
- Please understand that Tai Chi and Qi Gong practices can be demanding on the body, even though they may look soft and easy to do when watching DVDs or youtube clips.
Do you teach children?
- Lessons are for adults from the age of 18 years upwards.
Do I need experience to join?
- No previous martial arts, Tai Chi, Qi Gong or meditation experience necessary, our beginner courses and our drop-in classes are aimed at beginners. In our courses you progress as a group with other students of the same level.
Am I too old for Tai Chi or Qi Gong?
- If you are able to stand and move for an hour, you are able to practice and benefit from Tai Chi, no matter your age. Our students range from the age of 18 to 91.
What do I wear?
- Loose fitting and comfortable clothing e.g. tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt, sweatshirt.
Do we need to lie down?
- Tai Chi and Qi Gong are done standing and moving, no floor work.
- Meditation is carried out seated on a chair, bring a cushion if you find this more comfortable to place on the chair
Are there special shoes?
- No special shoes are necessary.
- You can wear socks, bare feet, plimsolls, flat/thin soled trainers or martial arts shoes. Bear in mind that some venues may have cold hard floors.
What is the Tai Chi form?
- The word ‘form’ describes a series of martial Qi Gong movements put together in a continuous pattern or choreography. The form is broken down into named movements e.g. Move 3 Lazily Tying Coat. Each form will have a number of movements/steps. Each movement can be practiced and repeated individually or the whole form can be performed as a unit.
What is a Qi Gong set?
- The word ‘set’ describes a series of movements e.g. Earth Qi Gong for Women has 10 movements in the set. Each movement will have a short sequence that is usually repeated 2 – 8 times. Each movement can be practiced individually as it is complete in itself, or can be put together as a set.
What is the Difference Between Tai Chi and Qi Gong?
- Qigong is an ancient Taoist exercise practice (formally known as Dao-yin) used as a preventative health system for mind and body.
- Tai Chi uses the principles of Qigong movement as a basis for an internal martial art, practiced today mainly for health benefits.
- The Relationship Between Wuji, Taiji and Qigong by Yang Yang, Ph.D
Do you need to be fit to do Tai Chi or Qi Gong?
- The beginner courses are suitable for beginners, no matter of fitness level or physical condition. Each student works within their own range of motion and capabilities. The movements can be adapted to the individual, everyone is welcome to join the classes, we are happy to accommodate all levels, abilities and encourage beginners who have not exercised in a while. The movements can be deceptively demanding, always work within your own ability and range of motion.
As with all forms of exercise please seek guidance from your Doctor before joining a class. Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation are not a replacement for professional medical advice or treatment.