The Tai Chi Learning Process
Tips for Traditional Practice
Traditional Tai Chi training is not light and fluffy or waving the hands in the air, it is a complex system of body mechanics that takes a very long time to learn. There is no quick route, it takes perseverance and effort. You can expect to study the same movements, the same principles and the same layers of learning over many years. Traditional Tai Chi practice is not suited to students who want to be 'form collectors' or 'movement collectors', as choreography is just one aspect of learning. If you collect many routines without studying the foundations of body mechanics or the principles of Tai Chi, you can expect to be repeating the same errors throughout. For me as a student and an instructor, it is the most difficult thing I have ever learnt. That said, I love every moment, I embrace the challenge and enjoy the journey. All that effort is worth it, then again I am biased! This webpage shares insights into some of the highs and lows you can expect when learning Tai Chi.