When you sign up to learn Ballet or Gymnastics for example, you do not expect to learn a choreographed routine right away. You first learn the basic posture and techniques, work on body conditioning and flexibility. When you sign up to learn Tai Chi, it is no different. Learning the basics is important for any kind of sport or art. To start your Tai Chi journey, the ideal is to work on all 3 aspects at the same time, i.e. attend the Tai Chi Basics training course to learn the basics, at the same time work on body conditioning and flexibility with unlimited practice classes. All of the classes will introduce vital energy as part of the practice.
Tai Chi for Beginners
The Tai Chi Basics for beginners training course content includes:
- Postural alignment, breathing methods, body awareness and proper techniques to prevent injury
- Basic Tai Chi principles, e.g. 5-bows, no-yielding and no-resistance, etc.
- Standing postures
- Basic footwork and stances
- Differences between Chen and Yang style
- A few techniques from Yang style tai chi form to understand how principles are applied and practiced in a form
- Introduction to Push Hands
Learn Tai Chi Starter package includes 3 months of:
- Unlimited Tai Chi Basics training classes
- Unlimited Qi Gong Health & Vitality practice classes – exercises that combine meditation, breathing, stretching, and calisthenics to promote health and vitality
- Unlimited Tai Chi Fitness practice classes – different exercises based on tai chi techniques are practiced to provide a well-rounded whole body strengthening and cardio workout
Tai Chi Basics Training Class Times
Tuesday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
(See Full Schedule for Practice Class Times)
What to Expect
Come to class dressed in comfortable clothing, you want to be able to move freely without restrictions. There are some moves that will require squatting down slightly with your feet at least shoulder width apart.
Please bring a pair of indoor shoes to change into when you arrive at the studio. We try to keep our facilities clean and outdoor shoes are not permitted inside the studio. You should wear shoes with no heels and shoes with thin flexible soles are recommended. Alternatively, you can simply wear socks or go barefeet. If you are not sure what kind of shoes are best, ask your instructor and you can also purchase appropriate tai chi shoes at the studio.
Tai Chi Basics training is taught by an experienced instructor. Your instructor will continuously assess your ability to perform the various movements and adjust accordingly. If you have any limitations, injuries or medical conditions that you would like the instructor to know, please do share this information with the instructor either in class or ask to speak to the instructor in private.
You can join the Tai Chi Basics Training classes anytime. If you start in the middle of the term, you simply continue the classes into the next term until you have covered all 12 weeks of basics training.
All Practice classes are instructor led, the pace is measured to be suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. You do not need any prior training to attend these classes, just follow the instructor within your own abilities.