Frequently Asked Questions
What style of Tai Chi do you teach?
We teach the classical Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. This style is the most widely practiced in the world. Our teaching style encompass many aspects of the art; revitalizing and maintaining health, qigong, improving your mental and physical well being, artistic and spiritual sensibilities, and martial arts.
Do I need special clothes to practice?
No, just wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes.
What age of students are in your classes?
Generally, they range from their early 20s to their late 80s.
Do you separate students according to their experience and ability?
Students with varying experience levels practice together. It is usual to have beginners, students with years of experience along with other tai chi teachers in our classes. There are no divisions or hierarchies. However, sometimes we offer classes for beginners or for those unfamiliar with our form.
What is Qigong?
Qigong is an ancient Chinese art form. There is medical Qigong, martial art Qigong, spiritual Qigong. In Chinese, Qi is ‘air’; Gong is ‘skill’.
There are hundreds of different forms and sequences with various exotic names. It is important not to be seduced and trapped by the many exotic names. What is important is learning to integrate the breath and the mind with body movements. We teach Qigong as a healing art.
How does Tai Chi differ from Qigong?
If you pay attention to your breath while practicing Tai Chi you will gain many of the benefits attributed to Qigong. In this way, Tai Chi is a sophisticated, high level of Qigong.
What is the difference between Tai Chi, Tai Ji, and T’ai Ch’i, and Tai Chi and Tai Chi Chuan?
They’re all the same. The differences in spelling come from various ways of Romanizing written Chinese characters. In 1954 China formally developed and proceeded to use a new system of romanization, called “pinyin” (Tai Ji). . Tai Chi Chuan is the more formal, complete name with “chuan” meaning “fist”. Nowadays chuan is often not used.
What about Chi Kung and Qi Gong?
They are the same. Once again, the difference is systems of romanization being used. Qigong uses Pinyin.