Welcome to your first Class.
1.) Taijiquan is an exercise. Therefore if you have not kept up with a regular exercise regimen, then you should visit your Doctor and get his/her ok. Be sure to tell your instructor of any health problems you may have, so they are aware of them.
2.) Clothing / Uniforms. New students should come to class wearing loose fitting clothes and flat bottomed shoes, preferably sneakers. Please do not wear any heavy perfumes or colognes in class as we perform deep breathing during Taijiquan and Qigong and it may be overwhelming to other students.
As the student progresses, they may wish to wear a Traditional Taijiquan Uniform.
3.) At your first class you will learn about the History of Taijiquan, the Tai Chi Symbol, and some theory, then progress into learning the basic footwork. It is the student's responsibility to practice during the week what is taught during class.
Each and every class thereafter will focus on a new Posture or movement.
Although there is a lot of repetition in each class, it is still advisable to
practice at home everyday. At the beginning, you may feel uncoordinated. Do not worry, most of us did when we started and still do when we learn something new. Just practice, and the more you do, the more you will find your balance, coordination, posture and health will improve.
4.) Arrive at least a few minutes early for class. Yes, we all have days that Murphy's law seems to be against us, but constant tardiness is a distraction to other students. Please be mindful of others.
5.) Addressing the instructor: The formal Chinese way for addressing the teacher is "Sifu", meaning master or "Laoshi", meaning teacher.
In an informal class the instructor can be addressed by their first name.
The safest way is to ask your teacher if unsure.
6.) The external movements of the forms can be learned in a few semesters time. But it will take a lifetime of study. It is not uncommon for students to repeat classes for years to refine their Taijiquan Form. Through our practice, we learn more about the deeper introspection of Taijiquan and how to apply the principles and movements to our lives.
1.) Taijiquan Classes offered last 1 1/2 hours.
2.) Classes start with stretching , warm up exercises.
3.) Qigong, "Embracing the Tree" or other still meditation is practiced to calm the mind and invigorate the Qi.
4.) Taijiquan practice.
5.) Qigong, Breathing exercises to maintain a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit.
David has both beginners and advanced students in the same class. When the student is ready, their forms are refined. The advanced students learn "Humility" when they practice with beginners, and should exhibit respect for their class. The beginning students learn from the advanced students by
observing their movements, and actions, with regards to class structure.
As the student progresses, they may be interested in practicing their
Taijiquan with the times listed in the Taoist Healing Chart.
If a student is practicing and applying the principles of Taijiquan, it will be evident in their daily lives.