Frequently Asked Tai Chi Questions
Below are some of the questions people ask when they are considering or have just begun a Tai Chi practice.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese Martial Art which features slow-motion, flowing postures. Practicing Tai Chi can be described as developing one’s ability to respond to opposing forces.
What is Qigong?
Qigong is a breath-work practice involving movement designed to energize and balance the body.
What’s the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong?
Simply put, Qigong is a health and longevity practice and Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art.
Do I need to practice with a group?
Practiced daily all over the world by everyday people, Tai Chi is both a solitary and community activity. Think of it like playing music—you can play alone or with others but playing with others can greatly improve your skill.
Can I join at any time?
In my classes, yes. Expect to be a little overwhelmed at first in any Tai Chi class while you learn the basic fundamentals.
What should I wear to class?
Comfortable clothes. Layers. Loose fitting or stretchy pants. Comfortable shoes.
Can I go barefoot?
If you want. Most folks do Tai Chi in street shoes or whatever type of shoes work for them—comfortable sneakers, soft soled shoes, kung fu slippers, or sandals.
How do I choose a teacher or school?
Read How to Choose a Teacher.
Are there any good books or videos?
Yes, there are many! I always recommend that you simply go to the library and choose any book or DVD that stands out to you. They often say the same things in different ways.