Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT TAIJIQUAN (ALSO KNOWN AS TAIJI OR TAI CHI)
Is taiji what I see old people practicing in the morning?
Yes! Those aunties and uncles are bad-ass, and I dream to be one of them someday! Taiji is beneficial to folks of any age, and I consider my weekly practice the 401k plan for my body.
Is taiji a martial art?
Yes! Taijiquan is an internal martial art, meaning practitioners cultivate a sensitivity with how energy shifts and is directed within the body. “Feeling” the principles underlying each posture is key in taijiquan. And yes, a martial art means there is striking. The level of intensity is up to you.
What are the benefits of practicing taijiquan?
- Improved circulation, mobility and relief of physical tension.
- Cultivation of mind and body connection as well as calm focus.
- Martial applications help to develop strength, confidence and discipline.
A few personal benefits I’ve experienced:
- A steady center-of-gravity while putting on my pants.
- Staying balanced when the bus suddenly breaks or accelerates.
- After a few years, I could do the martial version of the Beyoncé squat.
ABOUT CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
What do we do in class?
Can I drop-in on the weekly class?
Yes, drop-in students will benefit from the Silk-Reeling Exercises that is the first half of each class. I also teach the Lao Jia Yilu "First Form" in sequence, so a student who attends class on a drop-in basis may start the class "mid-form." I typically review a section of 2-4 postures in each class, and I recommend less emphasis on "memorizing" the form, and instead focusing on learning each of the postures well - that's where the fun is!
How long does it take to learn the form?
The Lao Jia Yilu form is 75 postures. In a weekly class, learning the entire form can take 14 - 18 months – but this also depends on the student's own pace.
What if I am interested, but I can’t attend or aren’t yet ready to commit to the class?
I am open to teaching group workshops and private/semi-private lessons depending on availability and location. If you are interested in a customized program in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact me with your location, number of participants, and interest or reasons in seeking out taiji.