Beginning your Tai Chi Journey
What to look for
When you are thinking of making the decision to start learning Tai Chi, there are a number of factors you might like to consider.
At Longwater Tai Chi we have classes to suit many interests and needs and they are often taught very differently from each other. Firstly you need to do a little research to find out what style of Tai Chi or type of class would suit you best, so have a good look around our website and contact us if you are still not sure or would prefer to talk through your options.
It may be that you don't actually need to join a class that is learning a traditional tai chi 'form', where you learn, practise and start to remember a set of sequential movements - perhaps you would be better off in one of our popular Tai Chi-Qigong exercise classes that is centred around copying gentle movements for health and wellbeing.
If you have limited movement or are recovering from injury or illness for instance, you possibly would not want to join a class which includes exploring the martial applications of tai chi (although this can be done and enjoyed in many ways and we have a number of students who took to this in their late 60s and beyond).
If you're the sort of person who likes a challenge that keeps the mind fully occupied, and you are willing to commit to a long term project, then one of our Tai Chi Chuan classes would suit you well; and you will of course also gain all the health benefits as you practice. These classes also progress to practising partner work, which is very useful for learning how to be mindful and relaxed through personal contact.
Finally don't be afraid to try several classes and teachers before you decide; it's not that a teacher may not be a good teacher, but simply that you don't resonate with them for some reason. Finding the right teacher and class is very important if you want to commit to a long term of study and benefit from what it has to offer.
What do I wear?
We do not use uniforms - most students prefer to wear comfortable clothes with a bit of stretch and practice with socks, flat shoes that don't tip you forward or bare feet. You mignt also want to bring a bottle of water.
Classes for Beginners
Here's a summary of our classes, courses and workshops that are suitable for new beginners. Please contact us for more details or to register interest. If the class is listed as a drop-in, you can do just that, you don't need to contact us first unless you would like a preliminary chat. If the subject that interests you is charged in blocks of classes you can generally arrange to try a class at a one-off rate.