Taichi-Related Questions

How effective is taichi?
What are health benefits of taichi and qigong?
Should I visualize while practicing taichi?
Is taichi good for kids?
Am I too old to practice taichi or qigong?
Is there risk of injury associated with taichi?
What are the criteria for intermediate training?
Do taichi practitioners spar?
What is push-hands and how/when is it practiced?
Where are taichi classes held?
Why are exact class locations not listed?


How effective is taichi?

Taichi is very effective for calming the mind, overcoming health issues, preserving health and cultivating an internal power that strengthens even into old age.  As a self-defense-training tool, taichi provides results more gradually than external martial arts. In my experience, taichi is highly effective in situations where you are surprised by a need to defend: the well-trained practitioner will naturally respond to potential danger in favorable ways.


What are health benefits of taichi and qigong?

Taichi and qigong will benefit the health of anyone who practices them well.  I have witnessed people overcome chronically runny noses, heal bone and joints that had previously kept getting re-injured, and it is very common for weakened, stressed or chronically tired people to experience dramatic improvements in health and functioning through practicing taichi well.  WebMD.com sites empirical research that supports assertions that taichi and qigong will provide benefit relating to the following topics:

  • Balance Issues
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Issues
  • Shingles
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Immune System
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Fibromyalgia

Taichi is also very effective for helping people to overcome stress and stress-related issues. Considering how many common health issues are made worse with stress, this is reason to trust that taichi will provide significant degrees of relief or improvement for these issues.


Should I visualize while practicing taichi?

No.  Look far and wide while practicing.


Is taichi good for kids?

All sorts of exercise is good for kids, but kids may benefit more from externally strenuous exercises like Shaoling Long Fist, Karate, Ju Jujutsu or Soccer.

A 24 year-old who has done this kind of strenuous exercise consistently may be in the most ideal condition for beginning taichi training.


Am I too old to practice taichi or qigong?

No. You are at the right age as long as you can walk normally.


Is there risk of injury associated with taichi?

Taichi is among the safest activities to engage in and definitely the safest and most health-promoting martial arts there is. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Practicing any exercise incorrectly or without proper care can result in injury (similar to the risk of knee hyper-extension that yoga practitioners should take care to avoid).
  • While practicing taichi in the cold is very beneficial, it is important to dress warmly.
  • Slips and falls happen, regardless of the activity.  Show up taking full responsibility for your well-being.
  • Some interested students involve light sparring in their training.  Do so wearing mouth-guards, cups, shin-pads and gloves, taking full responsibility for your own well-being.
  • Be familiar with the guidelines for proper training in taichichuan.


What are the criteria for intermediate training?

Intermediate training is for people who meet the following two conditions:

  1. You are ready to learn the classical form of taichi (you have a reasonable degree of strength, flexibility and coordination that can develop through significant practice in other forms of taichi, other martial arts or other activities like dance or gymnastics).
  2. You have established yourself as a serious practitioner.


Do taichi practitioners spar?

Sparring tends not to be the main focus of taichi practitioners, but sparring can be a part of the warm up for willing, responsible and able-bodied students.  Having some experience getting hit and working to overcome a live opponent may help you develop some further self-defense perspective from your taichi training.


What is push-hands and how/when is it practiced?

Push-hands helps you develop sensitivity and is best practiced gently, slowly and methodically when you have already experienced some development through taichi and zhanzhuang practice. In my opinion, the kind of free-form push-hands contest that tends to occur in Beijing parks (or Pease Park in Austin) is beneficial to practice on occasion. Your ability to push people over develops more through proper taichi and zhanzhuang practice than it does through practicing pushing people over.


Where are taichi classes held?

Classes are held in Central Austin on Monday and Thursday mornings and in Northwest Austin the other mornings.  Click here for the weekly taichi class schedule and contact me for specific locations.


Why are exact class locations not listed?

I want to get an initial sense by speaking or emailing that there is a good fit before you come check out the training.  The only potential disqualifiers are extremely poor physical condition or incompatible attitudes.


How effective is taichi?
What are health benefits of taichi and qigong?
Should I visualize while practicing taichi?
Is taichi good for kids?
Am I too old to practice taichi or qigong?
Is there risk of injury associated with taichi?
What are the criteria for intermediate training?
Do taichi practitioners spar?
What is push-hands and how/when is it practiced?
Where are taichi classes held?
Why are exact class locations not listed?

Call 512.791.3296 or click here to request any additional information or to inquire about exact locations for taichi classes.

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