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Is tai chi suitable for me?

We receive a lot of e-mails from people who ask if tai chi is suitable for them. This is a rather tricky question...
We have never met the inquirer. We know nothing about them. We don't know what their tastes, expectations, requirements, personality is like...
We don't really know what they are looking for.

Does tai chi involve physical contact?

Yes it does. Newcastle Tai Chi aims to provide an authentic tai chi experience. Pushing hands (and other forms of partner work) requires you to touch other students.
If you are not comfortable with physical contact, we recommend that you consider an alternative form of exercise.

One of my first teachers told me something that I didn't really understand until I got a little older - that there's a human need to have contact with other humans. It's a human bonding type of thing. Guys like to box around with each other, kids like to wrestle around - you don't get that with a lot of other activities. Even if you found something that was mentally challenging and physically challenging, would it involve another person, or contact with another person? Even if you played tennis there's not that physical contact. A lot of people, boys especially, like contact sports. It's a primal urge. Martial arts give you an outlet where you get that kind of contact without actually having to hurt anybody.

I've heard thousands of people say this over the years. They come to work out, they train hard and they spar and even if they've been banged up a little bit, when they leave they always say, "I feel better than I did when I came in." Whereas a person who didn't understand that would go, "You just got your ass kicked, what do mean you feel better?" You've gotten that contact and it's a good outlet. Martial arts always has that.

(Tim Cartmell)

Is tai chi suitable for my medical condition?

If you have any medical questions, your doctor is the person to speak to. A tai chi teacher is not qualified (or permitted) to give advice on your unique medical condition. Go see your doctor.
It is up to you to determine whether or not you think tai chi is suitable for you. And to manage your own medical condition both in and out of class.

Do you teach classes for the elderly?

Some tai chi classes have specialist areas of tuition e.g. t
ai chi for the elderly, tai chi in a chair, tai chi for children, tai chi for people with mental health issues or tai chi as performance art.
These are not areas that we
specialise in.

What do we specialise in?

Rachel specialises in teaching qigong and tai chi. Tai chi involves simple movements, mild stretches and cooperative partner work. The onus is upon relaxation, balance, good poise and coordination.
Students learn how to move their body in a healthy, comfortable way without the risk of injury.

Sifu Waller teaches martial arts classes that explore: taijiquan, biomechanics, neigong, jing, chin na, shuai jiao and self defence. He specialises in teaching Classical Yang style taijiquan.
This is a very old style of kung fu. Authenticity is our primary goal; we teach a pragmatic, functional martial art.

Research could save you time & money

A would-be student should take the time to learn a little more about what the class is offering before attending any sessions. Do a little research.
In the case of Newcastle Tai Chi, why not read this website a little? The time spent could be worthwhile.

Do you have any questions?

If you cannot find the answer on the website, just e-mail your questions and we will endeavour to answer.

Further reading

Yang style
Taijiquan fighting method
Preventative healthcare
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Page created 18 April 2005
Last updated
9 December 2012