Q: What do you learn in a Tai Chi class? A: Quite simply, you learn to move in a balanced way.
Q: How does it make you healthier? A: Tai Chi has the same effect on the body as a quality acupuncture treatment. In fact the methodology of TaI Chi dovetails with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its overall theory of medicine and general health.
Q: Is Tai Chi a Martial Art? A: Yes, but you wouldn't know it. Tai Chi looks more like an ancient dance than a form of self defense. Its graceful composure and methodical pace lend a powerful meditative component to even everyday tasks like bringing in the groceries.
Q: Is it difficult to learn? A: No, each task is relatively easy.
Q: How fast can I expect to pick this up? A: While you can learn an endless number of subtleties within a Tai Chi movement, you start off with 4 simple hand movements and 3 basic stepping patterns.
Q: I hear folks who practice Tai Chi talking about "forms" and "styles", what do those terms mean? A: 24, 37, 48 or 108 indicate the number of moves. "Form" indicates that the movements occur in a particular stylized sequence. Therefore, the "24 form" means that there are 24 distinct movements within a Tai Chi sequence. A "style" refers to the historical person that developed a particular approach to Tai Chi. North Country Tai Chi teaches a style developed by a Chinese gentleman named Yang Lu-ch'an.
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