Frequently Asked Questions
What does Tai Chi mean?
“Tai Chi” means “Supreme Ultimate”. This relates to the “Tao” or “Way of Nature”. The ancient Chinese endeavoured to live in harmony with nature to gain the full benefits of life. Tai Chi reflects this ideal. The full name “Tai Chi Chuan” translates as “Supreme Ultimate Fighting Art” This speaks for itself!
Who can do Tai Chi?
Any able bodied person can practice Tai Chi regardless of age or fitness level. Often seen as merely “gentle exercise for old people”, anyone can benefit from the art. The seemingly gentle, graceful movements can be deceptively demanding, and the better you get at controlling the body the more you exercise muscles you didn’t know you had! However, Tai Chi is relatively easy on the joints, and many conditions that would restrict someone in most exercise can actually be improved by Tai Chi.
How often should I practice?
Can I get hurt?
Because Tai Chi is mainly slow and controlled, the risk of injury is very small. As with other exercise, the body may ache a little afterwards as the muscles develop. The self-defence side of the art (which is not compulsory) is relatively more controlled than in other martial arts, and injury is very rare. We work cooperatively in order to help each other progress with our practice.