Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you have classes?
Our classes are located on the Island of Montréal and on the South Shore. Workshops & seminars may be located elsewhere. Our affiliated groups are listed here: https://taichiclub.com/select-your-classes/affiliated-groups/
What is the class format?
The class begins with a warm up, then the form is taught. For a detailed description, please read here: POST FIRST CLASS
Can I start classes any time in the year?
Beginner classes are available in September, January and April.
How much does a Tai Chi Class cost?
It depends on where and how many classes. Please consult here: https://taichiclub.com/fees/ or contact the affiliated center you are interested in.
What should I wear for Tai Chi?
Loose and comfortable clothes. Shoes should have a thin flat sole if possible. Barefoot is not recommended. Bring water and towel.
What happens if I miss a class?
Please check with your instructor. Ideally, you may attend another class during the current session. If you will be leaving for a longer period of time, please advise instructor so that accommodations can be made.
What style of Tai Chi do you teach?
The traditional Yang style. It is made up of 38 poses and includes 108 movements (81 excluding repetitions). The Yang form is to be practiced slowly, between 22 and 30 minutes depending on the pace of the practitioner and/or the group, and on breathing rate.
This form is the foundation of all the other forms. Students of the Yang form learn the basic principles: how to position yourself, move, advance, pull back, maintain a straight and flexible posture, and increase your energy level.
I am currently suffering from (sickness, disability, etc.) can I do Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is for everyone, absolutely everyone! Let the instructor know before the class begins so that they can include variations that will benefit you.
How long will it take to learn Tai Chi?
Learning & practicing Tai Chi is like balancing a bank book. The more time you put in, the more benefits you will receive. There are no shortcuts.
How do I know if I will enjoy Tai Chi?
Until you take a class, you will not know. Check with the instructor to see if you can take a free introductory class.
How do I know if my instructor is good?
This is a difficult question to answer. Personally, I used my intuition. When I wanted to learn Tai Chi, I made a list of 10 schools. I went to each free introductory class. The class where I felt the best was with the Tai Chi Club. I have been a member ever since.
How does the classes are structured?
The Yan form as 3 parts. When the student has completed the beginner class, they can move on to the next part (2 and 3).
When the student has completed the part 3, he will know the complete sequence of the Yang form and then fully benefit from the teachings of form, understand the applications and principles. He can join the Ongoing classes that are design for students who wants playing the whole Tai Chi set and deepen their practice by revising the form, the principles, the body posture and the intent.
After mastering the Yang form, students can move to Tai Chi Club’s Advanced level where they will learn new forms and techniques such as Hao, Fast Tai Chi, Fa Jin; saber, sword, double sticks and push hands.
At which level should I start?
Students who are new to the Tai Chi Club must start with the Beginners classes.