1) Is it Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan?
On mainland China, Taiji (or Taijiquan) is the accepted translation style, known as pinyin.
Tai Chi (or T'ai Chi Ch'uan) is the Wade-Giles method of translation, developed by two men (Wade and Giles).
Both are acceptable but we favor Taiji throughout our site as a more traditional translation.
2) What is the age of the target group?
Any age group is welcome in our organization. Most children, however, find Taijiquan boring because of the slow pace of the movements.
3) What is the preferred attire for the class?
Loose clothing so you have freedom of movement. Flat, soft soled shoes. No hard dress shoes or shoes with high heels. Avoid athletic shoes (running shoes) that have thick support under the heels. They throw the body weight forward and can affect your balance when standing on one leg.
4) What is the practice schedule?
We offer several classes throughout the week. Check our schedule here.
5) What are the practice sessions like?
Session will begin with warm up exercises (15 to 20 min minutes). Warm-up exercises can be led by different members. Next, Gary Yuen will teach fundamental movements and explain self-defense applications. He will lead the group in exercises to develop these movements. Following, Gary will teach the Yang style Taiji short form . Each week new movements will be Focused on. The movements often will be introduced as an exercise in the preceding part of the class. Finally, members can practice on their own during the remaining time, while Gary leads instruction in Push Hands or the Taiji sword form. Beginners are welcome but the workout is not fromally organized as a class.
6) How much are the fees for the class?
The classes are free.
7) Can students start at any time, or is it a block or a series of classes?
Students can start at any time. Think of this class being the start of a life-long learning experience.
8) Are there any experiences requested for the class?
No, members at all levels of experience with Taijiquan are welcome. Members with prior experience are encouraged to share their knowledge.