What should I wear to class?
Loose comfy clothing is best and flat soled shoes if possible - such as plimsols. Trainers tend to be too bulky for Tai Chi and make the foot unstable. Eventually you can purchase our uniform if you wish - your teacher can advise you about this.
What should I bring with me?
An open mind! Tai chi will almost certainly not be what you thought it would be. Everything that is taught in class is a piece of a much bigger picture which can take many years to reveal itself.
How much does it cost?
Class prices vary depending on the venue but it is usually between £5 and £7 for an hour to an hour and a quarter long class so contact the individual teacher to find out. A discount may apply for prepayment of a block of consecutive weeks.
Is there a membership fee?
There is an association annual membership fee of £25 per annum or £15 per annum retired (OAP) / unwaged student. This also includes your grading card if you wish to grade. Membership covers all EWTA classes so take your card along and try any class.
I have an injury/illness, can I still do Tai Chi?
Generally yes, but its sensible to discuss any new exercise regime with your doctor first. Its also good to make your teacher aware of any health complaints that may restrict your movements or medications you may need during a class or in an emergency. Our classes are not competitive and our teachers encourage you to work to your own ability so there is no pressure if you need to take a bit longer on some aspect of the training. We encourage you to relax into movements rather than forcing the body.
What fitness level is needed?
Some classes are more suited to beginners or older people whilst at other classes you will be expected to be able to sit cross-legged on the floor for short periods, touch your toes etc. Again, contact the individual teacher in your area to discuss with them whether or not they think their class will be accessible to you.
How do I become a Tai Chi teacher?
You need to have been training with the association for at least two years (maybe less if attending more than once a week) and have demonstrated a certain standard of Tai Chi. Currently the teacher training programme is £99 which includes all training manuals and the written and practical exam fees. Training can be completed with Mark Popplewell, Area Coach, on his Saturday Tai Chi courses in Thornhill and evening classes in Wakefield, for which the usual class training fees apply. The practical tests (8) and final written and practical exams are currently to be taken in Holme On Spalding Moor, or at any of the regional classes with chief instructor Howard Gibbon. A practical test is held at the end of each module. The final exams at the end of module 9 are held on specified dates. More info. contact Mark Popplewell.
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