We teach inside Wudang Kung Fu Academy located at 518 Boston Post Rd in Orange, CT, in the same plaza as Applebee's.
Can I visit to watch or try a class?
You are welcome to visit to watch or try a class whenever our classes are in session. Visit our Class Schedule and Fees page to find our class schedule. All trial classes are free of charge.
What should I wear to class?
Wear loose, comfortable clothes that will allow you free movement in comfort. Tai chi must be practiced with your body relaxed. Loose clothes is much more conducive to being able to relax your body than tight fitted clothing. We do not allow street shoes on the training carpet. You can bring indoor shoes for practice or just remove your shoes and practice in socks / barefoot.
I am new to tai chi. Do you have beginner classes?
Beginners are always welcomed in our school. Every advanced tai chi practitioner started out as a beginner student. Our system of instruction ensures every beginner student receives individualized instruction learning the building blocks of tai chi. Beginner classes are offered four times throughout the week. Visit our Class Schedule and Fees page to see the schedule.
Do I need to be physically fit to learn to tai chi?
Tai chi can be practiced by people of all fitness abilities. It can be practiced in higher stances with smaller movements for those who need to build strength. It can be practiced in lower stances with fuller movements for those who are in strong physical condition. Tai chi principles are the same whether you practice in high stance or low stance.
I am experienced with tai chi. What level will I start in at your school?
All new students start at the beginner level so our instructors can assess your tai chi fundamentals. If you display solid fundamentals and move with tai chi principles, then you will naturally progress the levels based on ability.
What do you emphasize at the school?
Our school's emphasis is teaching students authentic tai chi chuan (taijiquan), the internal martial art of using soft power to overcome hard power. The only way to fully learn this art is to have solid tai chi fundamentals which are learned through basic movements. Our school's emphasis is mastery of tai chi's basic movements and understanding how to move with tai chi principles. Students only start learning forms when they have proficiency in the basic movements. Tai chi forms performed without tai chi principles is a dance, not the martial art.
I learned a different style of tai chi. Will it be difficult to learn your style?
Tai chi is an ancient art with a long lineage and many different branches. However, the core principles of all tai chi are the same in all styles and all lineages. If you have grasped the core principles of tai chi in one style, learning the nuances of other styles will be much easier than learning tai chi as a new beginning student.
How long do I need to study basic movements before I start learning forms?
Every person's level of progression is unique. Some students are able to progress quickly and others need a longer time to master the fundamentals. On average, beginner students should be ready to learn the 10 Form in their 3rd session. Students who take classes only once a week and are not able to practice outside of class may experience slower progression.
Do you still teach wushu /kung fu, bagua, xingyi, or qigong?
We are currently only teaching tai chi in our curriculum. Wushu / kung fu is taught at the Wudang Kung Fu Academy. They have their class schedule on their website. Aiping Tai Chi Center. Bagua and xingyi are permanently off the curriculum. We may add Qigong and Sun Style Tai Chi back into our curriculum at a future date. You can sign up to be on our mailing list to get notified if we add offerings to our curriculum.
How do I register for classes?
Fill out our registration form. Come try a class for free and see how you like it. We would love to meet you and teach you this wonderful ancient art of tai chi.
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