About Beginning Classes
Our Tai Chi Elements class is a great place to start learning Tai Chi. Elements is an ongoing class and you can drop in at any time. It requires no previous experience. Elements provides students an immediate experience with the essence of Tai Chi and is the ideal preparation for continuing with Beginning Form. You can also start directly with Beginning Form classes without prior experience in Elements, even as we encourage people to try the art out in Elements first.
We run Beginning Form classes about 3 or 4 times a year: at the beginning of the year, in spring, and again in fall. Our next Beginning Form class will start after the New Year on Tue evenings from 7:00 - 8:00 in Boulder: starting Jan 22 and finishing Apr 30. Registration is now open for this class. It runs for 15 weeks and the cost is $150 for pre-registration. We also plan to start another Beginning Form class on Wed eves in Mar. This class will be in Hygiene. These classes usually fill up: pre-register now to reserve a space.
The Jan beginning class has now filled up. Please contact us if you’d like to be put on a waitlist in case space opens up.
Beginning Form classes run for 15 weeks, each class is one hour long. We begin by teaching the Five Animals Qigong set: this gives students an immediate basis to develop a personal practice. We then introduce the basic Form Sequences that are the building blocks for the tai chi form. (We also work with the Five Animals and Form Sequences in Tai Chi Elements. Students who are able to join Elements before Beginning Form will have the benefit of already being introduced to these exercises.) Once students have developed a personal practice and learned the building blocks, we connect those together and teach the remaining portions of the first section of the tai chi form.
The beginning section of the form is known as the First Third and is a standalone form that is a subset of the full 37-posture form. The First Third gives students a foundation for personal practice and exercises all the core tai chi principles. Once you have learned the First Third, you have a number of choices:
We try to follow Beginning Form classes with Intermediate Form in the same time and location: this lets students learn the rest of the form in a dedicated class with a format similar to Beginning Form.
We also offer Focus on Practice: a class that uses the First Third as the basis for a deeper study of tai chi principles and skills.
If you want to learn the full form and Intermediate Form doesn’t fit your schedule, you can join one of the ongoing Form Refinement classes where you’ll work both on core tai chi skills and learn the rest of the form, albeit in a less structured way than in an Intermediate Form Class.
(Check the Class Description page for information about any of these classes.)
(If you've already learned Tai Chi in the Cheng Manching or Yang traditions, contact us and we'll figure out what the appropriate class for you is. Some experienced students come directly into our Form Refinement classes while others find it best to start from the beginning.)
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, and flat shoes, socks, or barefoot; we like cotton tai chi slippers.
We offer refunds for per-registration payments for any reason up to two weeks before the class starts. After that, we will have made a commitment to rent the studio space and so we'll offer full or partial refunds as we're able. But, we can't guarantee a refund for cancellations made later than two weeks before the class starts since we have to cover rent and instructor fees. And if we need to delay, reschedule, or cancel the beginning session, we'll offer full refunds to anyone who can't make the new schedule or no longer wants to join.
Current beginning classes:
Next class: Jan 2019. Tue Eves. Starting Jan 22, ends Apr 30. (Boulder)
Later in 2019: Wed eve class in Mar (Hygiene), planned Thur eve class in the Fall (TBD).