Frequently Asked Questions

What is the “long form”?         

The long form is a choreographed set of movements, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. This is how a person develops posture, balance, and structure.

What is a typical class like?

It begins with a few minutes of standing meditation followed by some warm-up and stretching exercises.  Attention is given to specific postures and principles.  Individuals then work one-on-one with Tom on whatever movement they have progressed to in the form or the partner work.  The class then does the form in unison. 

How long are the sessions?

The class will last 60-90 minutes depending on how far the student has advanced.

How big are the classes?

The class is limited to 4 students. I believe in significant individual attention. Most classes are private

What should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing that allows deep breaths.  Wear comfortable flat shoes such as tennis shoes or come barefoot if the weather permits. 

Are classes in a series or a set? When can I start?

You can start any time. I teach on a very individual basis.  You can start anytime. Please call before your first lesson as there are occasional temporary changes in schedule for special events or bad weather.

What if I miss a class?

T’ai Chi is an ongoing process, with each person progressing at their own rate.  At the next class you attend, you can proceed to the next step. Perfect attendance is not required.

How do I start?

To sign up, contact Tom at (408) 857-3438

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