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5 Principles to Find a Good Tai Chi Teacher

A good teacher is invaluable in pursuit of your discipline. If you find the right teacher, you will develop a relationship that can last years, providing you a solid foundation and guide you in the right direction even after you have gone on your own. But determining whether someone you've met is a good teacher is not always easy.

In the realm of Tai Chi, I often tell people to find the teacher that is right for you. It is an important relationship, and you should feel comfortable with your teacher. You should not be afraid to ask questions about the teacher's own experience and lineage, and they should have no qualms answering you candidly. However, there are certain principles that will help you identify a proper Tai Chi teacher.

1. The teacher should appear healthy and calm. Tai Chi, when done properly, increases one's life force.
2. They should have a good posture, not a hunch-back or strange gait.
3. They should be able to trace their Tai Chi lineage back to one of the historic families.
4. They should have knowledge of push hands and the fundamentals of the martial aspect of the art.
5. They should have many years of experience.

Beware of cults, and pretenders. There is a very deep transmission involved in learning the art. Though there are many more teachers now than in the past, there are also many more who lack the qualifications to truly teach the art.

Good luck and good health in your search!

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  1. I was just reading in the magaizne, taste for life , March 2013 and article of interest to tai chi practitioners. The article on page 46, states, A healthy diet and plenty of exercise go hand in hand in helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive decline as we age. If you’re looking for a good exercise option, consider tai chi. Researchers found increases in brain volume and improvements on test of memory and thinking in older adults who practiced tai ch three times a week. Studies have shown that dementia and the gradual cognitive decline that precedes it are linked to shrinkage of the brain as nerve cells and their connections are lost. Speaking from personal experience and as a senior citizen, tai chi has improved my quality of life.

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