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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!