“Tai chi quan is an art where power hides in movement like a needle hidden in cotton”
–Yang Cheng Fu
My journey with tai chi started in 2009. Tai chi, qigong and yigong bring good balance to a busy life and they support my work as an artist. Ideas come and problems are solved with ease while practising tai chi, as it opens the mind and relaxes body from tension, helping the energy and the mind to flow more freely.
My tai chi instructor since 2009 is Mika Määttänen, and in 2012 I started my annual private classes with Mr. Chu King Hung. That same year I started to teach tai chi in Savo, my home region in Finland.
Tai chi is silent music and you are the instrument. Step by step you learn how to play more beautifully and fluently. Tai chi is my lifestyle and a way for me to observe the environment. It has strengthened my body, cleared my mind and made me more flexible. I want to spread the goodness of this art to so many people as possible, and to get people to see how important it is for everyone to learn tai chi. As a teacher I’m demanding but casual, and I look at every disciple as an individual.
More about the tai chi family ITCCA: International Tai Chi Chuan Association
Introductory courses start twice a year in Mikkeli, Kuopio and Jyväskylä, where I teach. Courses start in September and January. If you have any questions about the beginners classes in these cities I teach in, please write me an email or call me: firstname.lastname@example.org / 050 343 8373
”The one who does tai chi will be as flexible as a child, as strong as a woodcutter and as calm as a sage.”
Welcome to the tai chi family! Here I have collected some notions from my own experience that might help you during your first steps on your tai chi path.
Seven tips for class
- The more you practise the form independently during the class, the more the teacher has chances to correct your form. Doing so, you also learn more every time.
- If you come late to class, take others into consideration and enter quietly, take your place and remember to bow. The bow helps you to concentrate on the exercise.
- Respect the art and be grateful for the privilege to learn this original Yang style. For centuries it has been a private art handed down within one family. It is incredible how the tradition has remained intact from master to master, and now we have a possibility to learn it.
- -Don’t be in a hurry during the tests; give time to you and your partner. You are each other’s opponents, both the tester and one being tested. Change partners and you might learn something new again!
- Intensive courses are a good bonus to weekly lessons; genuine realizations need longer practise and learning goes deeper during retreats.
- By giving time for tai chi, you invest in yourself.
- If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Be satisfied even if you don’t get an answer.
Seven tips for home
- Think what is the best time to train for you, and give yourself that time. It is easier to learn new during class when you have already taken in the earlier by yourself.
- Even a narrow space is enough, you can move a bit when doing the form if you run out of space for the steps. We live spaciously here in Finland, so lack of space is just an excuse for not to practise. Couple of square meters is enough, and you can always repeat some movements more, especially if it is a new step for you.
- It is good to repeat the Taoist warm up exercises even 20 times per move! Qikong works also well as a warm up. The heavier it feels in the beginning, the more you need it! So be patient, relax yourself and check your posture. A mirror is a good tool to see if your back is straight and arms where they should.
- Right away after coming home after class, repeat form or at least the new movements, so you will remember them the next day. It is good to write notes, too.
- Don’t be afraid of mistakes, they are essential to learning. If you are unsure about a move at home, write it down and ask the teacher during your next class. That way you also help others: there might be someone who has pondered the same thing, but has already forgotten about it.
- By giving time for tai chi, you invest in yourself
- You make not only yourself, but also others around you happy when you train!