About Our Tai Chi Classes
At Jian Taiji we like to keep our classes informal and relaxed to make the learning experience more enjoyable.
We do not require elaborate titles but we do start and end each Tai Chi class with the Taiji Salute which signifies mutual respect among peers learning together in friendship.
We explain all the exercises we do as well as answer any questions to aid understanding. We ensure we give individual instruction and adjustments along with general class descriptions.
We emphasise the foundation Taiji principles to enable students to gain skills with substance (gongfu) and not just an empty lifeless "dance", so we encourage students to practise between classes to reinforce their learning. Help is available with the free videos provided here and optional books/DVD's on sale here
There are no contracts or membership fees but we offer reduced class prices if you commit to regular attendance and pay monthly.
We want to make sure everyone feels comfortable and can get the most out of every class, so here are some common sense guidelines for class behaviour -
- Please try to arrive a few minutes before the class start time, but if you are delayed please enter quietly so disruption for others is kept to a minimum
- Please do not eat or chew during class - not only is this a potential choking risk but it stops you from relaxing
- Please be considerate of those stood near you and try not to block each others view
- Please remember loose lips and concentration slips - chatting during explanations/Q & A is a learning opportunity missed for both you and those around you
So basically the overall message is to please treat the class environment and other students with the respect and courtesy that you would like for yourself
Chen Family Code of Ethics
For those more traditionally minded, here are the traditional Chen family Taijiquan Rules and Codes of Ethics.
As these are all good attributes to aspire to, please feel free to follow these as well...
Twelve Core Tenets
Twenty "Do Nots"
- Do not bully others with power
- Do not fear the powerful and bully the weak
- Do not fear danger and do help others in danger
- Do not engage in unethical actions
- Do not take advantage of the opposite sex
- Do not boast
- Do not perform for profit in the streets
- Do not organise or join gangs
- Do not waste or wander around
- Do not self gloat
- Do not compete with rascals
- Do not argue with the ignorant
- Do not be snobby
- Do not take unjustified wealth
- Do not over indulge in alcohol or sex
- Do not dishonour personal or public debt
- Do not profit by sacrificing public interest
- Do not long for high official ranking and incentives
- Do not betray your country
- Do not reliquish your practice
Twelve Forbidden Behaviours
- Evil behaviour
- Unethical behaviour
- Rascal behaviour
- Cunning behaviour
- Over Indulging behavior
- Cheating behaviour
- Arrogant behaviour
- Despicable behaviour
- Deceiving behaviour
- Dishonest behaviour
- Gloating behaviour
- Vicious behaviour