FAQ

I want to learn Qigong. How do I start?
Weekly Qigong classes at the Regent Centre, 150 Locke St. South, are always open to beginners. Go here to view the list of classes. I also offer occasional Sunday workshops, some of which are open to beginners. Go here to view the list of upcoming workshops. To attend a class, simply come on the day of. To attend a workshop, contact me and let me know you'll be coming, so you'll know there's space for you.

I want to learn Tai Chi. How do I start?
Tai Chi requires a regular commitment to learn. I run a course called Tai Chi for Beginners. Check the Tai Chi for Beginners page for the next start date, or contact me by phone or email.

What is Tai Chi?
An old Chinese method of exercise and meditation that is also a martial art. Learn more here.

What is Qigong? 
An even older Chinese method of exercise and meditation that is not a martial art. Learn more here.

Should I do Tai Chi or Qigong?
Yes. If you want to choose one or the other, learn the difference here.

Wait. Why do I want to do any of this?
Lots of reasons.

Tai Chi isn't really a martial art.
That's not a question, and yes it is.

Why do you move so slowly when you practice Tai Chi or Qigong?
So we can really relax for real. 

Where are you located?
Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke Street South in Hamilton, Ontario. If you are driving, there is metered parking behind Starbucks (next door to the Regent Centre) or reasonably priced street parking; free street parking is tricky to get but can be found in the streets surrounding the centre. 

What do I wear to class?
Comfortable clothes you can bend and stretch in. Basically, what you would wear for any workout. Shoes are optional, but running shoes or training shoes that you would wear to the gym are good. The Regent Centre studio policy is no outside / street shoes, so bring a pair you can change into if you want to work out in shoes.

How much do you charge?
A very reasonable amount.

Do you have special rates for seniors, students, and people on ODSP?
All of these situations are covered by extremely reasonable monthly rates. If you pay a monthly fee, you have access to as many classes as you are able to attend in a month. Monthly fees are payable at the beginning of each month. View the class schedule and fees list here. Workshops are a separate fee.

Do I need to contact you before I join?
No, but it's nice. If you've found a class time that works for you and you want to drop by to check it out without getting in touch first, feel free. If you want to attend a workshop, please let me know ahead of time.

I am dealing with pain, an injury, or other physical limitation. Can I still do Tai Chi or Qigong?
This post is about Tai Chi and physical limits, but it applies to Qigong too. If you're worried about how your body is going to take Tai Chi or Qigong practice, and especially if you have balance issues or trouble standing on one foot, start with Qigong. If that sits well with you, then give Tai Chi a shot. Unless you're fierce and refuse to be intimidated. In that case, dive into Tai Chi or both.

I am dealing with serious illness. Can I still do Tai Chi or Qigong?
In my opinion, you not only can do Tai Chi or Qigong, but you need them more than most people. I think it is possible to rehabilitate, but it does require serious commitment. This series of posts on Tai Chi and Qigong for health recovery is for you.

Are Tai Chi and Qigong Related to Taoism?
Yes. This is how I understand the relationship.

My Mom / Dad / older person of my acquaintance needs to exercise, and I heard Tai Chi or Qigong is good for seniors. Can they attend your classes?
Absolutely they can, but if they haven't asked you to contact me or research this on their behalf, chances are they won't want to. My best suggestion for a reluctant exerciser of any age is that you offer to attend classes with them, and make it an experience that you can enjoy together. They *might* figure out that they like it, or they *might* attend because they enjoy spending time with you. However, Tai Chi and Qigong take a lot of effort and commitment to learn. Someone who doesn't really want to do it is highly unlikely to agree to come to class or continue attending. 

Last updated 17 January 2015

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