Where are classes held/How much do they cost?

Please refer to the classes page for the class details and their costs (there are google map links). IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST SESSION, IT WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE!

I've never done Tai Chi before, can I come?

Beginners are very welcome at all classes; there will always be people willing to teach you and there will be plenty to learn.  There is no need to register and you are always welcome to bring friends.  You don't need to inform anyone that you're coming to any of the classes, but feel free to e-mail any of the committee if you have a question.

I've done Tai Chi for ages, what can these classes offer me?

Dave's classes incorporate a very significant amount of practical application which is not common in most other Tai Chi classes.  For those who have used Tai Chi practically before, it will be a great opportunity learn from (or challenge if you dare) a three time British Heavyweight Pushing Hands Champion and International Heavyweight Pushing Hands Champion.

I used to do another martial art. Is it alright for me to attend these classes?  

By all means! Every year we have students came from other martial art backgrounds and you should not be deterred at all in joining our classes.

Who teaches the classes?

All classes are taught by Dave Baker, who is registered with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain (T.C.U.G.B.) and has been teaching Taijiquan in Oxford for nearly 20 years. He was British Heavyweight Pushing Hands champion in 1990, 1991 and 1992. In 1991 he won the International Heavyweight Pushing hands Championship in Hong Kong, and has since trained many other champions, including British San Shou champions. Dave teaches public classes, the University Association and gives personal training. Dave's phone number is (01865) 724669, and he is very happy to answer any questions. You can also email him.

What should I wear/bring with me?

It's generally advisable to wear loose/sports type clothing and to bring a bottle of water. It is a good idea to cut your fingernails, and avoid wearing jewellery because of the grappling training.

If you're going to the (public) martial classes and want to take part in the more physical things (like wrestling or sparring), you'll also need a mouthguard - but if you don't bring one, you'll still be able to take part in the majority of activities.

Do I have to come to every class?

Each class is independent of the other, so missing a class won't put you at a disadvantage. Also, you pay per class, so you only pay for the ones you come along to. Obviously, the more you come to, the faster you'll improve. Similarly, you'll get more benefit if you come to both martial and form classes, but if you find you're more interested in one or the other, it's okay just to come to those classes.

How strenuous are your classes?

Tai Chi is as intensive and strenuous as you want it to be.  For example, maintaining a lower stance in general, you work your legs more.  Whilst this would be more strenuous, you stand to gain more from the classes.

Isn't Tai Chi for old people?

Come along to one of the martial classes and see if you still think that!

Do I have to participate in martial practices?

Martial practice is an integral part of the class and helps to reinforce other techniques. Whilst we highly recommend you try it, if it isn't something you enjoy, no one will force you to do them, and you will still benefit immensely from the other exercises.

Oxford University Taijiquan Association

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