Induction for new students

Welcome to Tai Ji Circle’s courses and classes

This was written pre-Covid-19, now we have the new advanced booking and payment system so that we can avoid taking cash and people dropping in without booking in advance.

Membership or Non-Membership Forms
All new students are required to fill out a Non-Membership form (unless becoming a member) with their details and sign the release before they begin class. Not currently in use

Class Register
Please sign your name when you first arrive at class in venue – bring your own pen

Class Passes
If you enrol for our Foundation course or classes and you buy a pass, you will have a number of classes to use up during the term, you can keep track of this through the new booking system.

Currently September 2020 we do not have the old style register to tick off your classes.

There is a kitchen at St Paul’s venue where it is easy to make a hot drink and warm food in the microwave if you find yourself there for several hours on a Sunday or Thursday evening. (please do not go into the kitchen a member of staff can bring you hot water – September 2020)

Qi Gong Classes
We ask especially that you don’t enter the room once a Qi Gong class has begin, until it has finished, as it is very disturbing to have interuption and external noise during the class.

Class Rules
• We would expect that all our students would treat each other and the teachers with friendliness, respect and politeness at all times.
• Please arrive on time for class to sign the register
• If you come early into a tai chi class, please sign the register and wait quietly, stretching or doing standing practice, but please do not talk loudly to others.
• Before or after classes, please do not practice or show other types of martial art as this indicates lack of respect for Shifu Liu.
• If you are working with a partner in Push Hands or Applications please be extremely careful and do not cause any injury or bruising to your partner, and ONLY practice techniques that Shifu Liu is teaching No push hands/applications classes – September 2020
• At the end of class please bow to the teacher to show respect and thanks

“Push hands is like practicing form with a partner, the purpose is to correct body structure and discover body mechanism, not to win the game. If we start to use force just to win the game, we can only make it worse for our practice.”
Chen Xiao Wang

Chen Taijiquan’s Code of Conduct

Clothes and shoes
Shifu Liu asks that all students come to class wearing tai chi clothes or comfortable loose clothes, with layers to remove if you get hot, and a clean ‘t’ shirt if you do gong fu and sweat a lot. Flat, soft shoes are most comfortable, they should not be worn outside, to keep the floor clean. Tight leggings/jeans maybe ok for yoga but are inappropriate for tai ji practice, as it is important for the air to circulate and enable the skin’s pores to open and breathe and for the body to relax correctly. In the winter months the halls may be chilly so come prepared with extra layers.