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We have classes located throughout Melbourne, Shepparton and Tasmania. For more details please go to our classes page.
Our class curriculum follows the school terms ie. 4 x 10 week terms per year. We have a beginner's class commencing at all of our venues at the start of each school term. The school terms usually start around the end of January, mid-April, mid-July and early October. You may start half way through a term if necessary.
Our public classes are based on 10x1 hour classes plus a 2 hour park session (weather permitting) per term. Our term fees are $160.00 ($150 concession).
For concession, you will need to have one of the following cards:
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes such as tennis shoes or slip-ons. It is not advisable to wear cross-trainers as they interfere with your balance. While Tai Chi can be performed with bare feet, we strongly recommend that you do not have bare feet in class due to the risk of injury. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, it is also considered unwise to get cold feet, so bare feet in Winter is not recommended even at home.
No one can know whether they will like Tai Chi until they try it. Tai Chi Australia offers a free introductory class for all Beginners to see if they like it. If you find that Tai Chi is not for you, you are under no obligation and it has cost you nothing. If you enjoy your first class you may sign up for the first term.
If you miss a class, you may attend any other class during that week or the following week at no extra cost. For details of the beginners classes please go to our beginners classes page. If you know you are going to be away for a couple of weeks, please discuss your progress with your instructor.
Yes, you are more than welcome to attend as many classes as you wish. Each additional class you attend will cost $50 per term or $8 per class.
We usually find that you cannot retain any more information than is learnt in a one hour class. The key to your improvement is the amount of time you practice what you learn. We strongly recommend that you set aside as much time as possible during the week to practice what you have learnt. The more you practice, the more you will benefit from Tai Chi.
Most people in China practice in the early morning as it increases your energy levels, prepares your body and mind for the day and cleanses your internal organs. The ideal amount of time to set aside would be one hour per day. However, we often have limited time and opportunity to practice so do your practice whenever you can and for however long or short a period of time as you can find without getting stressed. It is better that you enjoy five minutes practice than worry about trying to find an hour in a very busy day.
At Tai Chi Australia all of our instructors have been accredited by the Beijing Sport University. This means they have undertaken Risk Management, Sports Psychology, Sports Physiology and First Aid Training. They attend the weekly training with Master Han Jin Song and also participate in the workshops/seminars once or twice a year with Professors/Grand Masters from China. In addition, all of Tai Chi Australia's instructors have Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance should an accident happen. In other words, you are being cared for by professionals with your best interests at heart.
Qigong increases vitality, impacts positively to improve medical conditions and in this way will improve and prolong the quality of life. Health Qigong is taught at Tai Chi Australia and you can read more about it here or contact Tai Chi Australia.
On 28 of March 2009, Tai Chi Australia’s Chief Instructor, Master Han Jin Song, was initiated as one of Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang disciples. Chen Tai Chi is one of the styles taught at Tai Chi Australia.