2008-9 Classes Underway

Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 5th, 2008 in Classes, News.

I have been walking around with a big smile on my face for the last two weeks. All eight students who completed last year’s Tai Chi for Beginners course have returned for the Tai Chi for Improvers course. I’ve really benefited from their help and support whilst working out the structure, content and pacing of the Beginners class, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the ten principles of our Tai Chi form together this academic year.

And if that wasn’t enough to smile about, the next Tai Chi for Beginners course has just kicked off too. Running on a Thursday evening down at the Barry Island Community Centre, I’ve been lucky see a great group of students enrol for this year’s course, and by the New Year we’ll be able to see who has decided that Tai Chi is for them. (Tai Chi classes in Adult Continuing Education understandably suffer quite the drop-out rate).

Now that the classes are back, I’ll be back regularly blogging about Tai Chi and my experiences teaching it. I hope someone finds it useful; I see so little written about teaching Tai Chi.


  1. Tess says:
    October 8th, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Glad to know your courses have started really well and I’ll be interested to hear how things progress.

    Our classes are also adult education at the local school so we’ll see how they pan out. The teacher has decided (thanks to the school and finacial issues) to run this term with new students starting in the midst of the form and ‘catching up’ – not sure how this is going to work…

    PS, do you know a quick tip to check whether I _am_ actually standing at shoulder width or is it just a case of ‘when it feels right’?

  2. Stuart Herbert says:
    October 8th, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Tess,

    I’ve not had a lot of success so far with students joining partway through the form, tbh. It’ll be interesting to see how that pans out.

    Shoulder width apart is approximately the same as your shoe length … which also happens to be the same as the length of the inside of your forearm 🙂 If you stand shoulder width apart, bend your knees out just over your toes, relax the leg being lifted, and open the hips, you’ll find that your steps magically land in the right areas 🙂

    Best regards,