Frequently Asked Questions

Chee Soo taught Tai Chi in South Wales.

General Questions

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and internal style exercise that incorporates slow, fluid movements, deep breathing, and meditation.

What are the benefits of Tai Chi?

Tai Chi can enhance balance, flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular health while reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Is Tai Chi a martial art or meditation?

Tai Chi is both a martial art and meditation, with some instructors focusing on self-defense and others on health and wellness.

How does Tai Chi differ from other exercises?

Tai Chi is a low-impact, low-intensity exercise that is gentle on joints and suitable for all genders, ages, and fitness levels. It emphasizes meditation, relaxation, and fluid movements while cultivating Qi or life force, unlike external styles that focus on physical strength and muscle development.

Tai Chi Practice

What is needed to begin Tai Chi?

All you need is comfortable clothing and enough space to move around. Practicing barefoot or wearing soft-soled shoes is up to personal preference.

How often should Tai Chi be practiced?

For best results, practice Tai Chi at least two to three times a week. However, even once a week can provide benefits. In China, many practice Tai Chi daily before work.

Should I warm up before Tai Chi?

Warming up before Tai Chi is recommended to prevent injury and improve performance. Light stretching, walking, or gentle exercises along with deep breathing and Qigong can help prepare your body and open energy channels.

Can Tai Chi be practiced solo or with a partner?

Tai Chi can be practiced alone, following choreographed movements, or with a partner, focusing on martial arts techniques and self-defense strategies. A balanced emphasis on both forms and partner exercises is encouraged.

What should I wear for Tai Chi?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton. Tai Chi uniforms based on Chinese Mandarin style designs are also an option, suitable for beginners and advanced students alike.

Tai Chi Techniques

What are the fundamental Tai Chi movements?

Tai Chi movements stress natural movement, including an upright posture, relaxed shoulders, not overextending steps or locking joints, and avoiding overexertion. Movements are always circular.

How can I perform Tai Chi movements correctly?

Perform Tai Chi movements slowly, smoothly, and with intention, focusing on breathing, body alignment, and energy flow.

What is the proper Tai Chi breathing technique?

Deep, slow, and natural breathing is key, inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Breathe in during inward movements and out during outward movements.

How do I maintain balance during Tai Chi?

Focus on body alignment, keeping weight centered, and moving slowly and smoothly. Coordinate the upper and lower body and avoid leaning.

Tai Chi Styles

Which style is taught at Cardiff Tai Chi?

At Cardiff Tai Chi, we teach the Lee style, as taught by our teacher Chee Soo.

What are the various Tai Chi styles?

Tai Chi styles include traditional family styles, modern composite styles, and various variants designed by individual teachers. Some styles emphasize order and regimented techniques, while others are more free-style or incorporate both elements.

What characterizes each Tai Chi style?

  • Yang: gentle, flowing, with large stances and leaning
  • Chen: explosive, vigorous, akin to Shaolin kung fu
  • Wu: gentle, compact, with smaller stances
  • Sun: light and agile
  • Hao: fast and compact
  • Lee: a balance between Yin and Yang
How do I select the right Tai Chi style?

Choose a Tai Chi style based on your goals, physical abilities, and preferences. Experiment with different styles to find one that resonates.

Tai Chi Instructors

Is a Tai Chi instructor necessary for learning?


How do I find a qualified Tai Chi instructor?

Join our Tai Chi club, there’s a well qualified instructor who runs the show. For those living outside Cardiff, visit our Association’s website.

What should I look for in a Tai Chi instructor?

Seek instructors who have completed a formal training program, have teaching experience, and possess knowledge of Tai Chi principles and techniques. It is also important to find an instructor whose teaching style resonates with you.


Tai Chi is a wonderful practice for physical and mental health that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. With proper guidance and consistent practice, you can experience numerous benefits, such as improved balance, flexibility, strength, and mental well-being. When taught correctly, Tai Chi also serves as an ancient and powerful form of self-defense training, increasing your chances of survival if attacked, even from the first lesson.






One response to “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. AMANDA Jones avatar
    AMANDA Jones

    Do you have classes in Cardiff for beginners? When and where are they held? My physiotherapist has suggested that Tai Chi may help me.

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