Frequently Asked Questions


Q - What is Tai Chi?

A -  Tai Chi is a thousand year old Chinese Martial Art that is primarily practiced for health,

improved balance, strength, confidence, increased energy and stamina.  Meditation and

deep diaphragmaticbreathing increases vitality and concentration, and reduces tension

and stress. The movements are preformed in a slow rhythmic manner that develops

focus & concentration.


Q - What is Golden Tai Chi™

A - Golden Tai Chi™ is a balance specific program, in 10 week sessions. Each session consists of Chi Kung exercises used to warm up and start relaxation and concentration process. During each class, we review all previously learned moves and then introduce new movements that are progressively more challenging.Students work at a level within their own comfort zone. Lessons are supported by a free illustrated booklet and available DVD. 


Q - What is Traditional Tai Chi?
A. Traditional Tai Chi classes start with Chi Kung and then move onto traditional Tai Chi Forms in 10 week sessions. Groups are organized by experience. After studying the beginners form, students can move on to the standard Yang Style short form, Long Form and Two Person Exercises.  All classes include deep breathing exercises and meditation.  The class is supported by a free illustrated booklet and available DVD.


Q.  What is Therapeutic Tai Chi for Special Populations?

A.  Students participate in this class either Seated, Assisted Standing with a Chair or Bar, or Standing. The class accommodates individuals who cannot stand for 45 minutes. This includes individuals who use assisted walking devices such as canes and walkers, those with limited leg strength and individuals in wheel chairs.


Q - Are there any class pre-requisites?

A -  Students cannot be presently engaged in a medically prescribed physical Therapy program.  Students who have had recent joint replacement will be asked to obtain a medical release.  The appropriate form will be supplied. Traditional Tai Chi and Golden Tai Chi require all students to be able to stand un-assisted for 45 minutes and not require an assisted walking devise for daily activity. 


Q - How should I dress for class?

A - Wear loose comfortable clothes, pants or sweats,  sneakers or flat walking shoes. No skirts or dresses.


Q - Am I required to practice on my own at home?

A - We recommend practicing 20 minutes each day at home. We offer a DVD and a free illustrated booklet to help you remember the movements.


Q -  How do I know which program to enroll in:

A  -  If you have questions, contact Gene Nelson at ( 914 ) 803-2362.  He will be glad to help you make the right decision.


Q - I have osteoarthritis in my ( knee, back, neck, hip etc. ), can I take Tai Chi?

A - Experience has shown that if you have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis you have probably been told that gentle, low impact movements like those in Tai Chi, that emphasize proper body alignment, are just what the doctor ordered. All medical questions and approvals should be directed at our personal physicians.  


Q -  I'm out of shape and have not exercised for a while.  Will I be able to keep up with the class?

A -  Once you have spoken to your Doctor and have been cleared to study Tai Chi

( your Doc. will be thrilled by your decision ), you will join millions of other students world wide who have asked the same question.  The answer is overwhelmingly and enthusiastically YES.  Classes are structured in a way that each student is encouraged to both challenge themselves … while at the same time listening to their own body.  If your tired stop.  Besides there being multiple movements, there are multiple levels of each movement.  We help you find your comfort zone and expand from there.


Q - What is Ch'i Kung?

A - Ch'i Kung or Qigong,  is a powerful system for improving health.  From China, it is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi).. Acupuncture is the method in which an Acupuncturist manipulates a persons (qi ) that travels through invisible channels in the body called meridians.  Acupuncture is now widely accepted by western medicine as a modality to treat a wide assortment of illnesses and is complimentary to western medicine.

Q -
How do I say it?
A  -
Qi pronounce chee
       Gong pronounce gung, as in lung


Q - What are the benefits of doing Ch'i Kung

A - Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. There are dozens of different Ch'i Kung routines.  These routines can be used to treat very specific medical challenges as well as for general health improvement.  The primary Ch'i Kung routines taught by Empire Tai Chi are Eight Pieces of Chinese Silk Brocade ( one of the oldest documented health related movement system ) and used for improving general health, energy, flexibility, stress reduction and relaxation, Endless Circle Ch'i Kung for warming up and loosening all the joints of the body.  Seminars are periodically conducted in Swimming Dragon Ch'i Kung, The Ten Taoist Exercises and the Full Moon Meditation.


Q - What is the difference between Tai Chi and Ch'i Kung

A -  Tai Chi is often called the ultimate form of Ch'i Kung.  Tai Chi is always taught while standing ( except for an adaptive form for people with special needs ).  Tai Chi involves a series of moves connected through transitions. The Tai Chi practitioner is constantly stepping  and " flowing " one move into the other.  Tai Chi is also called the supreme ultimate and addresses a wide range of health issues ... and addresses the BALANCE issue in an extremely positive way.  Most Ch'i Kung can be performed seated or standing and individual routines can be selected to address specific health concerns.  Diaphragmatic breathing is an important component of Ch'i Kung from the very first move. With Tai Chi a complete form should be learned prior to the introduction of a specific breathing pattern.  Ch'i Kung is practiced during the first 20 minutes of all Tai Chi classes.


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