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Tai Chi training
By TTEscrima - Tue, 24 Jun 2008 02:40:10 GMT
Originally Posted at: Deluxe Forums


We're often asked some basic questions about Tai Chi training so I thought I'd toss out a few answers to the most often asked questions and invite those of you with an interest to ask a few of your own.

How long should one practice everyday in order to make progress in Tai Chi?

We recommend an absolute minimum of 50 minutes a day for health benefits, however if you want martial benefits as well then the traditional minimum of two hours a day is recommended.

Master Hao Shaoru used to train for more than 10 hours a day, students were required to train 5 hours a day for the first 5 years. Most of the famous internal masters were known to have trained a minimum of 5 hours a day on top of their teaching schedules which often added an additional 5 hours of training to their day.

How long does it take to learn Tai Chi?

Ideally,with persistent practice and under proper guidance one should achieve a basic level of mastery in 3 years. It's unrealistic to expect to build up a solid foundation of any Tai Chi style in less than 3 years. Also note that simply learning the forms which can be accomplished in a few months without understanding the internal requirements amounts to nothing more than learning some relaxation exercises, not true Tai Chi.

These time lines were put forth by Master Liu when he was an instructor at the Central Guoshu Institute, in Nanjing. The instructors for the institute were drawn from the winners of the full contact National tournament held in 1928.


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