View Full Version : Questions to ask a teacher...

07-15-2004, 11:33 PM
Hi there all... I have got a couple of classes now to choose from... I will be going to a trial class and then have to join up for a course... now what kind of questions should I be asking... and what do I need to look for...??? thanks...

Dr. Paul Lam
07-15-2004, 11:51 PM
in this article "How to learn tai chi?" i briefly descript how to choose a suitable teacher, hope it helps

07-16-2004, 12:07 AM
Originally posted by Dr. Paul Lam
in this article "How to learn tai chi?" i briefly descript how to choose a suitable teacher, hope it helps

Thanks Dr Lam... it helped clarify some things I need to be aware of... cheers...

07-16-2004, 12:17 AM
As a beginner, it is always difficult to find a good teacher. Once I practiced with a Chinese guy that was kind of cocky about his skills. But as soon as I mention the words "lineage" and "partner-drills", he changed the subject. And I changed school.

08-29-2004, 09:11 AM
A good teacher encourages questions. After the first few lessons you will know how good the teacher is in how often and the way he/she encourages questiob asking.

Having said that I usually never have questions as I often refer to my book and video, or have found the answer here because someone has posted a thread about it!

08-29-2004, 08:17 PM
if you're endowed with some patience a good teacher will answer all of your questions at the appropriate time without you having to ask

08-29-2004, 11:14 PM

Best is to spend some time with the teacher while at the same time read and inform in things like this forum or other students. Look at his/her students but most important is the right personal chemistry between you and the teacher. It also depends on what you want to learn, martial art, fitness, health in fact TC is martia larts, health exercise and moving meditation all in one

08-30-2004, 02:50 AM
Thanks for all the replies...

Soraya... I have pretty good rapport with my Shifu... he doesnt socialise much (I think mainly due to his english speaking capability, which is infinitely better than my chinese) but is very good at getting across what I need to know... he explains the movement and how the body should be... he is a really good guy... the only downside to the class (and this is in noway reflective on my Shifu but more me) is that its not as martial as I would like... pretty much all the people that go there do so for health and meditative purposes... the way I practice at home with book and dvd is more practical with the movements being more efficient and less "flowery" for want of a better word and my lack of eloquence... but my Shifu has helped me with hand positioning, weight transfer, stances, and many more things... I find I can perform the two ways well (except when Shifu reverses the movements ie right and left...)

Shark... you are right he has answered most of my questions but it is still nice to know that I am joining the right class and thus will learn what I would like to... and thus not waste time that could be spent learning in the right class...

08-31-2004, 10:53 AM
For the most part, I have had a decent rapport with my teachers though my initial expeience coloured my present view. No torking, arrive early and help with cleaning (choice but I didi it most times).

I do not ask for much only that the teacher show what he purportedly knows. I have learned not to arsk too many questions since by the teachers demeanour one may see if he knows what he is about (as on eo fmu former teachrs stated).

One teacher did not know much English but we got one well in Chinglish (Chinese/English). He was a calligrapher and studied with Panhou and form was diferent. I onlyhad to listen and learn as I do now. SO I usually ask few or no questions.