Common Questions and Answers

Q. Why do I have muscle pains even though I was doing the moves slowly and balanced? 

A. There are muscles that you hardly use during your daily life. Now you have relaxed your big muscles and engaged the smaller muscles. You will feel the muscles that have been worked on. It is the normal dull pain or muscle tiredness. The symptom will go away a few days after the workout.


Q. Why do I lose balance? 

A. Your movement direction is not targeted to the top of head or down to the centre of the foot. Or you are doing it too fast.


Q. Why doesn’t it feel right when I am doing the move? 

A. The move usually requires you to follow the natural path, which can be different from what you have been doing habitually. Also your joints might be tight and need to loosen up. Feeling right will come after repeated practice.


Q. Why don’t I feel comfortable when I practice? 

A. Your comfort feeling is your habitual movement. It is what your muscles are used to. Now you are moving differently.  Your muscles will take a while before feeling comfortable.


Q. Why do my knees hurt? 

A. Please make sure you are not turning and twisting on the knee. The knee should be coming up or going down as you turn or twist, which is call spiraling.


Q. Why does my lower back hurt? 

A. You might be keeping your torso too upright and bending your spine at the lower back. You could also be raising your chest instead of rising to the top of the head and letting the chest relax.


Q. Why do my shoulders hurt? 

A. When you raise the arms by using the shoulders, this usually causes tiredness of the muscles of the shoulders. Follow the instruction on how to move the arms. 


Q. How long will it take to learn the Tai Chi 17? 

A. Learning any skill is usually depending on the frequency of practice. The higher the frequency the faster you will learn. 


Q.  Why can’t I remember the movements?

A.  We encourage students to practice the moves repeatedly until the muscles learn the movement, not just the brain.  The movements then string together without the need to “remember” the next one.  See the previous question.


Q.  What should I feel?

A.  Each one expresses what one feels differently.  What one feels the changes with practice?  Just enjoy feeling.  Try to identify what you do feel.  Then, as you practice more and become more comfortable with feeling, your ability to feel expands.


Q.  I don’t look like the demonstrator.  What am I doing wrong?

A.  Each demonstrator looks different because they are different people and each is working at a different level.  If, with practice, you feel balanced and relaxed, you are doing the movements properly.  What you look like will also change as you become more balanced, aligned, and relaxed with the movements.