Going to a studio is also good choice…HOWEVER…buyer beware! Here are some important questions to ask the teacher:
- Where did you begin learning and with whom? If they say they are "self-taught" - RUN (very fast).How long have you been practicing? If they've been practicing less than 5 years, they may be OK, but look somewhere else, and ask around.Are you certified to teach any of this? While certification doesn't indicate a good, competent teacher, it's a plus. If they have students who've been with them for many years, awards, high recommendations, seemingly active in their "martial arts" community, etc., then they are probably just as good as those who are.Where are some of the other places you have taught? If they haven't taught Taiji and/or Qigong anywhere else, giving them a try depends on the other answers.
While all of the movements make a difference in our health & well-being, Taiji movements are not the same as the other movements, and require tedious practice for the elusive perfection that isn't part of Yoga. It's NOT the same. There are intricacies (especially with medical Qigong) that can only be communicated face-to-face by a teacher that has received their Taiji & Qigong training thru intense & dedicated education with an equally experienced teacher.
The internet is good for review, and perhaps picking up some extra tips, but if that is all someone has in their educational arsenal, and they are charging you for classes, they are taking advantage of you and stealing your money.
It's OK to go to workshops, try another style, and find your comfort & interest fit. I did that after two (2) years with my original one. Also, when you've attended classes for a while, you decide what's good and what isn't as far as teaching methods…you can get pretty good at that. So then you find that you are good at evaluating whether a teacher is worth your time. Sadly, no matter the credentials, personalities don't always mesh. It's a matter of luck & timing. Don't worry, you will get it IF you want it!