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One of the most common web searches for tai chi on the web these days are people asking, "How can I find Tai Chi classes near me?"
Of course, it's easy to type the words "tai chi classes in [put your city name here]" into a web search and get a list of classes. But it's harder to look at the search results you get back and decide if a class is right for you.
With the increasing popularity of Tai Chi, you may find classes in your local area. Classes with a certified instructor are one of the easiest ways to get your start in the art.
To find these classes, check with martial arts schools, community centers, parks and recreation programs, colleges, dance studios, and even New Age bookstores. Also contact your local acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths to see if they have class recommendations.
Before choosing a class though, visit it in person. Most teachers will let you observe and maybe even participate in a class. Attend this introductory class, and ask yourself if you believe the students are gaining benefits that you would like. Also ask yourself if you would like to work with this teacher and these students on an extended basis.
Also, check the qualifications of the teacher. Teachers should have certification or credentials from the persons who taught them, or from other governing bodies in the arts. Beyond this, look for professional recognitions, membership in professional organizations, and articles or books the teacher has published.
Finally, look at the teacher's teaching style. To make this easier for you, check out our short guide on Tai Chi teaching styles. This will give you an idea of the three main teaching styles that teachers use in teaching Tai Chi.
Besides in-person classes, you may also want to check out our page on learning tai chi online. Learning online is a great alternative. Usually these courses are more cost-effective in the long run than in-person classes, plus they are easy to fit into your already busy schedule, since you don't have to show up at a class at a certain time. Even if you ultimately decide to go to an in-person class, an online course is a great way to get your feet wet. You can try out Tai Chi without having to find a class in your area.
And if you are really ready to get started NOW - and I mean right NOW - you can check out the "mini-course" we offer on this website. Our online mini-course can help you get started immediately. It has some short demo videos, plus teaches you four simple Tai Chi and Qigong exercises you can do right now. It's a great way to get your feet wet in the Chi Development arts.
You have my best wishes for health, well-being, and Chi Development,