Tai Chi Chuan (Glasgow)

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am a complete beginner, can I just come along ?

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    Yes, just come along any Tuesday or Thursday evening. You may wish to check the news page for holidays, or join facebook for up to the minute changes.

    There are a number of experienced students who are able to help when the class is busy, and ensure beginners always receive the time & input required.

    Alternatively , you may prefer to get in touch first. Details can be found on the Class Enquiries page.
  • What do I wear to class ?

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    Loose clothing you are able to move in, and flat shoes recommended.
    Washed and clean each class is much appreciated.
  • What time are classes ? Where are classes ?

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    Have a look at the Class Enquiries Page
  • How fit do I need to be ?

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    Beginners start with a square form, which can be done by most people of reasonable fitness. Regular daily practice and classes will improve fitness and body awareness as you progress and commit to practice. The ongoing class curriculum offers varied and extensive training, and in simple terms, you get out what you put in.

    If you suffer from any restrictive medical condition, you should consult your doctor before attempting any Tai Chi, and ensure your teacher is made aware before beginning a class.
  • Do I have to attend the same class each week, the same night ?

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    No. you can come on a Tuesday or Thursday, or both.
  • Who is the instructor in Glasgow class ?

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    Stephen Douglas
    More information can be found under "Other Useful Information in the Class Enquiries Page
  • How much do classes cost ?

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    Prices can vary according to circumstances, number of classes attended and payment method.
    More information on the Enquiries Page under other useful information
  • Do you teach children in the class ?

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    Sorry no, classes are for adults, minimum age 16.
  • Why is the school called Five Winds ?

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    The name reflects the five aspects of Tai Chi Chuan training present in Wu-Cheng syllabus, and was chosen by Ian Cameron, Principle instructor and founder of the school.
    More information can be found about the five aspects on the About Tai Chi Page and about Ian Cameron at
  • Can you recommend any books ?

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    In no particular order, here is some suggest reading. For Wu Cheng students I'd recommend books 1&3 as starters, and 7 as a must have.

    I would also recommend you to the translations kindly put up online at Brennan

    1. The Practice of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan by Sifu Ian Cameron
    A useful tool for those studying this style - available on Amazon & Kindle

    2. The Practice of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan Weapons Forms by Sifu Ian
    Cameron. (As of Feb 2019 out of print)

    3. Wutan Tai Chi Chuan by Cheng Tin Hung & D.J Docherty

    4. Tai Chi Sabre Sword Spear by Cheng Tin Hung

    5. Tai Chi Chuan Exercise by Cheng Tin Hung & Chan Lai Ping

    6. Tai Chi Transendent Art by Cheng Tin Hung

    7. Wu style Tai Chi Chuan by Wu Kung Cho (aka “The Gold Book”)

    8. The Essence of Tai Chi by Ben Lo (The Tai Chi Classics)

    9. Tai Chi Chuan Practice by Ian Cameron & Malcolm Pollock - mac ibooks

    10. The Tai Chi Boxing Chronicle by Kuo Lien- Ying ISBN 1-55643-177-5

    11. The Sword Polishers Record The Way of Kung Fu by Adam Hsu

    12. Chinese Boxing (Masters and Methods by Robert W Smith

    13. The Art of Chinese Swordmanship by Zhang Yun , (Weatherhill)

    14. The Unfettered Mind by Takuan

    15. A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

    16. Tao Te Ching , Lao Tzu

    17. Kodo (Ancient Ways) by Kensho Furuya

    18. The Essence of Tai Chi by Waysun Liao

    19. Instant Tao (The Tai Chi Chuan Discourse and Canon ) by Dan Docherty

    20. The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial arts by Hiroshi Moriya

    21. Tai Chi Chuan Fables and Theory by Irving Leong

    22. Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals (A historical survey) by Brian
    Kennedy & Elizabeth Guo

    23. Living The Martial Way - Forrest E. Morgan

    24.Tai Chi Chuan in the History of Chinese Martial Arts - Martin Boedicker
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  • Is the first class free ?

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    No. Please have a look through the website as this can help you decide if the class is for you before coming along.

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