Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn’t one or all of Teacher Tom Walters’ advanced students take over teaching a Tai Chi Chuan Class with the City of Fullerton Recreation Department? Teacher Tom Walters did ask if any of the advanced students would be interested in continuing the Tai Chi Chuan classes with the City of Fullerton Recreation Department. The advanced students have full time jobs and/or family care obligations that make it impossible to commit to teaching a Tai Chi Chuan class on a regular basis.
What does the monthly Tai Chi Club fee cover? The monthly fee that our Club Treasurer collects from each of us pays for the monthly room rental fee permit to the City of Fullerton Recreation Department. We are a not-for-profit Tai Chi Club that practices the Tung Family Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan forms. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the City of Fullerton has not rented any rooms for any type of activity. We are currently not collecting any monthly club membership fees.
When and where does the Tai Chi Club meet each week? We meet every Saturday morning (10:30-11:30 a.m.) behind the Hillcrest Park Recreation Building (upstairs) at 1155 N. Lemon or on the grass field behind the Red Cross Building at 1207 N. Lemon in Fullerton. If it is raining or there is a thunderstorm, outdoor practice sessions are cancelled.
Do you practice any other Tai Chi Chuan styles other than Tung Family Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan forms? No. Our Tai Chi Chuan Club in Fullerton practices only the Tung Family Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan forms as taught to us by Teacher Tom Walters. As part of the stipulation to be allowed to continue practicing the Tung Family Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan forms, we promised our Teacher Tom Walters not to “combine” or “merge” with other Tai Chi Chuan styles. We practice “pure” Tung Family Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.
What is the origin of Tai Chi Chuan? Tai Chi Chuan is believed to have been developed by a Taoist monk, Zhang San-Feng, who lived in China in the 13th century. It all started with his keen observations of a fight between a large bird and a small snake outside of his window. Each time the bird lunged at the coiled snake, the snake yielded by twisting its body away from the bird’s sharp beak. The fight went on for some time but the snake was not harmed. Eventually exhausted, the bird flew away in search of easier prey. Zhang San -Feng combined this soft, yielding ability of the snake with the tough, physical strengthening of the Shaolin martial arts to develop Tai Chi Chuan.
What is Tai Chi Chuan? Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient form of Chinese exercise and self-defense, encompassing a slow-moving sequence of postures that, if done correctly, should seem almost effortless. Total immersion in this system of exercise can help develop better posture, increase arm and leg strength (without adding bulk), and improve cardiovascular conditioning/endurance. Medical studies have shown that Tai Chi Chuan can improve joint flexibility, balance, enhance mental and physical health of the body, lower high blood pressure, and reduce symptoms of stress. Tai Chi Chuan also develops the “qi” (chi) or internal energy and allows it to flow through the energy channels in the body to help maintain overall health and well being. Tai Chi Chuan is easy to learn, easy to practice, and a low impact exercise.
Are there any “Rules of Conduct” that your practice group follows when you get together? Yes. We continue to follow Teacher Tom Walters’ class guidelines in our Tai Chi Chuan practice group –> Please arrive on time for practice. Make every effort to attend practice regularly. If you enter practice late, please do not walk through the lines of participants. See your place by walking quietly around the group. Stay for the entire practice session. During push hands practice keep unnecessary talk to a minimum. Always show courtesy and respect to the visiting teacher, guests, and to your fellow practioners. Shut off or silence cell phones or smartphones before practice session begins. Do not chew gum or chewing tobacco or smoke during practice.