How Do I Find a Good Teacher?
Of course, in these days of the internet you only have to search Tai Chi or Chi Kung and you will be spoilt for choice – but how do you know that you are choosing the right teacher for you?
First of all always ask the basic questions – how long has this teacher been practising and who did they train under – any teacher worth his sort would be happy to tell you how he/she started and the lineage from which they come from. I am very proud of all my teachers and I like nothing better than to talk about my time with them.
Secondly, and this may seem strange, but I believe your teacher should be able to ‘walk the walk’ as well as ‘talk the talk’ – you need a teacher who is dedicated to his/her art – who will show and not just tell!!!! Does he/she look a good advert for the art they are going to teach you? Do they look as though they have reaped the benefits of the art they teach?
Last but not least – you need someone that you like and get along with – you don’t have to be bosom buddies but a mutual respect is essential – you want your training to be enjoyable as well as practical – some people may not agree with this but I have always found that if I have a good rapport with a student they usually make rapid progress.
I must emphasise here that these are my guidelines and some may not agree, which is fine but I don’t think you will go far wrong if you keep them in mind while looking for a class.