How should we address you?
Please just call me Joseph, Joe or Pau.
What should I wear for class?
Dress comfortably, and that also goes for your footwear. The grass can be a little damp some mornings.
Is it okay to eat before class?
Yes! I generally encourage students to eat something before class in the morning, as you do need some energy to get you through an hour. This is especially true for people who may be diabetic or who have low blood sugar levels.
What happens in the case of rain?
If there is rain we usually move to a shelter at the Botanic Gardens. If it looks like it will rain during class I will message students via WhatsApp before class and we will meet there.
Is Taijiquan or Qigong beneficial for everyone?
Yes, but the more useful question is, should everyone practice Taijiquan/Qigong? Then the answer is no! You need to practice what you like. Doing something that is supposed to be good for you is more difficult than doing something that you like to do.
Hence, finding what you truly enjoy doing will allow you to do it for a long time, which leads to a healthy life. Of course, I’m alluding to movement practices not sitting on the sofa and watching movies. 🙂
Which class should I take, Qigong or Taijiquan?
As my teacher used to say, study what you like because you’ll only want to practice what you like. In our system, we practice Qigong like we practice Taijiquan and vice versa. As such, most of the difference between the two is that there is more stepping with Taijiquan and less with qigong. There are more moves in Taijiquan than there are in Hunyuan Gong and in that respect, it is easier to learn Hunyuan Gong compared to Taijiquan.
When/how do I pay for class?
Payment for class is made at the beginning of the month and you can pay in cash or use paynow/paylah!
What if I am late?
Just come, as you’ll still learn something in the time left and the class won’t be distracted by your late arrival anyway.
Can I make up missed classes?
Yes, as long as it is within the same month.
What happens if I take a few months off?
Just come back when you have the time. Since I teach to the individual students’ ability, we’ll just pick up where you are comfortable starting from again.
If I need to use the toilet, should I wait till the end of class?
No! It is not good to wait till the end of class. Ideally, one should use the toilet before class begins but....
I am a beginner, do I need to start at a specific time?
Beginners start whenever it is convenient for them. I believe a rolling enrollment policy is best as the class benefits in hearing the principles repeated more than once.
Will I be behind the other students in the class when I start?
There will almost always be someone either in front of you or behind you. Since there is no competition between students and I believe in building a community where we help each other, having someone who may be a little behind, is important for us to be able to express our natural capacity to lend a helping hand.
What if the none of the classes work out for my schedule?
Drop me a line and let me know what times will work for you. I'm always planning for times to open up new classes. Also there is the option of one-on-one classes.