Why do people attend Taiji classes?

Why do people attend Taiji classes?

Postby fchai » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:29 am

Greetings,

A while ago, I did a little survey of my students to determine why they attended my Taiji classes (At the time I had about 70 regular students at different levels). It was to ascertain if there is a reason why so many seem to not be progressing in their proficiency or competency. The survey sought data on their frequency of practice and their motivations of doing Taiji and what they expected to gain from it. The survey was anonymous so that students need not fear repercussions and would be honest in their responses. From the survey forms received (about 50% returned) the following interesting data was derived,

On frequency of practice per week, about 75% practised 1-2 times a week. In fact, 30% did not practice at all outside of class!

As to their motivations, less that 10% probably closer to 5%, had any interest in the martial aspects of Taiji. About 30% appreciated the mental and psychological benefits/possibilities, but most just attended for health and exercise. I suspect that most see doing Taiji as just another exercise class that they attend!

However, on a positive note, there are signs that some few have begun to feel the 'difference' in themselves and are beginning to take Taiji more seriously. Then again it might be my wishful thinking!

I wonder if anyone else has had similar data, with classes that they conduct.

Take care,
Frank
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Re: Why do people attend Taiji classes?

Postby fchai » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:32 am

Greetings,

To clarify on frequency of practice, about 25% practised 3 or more times a week.

take care,
Frank
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Re: Why do people attend Taiji classes?

Postby Audi » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:43 pm

Hi Frank,

Thanks for the information.

I think a lot of these ratios will also depend somewhat on where you teach, how you promote your school, and the tone of your classes.

However, on a positive note, there are signs that some few have begun to feel the 'difference' in themselves and are beginning to take Taiji more seriously. Then again it might be my wishful thinking!

Congratulations! I think many teachers dream of more, but this is still a great achievement with a hope of more to come.

As to their motivations, less that 10% probably closer to 5%, had any interest in the martial aspects of Taiji. About 30% appreciated the mental and psychological benefits/possibilities, but most just attended for health and exercise. I suspect that most see doing Taiji as just another exercise class that they attend!

I think these are all worthy motivations and probably what most teachers encounter. I would like to add one more, which is, I think, my true motivation to practice Tai Chi: It's fun :P

Take care,
Audi
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