Whatever the reason you might have for looking for a Tai Chi teacher in Dongguan—health, spiritual development or a desire to fulfill curiosity about this martial art—the language barrier may be the most common obstacle. David Fireman, an instructor and supporter of Tai Chi, offers sessions for beginners in English. The participants learn breathing techniques and the 24 Form Yang Style. During the sessions, they always come back to the basics and work on polishing their form. So, anyone can join. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, Tai Chi, although slow, addresses the key components of fitness: muscle strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic conditioning.
David occasionally leads Qigong exercises to help open the body, soften muscles and unclog the paths for the Chi to flow smoothly through the energy channels. Loose and comfortable cotton clothes and flexible shoes are advised to wear. The first class is free and 30 RMB per class afterward. Classes are three times a week from 6:30 am to 7:30 am, on the 4th floor of Dynacity. “I am definitely still a learner of this ancient art,” David said, “We learn about the culture, about the philosophy, and ultimately about ourselves.” For those who want to give it a go contact David through WeChat at Fireman711.