Although we may always be barbarians as far as the Chinese are concerned, we can still have good manners! By following these suggestions, you’ll help to foster an attitude which will enhance our experience. More senior students are responsible for setting examples.
Show respect for fellow students. Learn the names of your fellow students and allow yourself to become friends. More advanced students can be particularly helpful and inspiring for beginners.
Show respect for our classes. Make your best effort to arrive on time or a little early and to be able to stay until class is complete. (Better to come late or leave early than not to come at all.) Times before and after classes can be a rewarding social time. Allow time for it!
Show respect for yourself. Make sure you are having a good time. If something isn’t working for you, speak up. Often if you are uncomfortable about something, others are as well, but simply haven’t verbalized it. In some cases we may not be able to change things, but at least you will have spoken up for what you want.
Show respect for your teacher. Pay tuition in a timely manner and let me know in advance (if possible) when you will be missing class. Keep me informed on what the big picture of your commitment to T’ai Chi and our classes is.
Contribute to the class. If you see some way to make the space or your experience of the class more aesthetic and more satisfying, talk with Nando and help make it happen.