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Most frequently asked questions should have been answered on the pages of this website. However here is a summary of a few common questions.
1. How much does it cost and what do I wear?.
We passionately believe the benefits of martial arts training should be available to all. Generally we charge between £5 to £6.50 a class but if you are unable to meet the set fees please come and talk to us. Please wear comfortable clothes such as tracksuit trousers, t-shirt and trainers. For further details see Classes.
2. What's the difference between Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Kickboxing? Which one should I do?
In general, Tai Chi is suitable for all to correct posture and breathing. This helps to relax and reduce stress, good for people who have a hectic lifestyle or those looking for the deeper, "internal" aspects of healing and martial arts. Kung Fu is of moderate impact also suitable for all, to learn self-defence and improve health and fitness. Kickboxing classes are high impact and involves alot of fitness, conditioning and cardiovascular training. Generally, this is more suitable for 14 to 40 year olds.
3. Isn't Tai Chi a health exercise? Why the martial arts?
The full name is Tai Chi Chuan. 'Chuan' refers to a martial arts system. To gain the full health benefits that Tai Chi can provide, the original meanings of the postures and movements, i.e., why Tai Chi was created in the first instance, should be studied. Advanced practitioners of Tai Chi not only have superb health, a calm mind, and look many years younger than their actual age, but are able to harmonise the energy of the body whether for health, healing or effective martial arts.
4. Will any of this training interfere with my religious beliefs?
Various ethnic groups may have been responisble for creating different forms of martial arts, but the practice is universal, suitable for everyone. We have members of all faiths training in our School. Chinese martial arts training have been proven to reduce violence, ego and increase comradary, tolerance and confidence resulting to a more peaceful and content a person.
5. Isn't Wushu and Kung Fu different arts, one modern and one traditional?
Wushu or Wu Shu is the correct term for all Chinese martial arts, modern or traditional, Kung Fu or Tai Chi. "Modern Sport Wushu" or "Contemporary Wushu" is just a new branch under the general "Wushu" banner.
6. Exactly, what style do you teach?
Tai Chi students start with Yang style and Kung Fu students start with Wing Chun. Kickboxing students start with the basics of Sanshou. With a good foundation in one, many other styles are introduced to students.
7. Will I be the only beginner in the class?
We have beginners all the time. Please feel free to come along to try out a class. Classes are held in a relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphere. If you are unsure about joining in, you are welcome to come and watch a class.
8. Do I need to be fit or young to start training? How often do I need to train to be good?
Classes are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Training on a regular basis will most definitely make and keep you fit and will allow the instructor to monitor your progress.
9. Will I be hit whilst learning martial arts?
You will be skilfully taught by patient teachers using tried and tested methods and a violent approach will not be taken. We understand people attend classes to learn. Unfortunately, we have had beginner students come to our classes with injuries received from a previous instructor. All members are required to be careful when practising two-person drills and have membership that includes insurance. Sparring, both semi and full-contact are optional for those who wish to pursue contact training for fitness or competiton. Students will be advised when they require additional safety equipment for sparring purposes.
10. Do you hold women only classes?
Yes. We have weekly women only Kickboxing classes that currently runs on Tuesdays.
11. What about competitions and tournaments?
For those who wish to compete, national British championships are held throughout the year by Wutan and the BCCMA. Those successful have the opportunity to enter European and World championships.
12. I have injuries from an accident or past martial arts training. Can I come and do Tai Chi?
It is always advisable to consult a medical practitioner before taking up any physical training. Martial arts, such as Tai Chi, have been proven to be very effective in so many ways. If in doubt, see your GP and then come along to one of our classes for a chat.
13. Do you recommend a book on Tai Chi or Kung Fu?
"Tai Chi - The Treasure of Mankind” is recommended to all Wutan students and deals with the most important themes. Cost: £15 new or second hand cheaper ones may be available.
14. I have a black belt in a certain style of martial arts. Do you feel Wutan Martial Arts will help me progress further?