The following guidelines will help you get the most from your training at The Peaceful Dragon. Please try to read and study these orientation guidelines carefully before your first class.
- As a newcomer to class simply relax, observe others and follow along as best you can. No two classes are identical, though in the tai chi and kung fu classes we do the same warm-up routine each class. This warm-up is designed to be rigorous and it may be challenging for you – simply do what you can and be patient with yourself. You’ll be amazed at your improvement as time progresses. We’ll help you modify any movements that you can’t do due to injuries or health factors.
- Over time you will get detailed explanations of movements, techniques and theories but not necessarily on your first class. If others seem to know what they’re doing and you don’t, remember that they didn’t either at first. They’ve progressed and so will you, so relax and enjoy!
- You may experience sore muscles, temporary fatigue or other physical discomfort as you begin training – this is normal and will soon pass. Also expect at times to feel confused by movements or exercises if they are new to you. As the weeks and months go by you will repeat everything many times and any confusion will subside.
- Don’t expect to be able do all things as well as the next person might. Try to avoid the temptation to compare yourself with others, but rather compare yourself today with how you were yesterday. You may never do some things as well as the next person, but how you compare with others has nothing to do with your own physical, mental and spiritual development.
- Study and follow the Class Guidelines below, which are also posted on the studio walls. And be sure to read and study your guide to Wu-de (martial code and ethics).
- Practice whenever possible and read and study all you can about the arts you are studying. See the Suggested Reading List posted on our web site as a starting point. The more you train and study, the greater will be your progress. Don’t let outside activities interfere with your training and classes – and don’t neglect to bring the insights from your training into your outside activities.
Class Guidelines for All Peaceful Dragon Students
In order to maintain a productive, safe and pleasant training facility please follow these guidelines at all times:
- For tai chi or kung fu classes, your full uniform must be worn to classes or when training in in studios. Full uniform includes Peaceful Dragon tee-shirt, pants and sash with sneakers or kung fu shoes (no bare feet or street shoes!). For yoga classes, appropriate clothing must be worn in accord with our uniform dress code.
- Remove watches and jewelry before class, including rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and similar items that can cause injuries to you or others.
- Scan your ID card or sign in at the computer before or after every class. New students should receive their cards in the mail within 10 days of joining. If you don’t receive yours, please notify our staff.
- Bow when entering and leaving the training studio as a traditional sign of courtesy. Formal bows to the teacher and masters’ pictures take place at the beginning of each tai chi or kung fu class. If you are late, please bow only to your teacher as you enter and bow to the masters’ pictures after class.
- Always notify your instructor ahead of time if you must leave early. If you must leave the studio during class at any time for any reason (bathroom, drink, etc.) it is essential that you alert the instructor or another student first so that he or she knows what’s happened to you and that you’re okay.
- In martial arts and tai chi classes, newer students should line up behind more experienced students to better learn from their example and as a traditional gesture of respect.
- Leave personal items including gym bags or clothing in the locker room, but bring any purses, wallets or valuables with you to class.
- Volunteer in some capacity to help maintain your school. Remember, this is a student-run facility!
Important Communications Notice
In addition to sending our monthly newsletter via e-mail, we often send special announcements or important news via e-mail. It is important that you receive these e-mails and read them. If you do not receive them please notify our staff so we can be sure you got added to our e-mail list correctly, and also add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to ensure that our messages aren’t being blocked as spam.
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