Early in my Tai Chi training I competed in the 1997 Kou Shu tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. My teacher, Sifu Chang of the school of Ten Thousand Dragons, wanted all of us to wear white silk Tai Chi uniforms. So we would all match and look like a team. I have not worn my Tai Chi uniform since then but I remember how smooth my Tai Chi form felt when I performed. If you have practiced your Tai Chi form and felt restrictions due the clothing you were wearing you might understand the feeling I just described.

If you are a teacher or just want to feel like part of the team you may want to purchase a Tai Chi uniform.




Believe it or not, choosing the right Tai Chi shoe is important. I practice outside a lot on concrete or pavement so for me the best shoe for me would be the traditional Kung Fu shoe or Tai Chi slipper. You want to choose a Tai Chi shoe that grips the floor but also allows for the sole of the shoe to slide on the floor. If your footwear does not allow for sliding, there is a possibility you might damage your knees when pivoting your foot. When you practice your Tai Chi form on a rug, you may not want to wear Tai Chi shoes, if you do, you might find the cotton bottom Tai Chi Shoe is best.

I wanted a pair of Tai Chi shoes for when I practice on hard wood floors. I happened to be in Chinatown NY one day and decided I would buy a pair of Tai Chi Shoes on impulse. I compared the traditional kung fu shoe and a pair of similar style with cotton soles and decided on the cotton bottom shoe for my intended use.

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