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Tai Chi Clothing

Written by Sierra Rein
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The look of Tai Chi clothing takes its beginnings from traditional Chinese dress. Made of a two-piece suit, comprising of a pair of loose pants and a high-collared shirt, Tai Chi uniforms are meant to be flexible, breathable, and easy to manage. Many times Kung Fu uniforms can be interchanged with Tai Chi clothing, but when shopping for yourself, you may want to talk to your Tai Chi instructor or school to discuss what they request from you.

The typical makeup of Tai Chi clothing consists of 100% polyester uniform shirt with long-sleeves, frog buttons, and mandarin collar. Pants are usually loose, but may have elastic at the waist and the ankles. Some are made to allow air to flow up through the sleeves and ankles, creating a circulating flow which can easily cool sweat and help the person mentally through their practice.

Why Use Tai Chi Clothing?

You may ask yourself, "why should I purchase a Tai Chi uniform, or Tai Chi shoes, when it looks like I could just practice in my sweats and T-shirt?" While physically this statement may be true, spiritually it takes more than just the physical to become a true student of Tai Chi Chuan. The respect you give to your craft includes purchasing Tai Chi clothing, and treating it with the reverence that it deserves.

Besides allowing for plenty of movement and being comfortable, wearing a uniform can actually make you practice better. A uniform creates a mentality that can enhance your instruction session. Confidence, and the knowledge that you are joining an ancient and well-honored practice can help you focus, and make your spiritual and physical journey a great one.

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