Unlike other martial arts, T’ai Chi Ch’uan has had no gradings, belts, or recognizable stages of development. Students become teachers if and when their own teachers consider it appropriate. Typically, these student-teachers are moved by their passion for the art, and enjoy the journey that T’ai Chi practice affords.
Beginners often worry about who to learn with, and how to go about finding the right teacher. The best advice is: stop worrying, but be alert, and DO ask questions.
When you have located a class, go along early and speak to the teacher. Ask if you can watch the class, or join in.