Do I have to learn Chinese, eat with chopsticks and meditate?

No. I rarely talk about the Chinese names, only with senior students if they are interested. Most of the names are poetic, designed to lull people into thinking that Tai Chi is exclusively pacific, like “White Crane Flaps its Wings” when in fact “Rip Shoulder under Arse” would be more appropriate. However, I understand the PR value of poetic names. Meditation I shall cover in another section. Chopsticks are optional, but if you like dim sum, they are mandatory.