Learn Tai Chi Online


Tai chi is a very deep internal martial art that covers a broad range of teachings from external physical movements and positions, through to internal breathing and meditation.

So, is it possible to learn tai chi online?

Well, while it might be possible to learn some of the postures, and the very basics with exclusive online learning, you would be unable to reach a high level, and your progress would be slow. To get the most from learning tai chi, you really need to be taught by a qualified instructor, and you need immediate feedback about what you’re doing.

However, there are some situations where learning using online resources can be a benefit. So the thing to do is to ask yourself why exactly you want to learn without going to lessons.

The main reasons I can think of that people would not go to a regular class are:

  • – Inaccessible – there are no regular classes nearby, or they’re at times that are inappropriate to the student
  • – Lack of confidence
  • – Expense
  • – Not committed enough

These days, it’s not difficult to find a tai chi instructor – there are classes in nearly every town and city in most parts of the world. Some instructors even do lessons for free (I was offered free lessons by an instructor many years ago – he survived an accident because of his skill in tai chi, and felt that he should pass his skill on without charging so that he could help as many people as possible).

However I realise for some people it will be impossible to find regular classes nearby, or that time commitments prevent them from being able to attend any of the nearby classes. If this is the case I’d strongly suggest looking into the possibility of weekend courses – often, big tai chi schools in cities will run occasional weekend courses.

If the issue is a lack of confidence, I understand this can put people off in the beginning, and I’d suggest talking to a teacher, and maybe scheduling some private lessons to begin with, and maybe moving on to class lessons at a later date.

If expense is the issue, then talk to an instructor, they may be understanding, and as I’ve said, it is possible to find free classes. Attend occasional classes when you can, and by all means supplement your instruction in classes with research and study from online materials.

I added ‘not committed enough’ because this is a reason for a lot of people, and I want you to be honest with yourself, and ask if that’s a reason you don’t want to attend classes. If none of the other reasons are appropriate, it’s probably because of commitment, so if you really want to learn tai chi, strengthen your resolve.

With all that being said, I still use online resources to supplement my training. One of my favourite resources is the great YouTube – there are so many tai chi videos on YouTube theses days, that the form you’re learning is no doubt on there too, probably performed by numerous different practitioners.

When I’m learning a form, I try my best to remember how to do it at home, and if I get stuck, I find a video on YouTube of the form to give me some pointers – I’ll follow the masters. This really accelerates my learning in class.

Another thing that can help is to find a good forum – there are forums for everything on the net, find a tai chi forum that fits your sentiments (some will focus more on the martial and external aspects, and some more on the internal and health aspects). Get involved, and ask questions – people are often very helpful. It is important however to learn who you should listen to, and who you shouldn’t.

So in conclusion, I strongly suggest you do all you can to find an instructor, but that you supplement this using the free resources available to you on the internet.

I am a keen martial arts student having studied Chen and Yang style Tai Chi, as well as Kung Fu, and Karate. Tai Chi however, and particularly Chen style, is my current love.

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