Basics of Tai Chi


There are many reasons for practicing Tai Chi and related arts and because of that there is a wide range of people who take up the art with differing ideas of what it is they think it is. There are a number of key tai chi styles and many variations on these styles that we clarify and make easier to understand. Once you have begun to train in tai chi you will spend much of your time working to establish the basic principles.

Everyone for the complete novice to the experienced practitioner can benefit by returning to the basics. Returning to the essential elements of any art pays great dividends to everyone’s practice and overall development. Continual training in the basic principles cements the foundation for deepening one’s understanding, whilst re-affirming that which is necessary to progress.

Over the course of these pages we provide quality material that will help you get a good start for your training, along with key tips on potential problems, that can result from unclear practice. With text, imagery and video clips we provide you with information which will not only increase your knowledge of the essential basics of the art but allow you to access many of the subtleties that are not always self-evident. Material included looks at feet and hand positions, posture, alignment, stance, principles and techniques. Experts, and dedicated practitioners will guide you through the various styles and approaches of these arts.

Key components of tai chi include relaxation, grounding, presence, stance, structure, spirit and intent. All of these aspects and more will be explained in a manner that is easy to understand and accessible to practitioners of all levels, from novice to adept.

From short pieces like the Tai Chi Tips and 10 Common Errors to fuller articles like Feeling the Form and Learning and Practicing will help you with your solo practice, Push Hands – Beginner’s Guide gives a basic insight to the partner work and Why I Like Tai Chi provides you with details of some of the many benefits that others have achieved through their practice.

We welcome contributions on all aspects of tai chuan, qigong and other Chinese Internal Arts and actively encourage contributors from all levels to participate in this portal.

Also recommended reading on Tai Chi Basics:

Ways to learn Qigong and Taijiquan

Part 1: Weekly courses

Part 2: DVDs, videos and online-programmes

Part 3: Workshops – Weekend courses

Part 4: Workshops – Exchange meetings

10 Tai Chi Tips

Top 10 Common Tai Chi Errors

The Eight Gates of Tai Chi Chuan

Feeling the Form

Taijiquan Skills: Feng Song

Taijiquan Skills: Peng Jin and Ding Jin

Taijiquan Skills: Chen and Chan Si Jin

Tai Chi – Learning and Practising

Tai Chi: Paths of Development