August 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm #17775
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Why you cannot learn tai chi without an instructor:
– books and videos can only provide verbal descriptions and/or two-dimensional views of forms, while you need to see the forms from the front, back and sides
– without having been taught tai chi, you cannot discern what aspects of a form are important and what are unimportant
– the forms are just templates and every practioner will have differences in how to perform them. You will need an instructor to help you finding your own form
– true tai chi training involves meditation, either standing or sitting, which is also impossible to learn without a teacher to guide you
So do not pay your hard-earned money to methods that claim you can learn tai chi on your own with a book or a video.August 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm #351693August 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm #351690August 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm #351679August 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm #351657::
tai chi has many subtleties in it that don’t come across very easily from books or other no-instructor things (how to shift weight, focal points, helpful imagery adna dvice, etc.). I would say just go to an instructor. Shaolin-do schools have good instructors if wanna know a good school line.August 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm #351632::
i learnt taichi without an instructor, You simply move slowly and feel what is the most smooth gentle way of moving, And then you do the same with a partner.
If you have a good traditional taichi master this is what they will get you to do anyway. taichi is so internal that it is difficult to tell people what to do – you just have to feel it,
If you want some forms to do look up taichi and chigong on youtube.
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