Beginners Guide to the Tai Chi Form

The Essential 10 Tai Chi postures in a simple, adaptable and flexible Form

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A Tai Chi Form that you will finish!

The majority of people that start learning Tai Chi never finish the course. Tai Chi Forms - of which there are over 120 variations - can vary in length from a just few steps to over 200. Fortunately, there are a series of postures that are common to all variations, and these can be learnt quickly and easily in this introductory course.

Absolute Beginner?

This simple, easy to learn and entertaining course is perfect for you. I'll take you through the footwork, the arm positions and then each posture, linking them slowly into a flowing and beautiful short sequence for you to practice each day.

Already know some Tai Chi?

If you are already practising or have learnt some Tai Chi, then these postures should be familiar. However, to make it more challenging, I will be linking them in a new way, showing you how to perform them on both sides and how to add repetitions and how to add extra moves between the transitions.

History and Context

The course also covers the history of the Tai Chi Form, we will look at what the experts tell us about the guiding principles and how to refer to the Tai Chi classics to shape our studies and practice.

A Tai Chi Form to suit your needs

Once learnt, this Short Form can be easily adjusted in number of postures or repetitions, to meet the time, energy and space you have available to practice.


In this course you will find a whole other world of training aids including

  • PDFs to download and keep on Footwork, Postures, Rhythm and Flow
  • You will find links to view the postures in 360 degrees
  • You will find links to reading resources on the Tao Te Ching and Other related subjects.
  • You will get the BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE TAI CHI FORM Associated Book as an epub and mobi file that backs up all the material on this course.
  • You will get an audible walk though of the postures to practice away from the screen

And a lot more you will discover as you go through the course.

Your Instructor

Paul Read
Paul Read

I've been teaching Tai Chi and languages since the early 1990's in both the United Kingdom and in Spain. I've also written numerous books on Tai Chi, recorded videos and many podcasts (iTunes - still have some available). Over these years I learnt that Tai Chi is really about communication. If you can communicate the lessons in an interesting and challenging way - using body, speech, gestures and the power of images and music - then the art is open to everyone to learn.

My aim therefore is to offer the elements of Tai Chi in separate easy-to-learn courses that everyone can grasp and practice immediately. For those preferring not to break things apart there is the COMPLETE COURSE that covers art and history, postures and breath as well as applications too.

If anyone can learn Tai Chi, then I believe that anyone can pass on those skills to others. Thus, over time, our efforts become immortalised. (You may have noticed that this theme occurs regularly in the COMPLETE TAI CHI COURSE). But there is something else that happens in Tai Chi that contributes to longevity, and that is the slowing down of time. We begin to notice the smaller things in life, the things that others step over, step around or don't even see at all. And in so doing, our senses awaken.

This is the experience I want to share with you on this adventure. An exploration of our senses and of time. An exploration into the rich history, practice and philosophy of Tai Chi. .

Course Curriculum

  1: An Introduction
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is the ebook we get with this course available in paperback?
You do the get the book in both ePub (ibooks, Kobo, Nook etc) and mobi (kindle) formats - but I do realise some people prefer a paperback version. You can find it online - THE BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE TAI CHI FORM - take a look at Amazon or you could try and order it through your local bookstore using the ISBN: 9780464833512
Is there a way you can give me some feedback on this course?
With all my courses I offer students the chance to let me know how they are getting on via video links. The easiest way is simply to record yourself practising and share the link on Instagram, Facebook or other platform. If you prefer to do it privately, then use something like WeTransfer to send me the link and I'll take a look at how you are doing and get back to you.
Is there a way to do some real life practice with you?
If you are planning to visiting Devon (UK) or Andalusia (Spain) then check out the personal training section of my website on www.teapotmonk.com for details of courses.

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