For many people, Tai Chi is a confusing practice. Some people claim it is a method of self-defence, others say it is a form of meditation, whilst others yet claim it is a health art. The truth is, it is all of these and none of them. Confused? Don't worry, that's why this mini-course is going to help you see things clearly.
With over 25 years of teaching experience I have seen many people start Tai Chi without knowing anything at all about the art. Sometimes that is fine, sometimes it is not.
If you would like to know the basics of the art before signing up to a class or online course, then this is for you.
By the end you may not be able to levitate, live as an immortal nor defeat Donnie Yen in a street fight, but you should at least know what Tai Chi is and whether it is a practice you wish to pursue.
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 - Empty Your Cup). Over these years I learnt that learning 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 anyone can learn this art.
If anyone can learn it, then anyone can pass on those skills to others. Thus, over time, our efforts become immortalised. 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. .