Advice on Tai Chi DVDs

TalkTai Chi

Join LibraryThing to post.

Advice on Tai Chi DVDs

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

Mar 18, 2007, 10:21am

A few years back I was able to take a Tai Chi class; however, the instructor left the island and there are no other classes available here. I would like to start again and am looking for high quality instructional DVDs. The couple I have seen always present a face on format which makes it confusing to follow as their actual Right becomes a visual Left.

Any recommendations?

Mar 18, 2007, 10:48am

I find learning without a teacher difficult as it is hard to spot one's own mistakes. The videos and illustrations you can both watch and download at are an excellent way to refresh one's memory.

Look out for a local Chinese shop. I have bought quite a number of really cheap Chinese Tai Chi VCD there. The quality is hit or miss (as I do not speak Chinese, verbal cues are useless to me). At 2-5 EUR, they are a bargain and some are surprisingly good.

Mar 18, 2007, 11:26am

Thanks much jcbrunner!

Mar 20, 2007, 9:05am

Tai Chi is a practice of many little movements as well as big ones. The transitions specifically can be very difficult to get down without having an instructor and DVDs don't always offer the best angle for this.
I have found DVDs are great more as a source of reference, not really in place of a good teacher. Though a couple great places online I can recommend are:
The second one is actually a forum I highly recommend signing up for as they can provide you with numerous other ideas for many Martial arts.
Hope this helps :)

Mar 20, 2007, 10:45am

It does help Taoquan - thanks much.

Maybe one day we will be lucky enough to have a teacher move to the island.