Advice on Tai Chi DVDs

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Advice on Tai Chi DVDs

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1XenaBallerina
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?

2jcbrunner
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 taiji.de 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.

3XenaBallerina
Mar 18, 2007, 11:26am

Thanks much jcbrunner!

4Taoquan
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:
www.wayfarerpublications.com
www.martialartsplanet.com
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 :)

5XenaBallerina
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.