Tai Chi On Line
Welcome to our Tai Chi for Beginners On Line course. This page shows you what your weekly sessions will look like, explains how the course runs, and gives you a flavour of what the different sessions will contain.
Here's what people say about our Tai Chi on line:
I'm loving the Tai chi videos. Brilliant LCTKD, you've created a real feeling of belonging and inclusivity. xx
Just to say thank you for the on-line classes. They are brilliant and I am starting every day with them. Really helpful at this time.
I'm really enjoying the online lessons. I can actually do the Dragon Form with swirls off by heart. I've amazed myself.
A bit of tranquility in an otherwise stressful world.
So pleased we have LCTKD for our Tai Chi to help us keep chilled mentally.
Thanks for the videos. Inspired me to complete warm up, 8 pieces of brocade, dragon form times two and more this morning. Feel so much more relaxed
How It Works
The course is designed to work in 6 sessions, each on a private page which looks pretty much like this one. The sessions are designed with the flow of in-person classes, and we recommend that you treat your sessions like attending a class.
When you pay for your course you get a link to a home page with the link to all six sessions. We recommend that you treat them as you would learning in a class, taking at least a week on each session before moving on. We even call them "Week 1" and "Week 2" and so on. This approach allows your body and mind time to adjust, and it also helps your Tai Chi to settle in and flow. Of course, we like you to practice, so if you can we encourage you to come back every day and run through the week's session, before moving on to the next session the following week. You can also send in videos for individual feedback, and if you complete the course you can apply for a certificate!
The whole course costs just £35 - less than £6 a week - for all these things. If you have any questions about the course, please don't hesitate to contact us using the contact details at the bottom of the page. If it all sounds just perfect, there's a link at the bottom that takes you to where you book your course.
Or just click here.
From here on this page gives you an example of what your weekly sessions look like. Start here and follow through the page, watching the videos and looking at the learning materials as you go. In this example page, the first video is an explanation from one of our Founders, Neil R. Hall, about how the course runs. The others are short examples so that you can get a flavour of what the sessions will look like each week.
So each week you treat it like a class, just running through from the beginning, and you can come back again each day, or just dip in and out, doing things when you have the opportunity, or when the time seems right. Once you click any video, you will see a little box in the bottom right hand corner, which you can click on to make the video fill your screen.
We use private YouTube videos embedded in the website. This means at the end of each video you get a set of suggestions which YouTube puts on. These are not our suggestions; they come from YouTube. So they are not part of the programme! To carry on with the programme, just keep scrolling down the page - or, if you have gone to YouTube to watch the video, come back to the page in your browser to carry on.
This is where the weekly introduction goes. In this example page, it's a video from Neil R. Hall explaining how the course works.
Qigong or Moving Meditation
Each week we begin with some Qigong (pronounced "Chee Kung") or Moving Meditation to relax you, get you in the right frame of mind, and boost your immunity. You just follow along. Here's what it looks like.
After our Qigong we give you some Tai Chi to follow along. At first, it is just a run through of a few moves that you follow along without trying to learn it or worry about doing it right. That helps your body to warm up and get ready for more Tai Chi. As you progress, you will start to follow along more and more with things you have done already, so that each week you begin with a reminder that gets you into the swing. Here's what it looks like.
Each week we explain just a couple of movements in detail, helping you to understand them and do them right. We also explain some principles that apply across lots or all of the movements, like the way you transfer your weight, how you turn, and things like that. So there are usually two videos in this section. Here's what it looks like.
Relaxing End Follow Along
After your Focusing On section we give you the chance for a relaxing end to your session with some more gentle following along, usually with some beautiful music rather than instruction, so that you can relax and enjoy it without having to work too hard. This is what it looks like.
History and Culture
Don't forget that Tai Chi isn't a set of exercises, but something with a long and deep history, and an important cultural context. Each week we give you something at the end of your practical session to help you understand this aspect better. Here's what it looks like.
Each week we give you an activity that you can do which compliments your Tai Chi. This is often in the form of a written document, which you get by clicking on the button, and which you can download or print off. It might be something to make, or a quiz, or something to do. Sometimes it will come together with a video to help the explanation. Here's an example, from a balance and sensitivity activity. Video first, and explanation by clicking on the button.
You get access to all your weekly sessions when you pay for your course. We recommend that you take them one a week. You can do the week's session every day if you like, so that by the next week you are ready to move on, and if you feel you need a little more time, you can wait until you are comfortable before moving to the next session.
How Does That Feel?
We hope you liked this example. It takes just a couple of minutes to get the course, which you can do by clicking on the button below.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us using the links at the bottom of the page.