At Taiji Zen, we want it to be as convenient as possible for you to learn Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), which is why we developed the Online Academy. The Online Academy is a new, systematic Tai Chi training program for seeking personal mastery over mind and body.
What’s new? Well, in order to make Tai Chi more accessible, we’ve broken it down into fundamental movements as well as core principles. We also teach the applications of the techniques right away, so that you understand how they should feel and can better visualize during practice. Finally once you’ve learned a few movements, you learn how to string them together into a flowing form.
We believe that this systematic learning method is best suited for the way our brains process information and learn new skills. The instructional videos are all broken down into small chunks (usually less than five minutes), so you can learn and practice Tai Chi whenever you want. They’re also accessible anywhere, anytime and can even be downloaded to take on the go. Pretty convenient, right?
Of course, there are some drawbacks to learning anything online. It’s very difficult to replace a qualified live teacher or hands-on classes. But for those of you who don’t have that option available, or already have an instructor and want to supplement your training, we made this for you. And we’ve tried to build in mechanisms to help mitigate any potential challenges.
At the end of every level of the Online Academy, there is an option to take a test and get certified. You send a video of your practice, and a certified Taiji Zen instructor will provide a detailed critique and suggestions for improvement. If you demonstrate sufficient mastery of the knowledge, you’ll officially pass that level and receive a certificate issued by Jet Li himself.
Jet famously said that every man’s biggest enemy is himself. But that doesn’t mean that you can practice Tai Chi moves on yourself. Practicing by yourself is necessary, but solo practice must be balanced with partner work if you want a deeper understanding of the art. Tai Chi Chuan is at its core a martial art; and just like tennis or tango, sometimes it takes two!
The bad news is that it’s up to you to find a partner. The good news is that we’ve designed the Online Academy to clearly guide exactly what you’ll be doing with your partner, whether it’s games or applications. Furthermore, the community of Taiji Zen practitioners is growing every day. Join our Facebook group to find like-minded individuals in your city, or get a friend to train with you!
You can also use the Facebook group to ask questions, which can be answered by other group members, Taiji Zen staff, or even our Master Instructors. We at Taiji Zen are also students of the art of Tai Chi Chuan, and want to find ways to help people learn together. So join the Taiji Zen community today!
In conclusion, here’s a summary of TaijiZen’s online resources:
- Online Academy – This is where you’ll find the majority of our Tai Chi curriculum
- Health and Happiness Blog – Read our blog to learn more ways to apply your Tai Chi practice in everyday life, whether it’s in the office or in the dojo
- Online Academy Facebook Group – This is a forum for discussing the Online Academy with fellow practitioners. We also post exclusive tips and tricks in here from the Taiji Zen team, including our Master Instructors
- Taiji Zen Facebook – Feeling overloaded with resources? Our Facebook page is something like a digest of everything Taiji Zen. ”Like” us to receive updates in your Facebook news feed.
Original posted by Eric
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