Tai Chi evening classes are generally once a week, or you can attend more often if you are lucky enough to live in an area with several classes. A weekend course is equivalent to a month of evening classes and the week courses at Summer and Easter are equivalent to six months of evening classes. The best thing is to train every day, so to help you with this we have a variety of resources you can fall back on. Not everyone can make it to a class in their local area, or maybe work or family commitments mean you cant attend regular classes. So we have devised a range of online resources to act as a reference guide to help you train on a regular basis.
If you are a student member of the TCAA you can view additional resources including your grading history by logging in at orb.uk.net
Our Youtube channel has 360 degree videos of the T’ai Chi dance and T’ai Chi form. These are organised into blocks of roughly ten moves so you can learn a section then move onto the next one when you are ready. Try to avoid the temptation of running before you can walk. The first ten moves should take about ten weeks to learn correctly. Thereafter you should progress at the rate of about one move per week so after one year you will have learned the first fifty moves. Even then you will have to come back to them time and time again to correct mistakes with the new insight you will have gained from the other exercises we do. T’ai Chi has many integrated sections like partner exercises and qigong which all teach certain aspects of the Art and affect the way you do your forms.
With 360 degree videos you can move your mouse on a PC, or on a phone or tablet usually swipe or change the angle of the screen to view behind you. The videos have teachers each stationed at the four points of the compass so if you cant see what one is doing, if they are facing away for example, then you can easily refer to one of the others.
Tai Chi Elements
Tai Chi Elements is an app for Windows and Mac users which is designed to help you learn the Tai Chi forms and other exercises. Using motion capture and 3d game engine technology we have created an online Tai Chi class. The advantage is you can view from different angles, speed up, or slow down the model. You can zoom in to get more detail, and the player controls allow you to set a certain section to loop so you can practise it over and again. You can meet up with other players, or talk to your teacher online. You can also video yourself with a smartphone or video camera, you could even use a webcam, and upload these videos onto an overlay or screen then watch them side by side with the model to compare them. We can use these videos to review your progress and look over them with you to give you pointers or look at certain aspects of your training which may need attention just like in a real world class. As well as the forms there are also the full range of warming up exercises, breathing exercises and qigong to learn. You can log in any time of the day or night as often as you like and learn in your own living room and still stay in touch with students and teachers from all over the world.
This app is currently in development, but you can try it out for free as long as you are willing to give us some feedback that will help us improve the user experience.
Like our Facebook page to keep up to date with events, look at pictures and videos, you can ask questions and join discussions on our group about different aspects of your training. You can also make contact with other members of your club and talk to your teacher. Each of our local classes has a Facebook page so if you are thinking of joining a class you can get some insight into exactly what is involved by looking at their Facebook page.
Seahorse Arts Wiki
Chee Soo published five books in his lifetime and another was published posthumously by Seahorse Books. We have published a wide range of articles and images from these books on all aspects of the Taoist Arts in a fully searchable Wikipedia style database that you can access freely online.
Seahorse Books has acquired the copyright licence to publish all of Chee Soo’s written works. You can buy these books online, they have been reprinted on high quality bright white acid free paper, they are stitched and not just glued together, and the covers are laminated to protect them so they are suitable for regular use as training manuals. We have reproduced these books exactly as they were published by Chee Soo, the only changes are the redesigned covers and we have added links to our association with the permission of the copyright owner Marilyn Soo.
All you need is a Paypal account or credit card and we will send them to you First class post free of charge worldwide.
Or you can buy them off Amazon but it’s more expensive.