Learn Tai chi Online
LIVE ONLINE LESSONSLearn in the comfort of your home, office, or hotel room, almost anywhere in the world. You will need a webcam, and either a Skype, Google, or FaceTime account.
1 hour: $65
30 minutes: $40
Buy the basic video course
Learn tai chi from pre-recorded videos, following a program specially designed for online learning, with something for students of all levels.
Sale price $99 (USD)
"This is the best you can get off the net. I like Ian's sense of humor and teaching style. Looking forward for more. Thanks a lot!"
- Amit Pagedar
"Brilliant and absolutely generous teaching. A real gift to martial arts, as much as to the art of teaching itself. Ian Sinclair is a true master that every serious student hopes for."
- John R
"This is by far the most comprehensive "translation" of the taiji quan forms I have encountered in terms of body mechanics. From the point of view of a western mind used to understanding mechanics rather than what those mechanics feel like, this is an excellent resource. I sincerely hope the series will also extend to cover in such detail the energetic aspect of the practice and bridge the mechanics with what is often misunderstood as "Chinese magic"; usually due to simplistic translation of Chinese terms taken out of context. Thank you Mr. Sinclair and everyone else contributing to this treasure of martial arts! Worth every cent."
- Paul Pearson
"Awesome teaching thank you:),I have been in Martial Arts 43 years and your instruction is some of the best I have seen. Please keep up the great work:)"
. - Joseph Gillen
"I am enjoying this course. Good humor; good instruction."
- Jacob Palmer
"This is really exceptional: I started doing TaiJi here in Taiwan with an excellent teacher, however, he's currently away in Hollywood, so I was just doing basic exercises over and over again. The lessons here track very well with what I was taught previously and give me some variety in my daily practice while I await the return of my teacher. Thanks so much for this, looking forward to it's additions!"
- Anthony Murphy
"Superb. Thank You."
- David Ng
- Miguel Gorrea
"Finding this deep, clear and refreshing teachings has been a great present. You are a magnific teacher. I recommend it. to all people, beginers or not. Ian Sinclair tiene una magnífica didáctica y un estilo divertido y agradable que hace que seguir sus vídeos sea fácil y interiorices tanto lo esencial como lo sutil del tai chi. Su lenguaje es claro y sencillo y con un nivel normal de inglés es más que suficiente para entenderlo a la perfección.Enhorabuena. Este material merece la pena. No os duela pagar por él."
US$ 99.00 for all the videos.
Learn tai chi with a program specially designed for online learning, with something for students of all levels.
This is traditional tai chi, with nothing omitted. However, it is taught in a way that is easy for you to follow.
The choreography of these tai chi routines are symmetrical, which means you will be exercising each part in balance. This is different from traditional routines which tend to be very right-handed, and teach most tai chi movements only on one side of the body. In many ways, the tai chi routine taught in this online course is more in keeping with traditional methods of teaching tai chi.
These tai chi routines have a consistent forward orientation, so you won't be standing with your back to the screen and looking over your shoulder all the time to see what is happening.
This tai chi program can be done in a small space. Your bedroom or office probably has enough room already, without requiring you to move a lot of furniture.
The tai chi movements in this video series are not simplified. But they are easy to follow. While the trend over the past century has been to make the tai chi easy to teach by watering it down, Ian Sinclair has developed a comprehensive tai chi program that is progressive and linear without leaving anything out. The so-called "Tai chi secrets" are presented in a clear and modern language, with reference to known laws of physics.
Modern tai chi terminology is used here whenever possible. The classic tai chi terminology is confusing to most students, even those who grew up with the language. This course tries to create a new tai chi terminology and to explain tai chi concepts in a way with which modern students will be familiar.
Tai chi for health vs Tai chi for martial arts
All tai chi is tai chi for health. It teaches you to find balance and harmony within your own mind and body. You learn to neutralize the internal conflicts that manifest as physical tension, stress, illness, and emotional turmoil. You also learn to empower yourself and cultivate strength, flexibility, and relaxed vitality.
As you progress in the art, you may discover that this internal harmony has an effect on your external relationships. The martial aspect of tai chi simply expands this skill to include the ability to neutralize external conflicts as well as the internal ones. The best martial artist is the one who never needs to fight.
This online tai chi course is suitable for both the non-martial artist as well as for the devoted martial artist. Most people practise tai chi for its proven health benefits. So, the martial components may not be a focus for many. But the martial components of tai chi are included here for those who wish to know more. To be clear, the only difference between "martial tai chi" and "tai chi for health" is the depth and breadth of instruction. You can learn tai chi for health without practising the martial component of tai chi. But you cannot learn "martial tai chi" without practising "health tai chi."
Can you learn tai chi from a video?
In fact, you can learn tai chi from a video. Not everything, of course. But a great deal. In fact, the goal of these online tai chi lessons is to help you to eventually learn from yourself, and to do your own research. As you progress, there will be some things that will require a partner, and later, you may benefit from having direct feedback from a teacher. But most tai chi classes even those taught in person, are largely a matter of following visual and verbal instruction. If you need to have a personal video chat with the instructor, that can be arranged. When you have an understanding of the basics, visiting a tai chi instructor near you for hands-on correction may be worth your while.
Ian Sinclair is a unique and internationally respected teacher with 40 years of experience. He has studied many different styles of tai chi, neigong, and martial arts under many of the World's great teachers. He has a unique teaching method, but has not yet declared a unique style. This curriculum teaches principles which are compatible with other traditional styles, including Yang style, Chen style, Wu style, Sun style, Hao style, Zhaobao style, and others.
Students visit Ian Sinclair from around the World, and he sometimes accepts invitations to teach private tai chi lessons or group tai chi seminars in various locations around the globe.
The main focus of this first course is the 26-section (108 posture) Yang Style Foundation Routine. It was developed by Ian Sinclair based on decades of study and research into eight different variations of the Yang style, which is the most popular style of tai chi in the world. Later videos will introduce the Chen style foundation routine, and others. Learning this tai chi routine will take you far. And, it will serve as a strong foundation if you later want to study other online tai chi courses, or study with another teacher. You will find that, with some simple changes, once you know the 26-section tai chi routine, you will already know the choreography for the traditional Yang style tai chi long routine.
~ With this package, you support the ongoing production of more videos, and get access to all videos currently posted, and all new videos to be posted during a full year.
By purchasing the complete package, you get one year of access to the videos on this page, to play or download. As new videos are added, you will have free access to the new videos as well, without needing to pay any more for the rest of the one-year term.