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    Tai Chi Beginners Guides and Recommendations

    As a complete beginner to the world of Tai Chi, what should I know before diving into this? Are there any YouTube videos explaining what it is in great detail? What are the benefits/ negatives of it?

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    Mai Halestrom ... there are a great many YouTube videos regarding entry-level Tai Chi.
    Many of them are ads for more complete systems of Tai Chi you can buy for the amazingly low price of ...
    Sorry, but those are not where you want to go. The CDs/DVDs for the "low price of ...", I mean. The free videos are generally, lacking the talk-along, are good. Usually.
    The talk is another problem: it can get quite "religious", sort of. Lots of chatter about stuff most people can not really attempt.

    What it is? It's a group of moving poses - often arranged in katas(dances?) - that strengthen and loosen various muscles. Yoga, by comparison, is usually stable poses.
    Both tend to strengthen muscles and loosen you up. Like stretching. Both tend to be rather calming - my cardiologist recommends both.
    Neither builds huge muscles. Both give your muscles a bit of trimming.
    The negatives? You need a better memory than I have to remember the patterns of the katas. But, if you can dance, you have an advantage.

    Go. Enjoy. You will enjoy it. I promise. Like all exercise, start slowly.

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      #3
      Mai Halestrom If you check out the YMCA streaming services, they have a decent collection of videos that are an intro to Tai Chi. It is streaming now for free, though isn't always free.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Mai Halestrom View Post
        Are there any YouTube videos explaining what it is in great detail?
        Yep. Michael Gilman has a huge amount of material available for free on YouTube, including a 34 hour course that teaches the Yang Long Form in great detail.

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          #5
          Is there a video or explanation of the Darebee Tai Chi workout? I couldn't find anything in the videos, it doesn't look like the 24 short form and I'd just be guessing and probably doing it wrong to use it without a better understanding.

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            #6
            I found videos about 8 form Taichi here
            https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...VJHULDBIcMS2cH

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              #7
              Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
              Mai Halestrom If you check out the YMCA streaming services, they have a decent collection of videos that are an intro to Tai Chi. It is streaming now for free, though isn't always free.
              Thanks for sharing the resource CaptainCanuck!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Avatar View Post
                I found videos about 8 form Taichi here
                https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...VJHULDBIcMS2cH
                Thanks, Avatar - That is a great series of videos, but I still can't see it in the Darebee Tai Chi workout. Thanks also to CaptainCanuck and Rainbow Dragon for the leads. I'm stumped!

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