21ST CENTURY TAI CHI
Ideas to bridge the space between thought and action
FREE LIVE TRAINING
For the last 2 weeks I've been going live on Facebook for 10 minutes (Mondays to Fridays) to practice a little and share the experience with anyone who wishes to join in. Now I'm going to take this up a notch and invite everyone, intermediate students, teachers or absolute beginners to join me from Monday 30th March 2020 for a new 2 week live session. If you'd like to join me, then read on...
CATCH THE PREVIOUS SESSIONS
Previous sessions include 10 minute introductions to Flow, Balance, Coordinations, Foot work and Arm Work . You can catch up with those on:
Facebook : These Sessions go out live in the UK at 17.30 (GMT) and in Spain at 18.30 (CET) 13.30 (New York) 10.30 (Los Angeles). You can ask questions, leave comments and connect or share with other users.
Instagram TV: Uploaded the following day or day after.
Youtube: Uploaded the following day or day after. .
SOMETHING TO LEARN OVER THE NEXT 2 WEEKS
For the next 2 weeks I’m going to be teaching you the Short 10 Step Form. You can see it in the video above. (in the video I repeat the Form twice - did you notice?) In these Free Online Sessions - I'm going to be showing you a new posture each day - mostly in silence - few words, so you can concentrate on the moves, not the explanations.
I'll be demonstrating each move from every angle and showing you how one flows together. One move a day - for 10 days.
To get all the written instructions and well as photos of each move - you'll need to acquire a copy of the book in the link below. But don't fret! The book is free too! See, it is all easier than you think.
HOW TO GET YOUR COPY (SORRY, THIS OFFER IS NOW OVER)
To get a copy all you need to do is out a '0' in the box to get the book for free.
I know that in these moments, many of us are struggling and uncertain as to our economic future. If, like me, you have lost a lot of business and clients, these last weeks, then I understand. Honestly, I do. I'm in a similar position. But you can download the book for free. And you can do the Live course with me for 2 weeks for free. Right now we have to adapt to a new economic order, and I want to do what I can for others, and no-one should have a financial barrier put in the way of their health.
Having said that, if you have something to spare, your income is still secure, or you want to support this project, then please Pay What You Can. Everything helps to keep these sessions alive and running. To everyone that joins, I’ll create a student list. Those people on this list will additionally get copies of all the live video sessions for the next 2 weeks (to back up their training and to support the instructions in the book.)
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN in 10 DAYS
In the months ahead we are all going to face the prospect of training alone as the Coronavirus spreads across the globe. I'm in Spain and here we cannot leave our houses unless to buy food or medicine. We cannot socialise in person, we cannot go out for exercise and we obviously cannot attend our Tai Chi Classes. But there is still a lot we can do at home.
I’ve compiled a list of resources and ideas for working from home, that includes reading matter, audiobooks and practical courses. I've added a combination of free books/audio/classes for those that find themselves out of work or having had to close their businesses. If this is you, then fear not, there are still a lot of things here to do.
Let me know if you have other suggestions and I’ll add them to the list.. Stay at home. Stay safe, and keep practising.
Read and Learn
One way to fill your time is to broaden your knowledge of a subject. Here is a link to a post I wrote about the best books on Tai Chi. available from all online books stores and in some cases even digital libraries too (check your local library website for access details).
Additionally, I have some links to free PDF’s that I give away for something to read. You can download:them all here:
Train at Home
If your classes have been suspended (and if they haven’t, believe me they will soon) then talk to your teacher about running online classes. He/she can use a Youtube private channel or more openly, a Facebook Live stream for a free quick solution.
LIVE SESSIONS FREE ON FACEBOOK (AND OTHER PLATFORMS)
I've been running a free daily Live session on Facebook Live. In the Uk at 5.30 (GMT) and in Spain at 6.30 (CET)
The day after I'm uploading edited versions of the videos to Instagram TV, and the day after that to Youtube. But it's important to try and connect and do it Live with me. Not only do you get longer and more complete sessions, but you get to share and connect with others at the same time. Setting up a routine is important when you self-isolate. Want to join in for 10 minutes a day? Just come over, to Facebook (use a relatives account if you don't have one) find me on Facebook here (Paul Read).
The classes are building up towards learning the 10 Step Form. If you'd like to learn this over the next few weeks, then join me Live on Facebook for the details, extra notes and links to special videos.
FREE INTRO STARTERS PACK
If Facebook is not your thing (and who can blame you?), then you can download this free course of mine: that comes with extra reading matter too. Don't want to learn with me - why should you? Ask your teacher to organise something the same or look out for notifications from other teachers, as I’m sure we will see an explosion of online instructors over the next few weeks.
Listen and Learn
If it's rhythm that moves you, then you might like this 2 part series on Music and the martial arts Or Rest your eyes and switch off for a while by tuning in to the world of podcasts.
There are some great podcasts to entertain and educate out there - for example
If you are curious why my 3 series of podcasts are not listed, it's because they are difficult to come by now, though I have compiled the final series in this audiobook - 10 Ways Podcast Series
There is also this additional free PDF on Audio Resources
If you prefer a longer listen then I am not sure how many Tai Chi books are in audio form. I have 2 that you can listen to samples of:
Create new Contacts
Probably the most important factor is staying positive and nurturing your spirit. Contact your fellow students and create a WhatsApp group. Share videos of your practice, insights, reading matter films suggestions, share a Netflix doc.
My Tai Chi class here in Spain keep in contact and share resources through a WhatsApp group. I can throw resources, videos and links as well as check on what they are doing. At times like this, when all other means of contact are strictly limited, it can be an important thread. that binds us together.
It is also possible to do the same with groups on FaceBook or other messenger apps - the important thing is to maintain a dialogue and keep the channels open during the months ahead.
Finally, the Free Ranger Taoist Facebook group is sharing other peoples live sessions too, so come over and join that.
So thats' it! I hope it's be useful. Keep well, join me on Facebook for the free sessions if you wish, otherwise - keep practising and do connect with people. Keep your spirit strong and let me (and others) know how you are doing.
Start Working and Building New Skills at Home Today
Stockpiling food isn't the way to go. Building you energy and immune system is. So here you go...if you know someone who is diagnosed and is positive? Give them a link and let them learn something useful at home. Know someone who is in self-isolation? Send a link. My heart is with you. Together we can overcome this. This course It isn't going to cure anyone, but it might just help. And that is what we all should be dong right now. Helping.
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