Jason said: "Hi.I'm just starting my tai chi journey & stumbled upon this post (see post on "Diamonds vs. Rocks"). I definitely want to learn traditional tai chi- not the watered-down Westernized
version. Although I'm new to tai chi, I innately feel something is missing from
Westernized tai chi, but unsure what to do about it.
Can you give me some guidance? Since I'm new to this, I don't fully
understand this post. Also, I can't afford classes, so I'm learning what I can
from DVDs and online sources. Are there any DVDs or online sources you
recommend?" Thanks! -Jason
I do not think that you stumbled when you found the post, on the contrary I think you came to the right place. I will also let a student tell you themselves. I do concur with what John says about the amount of work involved. If you will sit down and completely read the website called Classical Tai Chiand all of the pages at the website, in one sitting with not letting yourself get distracted, you will have a good idea of what John means about work. This is Classical Tai Chi it is not "watered down, westernized tai chi", once you do the work to "get it", it is like owning a large amount of diamonds...a real treasure.
John said: “Firstly I would invest in the 'Volume I - Tai Chi Overview' DVD. Money well spent. This will whet anyone's appetite... or put them off completely after seeing the
amount of work involved!
If money is tight I see the whole DVD set and book as being a good investment as they provide a lifetimes worth of classes for a one-off payment. This coupled with Jim’s Blog,
the Facebook group and the Yahoo group provide support and advice. The biggest
thing to realize (in my opinion) is that Classical Tai Chi is a serious
commitment rather than a hobby - it is certainly not a fad. Hope this helps.”