As many Tai Chi and Qi Gong schools are closed, teachers and students turn to learn online. And I think it is amazing how we can benefit from technology.
And there are so many options! To help you find one for you, I create this list. I want to show you the many live online Tai Chi classes & Qi Gong classes that are available right now.
Let’s get through this crisis together and take our time to practice!
I created a calendar so you can check which class will be offered next. I hope it works! And if you have any comments or additional live online classes, feel free to contact me!
Time should be your local class (I use this calendar program for the first time). But you can also check within the description.
Click on the class that is interesing for you – and remember that for some free classes you need to get in touch with the teacher first!
Calendar for FREE live online Qi Gong classes & Tai Chi
For now I will concentrate on LIVE classes. Many classes will be recorded, so you can check them later. But in this list I concentrate on LIVE online classes for Tai Chi (Taijiquan) and Qi Gong.
Below is a list with even more online courses. Some lessons are for free, some are paid. It list is in no particular order. I thought about ordering it by country (because of the time zones), but I decided not to. I want to give you the opportunity to practice whenever wherever from teachers all over the world. We, as Tai Chi and Qi Gong practicioners, are a truly global community! Let’s celebrate that with some awesome online classes!
Live online Tai Chi
classes and Qi Gong classes
If you know of a live online Tai Chi teacher or Qi Gong teacher who is not listed here, feel free to contact me and send me the link to their homepage.
If you still cannot find something, check out my list of 5-Minute-Qi Gong videos or 10-minute-Qi Gong videos.
And no matter where you are: remember to breath! It’s even more important during a crisis to take your breaks and unwind. You will make better choices when you are relaxed.
I just love to connect with Taijiquan & Qi Gong enthusiasts all around the world. That’s actually the reason why I write my blog in English even though my mothertongue is German. And I have to admit that I have never been to a conference or big push hands meeting, but I would really like to go to such an event. And there are so many Qi Gong & Tai Chi Events 2020!
I am sure you can find many more events, meetings, workshops etc. But I wanted to concentrate on the BIG international meetings and conferences. So my criteria to choose the Qi Gong & Tai Chi events 2018 on my list are:
- Minimum 3 days long
- Minimum 3 different teachers
- Possibility to participate in English or have translations to English (especially when the event is in a non-English-speaking country)
Just choose an event you would like to go to – there are so many possibilities and locations. I am sure you’ll find one of these big international Qi Gong & Tai Chi events 2020 right for you! You could even plan your vacation around such an event, they happen in really great places.
And if you know about other events that match my criteria, feel free to write me an eMail!
Big International Qi Gong & Tai Chi Events 2020
International Push Hands Meeting Hanover
February 26th – March 1st 2020 in Hanover, Germany
For the 20th time, push hands beginners and enthusiasts meet in Hanover. Mornings are filled with workshops for all levels, afternoons are filled with free push hands opportunities.
Austrian Qi Gong Days
May 15th – 17th 2020 in Gut Chiemsee, Germany
Topic of this meeting of the Austrian Qi Gong Association and German Qi Gong Association is „Sehnsucht nach Ganzheit“ (“longing for wholenesse”).
International Tai Chi Festival “Democritus of Abdera”
May 22th – 24th 2020 in Xanthi, Greece
International exchange meeting between teachers, experts and friends of Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong of Europe and the Balkan area aiming to enhance friendship and expertise in the ancient Chinese internal martial and movement art. Exploring Tai Chi through philosophy with an approach of the work of the great philosopher Democritus of Abdera.
International Taiji-Push Hands-Meeting
June 11th – June 14th 2020 in Hassfurt, Germany
This meeting provides TAIJI – practitioners of all styles (Yang, Chen, Wu, Fu …) a friendly and harmonious atmosphere to practice, to get to know, to share experiences,… . But the important thing is to go deep into the art of TAIJIQUAN.
Tai Chi Caledonia
July 10th – July 17th 2020 in Stirling, UK
2020 is the 25th time that this week of Tai Chi, Qi Gong & Chinese Internal Arts takes place in the heart of Scotland.
NQA Annual Qi Gong Conference
July 24th – 26th 2020, Albany (NY), USA
Over the past 23 years, the National Qigong Assocation has hosted this conference to share Qigong. In 2018, there will be two conferences in April (East) and October (West, only two days).
Les Rencontres Jasnières
July 24th – July 26th 2020 in Marçon, France
This event is the oldest international Taijiquan meeting across different styles in Europe. It emphazises friendly and non-competitive exchange of experiences, skills, and push hands. (This meeting on a camping ground has no commercial organisator, thus openness and self organisation is expected!)
North Sea Tai Chi Festival
August 14th- 18th 2020 Haarlem, The Netherlands
This is a 3-day outdoor Tai Chi festival, open to all styles, related disciplines and levels.
Now those are a lot of big Qi Gong & Tai Chi events 2020! I am sure there are some more, so please contact me if you know of another meeting that meets my criteria (min. 3 days, min. 3 teachers, English).
And of course I want to wish all organizers and participants success and a good time:
Have fun! Learn a lot! Connect with each other!
P.S.: You can find a list of open Tai Chi tournaments here!
And I would like to add one more big event: the World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day on April 25th, 2020 which is celebrated all over the world!
What I like about Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is that even when we practice different forms and squabble over how to do them correctly, the underlying principles are the same for everyone. The 10 Tai Chi principles are the very basic principles. And they are the same for EVERYONE practicing Yang style Tai Chi.
These Yang style Tai Chi principles where transmitted orally from Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫; 1883-1936) to his student Chen Weiming (陈微明; 1881-1958). And luckily, Chen Weiming wrote down the principles and they where then published in the book “T’ai-chi ch’üan shu” (The art of T’ai-chi ch’üan; 太 極 拳 術) in 1925.
One of the most-known forms is probably the Yang style Tai Chi 108 form. And to make it confusing for us pracitioners, it has many names: Tai Chi 108 form, 105 form, 103 form, 85 form, 150 form 94 form, 88 form or just: Tai Chi long form.
The number actually depends on how you count the different moves. My current teacher counts the Yin-Yang-phases and says that there are 169 phases! So I guess one could call the long Yang form the 169 form, if he wanted to. Or if you count repeated movemens just once (e.g. “repulse monkey”), you end up with a lower movement count.
A common misperception among people who do not practice Taijiquan is that you need to be patient to learn Taijiquan. I started learning Taijiquan more than a decade ago and I really enjoy it. And I have to admit that I am definitely NOT PATIENT AT ALL! Continue reading