The Basic Elements of Tai Chi Instructional Manual


The Basic Elements of Tai Chi Instructional Manual takes you back to the important Basics of Tai Chi and explores the correct Foundation of Tai Chi techniques. You will find it invaluable in helping you with your Tai Chi practice while improving your skill level and understanding of how to perform those techniques correctly. The aim of this Workbook is to provide you with a good understanding of correct Tai Chi techniques. Students have found this Workbook to be invaluable in helping them practice their Tai Chi at a basic level but as the same time improve their skill level and understand on how to practice the techniques correctly. Although it is mainly intended as a reference guide for students who are at the early stages of learning, the correct elements described and illustrated are featured in every routine taught by the Golden Lion Academy. So no matter how far your training may advance, they will always remain vital and important. Whilst perfecting the art of Tai Chi can be described as a process of steady but continuing practice where lessons learnt are accumulated and knowledge constantly increased, that process has to be built on a solid foundation. That foundation is what is contained in this instructional manual. Although this Workbook is intended for students who are at the early stages of learning, the basic elements, no matter how far your training may advance, will always remain vitally important at any level. See below for more information or Order here.

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What you’ll learn in The Basic Elements of Tai Chi Instructional Manual

  • Tai Chi – what exactly is it?
  • Correct Hand and Arm shapes: In Tai Chi practice all parts of the body have a part to play and the overriding principle for them all is to maintain a relaxed but stable state. Learn how to do them correctly.
  • Correct punching and common errors to avoid
  • Chi Cultivation: Learn the importance of the correct stance and posture in the standing meditation position.
  • The Bow or Salute: The bow is the basic demonstration of Respect. Learn how to do it properly.
  • Opening stances: Every routine has an opening stance but the method used can vary according to the Tai Chi style. This is an important stance to know.
  • Hold the ball: This shape is frequently used in most Tai Chi routines therefore it is important for you to do it correctly.
  • Forward (bow) stance: Learn how to achieve this important foundation stance elegantly and comfortably.
  • Half Step & Empty stance – heel and toe: Learn the correct technique and posture in these stances.
  • One leg stance: Correct technique, posture and balance is fundamental in performing this stance, learn how to do it correctly.
  • Crouch stance: Learn how to perform the two versions of this challenging stance.
  • 180° turn sequence: This is one of the most difficult moves experienced by beginners. Learn how to do it correctly and achieve a smooth and elegant full turn.
  • Forward walking: Learn how to use the pelvis correctly, how to rotate it to reduce injury and create a smooth gait, which uses all of the muscles in the legs while doing tai chi walking, learn to make smooth and relaxed movements
  • Backwards walking: Learn how to control the muscles in stances and improve correct weight distribution.
  • Empty stance stepping: The position of the toes when stepping and the distance of steps are crucial in this stance so learn how to do it correctly.


  • Dan Tians and pressure points: learn the location of pressure points and the Dan Tians, they are the most commonly referred to in Tai Chi and Chi Cultivation practice. The lower Dan Tian is the one most often used.
  • Yang Cheng Fu’s 10 Principles of Tai Chi – what they are and how to use them when practising Tai Chi.

Build a Solid Foundation for Your Tai Chi. Obtain your copy of The Basic Elements of Tai Chi workbook here. If you’d like to read more about the experiences of some students with this topic, click here.

Additional information

Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 38 × 26 × 1.5 cm


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