Tai Chi – The Super-food of Exercise
Health fads come and go. Whether it’s a new caveman diet or an exercise gadget that promises the impossible, every month sees a new way to get fit and healthy that assures you it’s better than last month’s.
Tai chi is different. Perfected over thousands of years it’s got nothing left to prove – if it didn’t work, it wouldn’t still exist. And modern medicine is at last taking note of this ancient art. Almost every day there’s a new article praising the health benefits of tai chi. And new scientific studies reveal evidence that tai chi works for everything from preventing falls to pain relief.
The evidence is clear – tai chi helps to improve your quality of life, both physically and mentally.
White Crane Online – Tai Chi Training in the Modern World
We want everyone to be able to learn tai chi.
The secrets of tai chi used to be locked away in the minds of a few practitioners in China. Over the years tai chi has spread around the world – but it can still be hard to find local classes. Many teachers like to pretend that there’s a magic and mystery to tai chi that has to be protected. Many refuse to even video what they do – seeing it as a betrayal of an ancient art.
We aim to bridge this gap between the ancient and the modern.
We offer high-quality online lessons that you can watch when you like, where you like. Each professionally filmed lesson takes you through a series of techniques that anyone can use to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
But online lessons are just a part of what we offer.
Our instructors will give you all the support you need to get the most out of our lessons. We can help tailor each exercise to you and your needs. We listen to your ideas to help us create new lessons. We offer one-to-one training so you can get real-time feedback on your technique.
Sign up for our free Bronze level membership to get access to hours of lessons to help you learn the basics of tai chi
We have an active forum where you can ask questions, share ideas and get encouragment from instructors and students
For the longer tai chi forms, our lessons are paced so that you can focus on each move one-by-one. This builds up into a single, flowing form.
Exercise for Everyone
Tai chi is a low impact exercise that can be practised by anyone. It increases flexibility, concentration & general firness.
I love the videos on White Crane Online. They are clear and easy to follow, as Mark guides and takes you through the various moves. I’m looking forward to my continued Tai Chi journey with WCO.
The White Crane tai chi videos are great for practicing your tai chi form at home. Mark explains in detail each move and how to execute them to the best of your ability. They have really helped me understand the form, from the name of each move, down to the smallest hand movement performed. I think the videos would be great for both beginners and for the more experienced that seek to improve or polish their form slightly. Really really good.
I am so glad this course exists! I am new to Tai Chi (despite intending to start several years ago!) and didn’t know how I would get on with online learning – but I am absolutely loving it! Mark has a gift of explaining things really clearly – and the fact that the course is online means it can neatly fit in with everything else going on in the week.
How excellent that we are to be able to learn this online! I feel very lucky to be able to do this, and very grateful that such a facility exists. I go to classes too – but really enjoy being able to do this at home in my own time and at my own pace. Many thanks indeed.
Mark Stevenson, founder, White Crane Online
My interest in the martial arts started early in life and, for several years as a child, I competed in Judo competitions. After a few years away from martial arts, my interest was rekindled in the early 2000s when I took up kickboxing and kung fu.
In 2007, I was lucky enough to study in Beijing, where I learned a version of the Yang Style form as well as training in some Hsing-I. Shortly after returning from Beijing, I began teaching and later opened White Crane Academy.
For me, tai chi is a lifelong adventure. I practice every morning and teach in the evenings and at weekends. I thoroughly enjoy helping as many people as possible, from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, to learn this treasured art.