Chen-Style Taijiquan Online Learning
The Chen-Style Network (CTN) now has its own Taiji Online School.
We are very excited our online CTN Academy has launched. Starting in 2020 we launched regular Taijiquan courses at our Online Taijiquan CTND Academy.
If you’re new to Chen Taijiquan you will find some basic classes and classes specifically designed for beginners. If you are an expert or a long-time practioner you can look for advanced courses, theory classes and so on. Online training really works, especially for those used to spend time on the computer. Our idea is not to create some anonymous online environment, but rather a digital version of a healthy, amiable and effective learning environment where people know and help one another. If you are interested just visit our CTN Academy website.
There is a variety of different learning formats you can attend or which are more focused on specific student groups (e.g. beginners, advanced or trainers):
More sessions will be added soon. Each trainer updates his or her own classes including the content of the class and login details. If you have questions regarding a specific class, you may ask the trainer in charge directly. The default teaching language will be in English but other languages might be defined in certain courses!
We also do individual online coaching so
All the best from the CTN Academy team!
Antoine, Falk, Filip, Johannes, Monique, Nabil and Piet
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Introduction to our Chen Taijiquan online learning:
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Here is an excerpt from one of our online classes:
Online Learning - how does it work?
We have to say in the beginning we were all quite skeptical about online learning in Taijiquan. Though our Chinese family branch started this already about 10 years ago. But after teaching students abroad especially during the Corona lockdown we changed our minds and saw the actual improvement of all those who are sincerely training online. So we thought we would add this kind of training for those interested learning with us and who cannot come to our regular training and workshops. We will list some disadvantages and also advantages of the online training so you can make up your own mind!
The disadvantages to normal training are obvious. Manual corrections are not possible, and hands on applications cannot be shown. Everything where the student has to copy the coach is a bit more difficult through a screen, but still possible. You cannot really change position and stand next to one another so the situation an the view is always a bit limited. It is thus more difficult to see the body method (shenfa) of the teacher and to get a practical feeling for it.
We found out that once students accept that in online learning you learn in a more conceptual kind of way, the theoretical understanding of the art really improves a lot. Also replications are possible if we save videos in the cloud or in our forum so students can watch it again and better take in all the details which define our style. We sometimes make screenshots and add graphics while we coach so that certain theories become more obvious to see, like power lines in the bodies etc. So these are quite powerful tools which are more difficult to apply in "real" training environments.