Chen Tai Chi 5 Form Course

Video on Demand / Downloadable Video Course.

A beginners Chen Tai Chi video course to start your Tai Chi journey. With six video lessons that provide detailed instruction of the choreography, method and body alignment. Join me, instructor Nicola in my virtual studio, teaching from my home to yours. Learn the Chen 5 elements & 4 corners form. Designed for new students who enjoy a challenge and would like to learn from the comfort of their home.

Cost: £25

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Ways to Learn the Chen 5 Form

Instructor Nicola teaches the Chen 5 short form via:

  1. Private tuition via Zoom.
  2. Purchase the Chen Tai Chi 5 form / 4 corners form course on Vimeo, access via video on demand anytime and download the videos to watch offline (purchase via this page).
  3. Livestream students can access this course anytime in the video library, where any questions you have can be brought into the Saturday Tai Chi class.

Chen Tai Chi is a powerful internal martial art that combines slow movements, silk reeling spirals, dynamic stances with deep breathing, mind intent and martial spirit. The Chen 5 Elements form covers the first five movements of the “Old Frame First Routine” form (Laojia Yi Lu). The Chen 5 Elements form can be joined together with a transition movement to create the Chen 4 Corners form.

The course duration totals 5 hours 09 minutes plus two performance videos. You can watch the videos on any device through Vimeo whether mobile or PC desktop, or download them as MP4 files to watch offline. Available in High Definition 1080p.


Move 1. Preparing Form (47 mins)

– The transition from the outside world into body awareness.
– Settling the mind down to the lower Dantian.
– Introduction to a side step.
– Introduction to the kua squat.
– Introduction to coordination of the arms and squat.

Move 2. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pound’s Mortar (1 hour 9 mins)

– Learn to stabilise the knees.
– Practice moving the arms in unison governed by the waist.
– Introduction to the peng lu silk reeling drill.
– Develop alignment, balance and stability to stand on one leg.
– Introduction to a forwards bow stance step.
– Introduction to the empty step.
– Introduction to the pound mortar stomp.

Move 3. Lazy about Tying Coat (1 hour 19 mins)

– Introduction to continuity in movement: different speeds of arms movements with different choreography.
– Introduction to a side bow stance step.
– Develop stabilising the knees.
– Develop silk reeling lower body motion.
– Introduction to foot pivoting.

Move 4. Six Sealings and Four Closings (43 mins)

– Introduction to the four direct martial applications: peng, lu, ji, an.
– Introduction to the silk reeling drill: peng, lu, ji, an.
– Develop stabilising the knees.
– Develop silk reeling lower body motion.
– Develop the empty step.

Move 5. Single Whip (1 hour 1 min)

– Introduction to the hook palm.
– Introduction to equal and opposing strength in application.
– Develop side bow stance step.
– Introduction to horse stance.
– Develop silk reeling lower body motion.
– Develop foot pivoting.


Move 6. Transition to 4 Corners (10 mins)

– Review of peng lu silk reeling drill.
– Introduction to changing directions.
– How to join the form together into a continuous loop.
– Formal closing.


Performance Video 1: Chen Tai Chi 5 Elements Form.

Performance Video 2: Chen Tai Chi 4 Corners Form.



– Internet access is required to access the videos.
– Available as video on demand through Vimeo.
– Videos are available to download as .MP4 files.
– All download sales are final, no returns or refunds are permitted for digital files.
– No physical products are part of this sale.

By purchasing this video course you agree to the following points:

– I will consult with a health professional before commencing any new exercise programme.
– I accept full responsibility for my actions in applying the techniques and will use common sense at each stage, asking for professional advice, should I need it.


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