Eight Gates tai chi chuan is short and easy to learn. While not as beneficial as longer, more traditional forms, it still makes a good introduction to tai chi for beginners.
Ba Men Tajiquan or Eight Gates is actually styled after the commonly practiced Grasp Sparrow’s Tail, a set of movements found in many traditional tai chi forms, set in repetition, and combined into a set. The eight gates refer to eight different directions that the form takes.
If you already know the Grasp Sparrow’s Tail, you will find this tai chi form fairly easy to learn. Grasp Sparrow’s Tail is repeated for a total of 16 times in eight different directions. Pay close attention to the direction with which you begin. Male and female practitioners each begin the form in a different direction.
This ecourse is divided into five daily ebooks, one ebook daily, for a total of five ebooks practiced over five days.