About Tai Chi Basics

We are you.

We are teachers, practitioners, and students of internal martial arts.  We research and write on topics that have helped us and our students grow from the beginning stages of tai chi, qigong, and meditation into advanced practitioners.

The world of martial arts has yet to catch up on the explosion of information unleashed by the advent of the internet and the opening of China.  As we are asked questions by our students or debate topics at workshops, it is apparent that a base of knowledge has not been amassed to act as a platform for students to develop broadly and progress.

This is where Tai Chi Basics comes in.

We are researching new medical studies on tai chi, qi gong, and meditation so that you have the buy-in and understanding needed to keep practicing.

We are sharing training and teaching tips so that your progress is faster.

We are sharing how our practices have immediate, positive impact on our lives outside the classroom so that you can connect the dots and get the most out of your efforts.

All contributions have been written and edited by long-time martial arts practitioners.  Additionally, a fair number of us are involved in the growing movement of western weight training and fitness that are (re) investigating eastern principles to safely increase strength, force, and agility.  It’s important to us to bring a practical understanding to the concepts that the I Ching, Tao, and Tai Chi introduce.

Upon launching this website we debated how to present the authors.  We have chosen to write collectively, without relation to our schools, styles, or personalities so that the reader builds a connection with the information and has a way to 1) comment to further our growth and 2) question to continue theirs.

About Scott Prath

Scott has been practicing and teaching tai chi and qigong since 2000. He is a lead instructor for the Austin Chen Tai Chi Association. His interest in the internal martial arts began after traveling in India and Nepal, and he has since traveled to China to train. Scott has published over 100 articles on tai chi with a focus on research showing the benefits of practicing. Scott Prath LinkedIn

If you have any comments or questions please reach out and contact us.

Tai Chi Classes in Central Texas

Scott teaches tai chi at the Austin Recreation Center

1301 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Tuesdays: 7:00-9:00 PM

If you are in the area, stop by for a class. Find out more information about class by visiting the website:

Austin Chen Tai Chi Association or by contacting the Rec Center: (512) 978-2370

Austin Rec Center tai chi