About Tai Chi Spot

In December 2011, I took my first tai chi class and was immediately hooked. I knew nothing about different lineages or forms — or even that there were more than a couple forms. I went home and did some searching on YouTube for the form we were learning in class and I couldn’t find it. What I found looked similar, but clearly not the same. Of course I finally learned that there are many different schools around the world and they don’t all teach the same Tai Chi. Beyond that, most if not all of the great masters, teachers and guides throughout the history of the internal arts have adapted or changed what they were taught. There are countless warm ups, loosenings, drills, forms and principles taught by all of these individuals.

This site launched as Tai Chi Spot back in 2013 and rebranded to Finding Tai Chi in 2016. Neither launch really got the care and attention it deserved and the site sat relatively idle with a somewhat small database of schools and other tai chi content for years. By the time I circled back in 2020, there were so many similarly named websites, I dusted off the original domain and began to rebuild. This has been a "nights and weekends" project for so long... Thank you to everyone who checked it out in the early days and offered morale support. Special thanks to my internal arts instructor and close friend Jim Russo, who has graciously offered to share his knowledge of these arts and related topics on this website. He is a highly skilled practitioner of the arts and I'm honored to have his help with this project.

There is an incredible amount of variety and individual character within the various lineages of all the martial arts, internal and external. My mission is simple: make it all a bit easier to navigate and provide some online tools for practitioners and schools around the world. Tai chi is of course the primary focus, but all schools are welcome. I hope someday we can create a more relevant and supportive online community than the unstructured, endlessly scrolling, keyboard-warrior-fest where many of us currently hang out.

The driving intent behind this website is service to the internal arts community. I want to be transparent also that while we're still getting off the ground with a more interesting membership model, we will try to generate a modest amount of money to support the ongoing development of the site. We will do our best to keep ads to a minimum and you will occasionally see affiliate links to Amazon products. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank you for your support as we build something for the community.

Train well,
Alex