Can I learn Tai Chi for Free?
I learn what I call free Tai Chi on YouTube every day. I have been training in Tai Chi for close to thirty years. I search YouTube for Tai Chi videos daily. My searches may include Tai Chi, Push-Hands, Qigong, or anything related to Tai Chi or meditation. I do not pay for YouTube, so I consider watching these videos free. I learn something new or refresh what I already know by viewing YouTube videos. It is a great way to learn Tai Chi for free.
You can also learn a Tai Chi form on YouTube, whether Wu, Sun, Yang Chen, or Hao style, but I don't recommend it. I have done it myself. The Tai Chi form I taught myself was missing all the essential details. I feel that to learn Tai Chi, an in-person teacher is crucial.
A great way to introduce yourself to Tai Chi would be to participate in a World Tai Chi and Qigong Day event. This Tai Chi and Qigong event takes place in a local park in April. In most cases, the park will be within driving distance. Several Tai Chi teachers and their students meet at approximately 10 am and give an exhibition and free Tai Chi classes to anyone who wants to introduce themselves to Tai Chi and Qigong. The annual event is open to the general public. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced Tai Chi player, this event is always fun.
It has been my experience that when you try a Tai Chi class for the first time, the first introductory class is either free or at a minimal cost. You can experience and try the Tai Chi form and see if the style and class atmosphere are for you.
Another way to take advantage of free Tai Chi is to find a Tai Chi teacher willing to teach you for free. I know it is possible because I have taught Tai Chi for free and given my time to others without charging a fee. It may be hard to find, but it is possible.