• Our Programs 
• What We Do

The Academy offers four public programs: 

• Foundation Qigong ("chi-gung")
Qigong means "energy cultivation." It's one of the great traditional arts of China, where many different kinds are practiced daily for health and vitality, relief from stress, recovery from illness or injury, and promotion of longevity. Qigong is also the theoretical and practical foundation of Tai Chi. We offer three kinds of Qigong in the Foundation program:
Dynamic Qigong is more rigorous, and helps build the basic strength
          and skill of body and mind needed for Tai Chi. 
Primordial Qigong is gentler and more meditative, and is essential in
          developing the higher levels of Tai Chi gongfu
  Women's Qigong. We also offer a special Women's Qigong class on
          Sunday morning, with a focus on self-care in body, mind, and spirit.
Although Qigong is the foundation of Tai Chi, it's also a highly effective stand-alone practice for anyone working on health and harmony in body and mind. Many of our students, including seniors, find that the Qigong program satisfies all their health and recreational needs. Qigong Program tuition covers all classes. 
Degree of difficulty: 1-star (easy)
Prerequisite: None
Read more about Dynamic Qigong 
Read more about Primordial Qigong
Read more about Women's Qigong
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Beginning Tai Chi
The Beginning Tai Chi program focuses on the first introductory form of Hunyuan Tai Chi, the 24-movement Yilu ("First Road") form. Although the "24" is a short introductory form, it takes about six months to learn the basic choreography. Most students then choose to stay with the Beginning program for another year or two, going into greater depth each time they repeat the form, and gradually developing the ease and relaxation for which Tai Chi is famous. You can stay with the Beginning program as long as you like, or move on to the Advanced program when you and the head instructor believe you're ready. 
Degree of difficulty: 2-star (moderate)
Prerequisite: Qigong highly recommended 
Read more about Beginning Tai Chi
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Advanced Tai Chi
For the serious student, the Advanced Tai Chi program offers the complete core curriculum of Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan, including the 24, 48, and 83 Yilu ("First Road") forms, the 24, 38, and 77 Erlu ("Second Road") forms, the straight sword (jian), the saber (tao), and push-hands (tuishou).   
Degree of difficulty: 3-star (difficult)
Prerequisite: Beginning Tai Chi 
Read more about Advanced Tai Chi
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Teaching Certificate
Only for the true fanatic who intends to make teaching his or her vocation. 
Degree of difficulty: 4-star (don't even ask)
Prerequisite: By arrangement with the head instructor only 
 Read more about the Certificate Program


The San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy provides in-depth training in 
Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
including meditation, qigong, forms, philosophy, and push-hands. 

We provide every student with the solid foundation necessary for a life-long practice of Tai Chi and Qigong:
 • knowledge and understanding of the energy body 
• practical experience achieving internal stillness  
• discovery and cultivation of the dantian (main energy center) 
• development of internal power, including centering and grounding

"Science of power, art of nurturing..."

Tai Chi and Qigong are paths to self-transformation on the physical, energetic, mental, and spiritual planes. There is both a science and an art to each. 
Tai Chi in particular, although it looks simple and beautiful, is as complex and challenging to learn as music — and it requires the same long-term focus and discipline. When you're ready, give us a call. 

 "In China we say that if you practice for one day you get one day’s benefit, with daily practice you can steadily improve. If you don’t practice for one day you lose ten days of development. So practice every day without stopping! Western students must understand this clearly. Practice every day!"

— Master Chen Zhenglei