"In Tai Chi, 

Mind and Energy, Spirit and Form, link continuously like flowing water..." 





























































"What you are seeking is seeking you."


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What does 'hunyuan' mean?

 


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What is 'Hunyuan Tai Chi'?



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Who was Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang?


"Nurture the body. Nurture life."

Health. Community. Fun. Practice.  

BEGINNERS: JOIN AT ANY TIME!

The Foundation Qigong and Beginning Tai Chi programs are ongoing—an endless loop—so you can jump in and join the classes at any time! 

• Foundation Qigong classes - M/W 6:00-7:30 PM, and 
S/S 9:00-10:30 AM

• Beginning Tai Chi classes - M/W 6:00-7:30 PM, and 
S/S 11:00 AM-12:30

For details, see the Schedule & Rates page.

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang
(pronounced "Fung Jir-shang")

• We offer in-depth programs in the beautiful and profound art of

Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
(pronounced "Chun-sure Shin-yee Hun-u-en Dai-ji-shwan")

Hunyuan Tai Chi for short —

developed by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.


Hunyuan Tai Chi is a blend of:

 
• Chen-style Tai Chi, the ancient martial style of Tai Chi
• Xinyiquan, a closely related internal martial art
• Hunyuan Qigong ("Hun-u-en Chi-gung"), inner energy cultivation

• We teach both the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong, and the science of the energy body that lies behind them, with an emphasis on: 

zhong ding  •  centering 
song  •  relaxation 
ting  •  listening 
ziran  •  naturalness
liu  •  flow
  
• We offer four programs, all of which are described in detail on the
Programs & Classes page:

 • Foundation Qigong Program
• Beginning Tai Chi Program
• Advanced Tai Chi Program
• Teaching Certification Program

• We welcome all serious students of the internal energy arts, including those working on self-healing in body, mind, energy and spirit. If you have questions, or would like to arrange a personal orientation session and a free trial class, drop us a line here, or call us at 415.864.4545.



"The most important teaching is transmitted without words —
one on one, mind to mind, heart to heart."


— from Michael Dorgan's eulogy for Grandmaster Feng
 
    
A blog for the taiji curious
 
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The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Tai Chi, as the old saying goes, is very easy to do—but very, very hard to learn.
This video on the "Backwards Brain Bicycle" explains why. 
Think you know how to ride a bike?
Think again:
So what has this got to do with Tai Chi?

When you start serious Tai Chi training, you'll spend the first few years discovering that you've been programmed since early childhood to move in a certain way: 

from the outside in. 

It's a very powerful way to move. It allows us control our bodies consciously from 'control central' in the brain, and to use tools, from hammers to computers, with great skill and precision. But it has one drawback: it separates body from mind, and turns us into machines. There is an alternative way to move:

    from the inside out.    

That's the natural way to move. That's how animals move. That's how kids move. But we've forgotten how. Or rather, we've been programmed to move another way; we've been programmed to forget what we once knew, what once came naturally. Tai Chi is about regaining that natural movement, its strength, grace, power, and balance. All you have to do, like the guy in the video above, is let go of your old programming. Like riding the Backwards Brain Bicycle, it sounds easy—as easy as riding a bike. But in fact it takes persistence and discipline, as well as guidance and coaching. A good practice community is also important. That's what we provide here at the Academy in both our Qigong and Tai Chi classes. 

Tai Chi is the art and science of returning to the natural body:

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