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 Program
Mon 6:00-7:30 PM, &
Sat/Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Beginning Tai Chi Program
Wed 6:00-7:30 PM, &
Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang
We offer in-depth programs in the beautiful and profound art of
Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan — Hunyuan Tai Chi for short —
• Chenshi Tai Chi, the ancient martial style of Tai Chi, with
• Hunyuan Qigong, Taoist internal energy cultivation.
"The art of nurturing, the science of power..."
We teach both the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong, and the sciences of meditation and the energy body that underlie them, with an emphasis on:
zhong ding • centering
song • relaxation
ting • listening
ziran • naturalness
liu • flow
We offer four programs, in both certificate and non-certificate form, as well as teaching certification:
• Foundation Qigong ☐ Certificate ☐ Non-Certificate
• Beginning Tai Chi ☐ Certificate ☐ Non-Certificate
• Advanced Qigong ☐ Certificate ☐ Non-Certificate
• Advanced Tai Chi ☐ Certificate ☐ Non-Certificate
• Teaching Certification ☐ Certificate ☐ Non-Certificate
We welcome all serious students
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..."
"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
This is Tai Chi. This is Qigong.
In Hunyuan Tai Chi,
Spirit and Form
This video by photographer Ray Collins, "Unique Curls, Hawaii 2017", expresses better than anything I've ever seen, the true essence of Tai Chi and Qigong. This is not a picture of Tai Chi. This is Tai Chi.
free of yes and no:
learn to swim
That poem was on my master Zhang Xuexin's school banner, which now hangs in our main practice hall. Everything I know about real Tai Chi and Qigong I owe to him and to his friend and teacher, Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, the founder of Hunyuan Tai Chi.
I remember once, many years ago, Master Zhang poking his index finger into his palm over and over during class, saying:
"Pay attention, pay attention, pay attention! This is gold!"
He was right. It is gold. After 30 years of studying with Masters Zhang and Feng, I'm just beginning to understand. If you can truly see that video above — the integration of Form and Spirit, Mind and Energy — you will too.
— Malcolm Dean,
founder, San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy
• Qigong is pronounced "chi-gung" and means "internal energy cultivation".
• Hunyuan Tai Chi is pronounced "hun-yan dai-ji", and integrates Chen-style
Tai Chi with Hunyuan Qigong.
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?
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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