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A nice shot of Master Zhang at the Chinese New Year's party.

BEGINNERS: JOIN AT ANY TIME!

The Foundation Qigong and Beginning Tai Chi programs are ongoing—you can jump in and join the classes at any time: 

• Foundation Qigong classes - 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.

Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan

• We offer in-depth programs in Hunyuan Tai Chi, a modern blend of Chen-style Tai Chi (the ancient martial style of Tai Chi) and Hunyuan Qigong (inner energy cultivation) developed by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.

• 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 (alert relaxation), ting (energy perception), and liu (flow).   

• We offer four programs: Foundation Qigong, Beginning Tai Chi, Advanced Tai Chi, and the Teaching Certification Program, all of which are described in detail on the Programs & Classes page. 

• We welcome all serious students of the internal arts. 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.
 
    
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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