Yang shenti. Yang sheng.
Nurture the body. Nurture life.
NEW BEGINNING TAI CHI & QIGONG CLASSES START SOON!
New students accepted in Beginning Tai Chi through the month of April, and in Qigong any time. See Registration page for more details.
• Beginning Tai Chi (A) — M/W — 6:00-7:30 PM
• Beginning Tai Chi (B) — S/S — 11:00 AM-12:30
• Advanced Tai Chi — T/Th — 6:00-7:30 PM
• Qigong Program — S/S — 9:00-10:30 AM
Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
• We practice Hunyuan Tai Chi, a blend of Chen style Tai Chi (the original martial style of Tai Chi) with Qigong ("chi-gung", internal energy cultivation). Hunyuan Tai Chi is the life's work of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.
• We offer the three traditional aspects of complete Tai Chi training: qigong, forms, and push-hands.
• We teach both the art of Tai Chi, and the science of the energy body that lies behind it, with an emphasis on integration, centering, grounding, and flow.
• We offer four programs, from Foundation Qigong through Beginning and Advanced Tai Chi, to the Teaching Certification Program, all of which are described below.
• We welcome all serious students, whether your goals are fun and recreation, health and healing, self-defense, or internal self-transformation. 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 Academy offers four public programs:
Foundation Qigong ("chi-gung")
Qigong means "internal energy cultivation." It's one of the great traditional arts of China, where many 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, and is essential in developing higher level Tai Chi gongfu. We offer three kinds of Qigong in the Foundation Qigong program:
- Dynamic Qigong is more rigorous, and helps build the basic strength and skill of body and mind needed for Tai Chi. This is a great place to start your Tai Chi career, either as a stand-alone class, or in conjunction with Beginning Tai Chi. Also known as chansigong, or "silk-reeling".
- Primordial Qigong is gentler and more meditative. Its focus is on cleansing and invigorating the energy body, leaving you calm, clear, and energized. Like a spa treatment, but from the inside out.
- 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 find that the Foundation Qigong program satisfies all their health and recreational needs. Your single monthly Foundation Qigong tuition covers all Dynamic, Primordial, and Women's Qigong classes.
Degree of difficulty: 1-star (easy)
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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, relaxation, and internal power 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
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), push-hands (tuishou), advanced elective forms, Taoist philosophy, and Chinese history and literature.
Degree of difficulty: 3-star (difficult)
Prerequisite: Beginning Tai Chi
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