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培养身体。培养生命
Péiyǎng shēntǐ. Péiyǎng shēngmìng.
"Nurture the body. Nurture Life."

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang 


We offer in-depth programs in the beautiful and profound art of
Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
 — Hunyuan Tai Chi for short —

a style of Tai Chi developed by
Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang that blends: 
• Chen-style Tai Chi, the ancient martial style of Tai Chi, with 
• Hunyuan Qigong, Taoist life energy cultivation.


Why Qigong?
(pronounced "chi-gung") 
It's relationship to Tai Chi is that of ancient ancestor to modern descendant:

气功是太极的根源。
太极是气功之花。
m
Qìgōng shì tàijí de gēnyuán.
Tàijí shì qìgōng zhī huā.
m
"Qigong is the root of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is the flower of Qigong."

To study Tai Chi without simultaneously studying Qigong is like focusing on
your car’s paint job but ignoring its engine, drive train and gas tank:
it may look good on the outside, but it's empty on the inside:

很好看,
但没有用。
m
Hen hao kan,
dan meiyou yong.
m
"Very good looking,
but of no use."

In creating Hunyuan Tai Chi, Grandmaster Feng returned Tai Chi to
its roots in Qigong, roots that were once closely-guarded secrets given only to family members and indoor disciples. We follow his lead at our own school:
we focus on building strong foundations.


"The art of nurturing, the science of power..."
We teach both the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong, and the Taoist sciences of meditation and the energy body that underlie them, with an emphasis on:
                 zhong ding  •  centering & integration
        song  •  relaxation 
       ting  •  listening 
         ziran  •  naturalness
  liu  •  flow


 Programs 
We offer five programs:

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.

• On health issues and Tai Chi

• What it feels like to do Tai Chi the right way



 • On health issues and Tai Chi

Many doctors and other health care practitioners now suggest to their patients that they take up Tai Chi for its known health benefits. Although they’re right about the health benefits, very few doctors practice Tai Chi themselves, so they don’t realize how complex Tai Chi choreography can be, and how long and difficult the learning curve can be before you get to the “good stuff” health-wise.  

For this reason, we strongly suggest that after completing the

Foundation Studies Program, anyone working primarily on health issues enter the Qigong Healing Arts Program for several years before attempting Tai Chi.

 

Qigong (pronounced “chi-gung”) is a health art, while Tai Chi is a martial art. Qigong will therefore get you to the good stuff health-wise faster and far more directly than Tai Chi, while at the same time building the foundation skills and experience necessary for Tai Chi, should you eventually decide to go that route.

With a few years of Qigong under your belt, you’ll be way ahead of the curve when you start Tai Chi; you will learn Tai Chi much more quickly; and your

Tai Chi will be much more satisfying and much more effective. Why? Because:

 

“Qigong is the root of Tai Chi,

Tai Chi is the flower of Qigong.”

 

Their relationship is that close. In the meantime, you will be working directly on your health issues, including centering, grounding, balance, flexibility, strength, and especially vitality and a sense of overall well-being. In fact, after being introduced to Qigong, many people find that it satisfies all their needs.


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• What it feels like to do Tai Chi the right way
(With special thanks to local Bay Area kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin)
Reuben's kinetic sculpture is a beautiful evocation of the inner essence of Tai Chi.
It's also remarkably similar to Tai Chi's inner structure and dynamics:
• The motor is similar to the dantian, the heart and engine of the energy body
• The long curved cams shown at the beginning are like the spine
• The ever-changing net is like the physical body
• The almost-invisible strings are like one's mental intentions
• Perhaps most importantly, Tai Chi, like Reuben's sculpture, integrates
the physical, the energetic, the mental, and the spiritual in one effortless motion.
  No artist creates work at this level without years of practice.
Tai Chi is just the same.
But you can find the flow right from the beginning,
if you know where to look:

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel
and kiss the ground.”
— Rumi