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Yang shenti. Yang sheng. 

Nurture the body. Nurture life.

NEW BEGINNING TAI CHI CLASSES START OCTOBER 1

New classes start the first week of October:

 • Beginning Tai Chi (A) M/W 6:00-7:30 PM
 • Beginning Tai Chi (B) S/S 11:00 AM-12:30

In the meantime, enroll in Qigong and begin to build your foundation. 
You'll be way ahead of the curve when the new classes start. 

For details, see the Schedule & Rates page.

CHEN STYLE XINYI HUNYUAN TAIJIQUAN

The San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy provides in-depth training in 
Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan Hunyuan Tai Chi for short — including meditation, qigong, forms, and push-hands. 

Our goal is to provide every student with the solid foundation necessary for a life-long practice of Tai Chi and Qigong, whether your focus is personal health and well-being, self-defense, internal self-transformation, or all of the above. 

"Science of power, art of nurturing..."

Tai Chi and Qigong are paths to self-transformation on the physical, energetic, mental, and spiritual planes. There is both a science and an art to each. Tai Chi in particular, although it looks simple and beautiful, is as complex and challenging to learn as classical music — and it requires the same long-term focus and discipline. When you're ready, give us a call. 

 "In China we say that if you practice for one day you get one day’s benefit, with daily practice you can steadily improve. If you don’t practice for one day you lose ten days of development. So practice every day without stopping! Western students must understand this clearly. Practice every day!"


— Master Chen Zhenglei


The Academy offers four public programs: 

• Foundation Qigong ("chi-gung")
Qigong means "energy cultivation." It's one of the great traditional arts of China, where many different styles are practiced daily for health and vitality, relief from stress, recovery from illness or injury, and promotion of longevity. Qigong is also the foundation of Tai Chi. We offer two kinds of Qigong in the Foundation program: Dynamic Qigong and Primordial Qigong. Dynamic Qigong is more rigorous, and helps build the basic strength and skills of body and mind needed for Tai Chi. Primordial Qigong is gentler and more meditative, and helps develop higher levels of Tai Chi gongfu. Both are also wonderful stand-alone routines for anyone working on health and harmony in body and mind. Many of our students, including seniors, find that the Qigong program satisfies all their needs.  
Degree of difficulty: 1-star (easy)
Prerequisite: None
 Read more about Dynamic Qigong 
Read more about Primordial Qigong
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Beginning Tai Chi
The Beginning Tai Chi program focuses on the first introductory form of Hunyuan Tai Chi, the 24-movement Yilu. 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 several more terms, going into greater depth each time through the form, gradually developing the ease and relaxation 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're ready. 
Degree of difficulty: 2-star (moderate)
Prerequisite: Qigong highly recommended 
Read more about Beginning Tai Chi
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Advanced Tai Chi
For the serious student, the Advanced Tai Chi program offers the complete core Hunyuan Tai Chi curriculum, including the 24, 48, and 83 Yilu forms, the 24, 38, and 77 Erlu ("cannonfist") forms, the straight sword, and the saber.   
Degree of difficulty: 3-star (difficult)
Prerequisite: Beginning Tai Chi 
Read more about Advanced Tai Chi
Check the weekly schedule for class days and times

• Teaching Certificate
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 
 Read more about the Certificate Program