Head Instructor 

Malcolm is the founder and head instructor of the San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy. He is a formal disciple of Master Zhang Xuexin, with whom he has studied intensively for over 20 years. He also teaches Tai Chi at UC, Mission Bay. In his spare time, Malcolm is Executive Director of Luminous Ground, a nonprofit environmental education organization.  

Registrar and Bookkeeper

Annie is co-founder of the San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy, and acts as registrar and bookkeeper as well as an instructor in beginning Tai Chi and Qigong. In addition to her work with the Academy, Annie is Senior Director of Finance and Human Relations for The Well Clinics, which provide integrative psychiatric and family counseling services in the Bay Area. She is also a talented fine artist working in printmaking, painting, and sculpture, an avid reader, and a lover of the outdoors.   


Michael has trained in Hunyuan Taiji for 25 years. His study of the art began in San Francisco under Master Zhang Xue Xin and then continued in Beijing under Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang and Master Chen Xiang. During his four-year stint as Beijing correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers, Michael became a disciple of Grandmaster Feng. Upon completion of his posting, he remained in Beijing for a year and a half to train intensively with Grandmaster Feng and Master Chen, who also taught him the Baji system. Upon returning from China, Michael opened the Hunyuan Martial Arts Academy of San Jose


Linda is a formal disciple of Master Zhang Xuexin, with whom she has studied Hunyuan Taiji intensively for over 20 years. In her civilian life, Linda is Senior Vice President of SCS Global Services, which provides global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development. She is also an avid hiker, cyclist, and white water rafter. 


Janet teaches yoga, meditation, tango, and the Alexander Technique, a modern somatic re-education system highly compatible with Tai Chi and Qigong. She is a graduate of the Alexander Technique Institute, and a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Janet graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Dance, and founded and directed her own contemporary dance company, Janet Lott and Dancers. She also served on the movement studies and performing arts faculty of the Naropa Institute for ten years and the Dance Faculty of the University of Colorado for six years.

Kate is a formal disciple of Hunyuan Tai Chi Master Zhang Xuexin, with whom she has studied intensively for over 20 years. In her civilian life, Kate is a professional violinist, with a special focus on new concert music. As the first violinist of the award winning Del Sol String Quartet, she fostered the string quartet repertoire through collaboration and the commissioning of established and emerging composers. She has worked closely with many composers including Per Nørgård, Jack Body, Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Mason Bates, Mohammed Fairouz, Elena Kats Chernin, and Chinary Ung at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art. She also does well with sword and saber.