ABOUT US


Senior Faculty
Teaching Assistants
Staff




MALCOLM DEAN
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 almost 30 years. He also teaches Tai Chi at UCSF, Mission Bay. In his spare time, Malcolm is Executive Director of LuminousGround, a nonprofit environmental education organization.  






ANNIE DEAN
Senior Faculty 
Registrar 

Annie is co-founder of the San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy, and acts as registrar as well as faculty with a focus on women's 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.   


JARRET COOPER
Senior Faculty

In addition to his faculty position here at the San Francisco Tai Chi Academy, Jarret Cooper is the founder and head instructor at the Oakland Taijiquan Academy. He is a formal disciple of Master Zhang Xuexin, with whom he has studied intensively since the early 2000's both publicly and privately. 
In addition to Tai Chi, Jarret has over 25 years of martial arts training and teaching experience, including Japanese and Okinawan Karate, Kobudo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
MICHAEL DORGAN
Senior Faculty 

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 formal disciple of Grandmaster Feng. Upon completion of his posting, he remained in Beijing for 18 months 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

MICHAEL XIE
Senior Faculty

Michael Xie is a formal disciple of Master Zhang Xuexin, with whom he’s studied for over 20 years, both in public classes and in private. Michael centers his Tai Chi practice around meditation, qigong, and silk-reeling (chansigong), emphasizing energy flow in movements and the connections between form and applications, including qinna (joint-locking). When not practicing Tai Chi, Michael is a serious cyclist.


GREG GARSON
Teaching Assistant / Junior Faculty

Greg Garson is the senior teaching assistant. He's been studying at the Academy for the past four years, and has been enrolled in the Teaching Certificate Program for the past three. In addition to his TA duties, Greg has also acted as junior faculty, teaching Beginning Tai Chi. When not training, Greg works for LucasFilm. The Force is strong with this one.  
MATT HOANG
Teaching Assistant

Matt has been training in Hunyuan Tai Chi here at the Academy for the past three years. He is currently enrolled in the Teaching Certificate Program, and also teaches a Beginning Tai Chi class twice a week at UCSF Millberry Fitness Center. When not training, Matt is a restaurant manager and bartender.
SUSAN SHAW
Teaching Assistant

Susan has been studying Qigong and 

Tai Chi at the Academy for the past five years. She began her practice with Qigong for health, then added in Tai Chi three years later, and fell in love with it. Susan now acts as teaching assistant at our UCSF Bakar Fitness Center classes, where she leads warm-ups and teaches all new beginning students. Susan is a retired school psychologist. When not practicing Tai Chi, she loves to travel, and is an experienced deep sea diver (she marked her 900th dive this year).


HAMZA TAYEB
Teaching Assistant 

Hamza has been studying off and on here at the Academy since 2010, but decided to get serious and enter the very demanding Teaching Certification Program in 2018. In addition to his love of Tai Chi and Qigong,

he's a talented musician and singer-songwriter, with a BA in Music from UC Santa Cruz, 2007. He tells us he delights in comparing what he learns about Tai Chi to music theory and practice, because there are so many parallels. When not practicing music or Tai Chi, Hamza is a programmer by trade working in San Francisco.