"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





"Sun Lu-tang, famous Hsingi and Bagua practitioner and author, as well as founder and grandmaster of Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan, lay gravely ill. His family and students gathered at his bedside to be near their beloved master during his final moments.

 

Sun’s daughter, fearful that the master would die before passing on his ultimate knowledge, implored him to share his secrets.

 

Sun, too weak to speak, motioned to his daughter to hold out her hand, on which he wrote the secret message. Turning to the other disciples, she raised her palm to reveal the dying master’s ultimate secret: the word “Practice!"


— Tim Wilson, 

"Chen Fa Ke's Secret of Mastery”











A Meeting of Friends
By Tang Yin (1470-1523). Ming dynasty. 
Ink and color on paper scroll. 134 x 62.6 cm. Shanghai Museum

If you'd like to register for the Foundation Qigong or Beginning Tai Chi programs, please read this first:


Foundation Qigong Program
Our Qigong classes are very "drop-in friendly," like yoga or pilates classes. Attend as many classes per week as you like. You can start the Foundation Qigong Program at any time.

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Beginning Tai Chi Program

The Beginning Tai Chi classes, however, are rigorous traditional classes, which require considerable commitment and discipline (like taking up piano or guitar, or any other musical instrument). Three questions you should ask yourself before applying for admission to the Beginning Tai Chi Program: 


1) Do you have time in your weekly schedule to attend two 90-minute classes per week? All Beginning Tai Chi classes meet twice a week. The choreography of Hunyuan Tai Chi is older and far more complex and challenging than other styles of Tai Chi. You need to make 90% of these classes or you will quickly fall behind. 


2) Do you have time to practice at home every day? Learning Tai Chi is exactly like learning a musical instrument: you have to practice between lessons, and—if you want to make progress—you have to practice every day.


3) Can you commit to a six-month class? Beginning Tai Chi is a two-term (six-month) class.


If you're ready to commit to the requirements above for the Beginning Tai Chi Program, by all means jump in. If you're not quite ready yet, try the Qigong Program. Taking Qigong for a term or two is not a second-best compromise: the true secret of Tai Chi is in building internal "gong", which is what Qigong does, and why we offer it in the curriculum in the first place. Qigong is the foundation of Tai Chi, and every class you take helps you build for the future: when you finally do begin Tai Chi, you will be well ahead of the curve. 

Want to start Beginning Tai Chi mid-term? 
No problem. Beginning Tai Chi is an ongoing class: an endless loop. Jump in at any time. 

Registration is a three-step process: 


Step 1: Orientation Appointment

Every prospective student must attend a private one-on-one orientation with the head instructor prior to their first trial class to discuss their goals, review school policies, sign the liability waiver, and introduce the basics of safe and effective 

Tai Chi and Qigong practice. There is no charge for orientation. Just send us a request using the form below. We'll get back to you within 24 hours to set a date and time for your orientation session.


Step 2: Trial Classes 

Once you’ve completed orientation, you’re welcome to try a free trial class before registering.

 

Step 3: Register 

If you enjoy your trial class and would like to enroll, just show up for the next session and see Annie, the registrar, during break or after class. She'll get you enrolled. Class fees are paid quarterly. If you join in the middle of a term, your fee will be prorated to reflect the date you join. There is also a one-time registration fee of $120 (which covers registration, a school hoodie, and a hardbound copy of our foundation textbook, Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, the Science of Power, by Dr. Yang Yang). Class fees: 


• Qigong Program, $540/term

• Beginning Tai Chi Program, $640/term

• Advanced Tai Chi Program, $840/term

• Tai Chi Certificate Program, $1640/term 

• Workshops, seminars, and electives as noted


In addition to program tuition, there may be additional costs in some classes for things like textbooks, weapons, uniforms, reprints, or required workshops. Check the individual class descriptions for these costs.  


To schedule an orientation meeting:

 

Email us using the form below. 

Please specify whether you are interested in the Foundation Qigong program, or the Beginning Tai Chi Program (or both). 


We'll get back to you within 24 hours to set a date and time for your orientation session. (We try to schedule orientation sessions right before one of our Qigong or Beginning Tai Chi classes, so you can jump in and try a class immediately afterwards, if you schedule allows.)


Please note: 

Although we don't charge for orientation sessions, we are 

reserving an hour just for you. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact us as soon as possible.