Beginning Tai Chi Program

• Goals 
• Curriculum 
• Registration

"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"
Calligraphy by Shunryu Suzuki, first abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. 
 Speaking of "beginner's mind," Suzuki said: "The most difficult thing is to keep our beginner’s mind in our practice. If you can keep your beginner’s mind forever, you are Buddha. In this, our practice should be constant. We should practice our way with beginner’s mind always." 

The Beginning Tai Chi Program is designed to develop a strong foundation for personal Tai Chi and Qigong practice:

• Learn the 24-movement Beginning Tai Chi form 
• Develop balance, flexibility, endurance, and core-body strength
• Develop awareness of Qi (chi), and knowledge of the body's Qi system
• Develop centering, grounding, and Qi flow

The Beginning Tai Chi curriculum includes: 

• The 24 Yilu Beginning Tai Chi Form 
The focus of the Beginning Tai Chi program is the introductory 24-movement Hunyuan Yilu form. The first time through the "24" you'll learn the basic choreography, which takes about six months. We'll also explore the purpose of each move, learn how Qi works in the body, and polish the form until the movements are smooth, powerful, informed, and expressive. For more information on the 24, including videos, see the 24 Yilu Beginning Form. 

Once you've learned the 24 Yilu, you'll have the core of all intermediate and advanced Hunyuan Tai Chi forms. At that point, depending on your goals and schedule, you can go one of two ways: either stay with the Beginning program and repeat the 24 as many times as you like, slowly polishing the form to perfection, or move on to the Advanced Tai Chi Program

Private Lessons 
Program members take a minimum of one private lesson per quarter. This allows individual one-on-one coaching.

Registration is a three-step process: 

Step 1: Orientation

All prospective students 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 receive an introduction to the basics of safe and effective Tai Chi and Qigong practice. There is no charge for orientation. 

To schedule an orientation meeting, email us here.


Step 2: Trial Classes 

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


Step 3: Sign Up 

Class fees are paid monthly, and are due the first of each month. If you join in the middle of a month, your fee for that month will be prorated to reflect the date you join. Class fees: 

• Beginning Tai Chi Program, $160 per month

• There is also a one-time registration fee of $120