PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING:

(1)
• This is a Tai Chi school, not a rec center or a physical therapy clinic.
We do not offer "easy" recreational classes or therapeutic classes
for recovery from illness or injury, chronic pain, or the effects of aging.
If that's what you're looking for, drop us a line on the yellow application form
below and we'll send you a list of local classes that may fit your needs.

(2)
• Our programs — and they are programs, with both required and
elective classes — are serious, challenging, in-depth, traditional
Tai Chi training programs for those interested in professional development or a deep lifelong personal practice. 
We focus on 
body mechanics, energy dynamics, forms, weapons, 
martial applications and push-hands, as well as 
classical and modern Taoist philosophy
and 
teacher preparation and certification.
The closest thing to learning Tai Chi — real Tai Chi — is learning music.
Whatever instrument you choose, including voice, requires years of intense study and daily practice. Tai Chi is exactly the same: the only difference is,
the instrument is you. If you just want to futz around on your new guitar, you
don't need to go to a music school. If you do apply to a music school,
you're saying you're serious. Same here.  

(3)
• All new students begin with the Foundation Studies Program,
which is described in detail below. Before applying, please ask yourself
if you have the time and resources to participate fully in a demanding certificate program for the year required for completion.
Again, if you're looking for a lite or "easy" recreational class,
or a therapeutic class for help in recovering from illness or injury,
drop us a line on the yellow application form below and we'll send you a list of
local classes that may fit your needs.


Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang performing the Hunyuan 24 Yilu, circa 1992.
This is the first form students learn in Foundation Studies.

Foundation Studies Program
Foundation Studies is a one year (four term) certificate program
covering the fundamental theory and practice of Qigong and Tai Chi,
in preparation for all advanced Tai Chi and Qigong programs.

Classes are taken sequentially over four terms (one year).
Every class is offered each term, so you have four opportunities a year
to start the program — January, April, July, and October —
which you will then finish exactly one year later.

Certification requires the successful completion of the entire program,
including all payments, attendance, testing, and public performance.   

  Tuition is $750 per term, or $3000 for the year.
There is also a one-time registration fee of $120, and
various smaller costs for textbooks, uniforms, weapons, etc.
Tuition is due in full the first week of classes each term,
unless you're on medical disability or you're a senior on limited income,
in which case special arrangements can be made. 
We do not provide financial assistance or internships.

Classes are approximately 30% theory, 70% practice.
All Foundation Studies classes are taught by
Academy head instructor Malcolm Dean.

Your class load for the program is as follows:
(required classes in bold, electives in regular)

1ST TERM
• Foundation Studies I
The Human Energy Body: Structure and Dynamics

Monday nights, 6:00-7:30 PM, plus:

• Dynamic Qigong - Sat 9:00-10:30 AM
• Primordial Qigong - Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Push-Hands - Sat 12:30-1:30 PM
• Weekly reading assignments
•Daily practice
2ND TERM
• Foundation Studies II
Introduction to Qigong: Theory and Practice
Tuesday nights, 6:00-7:30 PM, plus:
• Dynamic Qigong - Sat 9:00-10:30 AM
• Primordial Qigong - Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Push-Hands - Sat 12:30-1:30 PM • Weekly reading assignments
• Daily practice
3RD TERM
• Foundation Studies III
Introduction to Tai Chi: Theory and Practice
Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:30 PM, plus:
• Dynamic Qigong - Sat 9:00-10:30 AM
• Primordial Qigong - Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Beginning Tai Chi - Sat/Sun 11:00 AM - 12:00
• Push-Hands - Sat 12:30-1:30 PM
• Weekly reading assignments
• Daily practice

  ★  
4TH TERM
• Foundation Studies IV
Introduction to Push-Hands: Theory and Practice  
Thursday nights, 6:00-7:30 PM, plus:
Dynamic Qigong - Sat 9:00-10:30 AM
• Primordial Qigong - Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Beginning Tai Chi - Sat/Sun 11:00 AM - 12:00 
• Push-Hands - Sat 12:30-1:30 PM
• Weekly reading assignments
• Daily practice
Enrollment is now open
for the
2019 Winter Term
(Jan-Feb-Mar)

TO APPLY
email us using the form below:

Please use this form for student applications only. 

Have you read the material above describing this program in detail?
If not, please go back and read it before applying.


The Foundation Studies Program includes: 

• The required Foundation Studies classes in red, plus

• the optional Qigong classes in green, plus 

• the optional Push-hands class in orange.

.
Annual School Calendar, 2018

Class days in light yellow

Term breaks and holidays in green

Annual retreat in blue