All new students begin with Foundation Studies:
  Foundation Studies Program
Class meets once per week:
Foundation Studies I: Mon 6:00-7:30 PM
• Foundation Studies II: Tues 6:00-7:30 PM
• Foundation Studies III: Wed 6:00-7:30 PM
• Foundation Studies IV: Thurs 6:00-7:30 PM

The one year (four term) Foundation Studies Program covers the fundamental theory and practice of Qigong and Tai Chi, in preparation for all advanced Tai Chi and Qigong classes. Classes consist of equal parts discussion and floor practice. 
Topics covered include:

Foundation Studies I: Structure
• Taoist Cosmology
• Body Mapping
• Breathing Techniques
• Mindfulness Techniques
• Anatomy of the Human Energy Body
• Fundamentals of Energy Body Dynamics
• Fundamentals of Physical Body Mechanics
• The 10 Principles of Integrated Tai Chi Movement
Foundation Studies II: Dynamics
• The Horse Stance
• The 13 Energies of Tai Chi
• Introduction to Zhan Zhuang (Standing Post Meditation)
• Introduction to Hunyuan Qigong (Primordial Qigong)
• Introduction to Silk-reeling (Dynamic Qigong)
• Introduction to Hunyuan Taijiquan (Hunyuan Tai Chi)
• Introduction to Hunyuan Taiji weapons (sword & saber)
• Introduction to Tuishou (partner training)
• Review of Yongfa (martial, health & social applications)

Foundation Studies III: Dynamic Qigong (chansigong)
Chansigong (also known as Dynamic Qigong or 'spiral power exercise'), is
the defining characteristic of Chen-style Hunyuan Tai Chi. It's the critical link
between Foundation Studies (jibengong), Qigong and Tai Chi.
The third term of Foundation Studies focuses on learning both
the movements and the inner energy patterns of the
complete Dynamic Qigong exercise routine.

Foundation Studies IV: Centering & Flow
Centering and integration, naturalness and authenticity, relaxation and flow
are all ways of talking about the inner goals of Hunyuan Qigong and Tai Chi. The fourth and final term of the Foundation Year focuses on the two
complementary poles of Hunyuan Qigong/Tai Chi training:
• Zhan Zhuang "Standing Post" Meditation (stillness, the Yin Pole), and
• Balance-Based Push-Hands (action, the Yang Pole).
These two poles act as profound mirrors into the self.
 Program Tuition:
$640 per term
Tuition is paid at the beginning of each term:
Fall Term: Oct-Nov-Dec
Winter Term: Jan-Feb-Mar
Spring Term: Apr-May-Jun
Summer Term: Jul-Aug
 (The Foundation Studies Program also includes these optional
elective classes at no additional cost: • Dynamic Qigong - Sat 9:00-10:30 AM
• Primordial Qigong - Sun 9:00-10:30 AM
• Push-hands - 2nd & 3rd Sat 2:00-3:45 PM
• Modern Taoism - 1st & 4th Sat 2:00-3:45 PM)

Enrollment is now open for Foundation Studies I
for the Winter 2018 Term (Jan/Feb/Mar).
The first class of the term will be Monday, Jan. 8, from 6:00-7:30 PM.
To register for an orientation session and
a free Foundation Studies trial class,
email us using the form below:
The Foundation Studies Program includes: 

• The required Foundation Studies classes in red
• the optional Qigong classes in green
• the optional Special Electives class in yellow

Annual School Calendar, 2017

Class days in light yellow

Term breaks and holidays in green