"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


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 Qigong or Beginning Tai Chi programs,
please read this first:

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


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Beginning Tai Chi 

The Beginning Tai Chi classes, however, are rigorous traditional classes, which require considerable commitment and discipline (very much like taking up piano or guitar, or any other martial art). 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? Both Beginning Tai Chi classes meet twice per week (either M/W 6:00-7:30 PM, or S/S 11:00-12:30 AM). The choreography of Hunyuan Tai Chi is more complex and challenging than other styles of Tai Chi. You need to make 90% of these classes or you will quickly fall behind. See schedule.


2) Do you have time to practice at home at least 30 minutes per day? Just as with learning a musical instrument, progress is proportional to practice (in fact, learning Tai Chi is exactly like learning a musical instrument: the only difference is the instrument is your body).  


3) Can you commit to a six-month class? Beginning Tai Chi I 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? 
As noted above, the Beginning Tai Chi classes start twice a year: the first week in April, and the first week in October. We accept new students into the classes all during the months of April and October. After that, it's on a case-by-case basis: if you want to join mid-term, and if you have the capacity and are willing to take on the extra effort of catching up, talk to the class instructor and see what you can work out. Otherwise, again, jump into the Qigong Program until the next Beginning Tai Chi class starts.
    

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 like what you see during your trial class, 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 monthly. If you join in the middle of a month, your fee for that month will be prorated to reflect the date you join. There is also a one-time registration fee of $120 (fee covers registration, school hoody, and hardbound copy of our foundation textbook, Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, the Science of Power, by Dr. Yang Yang). Class fees: 


• Qigong Program, $160/month

• Beginning Tai Chi Program, $160/month

• Advanced Tai Chi Program, $160/month

• Tai Chi Certificate Program, $750/month

• 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. 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.