Hunyuan Tai Chi Certificate Program

• Goals
• Curriculum
• Costs & Time Commitment
• To Register
A Solitary Temple Amid Clearing Peaks 
Attributed to Li Cheng (919–967), Five Dynasties period (907-960). 
Hanging scroll, ink and light color on silk, 111.8 x 55.9 cm. 
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. 

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." 

— Lao Tsu 

An intense multi-year program for those who want to learn the entire Hunyuan Tai Chi curriculum in-depth, with the intention of a lifelong personal practice, including teaching: 

• Competence in every aspect of the curriculum, including all foundation
   level skills; beginning, intermediate, and advanced forms; push-hands; 
   history and philosophy of Tai Chi; and teaching skills  
• Working knowledge of the internal energy ("qi") system 
• Dantian awareness, both in self and others 
• Centering, grounding, and relaxation skills 
• Push-hands listening, neutralizing, and returning ability
• Development of Hunyuan Qi
• In-depth teaching experience

Class load will vary from time to time, but in general, Certificate Program students can expect their weekly commitment to include: 

• Foundation Qigong classes, consisting of one Primordial Qigong and at

   least one Dynamic Qigong session per week (Certificate Program students

   take Foundation Qigong classes throughout their entire time in the program) 

• One form class (two sessions per week) 

• One history, philosophy or other class (one session per week) 

• One private lessons per week, and one special TCP group lesson

• You are also expected to perform teaching and other school related duties

I: Foundation
• Dynamic Qigong 
• Primordial Qigong 
• Zhan Zhuang Meditation

II: Forms 
• 24 Yilu
• 48 Yilu
• 83 Yilu 
• Straight Sword 
• 24 Erlu
• 38 Erlu 
• 71 Erlu 
• Saber 

III. Tuishou ("push-hands") 
• Beginning 
• Intermediate
• Advanced

IV. Philosophy
• Taoism 101: Yin, Yang & the Tao
• Applied Taoism: Putting Yin & Yang Into Practice
• Comparative Metaphysics: Izutsu's "Sufism & Taoism"
• Integral Metaphysics: Integration of Body, Mind, Energy, & Spirit  
• Transformative Metaphysics: The Leader As Martial Artist 

V: Private Lessons 
• Program members take one private lesson per week

VI. Advanced Development

• Advanced elective forms

• Teaching duties and internship

• Thesis project involving some aspect of Hunyuan Tai Chi or Qigong

• Final test, performance and evaluation 

Costs vary depending on number of classes and private lessons taken per month. In general, cost average $800-1000 per month, which covers: 
• Foundation Qigong classes, $120 per month
• Tai Chi classes, $120 per month 
• Special topic classes (Taoist philosophy, etc), $80-120 per month each
• Private lessons, $100 per hour; group TCP private lesson $50 per hour
• Additional costs for weapons, uniforms, books, travel, etc

Weekly Time Commitment 
Plan to spend 18-24 hours per week, including:
• Classes, 6-8 hours per week
• Private lessons, 2 hours per week 
• Personal practice, 6-8 hours per week 
• Readings, videos, special projects, 2-3 hours per week
• Teaching and other school duties, 3-4 hours per week

Length of Program
This is a qualitative program. Graduation is based solely on actual achievement of the goals stated above (top of page), whether it takes five years, or fifteen.   

We only accept students to the Certificate Program who have already been enrolled at the Academy for at least one year. Acceptance into the program is entirely at the discretion of the head instructor. 

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 week of classes 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. 

Although we don't charge for orientation meetings, we are reserving an hour for you. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact us 24 hours ahead of time.