I. ACCEPTANCE & DISMISSAL
II. TUITION & MAKE-UP CLASSES
III. VISITORS, GUESTS & DROP-INS
IV. SCHOOL CALENDAR
VI. LIABILITY WAIVER
I. ACCEPTANCE AND DISMISSAL
The San Francisco Hunyuan Tai Chi Academy (SFHTCA) is an inclusive organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or any other identity-based criterion. We do however reserve the right to refuse acceptance, either to public classes or to the certificate program, of any prospective student who we feel may not be able to physically participate in our activities safely, or who we feel might be better served by other institutions with different missions and orientations (for instance, martial arts schools more exclusively oriented towards self-defense or tournament competition). We also reserve the right to dismiss any student who is disruptive, or who fails to follow school policies, including the Code of Conduct (see VI. CODE OF CONDUCT).
II. TUITION & MAKE-UP CLASSES
A. Foundation Classes
Monthly class tuition of $120 for Foundation classes covers all four weekly practice sessions (16 sessions per month), exclusive of school holidays (see section IV. below).
B. Tai Chi Classes
Monthly class tuition of $120 for a single Tai Chi class covers two weekly practice sessions (eight per month), unless otherwise noted, and exclusive of school holidays (see section IV. below).
C. Multiple classes
Tai Chi class students receive a 50% discount on the Foundation Qigong Classes if they wish to continue Foundation training and conditioning. Certificate program students take Tai Chi, Foundation Qigong Classes, and a minimum of two private lessons per month:
• Foundation classes, $120/month
• Tai Chi class, $120/month
• Tai Chi class plus Foundation classes, $180/month
D. Make-up classes
As with all other schools, it is the student’s responsibility to get to class on the days and at the times described on the class schedule. However, if you miss a class for any reason, you can do a make-up session on another day, in a class other than your own, providing there’s room.
E. Travel & Work
If you're a registered student, and know ahead of time that you're going to be traveling or otherwise occupied for a portion of a month, arrange in advance with the registrar to pay for a half month or by the session.
III. VISITORS, GUESTS & DROP-INS
Visitors are welcome at any time. Prospective students are welcome to try a week of classes free. Registered students are welcome to bring a guest or guests to a class free, with prior permission from the instructor. Single session drop-ins are $20 each. Lengthy "drop-ins" (say, two weeks) are by permission of the instructor only, and will be charged at the normal tuition monthly rates (see above). All prospective students, guests, visitors, and drop-ins must sign the SFHTA Liability Waiver and Code of Conduct before engaging in any physical practice in the guan (see below).
Classes meet as noted above, except for school holidays:
• Spring Break - March 25-29
• Memorial Day - May 24-27
• Summer Break - August 26-September 2
• Thanksgiving - November 28-29
• Xmas Break - December 23-January 3, 2014
VI. SFHTA CODE OF CONDUCT
1. Courtesy, kindness and respect in word and action are the basis of wu de (martial virtue); observe them in the guan at all times.
2. Salute before entering and upon exiting the guan. In formal situations, the head of the school is to be addressed or referred to as Sifu, and his wife as Simu. Visiting masters are to be addressed as Sifu or Laoshi.
3. Come to class on time. That means be in the guan, suited up, and ready to go when class starts. In practical terms, that means you need to arrive 10 to 15 mintes early and get yourself arranged. If you are late, stop at the entrance to the guan and salute before entering.
4. If you are unable to attend class, notify your instructor ahead of time.
5. Don’t come to class if you’re sick or coming down with something and could be contagious. Some of our students are dealing with serious physical challenges, including compromised immune systems due to chemotherapy or other conditions. Protect them, and yourself: Stay home, take care, and get well. You can make up classes when you return.
6. Once class begins, do not talk. Focus on your practice, and allow others to focus on theirs.
7. Do not interrupt the instructor when he or she is teaching (this includes 'silent teaching'). If you have a question, raise your hand, or wait until there's a break.
8. Do not take calls or text during class. Turn off your phone. (Exceptions can be made for emergency workers—talk to your instructor.)
9. You must wear shoes while practicing. Remove jewelry and watches before working out.
10. No perfumes, colognes or aromatic skin creams in class.
11. Speech is a powerful energy. Respect it, and do not bring rude, profane, derogatory, boorish or otherwise disturbing speech or subject matter into the guan. Stay conscious.
12. Never attend the guan under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you do, you will be asked to leave.
13. Keep the guan clean. If you use glasses, plates, cups, or utensils, wash up after yourself.
14. No weapons handling or practice in the guan without instructor permission. No horseplay or rough-housing, especially during push-hands. Always protect your push-hands partner first. No intentional violence of any type will be tolerated in the guan.
15. Tuition is due the first class of each month. Pay on time, unless other arrangements have been made with the registrar.
16. Take care of yourself. Know your limits and respect them.
17. You must sign the informed consent liability waiver before practicing in the guan (see below).
18. What you do on your own time is your business. But if you want to actually get what we teach here, you need to stay conscious, stay clean, and stay focused.
VII. LIABILITY WAIVER
Before practicing in the guan, all students, visitors, and guests must sign the following Liability Waiver and Policies Acknowledgment:
"I have voluntarily chosen to participate in the taiji (tai chi) training offered at the San Francisco Hunyuan Taiji Academy (SFHTA), including but not limited to taiji form, qigong, silk-reeling, meditation, weapons, andtuishou (push-hands), and acknowledge that I am under no obligation to continue such training. I am aware that taiji training and related activities carry certain risks that can result in injury, both minor and major. By my participation in taiji classes or activities at SFHTA, I agree to take full responsibility for consulting my health care professional prior to participation, for not exceeding my personal limits, for selecting the appropriate level class for me, and for any injury I might suffer in a class at SFHTA. Furthermore, I am aware that the SFHTA instructors or the SFHTA director has the right to refuse admission, or to ask me to attend another level class if they believe I could cause harm to myself or others by participating in activities above my capabilities. I understand that the director or instructors may provide physical adjustment during class. If I do not want such physical adjustments, I will inform the instructor at each class I attend.
In consideration of the opportunity afforded me to participate in taiji training offered at SFHTA, I, on behalf of myself and my heirs, guardians, personal representatives, or assigns, do hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue SFHTA, its owners, officers, employees, students, or volunteers, for any and all costs, losses, damages, liabilities, or claims, including without limitation those arising from negligence of any of the instructors, agents, officers or representatives of SFHTA resulting in personal injury, accidents, illnesses (including death), or property loss which may accrue to me in connection with any activity by me whatsoever at SFHTA.
I further expressly agree that the foregoing liability waiver is intended to be as broad and inclusive as its permitted by the law of the Sate of California and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the remainder of the agreement shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.
I grant to SFHTA, its representatives and employees the right to take photographs of me and my property while in the guan. I authorize SFHTA, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that SFHTA may use such photographs of me with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including, for example, such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.
I have read the foregoing liability waiver, fully understand its terms, and understand that I am giving up substantial rights, including my right to sue. This agreement is freely and voluntarily executed.
By signature below, I further understand and acknowledge: that SFHTA has the right to refuse services and classes to any individual at any time; that all class discounts have given expiration date, after which time, the classes are no longer valid; that classes are non-transferable; and that I have read and accept SFHTA’s Rules of Conduct."