培养身体。
培养生命

Péiyǎng shēntǐ.
Péiyǎng shēngmìng.
Nurture the body.
Nurture life.

Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang

陳氏心意混元太極拳
We offer in-depth training in the beautiful and profound art of 
Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan Hunyuan Tai Chi for short —
a style of Tai Chi developed by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang that blends: 
• Chen-style Tai Chi, the ancient martial style of Tai Chi, with 
• Hunyuan Qigong, Taoist life energy cultivation.


Why Qigong?
(pronounced "chi-gung") 
Most people associate Tai Chi with its beautiful flowing practice forms. 
But there are two other equally important areas of practice that contribute to
a full Tai Chi training experience:
gong and tuishou

Tuishou, or "push-hands", is partner work, and includes everything from 
gentle cooperative partner training to full-bore competitive sparring 
(with beginners, we stick to cooperative partner training through our 
Balance-Based Push-Hands™ program).     

Gong means "internal self-cultivation"and includes everything from
Neigong (breathing, meditation and spiritual practices), to all the
various forms of Qigong 
that have been developed over the centuries
specifically in support of Tai Chi, notably: 
Dynamic Qigong (also known as Chansigong or "silk-reeling"), a
physically vigorous mind/body conditioning routine
 • Hunyuan Qigong ("primordial life energy cultivation"), a gentle,
meditative qigong routine to rebalance internal energies
• Zhan Zhuang 'Standing Post' Meditation, a standing/walking
meditation very similar to Zen   
  
Historically, the relationship of Qigong to Tai Chi is that of ancient ancestor to modern descendant:

气功是太极的根源。
太极是气功之花。
m
Qìgōng shì tàijí de gēnyuán.
Tàijí shì qìgōng zhī huā.
m
"Qigong is the root of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is the flower of Qigong."

So studying Tai Chi without studying Qigong at the same time is like 
focusing on your car’s paint job but ignoring its engine, drive train and gas tank: it may look good on the outside, but it's empty on the inside:

很好看,
但没有用。
m
Hen hao kan,
dan meiyou yong.
m
"Very good looking,
but of no use."

In creating Hunyuan Tai Chi, Grandmaster Feng returned Tai Chi to
its original deep roots in Qigong, roots that once were closely-guarded secrets given only to family members and indoor disciples. 
We follow his lead at our own school: 
we focus on building strong foundations.


"The art of nurturing, the science of power..."
We teach both the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong, and the Taoist sciences of meditation and the energy body that underlie them, with an emphasis on:
                 zhong ding  •  centering & integration
          xinyi  •  mindfulness
        song  •  relaxation 
       ting  •  listening 
         ziran  •  naturalness
  liu  •  flow


 Programs 
We offer five programs:

We welcome all serious students of the internal arts.
If you have questions, or would like to arrange an orientation session and 
trial class, drop us a line here.

Ed:  

I got your note, and am copying my assistant (the young man you mentioned — Matt Hoang) on this email.

I will let you two talk, but my understanding is that Matt’s very busy schedule does not allow him time for home visits.

Ed, this is a problem that crops up over and over again. The idea of home sessions sounds good, but no one has time to do them. I checked for you with four other advanced teachers, some of whom did do home visits in the past, but no one is willing to do them any more.

That kind of leaves you high and dry, which is a shame, because this kind of exercise could certainly help. Some suggestions:

1) Qigong (sometimes spelled "chi kung") is far more helpful for someone in your situation than Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a martial art — it’s benefits only kick in after several years of training. Qigong, on the other hand, is a health art — it’s benefits kick in almost immediately. And since Tai Chi is actually based on Qigong, I highly recommend that you focus your efforts there, on Qigong itself.

2) Since home visits may be out of the question, you have two other options: online sessions, and live group sessions.

Local live group sessions that might be appropriate for you (these are given at Kaiser, but are open to the general public):
 
— Kaiser on Geary (Qigong): https://thrive.kaiserpermanente.org/care-near-you/northern-california/sanfrancisco/health-resources/qi-gong/

    — Kaiser (Tai Chi Chih — a form of modified Tai Chi for health): https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/!ut/p/a0/LcpBDsIgEADAt_QBmxUNsnorQj_goYXbhhIlUtpYot-vJj1OMuhxQF_4kx5c01w4_-zCXGos9RoyryuMsXLK2KNH_1rukd_hie6v_aURHZmTVJ0lMHQmEMIeoaWbBG31QRl56ZTQuEwTfdum2QBTJJtq/

The Kaiser programs may also have more information on other local classes that I don’t know about.

The most important aspect of Qigong is spirit, and you have plenty of that. Best of luck on your search.

Malcolm
Above: At the Academy's 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration.
Master and Mrs. Zhang (center front, seated) joined us for a wonderful evening.
For more photos see Gallery I: Year of the Earth Dog.

Attendees at last year's Tai Chi Retreat in the Sierras.
Head instructors Malcolm and Annie Dean, front center.
For more photos see Gallery II: The Annual Retreat

Many doctors and other health care professionals now suggest to their patients that they take up Tai Chi for its known health benefits. Although they’re right about the health benefits, very few doctors practice Tai Chi themselves, so they don’t realize how complex Tai Chi choreography can be, and how long and difficult the learning curve can be before you get to the “good stuff” health-wise.

In some places, like the Mayo Clinic, special "easy" Tai Chi classes have been developed for patients in recovery. This is a wonderful way to introduce a simplified version of Tai Chi to those who need it most. At the present time, however, we do not offer "easy Tai Chi". For this reason, we strongly suggest that after completing the Foundation Studies Program, anyone working primarily on health issues enter the Qigong Healing Arts Program for several years before attempting our quite rigorous Tai Chi programs.

 

Qigong (pronounced “chi-gung”) is a health art, while Tai Chi is a martial art. Qigong will therefore get you to the good stuff health-wise faster and far more directly than Tai Chi, while at the same time building the foundation skills and experience necessary for Tai Chi, should you eventually decide to go that route.

With a few years of Qigong under your belt, you’ll be way ahead of the curve when you start Tai Chi; you will learn Tai Chi much more quickly; and your

Tai Chi will be much more satisfying and much more effective. Why? Because:

 

“Qigong is the root of Tai Chi,

Tai Chi is the flower of Qigong.”

 

Their relationship is that close. In the meantime, you will be working directly on your health issues, including centering, grounding, balance, flexibility, strength, and especially vitality and a sense of overall

well-being. In fact, after being introduced to Qigong, many people find that it satisfies all their needs.