Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center

Tai Chi Classes

Bakar Recreation Center

Class Descriptions

How to Join


 Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center at UCSF Mission Bay

Bakar Fitness Center is more than a gym—it's a fitness lifestyle! The latest cardio and weight machines, group fitness classes, personal training, outdoor and youth programs, recreational sports, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a climbing wall, massage, Pilates — and, of course, Tai Chi!

Membership is open to all — see "How to Join" below.

The 50+ Beginning Tai Chi Program at Bakar Fitness Center

Though by no means restricted to 50+ practitioners, the Beginning Tai Chi Program at Bakar Fitness Center is ideal for the older athlete looking for a highly rewarding (and highly challenging) new fitness regime.


During the course of this ongoing class, we will be learning the Chen-style 24 Yilu Beginning Form, a short form of twenty-four movements which focuses on the first four of the thirteen energies of Tai Chi (peng, lu, ji, and an), and creates a foundation for all the more advanced Tai Chi forms. After working through the basic choreography of the “24”, which takes about a year, focus in class will shift to detailed form corrections, body mechanics, energy dynamics, and mind-body integration, centering, grounding, and flow.


This is not your grandpa's idea of Tai Chi: this is Chen-style, the old and very rare martial style of Tai Chi. It is sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce, but always beautiful, wild, expressive, and very, very challenging. It is also very, very rewarding. 


This is an ongoing class. Join at any time.

To join the Tai Chi class at Bakar Fitness Center
(and to enjoy all the other opportunities at this beautiful facility),
check out the membership page here.

(And just a personal note from the Academy website editor: I've been a member at Bakar for many years, and it's a great community as well as a great facility. I've always gotten the "Premier Membership", because it gives me access to unlimited Group Fitness classes, free towel service, and free parking (up to three hours/visit). It's well worth the few extra dollars. Also, they have very reasonable senior (60+) and family membership rates. — Ed.) 
Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center at UCSF Mission Bay 
1675 Owens Street 
San Francisco, California 94158 
Phone: 415.514.4545 

Detailed map of UCSF Mission Bay campus below. 
Bakar Fitness Center is in the William J. Rutter Center.
Park in the adjoining Community Center Garage.
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