Yang shenti. Yang sheng.
Nurture the body. Nurture life.
Chenshi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
• We practice Hunyuan Tai Chi, a blend of Chen style Tai Chi (the original martial style of Tai Chi) with Qigong ("chi-gung", internal energy cultivation). Hunyuan Tai Chi is the life's work of Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.
• We offer the three traditional aspects of complete Tai Chi training: qigong, forms, and push-hands.
• We teach both the art of Tai Chi, and the science of the energy body that lies behind it, with an emphasis on integration, centering, grounding, and flow.
• We offer four programs, from Foundation Qigong, through Beginning and Advanced Tai Chi, to the Teaching Certification Program, all of which are described below.
• We welcome all serious students. If you have questions, or would like to arrange a personal orientation session and a free trial class, drop us a line here, or call us at 415.864.4545.
The Academy offers four public programs:
★Qigong ('chi-gung') means "internal energy cultivation." It's one of the great traditional arts of China, where many kinds are practiced daily for health and vitality, relief from stress, recovery from illness or injury, and promotion of vigorous longevity. Qigong is also the once-highly-secret foundation of Tai Chi, and is essential in developing higher levels of Tai Chi gongfu. We offer three kinds of Qigong in the Foundation Qigong program:
Foundation Qigong Program
- Dynamic Qigong is more rigorous, and helps build the basic strength and skill of body and mind needed for Tai Chi. This is a great place to start your Tai Chi career, either as a stand-alone class, or in conjunction with Beginning Tai Chi. Also known as chansigong: "silk-reeling exercises".
- Primordial Qigong is gentler and more meditative. Its focus is on cleansing and invigorating the energy body, leaving you calm, clear, and energized. Like a spa treatment, but from the inside out.
- Women's Qigong. We also offer a special Women's Qigong class on Sunday morning, with a focus on self-care in body, mind, and spirit.
Although Qigong is the foundation of Tai Chi, it's also a highly effective stand- alone practice for anyone working on health and harmony in body and mind. (Note: If you're recovering your health after illness or injury, Qigong may be a much more direct path to healing for you than Tai Chi. This is because Tai Chi requires the memorization of complex choreography before its health benefits kick in, while Qigong, which is much simpler, acts immediately and directly). Your single monthly Foundation Qigong tuition covers all Dynamic, Primordial, and Women's Qigong classes. This is an ongoing program: join at any time.
Degree of difficulty: 1-star (easy)
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Beginning Tai Chi Program
A two-year program focusing on the first introductory form of Hunyuan Tai Chi, the 24-movement Yilu ("First Road") form. During the first two terms (six months) program members will focus on learning the basic choreography of the form, including the self-defense applications for each move:
- Terms 1-2: Basic choreography and self-defense applications
During the following six terms (eighteen months), program members go through the form three more times, each time going into greater depth, and gradually developing the ease, relaxation, and internal power for which Tai Chi is famous. During the first reiteration of the form, the class focuses on body mechanics and major form corrections; during the second reiteration on energy dynamics and fine form corrections; and during the third reiteration on mental intention, internal energy patterns, mind-body integration, and centering, grounding, and flow:
- Terms 3-4: body mechanics and major form corrections
After competing the two-year program, you can elect to stay with the program as long as you like, or move on to the Advanced Tai Chi program when you and the head instructor believe you're ready. Beginning Tai Chi Program members can also attend all Foundation Qigong Program classes at no additional charge.
- Terms 5-6: energy dynamics and fine form corrections
- Terms 7-8: mental intention, energy patterns, mind-body integration
Degree of difficulty: 2-star (moderate)
Prerequisite: Foundation Qigong Program recommended, but not mandatory
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A five-year program for the serious student, the Advanced Tai Chi program offers the complete core curriculum of Hunyuan Tai Chi, including the 24, 48, and 83 Yilu ("First Road") forms, the 24, 38, and 77 Erlu ("Second Road" or "cannonfist") forms, the straight sword (jian), the saber (tao), push-hands (tuishou), advanced elective forms, Taoist philosophy, and Chinese history and literature. Advanced Tai Chi Program members can also attend all Foundation Qigong and Beginning Tai Chi classes at no additional charge.
Degree of difficulty: 3-star (difficult)
Prerequisite: Beginning Tai Chi Program
Teaching Certificate Program
A seven-year program for the true fanatic who intends to make teaching his or her vocation. We only accept students into the Certificate Program who have been enrolled in Academy classes for at least one year.
Degree of difficulty: 4-star (don't even ask)
Prerequisite: By arrangement with the head instructor only