Tai Chi San Francisco: Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, close to the UC Berkeley campus (California / San Francisco Bay Area / East Bay)

Tai Chi Chuan classes or lessons can promote healing and reduce stress through breathing exercises, physical exercise, relaxation and abdominal breathing

Tai Chi's beautiful flowing movements have a strong meditative aspect and cultivate a strong feeling of connectedness and unity, harmonizing the internal with the external.

Taichi hand and weapons forms in San Francisco Bay Area: 8 brocade, traditional short yang form, long form in the Yang style tradition, sword form, fan form. All levels welcome: introduction to Tai Chi, beginner Tai Chi classes, tai chi for beginners, intermediate Taiji classes and advanced Tai Chi classes (108 steps, 40 steps, 24 steps, 16 steps, 8 steps)

Tai Chi movement names: Opening, Grasp Sparrows Tail, Grasp Bird's Tail, Brush Knee, Partition the Wild Horse's Mane, White Stork Spreads its Wings, Play the Fiddle, Repulse Monkey, Single Whip, Snake Creeps Down, Needle at the Sea Bottom, Carry the Tiger, Apparent Closure, Wave Hands Like Clouds, High Pat On Horse, Parry And Punch, Heel Kick, Toe Kick, Strike Opponents Ears with Both Fists, Double Fist Strike to Ears, Cross Hands, Golden Rooster stands on one Leg, Fan Through the Back, Fair Lady Works Shuttle. Group and solo routines.

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One of the best Tai Chi instruction and classes in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Tai Chi, Qigong, martial arts classes close to the University of Berkeley, UC Berkeley campus

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.
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The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.

Chinese Proverb

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

Lao Tzu

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

Lao Tzu

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

Lao Tzu

Therefore hold to the things which are reliable. Look to simplicity; embrace purity; lessen the self, diminish desire.

Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

Lao Tzu

Learning builds daily accumulation, but the practice of Tao builds daily simplification. Simplify and simplify, until all contamination from relative, contradictory thinking is eliminated.

Lao Tzu

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.

Lao Tzu



“If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of
the Unconscious.”
D.T. SUZUKI

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Tai Chi Chuan

is known for its many health benefits for both

body and mind

and promotes an overall sense of well-being, vitality and inner calm. Tai Chi's gentle flowing movements encourage the body to let go of any stress or tensions: balance and flexibility improves, joints/ligaments and muscles are strengthened, blood circulates more freely and the mind and spirit become clear and full.

Andreas has studied

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan in the Plum Blossom International Federation

system (founded by

Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong in San Francisco

) where he also took part in martial arts tournaments, placing in medaling positions. Before branching out on his own he had been instructing at a

local Tai Chi school in Berkeley

with equal success. Andreas has the special capacity to teach the preciseness, purity and beauty of movement and at the same time to transfer the experience of flow and a feeling of connectedness of body and mind to his students. Learning Tai Chi Chuan therefore not only becomes a physical exercise but also a deeply spiritual art form and experience that equally involves and stimulates the heart, mind and spirit.

“To be able under all circumstances
to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue;
these five things are gravity, generosity of soul,
sincerity, earnestness and kindness.”
- Confucius

Classes are taught in a very open, friendly, non-competitive atmosphere with special attention given to learning the underlying

principles of Tai Chi Chuan

through a systematic approach to stance, posture and forms training while also giving insights into martial arts applications. This gives students a very effective and strong foundation for their Tai Chi practice and translates into a rich, rewarding and in-depth experience of this powerful and beautiful centuries-old martial art.

Our classes strive to be lively, challenging and engaging
and students at Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley so beautifully and generously share their passion and enjoyment for their practice with all of their fellow students which makes the learning environment a very personal, welcoming and enjoyable one.

The integration of Tai Chi forms and Chi Kung (Qigong) exercises into the class schedule also helps students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi Chuan very early in their practice.

For beginning students our curriculum starts with learning the basic Tai Chi postures and movements. Forms training then gradually progresses to more advanced hand and weapon forms and for students who are already further along in their forms practice the focus shifts to learning the intricate details of the various forms, as well as feeling the unity of body & mind and of connectedness and flow.

Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley sees as its first and foremost mission to teach the Art of Tai Chi Chuan with an open heart and mind in a dedicated, focused, respectful and peaceful class setting and learning environment.

Our curriculum follows the very pure, traditional & authentic way by which Tai Chi Chuan has been passed down by Tai Chi masters for centuries. We strive for quality instruction that motivates and inspires and that continuously sparks the students' love & enthusiasm for learning Tai Chi Chuan.

Tai Chi Poems Quotes Quotations

 

“We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.”
- Tao Te Ching

“When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.”
- Lao Tzu

“To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.”
- Lao Tzu

“A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Act without doing,
work without effort.”
- Tao Te Ching

“Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness, solidification and fluidity,
extension and contraction, unification and division.”
- Ueshiba

“The Yin & Yang symbol is the
interlocking, melting together of
the flow of movement
within a circle.”
- Chungliang Al Huang

 

* Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley's logo: Dragons in Chinese culture have a positive connotation and represent power, excellence, and striving for goals and high values, as well as being a benevolent force which radiates goodwill, good luck, and blessings. The color red is associated with luck and happiness.

We chose the bamboo as our representing visual since it so beautifully visualizes the spirit of Tai Chi Chuan - displaying great intrinsic elegance and beauty while at the same time combining incredible core strength with spring-like energy and flexibility.

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Interesting discussion about “Flow and Happiness”.

“Moon Water” (Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan)

Poetic choreography of Taoist philosophy inspired by Tai Chi movements. “Energy flows as water, while the spirit shines as the moon”. View video

Tai Chi Chuan Practice & Health

Research studies point to immense benefits in maintaining good physical health & mental balance which can greatly enhanced our quality of life.

Tai Chi Chuan & Music
Performing Tai Chi Chuan to music can be a beautiful experience.
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(Artist: Jia Peng Fang, “Memory of a Childhood”)

Chi Kung and Wuji (Emptiness)

Chi Kung (Qigong) literally means working with energy or life force and was the ideal way for Taoists to realize their goal of “Wuji” – an empty, alert, boundless state of consciousness, and a "spirit and body cultivated in balance." One of most widely practiced and oldest Chi Kung exercises, “The 8 Brocade”, is taught and practiced at Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley.

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We chose bamboo as our representing visual since it so beautifully visualizes the spirit of
Tai Chi Chuan - displaying great intrinsic elegance and beauty while at the same time combining incredible core strength with spring-like energy and flexibility.
© Photography: Andreas

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Tai Chi Curriculum

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Hand Forms

 • 24 Form • 8 Form • 16 Form
 • 40 Form • 48 Combined Form • 108

Form
Weapon Forms

 • 32 Tai Chi Straight Sword Form
 • Plum Blossom Fan Form


Push Hands

 • Basic Single/Double Pattern Push Hands


Chi Kung (Qigong)

 • The 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)
 • Standing Postures & Meditation


Silk Reeling

 • Silk Reeling is a set of neigong (internal) movement principles that are continuous, cyclic, spiralling patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch" of drawing silk.


Stretching

 • Flexibility and light cardio workouts

Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi classes begin with a series of Chi Kung
exercises (The 8 Brocade) which is one of the oldest exercise systems in the world and promotes the

free circulation of Chi (“Life Energy”) throughout the body. Standing meditation, stretching, light cardio workouts and sensitivity training

are also part of the class schedule.

Afterwards

Tai Chi stance & forms training

begins with personalized and gentle instruction tailored to each individual student or experience level. At the end of each class a form (sequence of movements) is practiced and experienced as a unified, harmonious group which lets the class end on a note of stillness and tranquility and of accomplishment and joy.

Should your work or private schedule not allow you to take advantage of our regular class schedule, please feel free to inquire about private instruction possibilities.

• Recommendations
There is no uniform requirement. Comfortable, loose fitting clothes and flat/flexible sole shoes (and a smile!) are recommended.

Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley

The Berkeley Performing Arts


2560 9th Street, #119 •

Berkeley, CA 94710


Contact us  415.422.9933

No Class MON 02/17, Presidents' Day


Class Announcements:


Our Beginner class meets on Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm. If you have never done Tai Chi before or like to start again from the very beginning then this class is a perfect place to start.

Monthly Tuition: $70

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask...


The 108 Long Form class is held Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm. Prior Tai Chi experience, such as being comfortable with basic Tai Chi stances and footwork is recommended.

Monthly Tuition: $70

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask...


Interested in Tai Chi Classes for Seniors? Please inquire here...


Openings for students with prior Tai Chi experience exist year-round.
Re-discover your passion and love for this beautiful and powerful centuries-old martial art.

Experienced students please inquire here...


Private Tai Chi lessons with Andreas are available at $65/hour for any form in our curriculum.

For Beginners 1-on-1 private lessons can be a great head start. Experienced students benefit by deepening their knowledge, understanding and physical skill level.

Or you might simply prefer to take private lessons due to your work schedule or to learn an entire form at your own pace and with the instructor's full personal attention.

To schedule a private lesson(s), please inquire here...


We offer a 15% discount on our monthly Tai Chi tuition rates for UC Berkeley students and enrolled students of other accredited educational institutions.

The Berkeley Performing Arts is a non-profit organization and offers a great variety of moving arts classes under its umbrella. The center is dedicated to excellence in instruction and to further cultural creativity & diversity, personal development and artistic expression and serves the Greater Bay Area Community.

Tai Chi classes are held in a beautiful large studio with high ceilings and hardwood floors that give a feeling of openness and space. The studio has lots of natural light and the front and side walls are mirrored.

We are located on the ground level and waiting and changing areas are available. You will find ample free parking and bike racks directly in front of the building.


The studio is in close proximity to the UC Berkeley campus and the ride to the studio is a breeze (no hills!).

A few steps away from our studio you'll find the Westside Bakery Café and NOLO Bookshop. Caffe Trieste, Anchalee Tai Cuisine, Paisan Osteria & Bar, Sea Salt Restaurant and the Sawtooth Building with its many artisan and performing arts studios are in walking distance; the trendy 4th Street restaurant and shopping district as well as the diverse San Pablo Avenue corridor and Berkeley Bowl West are only a few blocks away.

The studio is easily accessible from East Bay locations making it a very convenient destination from Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Alameda, Piedmont, Montclair, San Leandro and other San Francisco Bay Area cities.

Questions/Inquiries about Tai Chi Classes?

Please don't hesitate to contact me at: andreas@taichichuanberkeley.com
415.422.9933

I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to the Tai Chi Chuan program.

With best wishes,
Andreas

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