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
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.”
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.”
“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.
Tai Chi Curriculum
• 24 Form • 8 Form
• 16 Form
• 40 Form • 48 Combined Form • 108
• 32 Tai Chi Straight Sword Form
• 13 Tai Chi Dao (Saber) Form
• Plum Blossom Fan Form
• Wind Chasing Fan Form
• Basic Single/Double Pattern Push Hands
Chi Kung (Qigong)
• The 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)
• Standing Postures & Meditation
• 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.
• Flexibility and light cardio workouts
Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi classes begin with a series of Chi
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.
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.
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
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
I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to the Tai Chi Chuan program.
With best wishes,