Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley Tai Chi Classes in Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville
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. The gentle flowing movements of
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 (founded by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong) where he also took part in
tournaments, placing in medaling positions. He studied
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuanwith Master David Bao (6th Duan Wei and former 2006 World Tai Chi champion).
Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley is one of the very few schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that offer both Yang Style as well as Chen Style Tai Chi classes.
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. All classes are taught by Andreas himself to ensure a consistent and dedicated learning experience as well as providing direct access to his unique skill set and knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Classes at Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley 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.
The integration of
Tai Chi forms
and Qigong exercises into the class schedule also helps students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi Chuan very early in their practice.
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 Tai Chi curriculum follows the very pure, traditional & authentic way by which Tai Chi Chuan has been passed down by Tai Chi masters for generations. We strive for quality Tai Chi instruction that motivates and inspires and that continuously sparks the students' love & enthusiasm for learning Tai Chi Chuan. Whether you are a True Tai Chi Beginner, Experienced Tai Chi Practitioner, External Martial Artist or 'Someone In Between' all of these - we hope to be able to welcome you in one of our classes soon and share the Beauty of the Art of Tai Chi Chuan with you.
“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.”
“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
“If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.”
- Lao Tzu
“Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness, solidification and fluidity,
extension and contraction, unification and division.”
“The Yin & Yang symbol is the
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.