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Chen Style 18 Beginner Form

The Chen Style Tai Chi 18 Beginner Form teaches the basic principles, stances and transitions of Chen Style Tai Chi making it a beautiful entryway into the founding style of Tai Chi. This form will also prove to be a great stepping stone to the beautiful Chen 24 Fan Weapons Form as well as the graceful, highly dynamic and powerful Chen 56 Competition Form.

The Chen Style 18 Beginner Form was originally created by Grand Master Chen Zhenglei (left), a 19th generation descendant of the Chen family. This short form is well suited as a Beginner form and as an introduction to Chen Style Tai Chi in general.

Chen Style Tai Chi alternates between slow/fast and soft/hard movements and is characterized by a pronounced coiling, spiraling characteristic (chan si jin), with sporadic fast releases of energy/power in punches, stomps and kicks (fa jin)**. This makes the Chen Style a little more athletic & visually dramatic compared to all other styles of Tai Chi.

Be it as an introduction, enhancement or addition - learning the Chen 18 Beginner Form will be a great opportunity for:
  • Beginning Tai Chi students
    Chen Style forms tend to be quite long and this accessible short Chen Style form which is rarely taught in the Bay Area is a great stepping stone and foundation for learning other Chen Style routines like the Chen 24 Fan Form which will be introduced right after the Chen 18 Beginner Form and later the Chen 56 Competition Form.
  • Students coming from an external martial art
    More than any other style of Tai Chi, Chen Style Tai Chi combines internal as well as very pronounced external/physical martial arts aspects making it a great addition for any external martial arts student studying Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo or Mixed Martial Arts by helping them to integrate a Yin (soft) component to their mainly Yang (hard) practice - and therefore achieving balance and completeness as well as becoming a more rounded martial artist.

    The Chen Style is also very suitable for more mature external martial artists looking to transition to a softer, more gentle yet dynamic & powerful internal martial art with more stress on health and spiritual development and less risk of injury or chronic damage to the body.

  • Tai Chi practitioners having learned a different style of Tai Chi
    Learning a Chen Style routine will not only give you a different perspective of Tai Chi but will also be an invaluable addition to your mental, physical & technical skill set and without doubt will also enhance/advance the initial style of Tai Chi you learned.

Since this class started in June some prior Chen Tai Chi experience might be helpful to join the class at this point in time - please make sure to contact the instructor before attending class.

You could also opt for an hour-long private session with Andreas to more easily integrate into this on-going Beginner class. Private session slots can be shared upon request (max. of 2 students). If you have prior Chen Tai Chi experience you are also welcome to try to merge right in, and with a little patience and practice following and catching up with the existing group as we go along.

NOTE: Current students in this class are already through the first few moves of the form but since the class is small we decided to open up and rewind the form to the beginning to allow new students to join. While we will start the form from the beginning again, the learning pace might be a little faster than as if everyone starts from a 'blank page'.

This class will also introduce the 8 Brocade Qigong Set and later on basic Silk Reeling Exercises as a warm up before form practice.

** This class may not be well suited for people with mobility related health issues or injuries.

Class Level: Beginner
Class Times: MON, 5-6pm *

Class Location:
  • The Berkeley Performing Arts
    2560 9th Street, Suite 119
    Berkeley, CA 94710
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Class Tuition:
  • Monthly Group Class Tuition: $90
  • Trial Class: $10
  • Private Lesson: $95 (1 hour, can be shared (max. 2 students))
*For payment policy please see below

Enrollment:

Pre-registration is required:

  or call 415.422.9933

Why is pre-registration required? The no-obligation pre-registration simply allows us to contact you via email with additional info or any last-minute changes for this class – please make sure to pre-register at your earliest convenience.*We have reached the maximum number of students for the initial class. Additional openings might become available in the next few weeks – please pre-register so that we can notify you if additional slots open up.

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*Payment Policy: Tuition payments are accepted in cash, check or if you prefer you can pay your tuition with your preferred credit card in person or online via PayPal (a PayPal account is not required). Please note that a nominal 3% processing fee ($93 Monthly Group Class / $98 One-Hour Private Session) applies to all credit card payments. The cancellation fee for private lessons is $35.

Tuition is payable in advance the first week of the month.To keep the program viable we unfortunately cannot offer a per-class or drop-in fee with the exception of our trial class which we offer at $10 (50% off our regular class fee basis)

Students already paying the full monthly tuition fee can pay a simple drop-in class fee of $20 per class if they would like to attend additional classes in another form that is appropriate for their level. Please ask the instructor for details/approval.

Please understand that the monthly tuition is a fixed fee as in any other martial arts, fitness or health program and cannot be reduced if classes are missed for any reason from the student's side. Tuition payments are paused if the student's absence is more than 4 weeks - please notify the instructor in a timely manner if you anticipate any prolonged absence from class.

Students will receive a credit or reduction in the monthly tuition for classes cancelled by the instructor due to vacation, illness or unforeseen events. Classes are closed on federal holidays - the monthly tuition though is not affected by holidays falling on class days and remains payable in full.

If you decide to sign up or join a class after the 1st week of the month your monthly tuition will be prorated accordingly.

Please email us with questions in regards to our payment policies.