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Yang Style Tai Chi Beginner Class

Whether you are at the beginning of your Tai Chi journey or have already had some prior experience learning Tai Chi - our Beginner class is a great way to try Tai Chi for the first time or to see if you can build or expand on what you already know and then join an adequate class level in our curriculum.

Take the first step and join our friendly group and embark on a journey of growth, joy & discovery.

This class will introduce the beautiful Yang Style 24 Short Form - one of the most widely practiced Tai Chi forms around the world as well as the 8-Brocade Qigong Set (also known as the 8 Pieces of Brocade or 8 Jewels).

The Yang style is characterized by evenly paced, soft flowing movements which are almost 'zen-like' distilled in their postures and transitions - while also offering a myriad of delicate intricacies within the execution of each move, transition or stance. The gentle physical requirements of Yang style Tai Chi make it suitable to a wide audience in regards to physical requirements as well as age range.

The 24 Short Form introduces the primary stances and principles found in Yang style Tai Chi and provides a great stepping stone to all the other forms in our curriculum and to the art of Yang Style Tai Chi in general.

The 8-Brocade Qigong Set is one of the most commonly practiced forms of Qigong used to harmonizes body, mind and spirit and to circulate, cultivate, enhance, and guide vital internal energies to achieve health, vitality, and spiritual awareness.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to start learning Yang Style Tai Chi from the very beginning with a group of peers where everyone is starting at the same level rather than being put into an existing Beginner class that already is in session for months.

While the class is already in session for a few weeks you still can join, catching up with the group as we go along or you could also opt for an hour-long private introductory session with Andreas to more easily integrate into this on-going Beginner class.

Since this class started in May some prior 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 also be shared upon request (max. of 2 students). Of course 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 - again, please contact the instructor before planning to attend class.

Since the class is already in session for some time some prior Tai Chi experience is required to join the class at this point in time - please make sure to contact the instructor before attending class. If you prefer you could also wait to join a new Beginner class that starts from the very beginning though a definitive date has not yet been set for such a class. Alternatively you also could opt for an hour-long private session with Andreas ($85) if you feel that this could be helpful for you to more easily integrate into the on-going Beginner class. Private session slots can also be shared (max. of 2 students) upon request. Of course you are also welcome to merge right in, and with a little patience and practice following and catching up with the existing group as we go along.

30-minute private session slots ($40) to review specific form sequences, going through questions to details and/ or reviewing & refreshing new material are also available upon request for current & new students.

Class Level: Beginner
Class Times: MON, evenings (exact date TBA) *

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:

  • ~ Late Spring (June/July)

*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 the final start date, any changes or additional info for this class. Actual class start dates also depend on a minimum number of pre-registrations received so please make sure to pre-register at your earliest convenience.

Downloadable Class Materials:

  Yang Style 24 Short Form Diagram (827)

  8 Brocade Qigong Set (632)

  Tai Chi Chuan - 10 Essentials (890)

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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 4% processing fee ($94 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. The monthly group class tuition covers 4 classes a month (class once a week). In months that have an additional class day (5) a tuition adjustment payment of $20 may be due depending on class size - please ask the instructor for details. 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)

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.