Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley: Yang / Chen style Tai Chi classes in Berkeley, close to the UC Berkeley campus (California / San Francisco Bay Area / East Bay)
Taichi hand and weapons forms: Tai Chi 8 Form, Tai Chi 16 Form, Tai Chi 24 Form, Tai Chi 40 Form, Tai Chi 108 Form,
Tai Chi 48 Combined Form, 32 Tai Chi Sword Form, Tai Chi Plum Blossom Fan Form
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. Chen 18 Form, Chen 24 Fan Form, Chen Silk Reeling
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Tai Chi, Qigong, martial arts classes close to the University of Berkeley, UC Berkeley campus
Yang style Tai Chi classes in Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland. Improve your health and refresh body & mind with this beautiful and powerful centuries-old martial art.
Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi Curriculum
For beginning Tai Chi students our Yang & Chen style curriculum starts with learning the basic Tai Chi postures and movements. Tai Chi forms training then gradually progresses to more advanced hand and weapon forms for intermediate or advanced Tai Chi class levels.
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. The integration of Tai Chi forms and Qigong exercises into the classes also helps students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi Chuan very early in their practice.
Learning Tai Chi is also a great addition for any external martial arts student currently studying Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Karate, Judo, Taekwondo or Mixed Martial Arts by helping students to integrate a Yin (soft) component to their mainly Yang (hard) practice and therefore achieving balance and completeness and becoming a more rounded & skilled martial artist. Chen Style Tai Chi in particular combines internal principles with very pronounced external/physical martial arts aspects making it a very well suited entry point for students coming from predominantly external martial arts. The highly dynamic Yin/Yang component of Chen Style forms also makes them a little more athletic & visually dramatic compared to all other styles of Tai Chi.
Please see below for our complete curriculum:
> What is the main difference between Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi?
The Yang Style is characterized by evenly paced, soft flowing expansive movements which are almost 'zen-like' distilled in their postures and transitions. The martial arts applications are implied much more subtly than for example in the Chen style. The feeling of a gently flowing energy (chi) and a mind/body connection that is focused on/connecting with only the present moment can be experienced throughout the form. The lesser physical requirements of Yang style Tai Chi make it suitable to a wider audience in regards to fitness level as well as age range.
The Chen Style is the oldest and founding style of all other styles of Tai Chi and therefore displays the roots of being a martial art much more prominently. The Chen Style has a high dynamic between slow/soft and fast/hard movements and is characterized by pronounced coiling & spiraling movements (silk reeling) with bursts of explosive releases of power in punches, stomps and kicks (fa-jin). The feeling of moving energy (chi), of "connecting and sticking" is felt quite strongly and cultivates a unity and harmony of body & mind - be it i the gentlest of wrist spirals or the powerful release of a fist punch. This strong Yin/Yang dynamic makes the Chen style a little more athletic & visually dramatic compared to all other styles of Tai Chi.
No matter which style you initially choose to learn - Chen as well as Yang style Tai Chi so beautifully combine focus, intent and connectedness of body, mind and spirit into a holistic experience and you will learn to go from an experience of simple "doing" to one of deeply-felt "being".
Yang Style Tai Chi
48 Combined Form
32 Jian/Gin (Straight Sword) Form
13 Dao (Broadsword) Form
Plum Blossom Fan Form
Wind Chasing Fan Form
Chen Style Tai Chi
56 Competition Form
24 Fan Form
Silk Reeling is a set of neigong (internal) movement principles that are continuous, cyclic, spiraling patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch of drawing silk".
The 8 Pieces of Brocade also referred to as the "8 Jewels" (Ba Duan Jin)