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Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine)

Learn Chen Style Tai Chi with the Lao Jia Yi Lu form (Old Frame First Routine) - the oldest, most traditional form in the Chen Style Curriculum as well as the 8-Brocade Qigong Set.

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu - Chen Zhenglei

Tai Chi Impressions: Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, a 19th generation descendant of the Chen family performing the Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Tai Chi form.

This very traditional Chen Style form consists of 74 postures and is characterized by a beautiful, elegant movement dynamic - from very slow flowing movements that utilize silk reeling energy, a characteristic specific to Chen Style Tai Chi to movements that utilize what is called in Chinese "fa-jing", a lighting-fast release of refined energy. The Lao Jia Yi Lu feels soft, gentle and pliable in its execution, but within that softness, there is enormous strength and structure. The great masters of Chen Style Tai Chi are said to have practiced this form upwards of twenty times a day to build their physical strength as well as refine their concentration, listening and sensing abilities. Learning the Lao Jia Yi Lu will also prove to be a great stepping stone to the beautiful Chen 24 Fan Form as well as the highly dynamic and powerful Chen 56 Competition Form.

With the Chen Style being the founding style of all other styles of Tai Chi it keeps true to the origins of Tai Chi as a martial art and includes distinct hints at martial arts applications and leads to a high level of connectedness of mind/intent, body and spirit.

Chen Style Tai Chi exhibits movements that tend to be more organic in nature, making the experience of moving energy for many students more accessible and oftentimes more immediate than in any other style of Tai Chi.

This class will also introduce the 8-Brocade Qigong Set - one of the most commonly practiced forms of Qigong around the world. Qigong is a centuries-old Chinese health/exercise regimen that tries to harmonizes body, mind and spirit and cultivates, enhances, and guides vital internal energies to achieve health, vitality, and spiritual awareness.

* This class might not be suitable for people with prior knee, back, hip or spinal injuries.

Class Level: Beginner/Beginner II
Class Times: Thursdays, 6-7pm

Class Location:
  • The Berkeley Performing Arts
    2560 Ninth Street, Suite 119
    Berkeley, CA 94710

Class Tuition:
  • Monthly Group Class Tuition: $100 (class once a week, 4 classes a month).
  • Trial Class: $10 (your first class)
  • Private Lesson: $120 (1 hour, can be shared (max. 2 students))
  • Payment Options: personal check, cash, Zelle (online payment)
*For payment policy & details please see bottom of page.


  • on-going (started Fall 2019)

   or call 415.422.9933

Why is pre-registration required? The no-obligation pre-registration simply gives us a little bit of an idea of the to be anticipated class size and also allows us to contact you with up-to-date information for this class.


*Payment Policy: Tuition payments ($100/month for online Zoom group classes once a week, $100/hr. for online Zoom private sessions) are accepted via Zelle, an online instant payment service that almost all major banks offer or Venmo. Please inquire with the instructor for payment details. The following cancellation fee applies for private lessons: $35 for cancellations received at least 24 hours prior to scheduled class. For same day cancellations the full private lesson fee ($100) is due.

Tuition is payable in advance 2 days prior to the first day of class in a given 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.

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 exceeds 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 based on the remaining number a classes for that specific month.

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