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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The bamboo that bends
is stronger than the oak that resists.
A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.
To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
Therefore hold to the things which are reliable.
Look to simplicity; embrace purity;
lessen the self, diminish desire.
Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
Learning builds daily accumulation,
but the practice of Tao builds daily simplification.
Simplify and simplify, until all contamination from relative,
contradictory thinking is eliminated.
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan
Qigong (or Chi Kung) is the ancient Chinese practice for health, therapy, and longevity thought to balance one's life force and promote healing. It is a self-healing art that combines movement, relaxation, mind-body integration, breathing and meditation. "Qi" means vital energy of the body, and "gong" means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement. There are thousands of different forms of Qigong exercises, each varies in degree of difficulty.
The Qing Dyansty printing of the Weisheng Jieyao, a manuscript of qigong. One of the seated postures of Baduanjin (Eight Pieces of Brocade) Qigong
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, all forms of life have a source of "chi" or "qi" (energy or life force). When this flow of Chi is blocked or impeded, imbalance and dysfunction in the body's systems can occur. To restore a healthy physical and mental state, the Chi must be shifted back into balance. Having developed awareness of Chi flowing throughout the body advanced practitioners can use their mind and/or yi (intent) to guide the Chi.
Qigong seeks to cultivate the "three treasures": chi (vital energy), jing (essence), and shen (spirit). Done regularly it activates the flow of the intrinsic life energy along the meridians (interconnected energy pathways) and therefore strengthens the internal organs, exercises the joints and muscles, promotes relaxation and stress management, prevents occupational physical stress diseases, improves posture, and provides the essence and base for many internal and external martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley teaches and practices “The 8 Brocade” (one of the oldest Qigong exercise systems) at the beginning of each class to warm up and calm mind, body and spirit before proceeding to forms practice. Other Qigong "flow & sensitivity" exercises and standing meditation are also part of the class schedule.
This integration of Tai Chi and Qigong helps students experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi Chuan very early in their practice.
- Stress and anxiety release
- Improved overall hormonal balance in the body
- Improved sleep quality
- Lowered blood pressure levels
- Greater range of motion in the body
- Increase of positive thoughts and attitudes
- Better posture and overall body alignment
- Counter repetitive stress and movement injuries
- Increased health of the nervous system
- Respiratory capacity expansion
- Strengthens important joint and muscle groups