Style / Forms
CLASSES


San Francisco

Berkeley



Currently not available.
Sunday: 10:30am - 12:00pm

Location: the Valleyball / basketball court off Virginia Gdns (2 blocks northwest from the North Berkeley BART station)
* Parking entrance on Franklin st. off Virginia st.

Private and semi-private lessons available.
Contact us: 415-902-4350

  1. Pushing Hands
    Pushing Hands
    The class working on pushing hands exercise with a partner
  2. Solo Form
    Solo Form
    Advanced student giving individual instruction
  3. Solo Form
    Solo Form
    Solo form exercise practiced with beats
  4. Double Edged Sword Form
    Double Edged Sword Form
    Practicing the use of double edged sword with tassel
STYLE / FORMS

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Solo Long Form

Solo Short Form

Two Person Form

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The solo exercise consists of 150 postures. This is the basic Tai Chi form that all others are based on. Each posture delineates a specific martial technique that is slowed down and stretched out for the practitioner to fully understand and practice it. We teach it using Master T.T. Liang’s method of adding beats to help the practitioner with the complexities of the movements as well as a tool to focus.    
This is the 37-posture form as taught by Cheng Man Ching. It is useful for people who do not have the time for learning and practicing the longer 150 posture form.
This two-person exercise consists of 175 postures. Advanced students are able to now use in context the slow and graceful movements that they have learned through solo practice. This "dance" combines all of the Tui Shou, Da Lu, and San Shou exercises of Tai Chi into one complete set. The skills of interpreting the movements of your partner can be developed and refined.
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Double Edge Sword 

Pushing Hands

Saber (Ta Dao)

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Often referred to as "Sensing Hands", this four-posture exercise is practiced with a partner as a kind of relaxed sparring. The goal is to explore your own balance and tension while at the same time learning how to feel or “hear” the same in your partner. Emphasis is placed on discovering what are called "lines of balance". These shift and change as your partner moves. The guiding principle with all aspects of this exercise is “quiet minding while investing in loss.”
Considered in China as the “scholar’s weapon,” this 53 posture classical sword form is practiced as an extension of your hand. Similar to a calligraphers brush stroke, emphasis is placed on keeping relaxed as you cultivate the ability to extend tenacious strenth or energy through your body, out your hand to the tip of the sword (brush).
Liang added to this form the practical use of the tassel.
    
A Tai Chi practitioner’s introductory weapon. Also known as a curved single-edged broad sword, it stresses moving the whole body as a single unit and develops coordination of hands, eyes, body and footwork.    
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San Tsai Sword Fencing

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A Tai Chi practitioner’s introductory fencing form for the double-edged sword. Students are introduced to the basic gestures and  movments as utilized against an opponent.

Wu Tang Sword Fencing

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An advanced fencing form for the Tai Chi double-edged sword. 105 postures are grouped into 6 unique sets. Each of which focuses on specific skills.
The practical use of the tassel is employed here.

Saber Fencing

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A Tai Chi practitioner’s introductory saber fencing form. The student is introduced to the eight saber cutting movments as utilized against an opponent.