We offer four levels of Short Form courses. There are three courses in each level, typically focused on a different section of the form. You begin by learning the basic shape of the form in Level 1, then you refine your form and go deeper into Tai Chi practice in each subsequent level.
Read about each level and register for current courses below.
When you enroll in one of our courses, you can come to any or all meetings of that course each week.
Tai Chi Short Form Level 1: Introduction
Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi to feel more relaxed, improve your balance, and build a solid foundation for Tai Chi Short Form, Long Form, Sword, and Push Hands practice. This course is designed for people with little or no prior Tai Chi experience. You will learn basic exercises that make your legs strong and more stable, loosen your joints, and work with your mind for calmer awareness. You will be introduced to key Tai Chi principles including learning to sink your chi, the 70% principle, and basics of the Taoist Water Method of relaxation and meditation.
Tai Chi Short Form Introduction (Part 1 of 3)
Tai Chi Short Form Level 1 (Part 2 of 3)
Tai Chi Short Form Level 1 (Part 3 of 3)
Tai Chi Short Form Level 2: Bend & Release
In Tai Chi Short Form Level 2, you build on the foundational principles as you learn the choreography of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form and learn the “Bend & Release” version that puts more pumping and spring into your Tai Chi. We recommend that you repeat this three-course series as many times as it takes for you to feel comfortable performing the Short Form at home on your own. In the long run, Tai Chi is about the internal experience, but at this stage of practice, you need to build the external form. Get comfortable here so when you practice, you do not have to think about the movements.
Tai Chi Short Form Bend & Release (Level 2)
Tai Chi Short Form Level 3: Principles
In the 3-course cycle of Tai Chi Short Form Principles, we will take you into some of the more sophisticated movement mechanics of the form, developing principles from the Tai Chi Classics such as “power comes from the feet, is steered by the waist, and expressed in the fingers” and “Be still as a mountain, move like a great river.” We will explore “leg power” principles as well as other internal principles drawn from Energy Gates and the Marriage of Heaven and Earth qigong.
Tai Chi Short Form Principles (Level 3)
Tai Chi Short Form Level 4: Details
In Tai Chi Short Form Details, you continue to refine the movements of the Short Form, integrating the principles you’ve learned previously and preparing to learn the Long Form. Like Tai Chi Short Form Fundamentals and Principles, this is a six-month course cycle, which you can begin as soon as you complete the three courses from the previous level. You may repeat this cycle as often as you like.