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For Beginners

A Taste of Tai Chi

Tai Chi makes the weak person strong, the strong person gentle; the old person youthful, and the young person wise.

Always wondered about Tai Chi, but don’t know where to start? This is a perfect introductory short program that gives individuals a chance to experience the joys and benefits of Tai Chi, without having to commit to a full 2 or 4 month course. ATOTC introduces the essential Tai Chi processes of Quiet Standing, Rooting, Pulsing, and Mindful Movement, and are designed to be appropriate for students of all ages and levels of physical ability.

You can sample your first class for free. After that, you can purchase a special Introductory 3-Class Card for only $29. (Continuing ATOTC cards can be purchased at $49 for 3 classes, $99 for 7 classes).

Just show up. Wear comfortable clothing (no heels or hard soles, but socks are okay!). Our instructors are experienced working with students from teenage to elderly, and with all variations of physical capacity. Expect to learn, relax, and feel good!

Tai Chi 101: Foundations

This program, developed by BTC master-instructors, enables students to “enter the gate” of authentic Tai Chi, with a complete program of basic practices (jibengong) that are the foundation for all other Tai Chi form work and two-person practice. The program will introduce the fundamental Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Releasing, Pulsing, Spiraling, Alignment, and Flow through Stance and Posture work, Tai Chi Walking practices, and selected movements from the classical Yang and Wu Tai Chi forms.

Energy Gates Qigong

Energy Gates is a foundational qigong suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. Standing (Zhan Zhuang) is a stationary practice that teaches proper body alignments and awareness of the subtle energetics within and just outside of the body. Cloud Hands (Yun Shou) is a single movement practice that embodies major elements of taiji and harmonizes the body’s yin and yang energies. Each of Three Arm Swings energizes one of the Three Burners (San Jiao) while relaxing arms and legs and providing aerobic benfits. The unique Daoist Spine Stretch gently increases space between the vertebrae and releases tension from the spine and back.

Dragon and Tiger Qigong I

This 1,500 year old qigong contains seven movements, that target the body’s particular organ system and core meridians. In Level I, the sequence is learned, improving overall health while increasing the ability to sense and move qi. In Level II, energy flows are strengthened, breathing deepens, and practitioners gain emotional calm, mental clarity, and greater aliveness.

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging I

Tai Chi is rightly considered one of the healthiest forms of exercise for men and women of older ages. It improves balance, increases flexibility, deepens breathing, and strengthens the legs and the spine. At the same time, it reduces stress, and promotes ease and relaxation in movement. This class will include all the fundamental practices of Tai Chi, found in other BTC classes, in a format and at a pace suitable for seniors. No experience necessary.

Tai Chi for Healthy Parkinson

For Returning Students

Tai Chi 201: Intermediate Non-Form Curriculum

Once a basic foundation in Stances, Rooting, Pulsing, and Flow have been established, authentic Tai Chi training continues on two tracks: the learning of choreographed sequences of moves, called Forms; and the further development of essential Tai Chi skills and qualities, often collectively termed Gong.

This non-form Gong training includes:

  • The repetition and exploration of single movements (Dan Lian) to develop their strength, fluidity, chi flow, variations, and practical use;
  • Deeper exploration of posture holding for root, structural integrity, calmness, and inner strength;
  • Special exercises to develop the “Eight Powers” (Ba Fa), which are the eight primary Tai Chi jings (energies)of Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lieh, Zhou, and Kao;
  • Two-person practices to enhance structure, root, sensitivity, and jings;
  • Introduction of the use of equipment (balls, rocks, weights, staves, etc) to enhance and augment the empty-hand training.

As all of these skills and qualities are then woven into the practice of Forms, the forms can more fully become expressions of Tai Chi essential principles and energies, which is their true purpose.

Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form I

The Wu Style of Tai Chi is widely practiced all all around the world. It emphasizes perfect alignments, small, compact circular movements, relatively high stances, and the internal circulation of chi (energy).

Short Form

The Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form consists of a continuous series of movements and can be performed in less than five minutes. It was developed by Bruce Kumar Frantzis, founder of Energy Arts and a lineage holder in the traditional Wu Style Tai Chi. The basic movements can be learned in a few months; however the depth and detail contained within this form can take several years to master.

Cheng Man Ching I

Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi: Root, Release, and Flow. Cheng style Tai Chi emphasizes rooting, complete release of tension from body and mind, and fluid, effortless movement. The Cheng 37 form is a shortened version of the Yang Family Middle Frame, maintaining deep relaxation, vertical spine, and the soft, “unformed” hand and wrist. Cheng Tai Chi also includes an emphasis on balancing solo practice with two-person work and, later, weapons (particularly the straight sword).

In this class we will learn the foundation practices of the Cheng Man Ching method, developing deep and strong root and learning to stand and move with complete release of tension. The First Section of the Cheng Short Form will be introduced, as well as basic two-person practices that build root and release in interaction.

Cheng style is a wonderful balance to other styles of Tai Chi that may not have the same emphasis on softness, rooting, and flow.

Yi Quan

Yiquan is a unique internal martial art/qigong system developed in the early 20th century, which combines the most powerful and direct methods of all the Chinese internal martial arts and qigong systems.

Yiquan is a formless art, containing no fixed, choreographed sets of movements or techniques. Rather, it works to directly and rapidly develop one’s vitality, strength and mobility through an array of powerful “universal and natural” practices, including both standing postures and moving exercises.

Cheng Man Ching/Yang Style Tai Chi II

Cheng style Tai Chi develops deep rooting, complete release of tension from body and mind, and fluid, effortless movement. The Cheng 37 form is a shortened version of the Yang Family Middle Frame, emphasizing sinking/relaxation, upright spine, and the soft, “unformed” hand and wrist. Sections of the Cheng form will be introduced, as well as basic two-person practices that build root, release, and flow in interaction. This class is a continuation of previous CMC sections and is not open to beginners.

Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form II

The Wu Style of Tai Chi is widely practiced all all around the world. It emphasizes perfect alignments, small, compact circular movements, relatively high stances, and the internal circulation of chi (energy).

Short Form

The Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form consists of a continuous series of movements and can be performed in less than five minutes. It was developed by Bruce Kumar Frantzis, founder of Energy Arts and a lineage holder in the traditional Wu Style Tai Chi. The basic movements can be learned in a few months; however the depth and detail contained within this form can take several years to master.

Tai Chi for Healthy Aging II

Tai Chi is rightly considered one of the healthiest forms of exercise for men and women of older ages. It improves balance, increases flexibility, deepens breathing, and strengthens the legs and the spine. At the same time, it reduces stress, and promotes ease and relaxation in movement. This class will include all the fundamental practices of Tai Chi, found in other BTC classes, in a format and at a pace suitable for seniors. No experience necessary.

Dragon and Tiger Qigong II

This 1,500 year old qigong contains seven movements, that target the body’s particular organ system and core meridians. In Level I, the sequence is learned, improving overall health while increasing the ability to sense and move qi. In Level II, energy flows are strengthened, breathing deepens, and practitioners gain emotional calm, mental clarity, and greater aliveness.

Energy Gates and Beyond

For Advanced Energy Arts Students

Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form I

The Wu Style of Tai Chi is widely practiced all all around the world. It emphasizes perfect alignments, small, compact circular movements, relatively high stances, and the internal circulation of chi (energy).

Long Form

Once you have completed multiple levels of the Short Form, you may want to explore the Long Form. This is a traditional form consisting of over a hundred movements, which takes 25 minutes to perform. Learning the Long Form provides access to deeper twisting, pulsing, and internal energy flows, as well as the ” meditation in motion” which is the hallmark of all advanced Tai Chi practice.

Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form II (including Special Subjects)

The Wu Style of Tai Chi is widely practiced all all around the world. It emphasizes perfect alignments, small, compact circular movements, relatively high stances, and the internal circulation of chi (energy).

Long Form

Once you have completed multiple levels of the Short Form, you may want to explore the Long Form. This is a traditional form consisting of over a hundred movements, which takes 25 minutes to perform. Learning the Long Form provides access to deeper twisting, pulsing, and internal energy flows, as well as the ” meditation in motion” which is the hallmark of all advanced Tai Chi practice.

Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form III (including Special Subjects)

The Wu Style of Tai Chi is widely practiced all all around the world. It emphasizes perfect alignments, small, compact circular movements, relatively high stances, and the internal circulation of chi (energy).

Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong

This is the most advanced qigong in the Energy Arts system, combining everything from all previous qigongs and containing the most neigong components. A powerful longevity practice, Gods also provides the bridge to Daoist meditation. Some competence in the other Energy Arts qigongs is recommended.

Heaven and Earth Qigong