Tai Chi Chuan Sacramento - Yang & Chen Style classes

Tai Chi Chuan Sacramento: Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi group classes, private lessons and online Zoom classes in Sacramento California. Learning Tai Chi is not only a moving exercise but also a deeply spiritual art form that stimulates inner peace in heart, mind and spirit.

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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, Lao Jia Yi Lu, Chen Style 74 Form, Chen Style 18 Beginner Form, Chen Style Fan Form, Yang Style 32 Dao 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, Fajing, Qigong

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About

Tai Chi Chuan is known for its many health benefits for both body and mind and promotes an overall sense of well-being, vitality and inner calm.

“If one really wishes to be master of an art, technical knowledge is not enough. One has to transcend technique so that the art becomes an 'artless art' growing out of the Unconscious.”

~ D.T. Suzuki

The gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi encourage the body to let go of any stress or tensions: balance and flexibility improves, joints/ligaments and muscles are strengthened, blood circulates more freely and the mind and spirit become clear and full.

Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi

Andreas has studied Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan in the Plum Blossom International Federation which was founded by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong. Here he also took part in martial arts tournaments, placing in medaling positions. He studied Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan with Master David Bao (8th Duan Wei and former 2006 World Tai Chi Champion).  Master David Bao, born in 1977 in Henan province in China, inherited his martial arts skills from his ancestors from the Shaolin Temple under the strict guidance of his father. Being the 7th generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple martial arts lineage, Master Bao started learning martial arts from the age of 4 and picked up Tai Chi when he was 16 years old. He trained under many masters. Among them are the famous Wang Er Ping (China’s national Wushu and Tai Chi team coach) and Grandmaster Li Yu Jiao (a Chen-style Tai Chi expert).

Before moving to the Sacramento area in late 2023, Andreas has taught Tai Chi classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years. Please see our reviews on Yelp.

Teaching Yang Style as well as Chen Style Tai Chi makes us one of the very few schools that offer classes in both styles and gives our students the opportunity to experience and appreciate the depth, beauty and principles of the art from two different perspectives. We also teach the 8 Brocade Qigong Set (Ba Duan Jin) which is one of the most widely practiced Qigong form around the world.

Our Yang & Chen Style Tai Chi curriculum includes both hand and weapons forms – from beginner to advanced levels – from the 108 Long form, the crown jewel of the Yang Style to the very traditional Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine), the oldest of the Chen Style forms.

A Deeply Spiritual Art Form

Andreas has the special capacity to teach the preciseness, purity and beauty of movement and at the same time to transfer the experience of flow and a feeling of connectedness of body and mind to his students. Learning Tai Chi Chuan therefore not only becomes a physical exercise but also a deeply spiritual art form and experience that equally involves and stimulates the heart, mind and spirit.

All classes are taught by Andreas himself to ensure a consistent and dedicated learning experience as well as providing direct access to his unique skill set and knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan.

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

~ Lao Tzu
Tradition

Our Tai Chi curriculum follows the very pure, traditional & authentic way by which Tai Chi Chuan has been passed down by Tai Chi masters for generations. 

We strive for quality Tai Chi instruction that motivates and inspires and that continuously sparks the students’ love & enthusiasm for learning the art while also helping students develop awareness of the inherent spiritual and physical health principles of Tai Chi Chuan that when applied to daily life can bring balance, harmony and a deep feeling of connectedness and positive energy as well as improving overall fitness, flexibility and general health.

Our first and foremost mission is to teach the Art of Tai Chi Chuan with an open heart and mind in a dedicated, focused, respectful and peaceful class setting and learning environment. Whether you are a True Tai Chi Beginner, Experienced Tai Chi Practitioner, External Martial Artist or somewhere in between – we hope to be able to welcome you in one of our classes and share with you the beauty of this centuries-old martial art.

Classes

Yang Style

24 Short Form

Yang Style Tai Chi 24 Form 108 Form

This class will introduce the beautiful Yang Style 24 Short Form which is one of the most widely practiced Tai Chi forms around the world.

The Yang style is characterized by evenly paced, soft flowing movements which are almost ‘zen-like’ distilled in their postures and transitions – while also offering a myriad of delicate intricacies within the execution of each move, transition or stance. The gentle physical requirements of Yang style Tai Chi make it suitable to a wide audience in regards to physical requirements as well as age range.

The 24 Short Form introduces the primary stances and principles found in Yang style Tai Chi and provides a great stepping stone to all the other forms in our curriculum and to Yang Style Tai Chi in general.

The 8-Brocade Qigong Set (also known as the 8 Pieces of Brocade or 8 Jewels) is 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.

Class is forming

$ 15 Per Class
  • Tai Chi in the Park
    Yang Style 24 Short Form, Qigong
    8 Brocade Qigong as a Warm-up
  • Class Type
    In-Person Group Lesson
  • Class Level
    Yang Style, Beginner
  • Enrollment
    Pre-registration

  • Class Times
    Tuesdays
    5-6pm


  • Trial Class
    1st Class is FREE
  • Location:

    William Land Park
    Sacramento, California
    (Final location will be announced
    to pre-registered students)

Chen Style

18 Beginner Form

Chen Style Tai Chi - Chen Zhenglei - Loa Jia Yi Lu

This class will introduce the Chen Style 18 Beginner Form.

The Chen Style is the founding style of all other styles of Tai Chi and 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.

The Chen Style 18 Beginner Form introduces the main principles and techniques of Chen Style Tai Chi and is a great stepping stone for the oldest and most traditional Chen Style form – the Lao Jia Yi Lu which consists of 74 movements and is characterized by a beautiful, elegant movement dynamic – from very slow flowing movements to movements that utilize what is called in Chinese “fa-jing”, a lighting-fast release of refined energy. 

The 8-Brocade Qigong Set (also known as the 8 Pieces of Brocade or 8 Jewels) is 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.

Class is forming

$ 15 Per Class
  • Tai Chi in the Park
    Chen Style 18 Beginner Form
    8 Brocade Qigong as a Warm-up
  • Class Type
    In-Person Group Lesson
  • Class Level
    Chen Style, Beginner
  • Enrollment
    Pre-registration

  • Class Times
    Tuesdays
    6-7pm


  • Trial Class
    1st Class is FREE
  • Location:

    William Land Park
    Sacramento, California
    (Final location will be announced
    to pre-registered students)
Online Classes

Online Zoom Classes

Tai Chi Chuan Sacramento - Yang & Chen Style Online Zoom Classes

Online Zoom Classes

$ 80 Group:
$80 for 4 or 5 classes per month

Private:
$80 for 1 hour session
$40 for 30 min. trial session
  • Class Type
    Online Classes via Zoom
  • Any form in our curriculum

We also offer Online Classes via Zoom either as a group class or private session.

Online classes are a safe and convenient way to learn or deepen your Tai Chi practice from your home, while traveling or from any location you choose.

Online group classes are based on a fixed monthly tuition rate of $80 for 4 or 5 classes (depending on the month) and are based on 1 class per week. Online private sessions can be scheduled freely at $80 per 1 hr. session.

“Be still as a mountain,
flow like a great river.”

~ Lao Tzu

In-Person Private Lessons

1-on-1 Private Lessons

For Beginners 1-on-1 private lessons can be a great head start. 

Experienced students benefit by deepening their knowledge, understanding and physical skill level through private Tai Chi training sessions while for others it is a great way to catch up after a few missed group classes.

You might also simply prefer to take private lessons due to your study or work schedule. In any case, private lessons are a wonderful opportunity to learn an entire Tai Chi form at your own pace and with the instructor’s full personal attention.

Private Tai Chi lessons can be arranged indoors or outdoors for any form in our curriculum – morning, afternoon and evening time slots are available.

Upon request private session slots can also be shared (max. of 2 students

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.”

~ Lao Tzu

Tai Chi Chuan Sacramento - Yang & Chen Style private 1-on-1 lessons

Private Lessons Upon Request

$ 100 ($100/60 minutes
Trial class $50/30 minutes)
  • Class Type
    In-Person Private Lesson
  • Any form in our curriculum
  • Shared Lesson Option
    Max. 2 Students
  • Location:
    TBD
    Indoors/Outdoors
    Sacramento, CA
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FAQ's
What is Tai Chi Chuan?

Tai Chi Chuan is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its martial arts applications as well as its health benefits. The term “t’ai chi ch’uan” translates as “supreme ultimate fist“, “supreme ultimate boxing” and can also be translated as “the supreme or ultimate martial art“.

Since Tai Chi Chuan (or Tai Chi in short)  is an internal martial art, great emphasis is placed on developing the spirit, mind and intent to regulate or initiate the flow of “Chi” (life energy) which in turn translate into physical force.

The concept of the ‘taiji‘ or “supreme ultimate” as represented by the Yin/Yang diagram appears in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy where it symbolizes the fusion of “Yin” and “Yang” into a single ultimate (“Wuji“) represented by a circle and therefore symbolizing completeness.

Lao Tzu is traditionally regarded as the founder of Taoism. He emphasized naturalness, spontaneity, simplicity, detachment from desires, and the principle of “wu wei” – of “effortless action” or “action without action“. In Taoist philosophy one always must place one’s will and actions in harmony and accordance with the flow of the natural universe.

Tai Chi Chuan can be seen as a constant balancing of yin (receptive, yielding) and yang (active, expanding) – ultimately finding balance and completeness within constant change through “listening and attuning oneself” to the universe.

Is Tai Chi a martial art?

The origins of Tai Chi are based in the martial arts. Tai Chi is an internal martial art (“nèijìng” –  meaning internal strength) versus Kung Fu which is considered an external martial art.

Tai Chi as an internal martial art emphasizes awareness of the spirit, mind, Chi (“energy” or “life force“) and the use of relaxed leverage through sensitivity and softness rather than relying on muscular tension and physical strength alone.

Do you teach martial arts applications?

Our Yang as well as Chen style is very much martial arts based while also emphasizing the meditative, mental and spiritual qualities of the art.

While not all movements have martial art applications learning the art with insights into the martial arts context we believe is the only way to experience its true origins and essence.

What styles of Tai Chi do you teach?

We are one of the very few schools that offer both Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi classes.

The Yang style we teach is a very pure form of Yang style in the lineage of the Plum Blossom Federation founded by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong. Grandmaster Wong hails from a very rich tradition of Chinese Kung Fu masters and is a fifth generation grandmaster of the Choy Li Fut system of Kung Fu as well as a grandmaster of Yang Style Tai Chi. He studied with Hu Yuen-Chou, a closed-door student of renowned Grandmaster Yang Cheng-Fu,  grandson of Yang Lu-Chan who is the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi.

Our Chen style follows the teaching of Master David Bao (8th Duan Wei). Born in Henan province in China, Master Bao is a 7th generation descendant of the Shaolin Temple martial arts lineage. He studied under many renowned Wushu and Tai Chi masters such as Wang Erping, China’s national Wushu and Tai Chi team coach and disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. In 2006 Master Bao went on to win the World Tai Chi Champion title.

Our styles are true to the origins of Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art as well as a spiritual and meditative art form with the aim of integrating and harmonizing body, mind & spirit.

Why do you teach 2 different styles of Tai Chi?

One one the most fascinating and beautiful things in life is to explore or experience one thing from different points of views or perspectives – in our case: Tai Chi. The more perspectives we add, the more complete our understanding of the item at hand becomes.

Since all styles of Tai Chi Chuan derived from the Chen style it offers unique insights into the art and incorporates the most pure and original essence of Tai Chi and its traditional martial arts aspects and philosophical core principles.

Knowing both Chen and Yang style Tai Chi will no doubt lead to an exciting ‘cross-pollination’ between the styles and a more in-depth understanding of the multifaceted character of Tai Chi Chuan.

No matter which style you initially choose – Chen as well as Yang style Tai Chi so beautifully combine focus, intent and connectedness of body, mind and spirit into a holistic experience that engages and involves all our senses and a seasoned practitioner will go from an experience of  “doing” to one of “being”.

What is the main difference between Yang and Chen Style Tai Chi?

The Yang Style is characterized by evenly paced, soft flowing expansive movements which are almost ‘zen-like’ distilled in their postures and transitions. The martial arts applications are implied much more subtly than for example in the Chen style. The feeling of a gently flowing energy (chi) and a mind/body connection that is focused on/connecting with only the present moment can be experienced throughout the form. The lesser physical requirements of Yang style Tai Chi make it suitable to a wider audience in regards to fitness level as well as age range.

The Chen Style is the oldest and founding style of all other styles of Tai Chi and therefore displays the roots of being a martial art much more prominently. The Chen Style has a high dynamic between slow/soft and fast/hard movements and is characterized by pronounced coiling & spiraling movements (silk reeling) with bursts of explosive releases of energy/power (fa-jin). The feeling of moving energy (chi), of “connecting and sticking” is felt quite strongly and cultivates a unity and harmony of body & mind – be it in the gentlest of wrist spirals or the powerful release of a fist punch.

No matter which style you initially choose to learn – Chen as well as Yang style Tai Chi so beautifully combine focus, intent and connectedness of body, mind and spirit into a holistic experience and you will learn to go from an experience of simple “doing” to one of deeply-felt “being”.

Which forms do you offer in your curriculumn?

We offer instruction in the following forms:

Yang Style

  • 24 Form
  • 108 Form
  • 48 Combined Form
  • 32 Jian/Gin (Straight Sword) Form
  • 13 Dao (Broadsword) Form
  • Plum Blossom Fan Form

Chen Style

  • 18 Form
  • 56 Competition Form
  • Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine, 74 Form)
  • 24 Fan Form

Qigong

  • The 8 Pieces of Brocade also referred to as the “8 Jewels” (Ba Duan Jin)

Stretching

  • Flexibility and light cardio workouts
How long will it take me to learn a Tai Chi Beginner form?

Depending on the form it takes most groups around 6-8 months to learn a Tai Chi Beginner form. At this point in time the students know the moves and transitions – but refining a form in technique and ‘feeling’ can become one’s lifelong passion and endeavor.

Learning progress ultimately depends on the commitment of each individual student and also on how much you are able to practice outside of class.

What does a typical class look like?

Our classes usually start with the “8 Brocade” Qigong warm up set and then continue on to form practice/instruction or review with gentle corrections and stance adjustments tailored to each individual student and experience level. More complex moves are explained and demonstrated in great detail in break out sessions.

At the end of class any new instruction material is integrated into the previously learned sequence and practiced and experienced as a unified, harmonious whole which lets the class end on a note of stillness and tranquility and of accomplishment and joy.

What should I wear to class?

Flat, flexible sole shoes (most athletic shoes work) and loose comfortable clothing (especially pants) that allow you to move freely are recommended. 

I have health or physical problems - is Tai Chi right for me?

In most cases the answer is yes but ultimately it all depends on your specific physical and/or health condition. Generally people who practice Tai Chi experience improved physical health and strength and also improved mental balance and clarity. Medical research studies in recent years also point to a multitude of benefits of practicing Tai Chi.

People with more complex health conditions (knee, hip or spine) should inquire with their health practitioner for guidance and advice. An initial private lesson might also be a good option to evaluate if Tai Chi practice is suitable for your specific situation and health condition.

How much do classes cost?

Once a week in-person group classes are offered at $15/per class. There are no long term commitments.

A group trial class (1st class) is offered at $10.

Online group classes via Zoom are $80/month, online one-on-one private Zoom sessions are $80 per hour.

We also offer private in-person instruction at $100/1 hr. or $50/30 minutes

What forms of payments do you accept?

Tuition payments are accepted in cash (exact amount please), personal check or if you prefer you can pay your tuition online via Zelle – please inquire with the instructor about details.