Tai Chi Chuan in the Bay Area: Yang style Tai Chi Chuan classes at THE BEAT in Berkeley. Improve overall health, balance body & mind and reduce stress. Tai Chi Bay Area, Tai Chi East Bay

Tai Chi Chuan can promote healing and reduce stress through relaxation and relaxed, abdominal breathing.

Tai Chi hand and weapons forms: short form, long form, sword, fan. All levels welcome: introduction to Tai Chi, beginner tai chi classes, intermediate tai chi classes and advanced tai chi classes

Andreas studied Tai Chi Chuan at a member tai chi school of Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong, founder of the Plum Blossom International Federation of Choy Li Fut/ Tai Chi.
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“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”

Lao Tzu

Tai Chi Chuan can promote healing and reduce stress through breathing exercises, physical exercise, relaxation and abdominal breathing

Tai Chi's beautiful flowing movements have a strong meditative aspect and cultivate a strong feeling of connectedness and unity, harmonizing the internal with the external.

Tai Chi hand and weapons forms: 8 brocade, traditional short yang form, long form in the Yang style tradition, sword form, fan form. All levels welcome: introduction to Tai Chi, beginner Tai Chi classes, intermediate Tai Chi classes and advanced Tai Chi classes (108 steps, 40 steps, 24 steps, 16 steps, 8 steps)

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.

Tai Chi lessons and private training schedule, private instruction.

Tai Chi classes Tai Chi Bay Area, Tai Chi East Bay

One of the best Tai Chi instruction and classes in the East Bay. Location: THE BEAT - 2560 9th Street, #119, Berkeley, CA 94710

“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.”

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. Tai Chi's gentle flowing movements encourage the body to let go of any tensions: flexibility improves, blood circulates more freely and the mind and spirit become clear and full.

Andreas has studied Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan in the Plum Blossom International Federation system (founded by Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong) where he also took part in martial arts tournaments, placing in medaling positions. Before branching out on his own he had been instructing at a

local Tai Chi school in Berkeley

with equal success. 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.

“To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.”
- Confucius

Classes are taught in a very open, friendly, non-competitive atmosphere with special attention given to learning the underlying

principles of Tai Chi Chuan

through a systematic approach to stance, posture and forms training while also giving insights into martial arts applications. This gives students a very effective and strong foundation for their Tai Chi practice and translates into a rich, rewarding and in-depth experience of this powerful and beautiful centuries-old martial art.

Our classes strive to be lively, challenging and engaging
and students at Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley so beautifully and generously share their passion and enjoyment for their practice with all of their fellow students which makes the learning environment a very personal, welcoming and enjoyable one.

The integration of Tai Chi forms and Chi Kung (Qigong) exercises into the class schedule also helps students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi Chuan very early in their practice.

For beginning students our curriculum starts with learning the basic Tai Chi postures and movements. Forms training then gradually progresses to more advanced hand and weapon forms and for students who are already further along in their forms practice the focus shifts to learning the intricate details of the various forms, as well as feeling the unity of body & mind and of connectedness and flow.

Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley sees as its first and foremost mission 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.

Our curriculum follows the very pure, traditional & authentic way by which Tai Chi Chuan has been passed down by Tai Chi masters for centuries. We strive for quality instruction that motivates and inspires and that continuously sparks the students' love & enthusiasm for learning Tai Chi Chuan.

Tai Chi Poems Quotes Quotations


“We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.”
- Tao Te Ching

“When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.”
- Lao Tzu

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

“A journey of a thousand miles
must begin with a single step.”
- Lao Tzu

“Act without doing,
work without effort.”
- Tao Te Ching

“Eight forces sustain creation:
Movement and stillness, solidification and fluidity,
extension and contraction, unification and division.”
- Ueshiba

“The Yin & Yang symbol is the interlocking, melting together of the flow of movement within a circle.”
- Chungliang Al Huang


* Tai Chi Chuan Berkeley's logo: Dragons in Chinese culture have a positive connotation and represent power, excellence, and striving for goals and high values, as well as being a benevolent force which radiates goodwill, good luck, and blessings. The color red is associated with luck and happiness.

We chose the bamboo as our representing visual since it so beautifully visualizes the spirit of Tai Chi Chuan - displaying great intrinsic elegance and beauty while at the same time combining incredible core strength with spring-like energy and flexibility.

Current Open Classes:

For full schedule please see:

NEW: In addition to Yang Style Tai Chi classes we will be also offering a Chen Style Tai Chi class series starting in January 2017

Tai Chi Curriculum

Hand Forms

 • 24 Form • 8 Form • 16 Form
 • 40 Form • 48 Combined Form • 108

Weapon Forms

 • 32 Tai Chi Straight Sword Form
 • 13 Tai Chi Dao (Saber) Form
 • Plum Blossom Fan Form
 • Wind Chasing Fan Form

Push Hands

 • Basic Single/Double Pattern Push Hands

Chi Kung (Qigong)

 • The 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin)
 • Standing Postures & Meditation

Silk Reeling

 • Silk Reeling is a set of neigong (internal) movement principles that are continuous, cyclic, spiralling patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch" of drawing silk.


 • Flexibility and light cardio workouts

Class Structure

Tai Chi classes begin with a series of Chi Kung exercises (The 8 Brocade) which is one of the oldest exercise systems in the world and promotes the

free circulation of Chi (“Life Energy”) throughout the body. Standing meditation, stretching, light cardio workouts and sensitivity training

are also part of the class schedule.


Tai Chi stance & forms training

begins with personalized and gentle instruction tailored to each individual student or experience level. At the end of each class a form (sequence of movements) is practiced and experienced as a unified, harmonious group which lets the class end on a note of stillness and tranquility and of accomplishment and joy.


2560 9th Street, #119 •

Berkeley, CA 94710

Contact us  415.422.9933

The Berkeley Performing Arts is a non-profit organization and offers a great variety of moving arts classes under its umbrella. The center is dedicated to excellence in instruction and to further cultural creativity & diversity, personal development and artistic expression and serves the Greater Bay Area Community.

Tai Chi classes are held in a beautiful large studio with high ceilings and hardwood floors that give a feeling of openness and space. The studio has lots of natural light and the front and side walls are mirrored.

We are located on the ground level and waiting and changing areas are available. You will find ample free parking and bike racks directly in front of the building.

The studio is in close proximity to the UC Berkeley campus and the ride to the studio is a breeze (no hills!).

A few steps away from our studio you'll find the Westside Bakery Café and NOLO Bookshop. Caffe Trieste, Anchalee Tai Cuisine, Paisan Osteria & Bar and the Sawtooth Building with its many artisan and performing arts studios are in walking distance; the trendy 4th Street restaurant and shopping district as well as the diverse San Pablo Avenue corridor and Berkeley Bowl West are only a few blocks away.

The studio is easily accessible from East Bay locations making it a very convenient destination from Oakland, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Alameda, Piedmont, Montclair, San Leandro and other San Francisco Bay Area cities.

Questions/Inquiries about Tai Chi Classes?

Please don't hesitate to contact me.

I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.


See also: TaiChiChuanBerkeley.com