About Beginning Classes

We run Beginning Form classes about 3 or 4 times a year: at the beginning of the year, in spring, and again in fall.  Our next Beginning Form class will start in Sept on Tue evenings from 5:00 - 6:00 in Boulder: starting Sep 3 and finishing Nov 26. This class is now fully enrolled. You can contact us to be put on a wait list in case space does open up.

Beginning Form classes run between 3 and 4 months, each class is one hour long.  We begin by teaching the Five Animals Qigong set: this gives students an immediate basis to develop a personal practice. We then introduce the basic Form Sequences that are the building blocks for the tai chi form. Once students have developed a personal practice and learned the building blocks, we connect those together and teach the remaining portions of the first section of the tai chi form. 

The beginning section of the form is known as the First Third  and is a standalone form that is a subset of the full 37-posture form. The First Third gives students a foundation for personal practice and exercises all the core tai chi principles. Once you have learned the First Third, you have several choices:

  • We offer Focus on Practice: a class that uses the First Third as the basis for a deeper study of tai chi principles and skills.

  • If you want to continue to learn the full form, you can join one of the ongoing Form Refinement classes where you’ll work both on core tai chi skills and learn the rest of the form.

(Check the Class Description page for information about any of these classes.)

(If you've already learned Tai Chi in the Cheng Manching or Yang traditions, contact us and we'll figure out what the appropriate class for you is. Some experienced students come directly into our Form Refinement classes while others find it best to start from the beginning.)

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, and flat shoes, socks, or barefoot; we like cotton tai chi slippers. 

We offer refunds for per-registration payments for any reason up to two weeks before the class starts. After that, we will have made a commitment to rent the studio space and so we'll offer full or partial refunds as we're able.  But, we can't guarantee a refund for cancellations made later than two weeks before the class starts since we have to cover rent and instructor fees. And if we need to delay, reschedule, or cancel the beginning session, we'll offer full refunds to anyone who can't make the new schedule or no longer wants to join.

Current beginning classes:

  • Current class: June 2019. Tue Eves. Starts June 4, ends Aug 27 (Boulder)

  • Next class: Sep 2019. Tue Eves. Starts Sep 3, ends Nov 26 (Boulder)

  • Jan 2020: we’ll offer new beginning classes in Jan after the new year