"Tai Chi Chuan” is a gentle meditation in motion. It is both an exercise and martial art.

Summer 2024 Sessions:

  • Time: Noon–1 p.m.
  • Days/Locations:
    • Mondays, starting June 17
      • Zoom option or in-person at Hoagland Hall, Room 130 (Davis Campus)
    • Wednesdays, starting July 3
    • Fridays, starting June 14
      • Zoom option or in-person at Hoagland Hall, Room 130 (Davis Campus)

How to Join: Drop-in at any session you wish and/or sign up for the email listserv.

Questions? Please email Ron Bynes at rmbynes@ucdavis.edu and Erika Strandjord at ecstrandjord@ucdavis.edu.

Sign up for our email listserv Receive the Zoom link and stay up-to-date on potential class cancellations or changes to class delivery mode. 

Meet our instructors


Resources

The structure of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan:

  1. Warmups: the warmups prepare you for practice both physically and mentally, and teach you basic principles of movement that you will use.
  2. 13 Postures: this is the foundational set of movements in the Yangjia Michuan style. Three sets of movements are each repeated four times, teaching the practitioner both basic movements and 360-degree awareness.
  3. Sections 1, 2, and 3: each section is a choreographed series of movements, one movement flowing into the next. Each section is longer and more complex than the previous one.
  4. Weapons forms: the three basic weapons in Yangjia Michuan are the staff, sword, and fan. These forms teach the practitioner to use objects as extensions of their body and help build strength and balance.
  5. Pushing hands: these partnered exercises help teach the application of taiji in a martial context and also help practitioners build awareness of how their movements affect others and how they respond to others.