We believe the Wu Style of tai chi is the best for promoting health in the West.

Its high stances protect your knees, and its emphasis on developing “yin energy” leads to deep nervous system relaxation.

You first learn our Wu Style Mini Form and "tai chi essentials" - fun exercises through which you learn movement patterns and principles essential to the practice of tai chi. Through this form and these exercises you begin to gain many of the benefits of tai chi practice.

Then you continue to learn the Short Form, of which the Mini Form is the first part. Practice of the Short Form promotes better balance and whole body health, and is particularly helpful for lower back conditions.

You can use it to calm and steady your mind and deeply relax your body.

We offer the following courses in this subject. Please click on any that interests you:

 

Introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi

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We will give you a thorough introduction to this wonderful art and its core principles, at a relaxed pace and in an accessible, fun, and easy-to-learn manner.

Over two 7- or 8-week sessions (Parts 1 & 2) you will learn foundation tai chi movement skills, relaxation principles, healthy posture, and the Wu Style Mini Form.

The Mini Form consists of the first 7 moves of the Wu Style Short Form. It contains many important tai chi movements for health and meditation, and takes only a few minutes to perform.

SUMMER SESSION - July 16 to August 28

For our Summer session schedule information, please click here.

EARLY FALL SESSION - September 4 to October 22

Try a Free Class

From Tuesday, September 4 through Monday, September 17, you may try your first class for free, unless the course is already fully enrolled. 

On these days, before you come to try a free class, please check the top of any page of our website or call us at 413-586-8880 and select option 1. You will find or hear an announcement if the course is already fully enrolled.

Class Times:

Mondays         6 - 7:15 p.m.            Dan
Tuesdays        12:15 - 1:30 p.m.      Dan

Each class in a week covers the same material. Once you have paid the course fee, you may come to one or both classes in any week.

Dates:

Part 1 - September 4 through October 22
Part 2 will be offered during our Late Fall session, which will begin November. 

Cost:

$100. 

If you take multiple courses during this session, then you may take a $20 discount off your base fee for this course.

Registration and Payment:

Please click here to register online and pay by credit card through our website. 

Or you may pay in person at our studio by check, cash, or credit card.

Or you may mail us a check with a registration form. Please click here for instructions and to download a registration form. However, please note that enrollment is limited, and we will not save you a space until we receive your payment. 

Practice DVD

A Review and Practice DVD is available for a cost of 25 dollars.

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Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form

The Wu Style Short Form consists of a sequence of eighteen precisely-choreographed movements, practiced in a slow, meditative manner. It was developed by our teacher Bruce Frantzis, drawing from the Long Form of Wu Style founder Wu Jien Chuan.

These movements are specifically designed to help one develop calmness, flexibility, coordination, balance, stamina, and greater energy.

The Wu Style of Tai Chi facilitates the healing of injuries, especially back problems. The form takes about four minutes to perform.

In this class, students who have learned the Mini Form will learn the remaining movements of the Wu Style Short Form, over four 7-week course sessions. You will also learn complementary qigong exercises and core tai chi principles.

SUMMER SESSION - July 17 to August 28

For our Summer session schedule information, please click here.

EARLY FALL SESSION - September 4 to October 16

Prerequisite: Completion of Introductory Tai Chi courses, or permission of the instructor.

Class Times:

Tuesdays      11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.     Dan

Each class in a week covers the same material. Once you have paid the course fee, you may come to one or both classes in any week.

Dates:

7 weeks, September 4 to October 16.

Cost:

$120.

If you take multiple courses during this session, then you may take a $20 discount off your base fee for each course.

Registration and Payment:

Please click here to register online and pay by credit card through our website. 

Or you may pay in person at our studio by check, cash, or credit card.

Or you may mail us a check with a registration form. Please click here for instructions and to download a registration form. However, please note that enrollment is limited, and we will not save you a space until we receive your payment. 

Practice DVD

A Review and Practice DVD is available for a cost of 25 dollars.

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Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form Refinements

In this class, students who have learned the Short Form will explore tai chi subjects such as circularity, bending and releasing, and the details of particular moves.

This session Dan will teach about turning the soft tissues of the arms. This is a key tai chi principle that deeply relaxes and opens the arms and shoulders.  

SUMMER SESSION - July 17 to August 30

For our Summer session schedule information, please click here.

EARLY FALL SESSION - September 4 to October 18

Prerequisite: Completion of Wu Style Short Form courses, or permission of the instructor.

Class Times:

Tuesdays        1:45 - 3 p.m.     Dan
Thursdays       6:45 - 8 p.m.     Dan

Each class in a week covers the same material. Once you have paid the course fee, you may come to one or both classes in any week.

Dates:

7 weeks, September 4 to October 16.

Cost:

$120. $25 for Drop-in.

If you take multiple courses during this session, then you may take a $20 discount off your base fee for this course.

Drop-in Classes: You may attend for $25 a class. Please pay at the beginning of each class that you attend.

Registration and Payment:

Please click here to register online and pay by credit card through our website. 

Or you may pay in person at our studio by check, cash, or credit card.

Or you may mail us a check with a registration form. Please click here for instructions and to download a registration form. However, please note that enrollment is limited, and we will not save you a space until we receive your payment. 

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Wu Style Tai Chi Medium Form

The Medium form was developed by our teacher Bruce Frantzis. It contains all of the Short Form moves and several additional more complex and difficult moves drawn from the Long Form of Wu Style founder Wu Jien Chuan. 

The form takes about 7 minutes to perform. It provides greater challenges to your balance and develops stronger cross-body connections than the Short Form.

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SUMMER SESSION - July 17 to August 14

For our Summer session schedule information, please click here.

EARLY FALL SESSION - September 4 to October 16

This course will not be offered this session. 

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Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form

The Long Form we teach was developed by Wu Style founder Wu Jien Chuan as a health-oriented version of his self-defense form. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to perform.

Each move amplifies the moves before it; if you go through the Long Form once, you get far greater benefits than if you practiced the Short or Medium Form for the same amount of time. 

The Long Form consists of what classically are known as the First, Second, and Third Sections. 

The First Section is very similar to the Short Form and contains about two-thirds of the Short Form's movements. The First Section's movements open up the soft tissues and energy of your upper body, especially your neck and shoulders. 

The Second Section movements primarily open up the soft tissues and energy of your legs, connecting you to the ground.

The Third Section movements link the legs and arms through the torso, opening the soft tissues and energy of the spine and internal organs and integrating all parts of your body into a whole. 

EARLY FALL SESSION - September 4 to October 16

This session, Bill will begin teaching the additional movements of the First Section of the long form. 

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor based on your knowledge of the  Medium Form and Tai Chi Circling Hands.

Class Times:

Tuesdays   5:30 - 6:30 p.m.   Bill

Dates:

7 weeks, September 6 to October 18.

Cost: $120. $25 for drop-in.

If you take multiple courses during this session, then you may take a $20 discount off your base fee for this course.

Registration and Payment:

Please click here to register online and pay by credit card through our website. 

Or you may pay in person at our studio by check, cash, or credit card.

Or you may mail us a check with a registration form. Please click here for instructions and to download a registration form. However, please note that enrollment is limited, and we will not save you a space until we receive your payment. 

Drop-in Classes: You may attend for $25 a class. Please pay at the beginning of each class that you attend.