At Seattle School of Tai Chi Chuan, we give you the opportunity to learn Tai Chi deeply. We maintain a close connection with the Tai Chi Foundation (TCF) and use the curriculum developed by the TCF.

Beginning level


Tai Chi Chuan is practiced as a “form,” a well-defined sequence of movements that flows from one posture to the next according to underlying principles.The Tai Chi form is taught in three segments, or thirds. The Beginning Form classes present the movements and relaxed flow of the Tai Chi form from one posture to the next. The classes are meant to be taken in sequence. Each class begins with a review of the previous one, then goes on to the new portion.

We teach the entire sequence of movements, where the hands go, where the feet go, and the principles (softness, straightness, relaxation) that makes doing the movements worthwhile. Each class hour provides teacher demonstrations, lots of practice repetitions, hands-on adjustments by teachers, and verbal guidance. We suggest that students practice what they know at home in the morning and the evening. Practice is the heart and soul of learning and benefitting from Tai Chi.  

  • Beginning Form, 1st Third — 10 weekly classes

  • Beginning Form, 2nd Third — 10 weekly classes

  • Beginning Form, 3rd Third — 10 weekly classes

Class descriptions

  • Beginning Form, 1st Third

    The first level teaches the first third of the Yang Style Short form of Tai Chi as taught by Prof. Cheng Man-Ching. B-1 is comprised of ten fifty minute classes taught once a week.

  • Beginning Form, 2nd Third

    The second class teaches the middle third of the Yang Style Short form of Tai Chi as taught by Prof. Cheng Man-Ching. B-2 is comprised of ten fifty minute classes taught once a week. 

  • Beginning Form, 3rd Third

    The third level teaches the final third of the Yang Style Short form of Tai Chi as taught by Prof. Cheng Man-Ching. B-3 is comprised of ten fifty minute classes taught once a week.

  • Ongoing Form Class

    For all students who have completed or are taking B-2, this class will thematically work each of the Tai Chi principles (breathing, relaxation, balance, straightness, empty steps, whole body moving together while feeling connected with heaven and earth) and integrate them into your form practice.


    For students who have completed B-1. The focus in on integrating the basic principles of tai chi into the movements of the form.

  • Intro to Partner Work and Intermediate Form


    This begins the playful and very enjoyable phase of learning to move in harmony with another person, followed by a further refinement of the basic principles to enable a more complete sense of flow and ease while practicing the form.

  • Advanced Partner Work and Sword Form

    For our more advanced students and apprentice teachers, this is an exploration of further relaxing, aligning with heaven and earth, and returning energy.  We also learn and practice the sword form.



Learn Tai Chi Chuan in Seattle's  Wallingford and Queen Anne neighborhoods.


(206) 298-9376


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