This 14-week self-paced course introduces you to Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Chi) fundamentals that are applicable to all styles:

  • body alignment (身法),
  • stepping, or footwork (步法),
  • hand maneuvers, or Silk Reeling Exercises (手法),
  • relaxation (放鬆) and
  • whole-body movement with Dantian as the center (以丹田為核心的整體運動)

To practice integrating the above principles in a coherent sequence of variable movements, you will also learn the beginning section (first 3'27" of this clip) of Chen Style Taijiquan Old Frame First Routine (Laojia Yilu 老架一路), one of the oldest forms of Taijiquan.


About Taijiquan and Its Benefits


Students come to this course with various background knowledge about Taijiquan - its history, martial art principles, health benefits, lineages, etc. If you are new to Taijiquan, here are some introductory information to get you started:

Taijiquan, besides being a martial art system, is popular for its many health benefits including balance and lower-body strength, stress reduction, and immunity boosting, and improvements in various chronic health issues. For evidence from clinical studies, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a branch of National Institutes of Health (NIH), has a series of articles reviewing and summarizing the effects of Tai Chi on a number of health conditions, in comparison to other mind and body approaches. 


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Syllabus

This course was a 14-week live online course taught to matriculated students at the California University - Silicon Valley (CUSV), as part of their Oriental Medicine Curriculum.

The recording of each week's 2-hour class was segmented by topic for easy navigation.

The instructional language is English, and occasionally bilingual (English and Chinese Mandarin).

  Welcome!
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  Session 1 [May 14, 2021]
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  Session 2 [May 21, 2021 - Pre-recorded]
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  Session 3 [May 28, 2021]
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  Session 4 [June 4, 2021]
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  Session 5 [June 11, 2021]
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  Session 6 [June 18, 2021]
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  Session 7 [June 25, 2021]
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  Session 8 [July 2, 2021]
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  Session 9 [July 9, 2021]
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  Sesson 10 [July 16, 2021]
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  Session 11 [July 23, 2021]
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  Session 12 [July 30, 2021]
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  Session 13 [August 6, 2021]
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  Session 14 [August 13, 2021]
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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a prerequisite or minimum requirement in taking this course?

This course does not require any prior experience in Tai Chi or Qigong, or other movement art. We start from the very beginning. The only things you need are: a willingness to start, a sense of curiosity, and the ability to practice. :)

How much space is required when I take this course indoors?

A flat space of 2ft deep (front to back) by 6ft wide (left to right) in front of your screen would be best.

What's the time commitment for this course?

If you are new to Tai Chi, You should plan about 2 hours for learning (watching and following the videos), and about 2 hours of self practice per week. This estimate is of course highly variable and depends on your background and experience in body movement.

My schedule does not allow me to join the live classes, can I still take the course?

Yes. You can study and practice with the recordings of the live classes. Make sure to enroll in the "Recordings Only" plan. You will still receive course materials one week at a time to help you keep a steady pace of learning.

How long can I have access to the recordings after the 14 weeks?

As long as you want, really! After you complete the 14 weeks, you will continue to have access to all the recordings and other course materials, for review or for practicing along.

Can I do a trial class before enrolling?

You can watch the preview clips in Session 1 to get a feel for my teaching and the contents being taught. You are also entitled to a full refund within 30 days from the date of your enrollment if this course turns out not as you expected.

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is specified in our Terms of Use (III): "Per Teachable’s Terms of Use, all Students purchasing courses or course bundles at Moving Stillness through the Teachable gateway are entitled to a thirty (30) day refund from the date of purchase. Once a refund is processed, you will no longer be enrolled in that course and your access to the course materials will be removed."

I'm recovering from a health condition and heard Tai Chi could help; is this the right course to start?

It is best to consult your physician or healthcare provider. In general, if you have a condition (e.g., a knee/foot/hip injury) that prevents your lower body from bearing weight for a sustained period of time, it's best to let the injury heal first. While some health conditions can be improved through Taijiquan (Tai Chi), timing can be a factor to consider. I'm happy to chat to make sure this course is suitable for you before you enroll.

14 weeks seems long, is there a shorter Intro to Taijiquan course, an "intro to intro" perhaps?

Yes. Try either the 4-week Wuji Qigong course or the 7-week Tai Chi Cloud Hands course. They cover different aspects of Taijiquan foundations and all three courses are complementary to each other.

I have more questions. How do I contact you?

You can email Yan at [email protected]


Instructor: Yan Li

Yan Li is a Master Instructor of Chen Style Taijiquan certified by the American Chen Taiji Society (2019) and by Chen Qingzhou Taiji Institute (陈庆州太极功夫院) in Wenxian, Henan, China (2011). She is a faculty member at California University - Silicon Valley (formerly Nine Star University of Health Sciences), and was a Taiji instructor in the Health Improvement Program at Stanford University for 8 years. Yan was a multi-year gold medalist and judge at regional Chinese martial arts competitions, and has over ten years of experience teaching Taiji and Qigong in group and private settings, leading workshops and intensives, and coaching for Taiji competitions and stage performances. 

Yan takes a student-centered approach to Taijiquan instructions and coaching where each individual is met where they are and encouraged to take the lead in growing and transforming from within. She works with students and clients of all ages and backgrounds.