This summer we will be conducting a full slate of classes online, in the Zoom format that allows for a lot of interaction between teacher and students (and student to student!)

We will be offering more than a dozen different courses, ranging from A Taste Of Tai Chi and Tai Chi/Qigong 101 to Wu Style Form, 8 Essential Moves, and Rise Up Rooted. Check out the new schedule and course descriptions, and sign up soon!


This course enables students to “enter the gate” of authentic Tai Chi and Qigong, with a complete program of basic practices (jibengong) that are the foundation for all other Tai Chi and Qigong work. The program will introduce the fundamental principles of Rooting, Releasing, Pulsing, Alignment, and Flow. We will include an emphasis on breathing to strengthen our lung capacity and overall resilience.

Age confers wisdom, but too often accompanied by a diminution of vitality, balance problems and debilitating falls, fear and anxiety. This course distills essential practices from Tai Chi, Qigong and other internal arts to restore energy, reduce stress and fear, and improve balance. It enables students of any age to learn rooting, pulsing, centering, and flow, and increase their energy levels and overall well-being. We learn to restore natural posture, breathing, movement capacity, and life force. Specially priced at 50% of normal class fees as a service to our honored senior community.

Rooting is a mind/body/energy process that connects us to the Earth, increasing our stability, calmness, instinctual intelligence, and internal power. It is also the complementary pole to the Rising Energies of expansion, straightening, lightness, and openness: in the plant kingdom, the extending of roots into the earth enables the tree to grow upward, toward the sun. Methods to strengthen and deepen Root (Standing Qigong, Rooted Shifting and Walking, Equipment Training), will be balanced with practices to increase Rising/Expanding energies and qualities. Open to all levels past 101/102.

Less is more. Simple practices, done mindfully and with the right energetics, can often have the most powerful effects. In this class, we take the most basic and universal human actions–standing, walking, sitting, breathing–and explore them as profound forms of meditation and energy-cultivation. Open to all levels. Whether you are a beginner or a 20 year practitioner, you will gain calmness, vital energy, enhanced awareness and well-being.

"Tai Chi makes the weak person strong, the strong person gentle; the old person youthful, and the young person wise."

Always wondered about Tai Chi, but don’t know where to start? This is a perfect introductory short program that gives individuals a chance to experience the joys and benefits of Tai Chi, without having to commit to a full 7-week course. ATOTC introduces the essential Tai Chi processes of Quiet Standing, Rooting, Pulsing, and Mindful Movement, and is designed to be appropriate for students of all ages and levels of physical ability.

You can sample your first class for free. After that, you can purchase a special Introductory 3-Class Card for only $29. 
______________________________________________________ MOVIN' OUT:

After 8 years, we are giving up our physical location at 131 Cypress Street. For the time being, all BTC classes will be held online. Some special outdoor practices may be introduced over the summer. In the fall, depending on the circumstances, we may begin some combination of online and in-person classes, at a new location.
Many thanks to our landlord Dimitrios and all those who worked to make the studio a welcoming and empowering space!

(Note: Please contact Don or Alan if you have personal items in the school that you would like to reclaim.)


In these turbulent and profoundly disturbing times, Tai Chi can provide an island of relief from confusion, struggle, stress, and pain. It is not an escape so much as a real opportunity to explore our mind/body/energy state(s), and to improve them in the direction of greater vitality, centeredness, harmony, and healthy empowerment. Perhaps "antidote"is a better word. Or the fine old phrase, "a breath of fresh air".

Join our online classes, yes, but also make some time every day to practice at home, or outside in some natural environment. This is where real change will occur. The Chinese phrase zili gensheng means self-reliance, but more deeply "regeneration through one's own efforts". Let that be our motto!
--Don Miller

With the constancy of the planets in their courses or of the dragon in his cloud-wrapped path, let us enter the land of health and ever after walk within its bounds. Let us fortify ourselves against weakness and learn to be self reliant, without ever a moment’s lapse. Then our resolution will become the very air we breathe, the world we live in; then we will be as happy as a fish in crystal waters. This is the joy which lasts, that we can carry with us to the end of our days. --Cheng Man Ching
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dedicated to movement, balance and wellness.