Special Announcement – Last update: September 5, 2021
Fall Session classes will begin on Monday, September 27, 2021. The in-studio schedule and COVID-related protocols in effect during the summer will remain the same; Zoom offerings are mostly the same, with some changes on Wednesday mornings (see current Weekly Schedule on this website’s Classes page).
In-studio classes are offered with limited capacity; masks are required, and all participants must be fully vaccinated. Studio capacity limits necessitate application via an online form for the limited places available in the school’s in-studio classes (see In-Studio Class Schedule for information and links); NO WALK-IN CLASSES are offered in 2021, students may only attend classes to which they have applied and for which their applications were accepted.
Please monitor this website to learn how evolving public health conditions may alter the requirements or constraints for Tai Chi Berkeley in-studio classes.
Zoom-based remote instruction is also being offered in Fall 2021. Please have a look at the Zoom schedule for details, with particular attention to the delayed start of Wednesday morning Zoom classes in Fall. To participate in Zoom classes, please register using the school’s Zoom Registration Form. It is NOT necessary to re-register if you were registered for Summer Session Zoom classes. Zoom links will be e-mailed to new registrants within a few days of registration.
Please continue to check this web page regularly for further updates.
Session dates for 2021 are posted on the Classes page of this website,.
2021-22 workshops: An East Coast Camp will be offered in Maryland from October 7-11, 2021, as well as a camp in Holland from October 17-22, 2021. See this site’s Workshops page for details. We look forward to resuming the annual Walker Creek Ranch workshops in June 2022.
In early August 2019, Lenzie Williams wrote a letter to his students, friends, and others on the challenges of the current times and how we can respond.
Lenzie Williams prepared Thoughts on the passing of Laoshi Ben Lo for a November 2018 gathering in memory of his teacher, organized by Joanne Chang of the WuWei Tai Chi Club in Rockville, Maryland. Laoshi Lo passed away on 12 October 2018.
Tai Chi Berkeley is the school of instructor Lenzie Williams, a senior student of Laoshi Lo Pang Jeng (Mr. Ben Lo) since 1975. Ongoing group and private classes in the art of Tai Chi Chuan are taught in Berkeley, California. Workshops are offered throughout the year, in the United States and Europe.
The form of Tai Chi Chuan taught and practiced at Tai Chi Berkeley is a shortened Yang-family form developed by Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing, who learned the art of Tai Chi from Yang family master Yang Cheng-fu.
“Tai Chi is such an incredibly multi-faceted art and diverse art form,” writes instructor Lenzie Williams, “with many areas of potential development. This school represents an environment where people are carefully taught the important basics and fundamentals of the art, then are encouraged and supported in working at whatever level and pace they choose (some students stay in the beginning class for two years, as I did with my teacher, or even longer). Individuals working with health, rehabilitation, and healing issues will find much improvement. Those needing to get in touch with their bodies, to get more grounded and centered, and to cultivate relaxation as an antidote to stress will find much benefit from this practice. For those seeking their development through the Way of Wu Shu (martial training) and Wu Te (martial virtue and philosophy), Tai Chi Berkeley is a safe and cooperative, yet a challenging and developmentally rich, arena in which to cultivate this aspect of the Art. Perhaps most importantly, the school offers a Way, a Path, an Approach to a very unique process of development of Body, Heart, Mind, and Spirit. This school holds the Context in which we come together as individuals on our unique journeys to work as a group (synergy Principle) through the Art of Tai Chi Chuan, to contribute to our classmates’ development and our own Self-Cultivation, thereby allowing us to actualize the best and most of our potential as human beings.”
For information not provided on this site, please contact Lenzie Williams.