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Special Announcement – Last update: December 3, 2022

Winter Session in-studio classes begin on Monday, January 2, 2023 (no changes to the weekly schedule). Tai Chi Berkeley no longer requires application/registration (as was necessary from July 2021 through Winter Session 2022). New students are welcome at the first or second in-studio Beginning Form class of any session. Instructor permission is necessary to participate in Level IV or Level V classes. Public health / COVID protocols still apply: see the In-Studio section of this website’s Classes page for details, including changes effective October 1, 2022, as well as for the weekly class schedule.

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 2022 and Winter 2023, weekly on Tuesdays only, and on selected Saturdays:

  • Weekly Zoom classes are offered for Level I and Level III.
  • Level II Zoom classes are not currently offered — but are offered in-studio on Monday mornings.
  • Level IV Zoom classes are offered on selected Saturdays only (generally every four weeks). Please have a look at the Zoom schedule for details/dates.
  • To participate in Zoom classes, please register using the school’s Zoom Registration Formit is NOT necessary to re-register if you took Zoom classes in 2022 or since. Links sent mid-June 2022 or later are current through the end of the year (i.e., through the end of Fall Session 2022); links for Winter 2023 will be sent out to registered Zoom students in late December (after the last Zoom class of the Fall Session).

Please continue to check this web page regularly for further updates.


Announcements

Session dates for 2023 and the weekly class schedule are posted on the Classes page of this website. Schedules for in-studio classes and both schedule & registration information for Zoom (online) classes for Fall Session 2022 are also posted on the Classes page.

Remembering and Honoring Laura Divine: Longtime Tai Chi Berkeley student Laura Divine passed on 12 August 2022. Lenzie remembers her in a letter to students and friends.

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

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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.

School Philosophy

Lenzie Williams and students from the Saturday morning class, January 2019

“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.