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The Art of Tai Chi - Medicine in Motion 

Presented by Dr. Shin Lin, a world-renowned Tai Chi expert

Our classes are undergoing continuous enhancements that are based on the latest research. Highlights include:

  • Palace-style cosmetic face massage in addition to the Wudang self-massage routine for the whole body.
  • Basic/intermediate silk reeling exercises performed to music for easier pacing of movements and breathing rhythm as well for deeper relaxation.
  • Five Animals Frolic Qigong invented by Dr. Hua Tuo, a pioneer of Chinese medicine. This system of Qigong is intended to strengthen the five vital organ systems, a concept now beginning to be validated by Western biomedical research.
  • Addition of faster Tai Chi movements to give a more balanced exercise routine for fast muscle fibers and cardiovascular conditioning.
  • King Ma's Mound Qigong
  • Beginning and advanced Tai Chi Bang (short stick to enhance Tai Chi training)
  • Beginning and intermediate Tai Chi push hands
  • Advanced Tai Chi "Fa Jing" (power release) form

Summer Session : Tuesdays -  July 10, 17, 24, August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 18 (9 classes total)

Beginners Class: 4:30 - 5:30 pm (Please come 15 minutes early to do registration paperwork if you are new to the class)

Continuing Intermediate Class: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Continuing Advanced Class: 6:30 - 7:30 pm 

How to Register

Register on site at the class location -- UCI Main Campus, Sprague Hall Foyer or patio depending on the weather.

Drop-in's welcome!! Classes are open to newcomers at the beginning of each session. If you are signing up for the first time, please arrive at the location at 4:10pm. Please email Dr. Shin Lin with any questions regarding the Tai Chi class.

PARKINGVisitor Parking Map (Kiosk available in Lot 83)

Bring the Registration and Waiver form to the first class and arrive 15 minutes early to complete the registration process.

*Continuing Students do not need to submit another Registration Form.

The cost is $90 for 9 sessions.  Students can deduct $10 for each lesson they know they will be missing before the start of the series.  5% discount for returning students.  Payment by check only payable to UC Regents.

What is Tai Chi and how can it help me?

Tai Chi, a popular form of mind-body practice, originated in China several hundred years ago. It is believed to have many benefits on a person's health and healing. A 2007 report by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality rated the ancient Chinese mind-body practice of Tai Chi/Qigong as the best for reduction of high blood pressure, ahead of mindfulness/transcendental meditation and Yoga. But Tai Chi is much more than that. The Harvard Health Publications recently called Tai Chi "Medicine in Motion" because of the mounting evidence from laboratory research and clinical trials that it can:

  • Increase body flexibility and balance
  • Strengthen both slow and fast muscle fibers
  • Relieve stress
  • Improve mental focus
  • Boost immune response
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Enhance mood
  • Elevate blood flow
  • Raise body energy and strength and
  • Prevent and relieve many disorders such as insomnia, obesity, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes.

Tai Chi is one of the most well-balanced exercises for people of all ages to train their mind and body. Aside from the traditional, more familiar slow and relaxing movements, Chen Style Tai Chi (the original style from which all other styles were derived) incorporates explosively fast movements that provide excellent training for fast muscle fibers, cardiovascular health, and self-defense.

About Dr. Shin Lin |

A world-renowned expert on Tai Chi, Dr. Shin Lin has trained with each of the Grandmasters of five major styles, including the iconic Grandmaster Chen Zheng-Lei, 19th generation family heir of the Chen Style from China's Chen Village, where Tai Chi originated. In 2010, Dr. Lin was formally accepted into the inner circle of Grandmaster Chen's "indoor" students. Dr. Lin is also a world leader in the application of modern biomedical technologies to study the benefits of Tai Chi / Qigong on mind-body functions and body energy measured as heat, light, and electricity. He presently serves on the U.S. National Advisory Council on Complementary & Alternative Medicine, and the editorial boards of Chinese Medicine and Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. He is co-chair of the World Congress of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and co-creator of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. He has been invited to present at numerous national and international conferences, and has appeared on major television and radio network programs.

Learn more about Lin and his research»