Yang Family Tai Chi Classes

Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan classes are taught by Chris Wilson.   He is a member of the Yang Family Association, and certified Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan International Associate Instructor. 

Every effort will be made to accommodate those interested in studying Tai Chi Classes.  If the times and locations do not work for you or your organization please send an email to:  chris@todaystaichi.com  Private instruction can be arranged at a mutually agreed location or online. 

In Person Classes

Valley Health Lifestyles Fitness Center 
1400 MacArthur Blvd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

8 week classes are offered to members and non members.  Prior registration required.  Free demo classes offered prior to each 8 week session.  To register for classes contact Valley Health Lifestyles and Fitness Center HERE.

Tuesday 5:45pm Tai Chi Fundamentals

Tuesday 6:45pm Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Forms

Saturday 11:00am  Tai Chi Fundamentals

Sussex County YMCA
15 Wits End Dr, Hardyston, NJ 07419

Regular weekly classes are offered to YMCA members.  No prior registration required for classes.  Contact YMCA HERE for membership.

Saturday 8:30am Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Forms (prior tai chi experience required)

Saturday 9:30am – Beginner.

St Mary’s Episcopal Church
85 Conestoga Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871

Regular weekly classes are offered.  

Thursday 5:30pm Beginner Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi

Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Center
400 High St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Regular weekly classes are taught by Senior Tai Chi Instructor Holly Sweeney-Hillman and Associate Instructor Chris Wilson. Class space is limited, reservations recommended for new students.

Saturday 1:00pm Tai Chi Fundamentals and Tai Chi Kung Form

Saturday 2:00pm Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi 103 Form

Saturday 3:00pm Push Hands

Online Classes

Please see below for a full tutorial of the Tai chi kung form, as well as two online classes
All existing students are given a password for access. 
If you did not receive it or you are not a current student and would like to have access to classes please email:

Wellness Exercises

This is an hour long class showing each of the 9 wellness exercises created by Master Yang Jun.  These exercises are to be done independent of each other and are not expected to be done in a set sequence like the tai chi forms.  This is a great introduction to several movements in Yang Family Tai Chi.  It is also a great way for intermediate and advanced students to practice the details of each movement to gain better flow and understanding for the movements.

Wave Hands Like Clouds Tutorial

Cloud Hands can be practiced anywhere, by anyone, even by those who don’t know tai chi.  Not only will tai chi boost one’s immune system but also will help the practitioner feel connected with people all over the world in the same situation.  Tai Chi masters believe that just practicing cloud hands is equivalent to practicing tai chi overall, because it contains all the essence of tai chi.

Tai Chi Kung Class

The tai chi Kung class is an hour long video reviewing each move in the tai chi Kung form.  This class is best used as an aid to in person classes and a good refresher for those who have been practicing for awhile.  If you are new to tai chi you are welcome to try out this class.  Please keep in mind that each move requires attention to detail and repetitive practice to understand the move.  A typical one hour class would review only one or two moves at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Wear to Tai Chi Classes?

In Tai Chi we will do a series of stretches and slow moving movements.  It is important that you are comfortable and relaxed.  There is no dress code.  However, it is suggested that you where loose fitting clothing and sneakers.   Kung Fu pants, sweat pants or yoga pants will allow for a nice range of motion to do the exercises.  There is a bathroom for changing if needed and there are places to store your belongings.  Please remember to take all of your belongings with you since this is a shared space.  We are not responsible for lost or miss placed items.

What type of shoes do I need to wear to do Tai Chi?

It is not necessary to buy specific tai chi shoes to practice tai chi.  It is recommended though to wear shoes that are not tight fitting.  You want to be able to spread your toes out inside of your shoes and for them to be as comfortable as possible.  In addition, thin soled shoes are preferred, but not required.  These types of shoes will help achieve a closer contact with the floor.  Many running shoes have soles that are too thick and bouncy.  This can interfere with connecting your whole foot to the floor.  

NOTE:  Please be mindful that some locations require that no outside shoes be permitted in the practice space.  If you are uncertain about this requirement for your class check with your instructor prior to attending.

Do I need a Yoga Mat to do Tai Chi?

No, you do not need to bring a yoga mat to tai chi classes.  Nearly all tai chi classes are done standing.  That said, there are several stretches and light tai chi exercises that can be done lying down.  For these special classes a yoga mat will be required.  The instructor will make clear to students prior to attending class what will be required to bring or the items will be provided for the students by the instructor.

What Should I Bring to Tai Chi Classes?

A good attitude and willingness to learn something new!  Along with a water bottle are the most essential items.  It is also recommended, but not required, that you bring a notebook or electronic device to take notes during Tai Chi Classes.  Classes are a time for building your home practice.  Reviewing old material and learning new material.  Asking questions that arise during home practice.   The notebook serves as your journal and personal text book.  At your request a few minutes of class time can be used for updating information that has been learned in class.