Tai Chi Classes: A Moving Meditation


  • Classes will be taught by Master Instructor Yijiao Hong, a 12th generation disciple of Chen Style Taichi, studying under Chen family successor and world-renowned Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei since 1998.
  • Classes will run from Oct. 20, 2016 for 8 weeks.
  • Session A will be held on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. in Suzzallo 5th East Conference room, and Session B on Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the HUB (no class during Thanksgiving).
  • Please note that the class schedule for Nov. 3 needs to be canceled due to room unavailability.
  • No previous Tai Chi experience is needed.
  • Note! Class registration is limited to 15 participants. If you register after the class is full, you will be placed on the wait-list.

The Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) offers an eight-week program to offer Tai Chi classes, through the partnership with the UW Libraries Wellness Committee and the Whole U Program, for UW staff who may be interested.

Tai Chi is “an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing…. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.” (Source: Mayo Clinic.) Benefits of Tai Chi include improved strength, better balance, reduced stiffness and pain, enhanced sleep, and increased immunity.


Instructor Biography

Master Instructor Yijiao Hong is a 12th generation disciple of Chen Style Tai Chi. She has sponsored Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s Chen Style Tai Chi Seminars in Seattle annually since 1998. In 2000, Master Hong was certified by the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, China as a Wushu International Judge. In 2004, Master Hong earned the highest rank as a Wushu International A Grade Judge in Beijing. Between 1999 and 2003, she judged for selection of National Wushu Teams for both the U. S. A. and Canada.

Master Hong was born in Jin Hua China, and started practicing Wushu with the Jin Hua Wu Shu Team when she was 8 years old. She was the top Wushu athlete and Tai Chi champion in Zhe Jiang province, China. Master Hong has a B.A. degree in physical education in Wushu and Tai Chi from Zhe Jiang Normal University, China. She became an assistant professor and team coach of Zhe Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1992. She coached the college Wushu and Tai Chi Team and competed in China national tournaments until she immigrated to Seattle, U.S. in 1994.

Master Hong was named U.S. “Year of the Athlete“ by USAWKF in 1998, and competed on the U.S.A National Wushu Team in the 5th World Wushu championship in Hong Kong in 1999, where she ranked 7th among the top world professional Tai Chi athletes. In 1996 Master Hong established the Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Academy in Seattle and fosters thousands of students.


Aihua Liao, Assistant Director, CIWA: ahliao@uw.edu

Heidi Nance, Head, ILL and Document Delivery Services, UW Libraries: hnance@uw.edu