Chen Taijiquan Practical Method in the Bay Area

The information on this blog is intended to serve the Practical Method taijiquan community of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method was developed by Hong Junsheng, disciple of Grandmaster Chen Fa-Ke. We practice the form as taught by Hong's disciple Chen Zhonghua (Joseph Chen).

Special workshops and private lessons on Taijiquan theory and practice are available. Check out the calendar or the classes section of the website ( for specific class times and information. Or email nathan.heintz(at)

Nathan Heintz is a student of Chen Zhonghua, the International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method art. Through this blog I will be sharing training notes, relevant videos, photos, and reflections on taijiquan practice and theory. I also intend to provide a bit of a portal into the vast world that Grandmaster Hong's art has spawned. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.

For more on the Practical Method, check out the main website at

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chen Taijiquan Workshops in Oakland and Sacramento with Master Chen Zhonghua! Oct 19-22 2013

We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting Master Chen Zhonghua for Chen Style Taiji workshops in Northern California October 19-22! 

Master Chen has been to California before, but this is the first time that the SF Bay Area Practical Method Branch has had the opportunity to host him for a workshop! Master Chen will be working with us on foundations and applications of Chen Style Taijiquan and very likely will be demonstrating push hands.

We're doing an early bird special until Oct 12 when you register for all four days.


Master Chen will be working with us on foundations, energy alignment, applications of Chen Style Taijiquan and very likely will be demonstrating push hands!

We are very very fortunate to have him here! Please join us! 

For more information, check out the full invite here, or contact Nathan Heintz at

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Announcing Spring and Summer 2013 Classes in Chen Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) in Oakland and the SF Bay Area

The weather is sweet and the Bay Area is in full effect this season, and I plan to get outside in the beautiful Nature and do some serious taijiquan training. I'll be in my low stance, sweating and grinding my forms and soaking in Heaven and Earth at Marina Park, Lake Merritt, up on Mt. Tam, in Big Sur, Half Moon Bay, Fort Funston, Golden Gate Park, foothills of Mt. Diablo, doing Tai Chi and Qigong all day long. Please don't hesitate to call me up and schedule a time to get together. I just want to train. No one turned away for lack of funds.

If you're a martial artist and you want to play, I'm down, but let's keep it relaxed, cooperative, and generative.

I will also be planning at least two nature immersion/wilderness taiji and qigong workshops at remote locations this summer, so please keep your eyes peeled to this location for more information. At these workshops we will deepen our relationships to the elements, do mindfulness work, learn about the history and theory of taijiquan, yijing (I-Ching), and Taoism, and combine nature immersion with qigong and taiji practice.

I look forward to seeing you in the park!

- Nathan

Friday, April 8, 2011

Practical Method website has been updated.

The about section for my website has been updated. I've included a brief description of Chen Style Taijiquan with links to writings by my Sifu, Master Chen Zhonghua, as well as other practitioners of the art. I look forward to hearing from you. The springtime in Oakland is a wonderful time and place to practice. Call me up and let's meet up at the lake.

Nathan Heintz

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method of the SF Bay Area

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Chen Style Taiji Website:

I've recently created a new website at This site will continue to evolve over time, but will hopefully serve as a resource for the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng, and Master Chen Zhonghua. The "About" section contains an excerpt from an essay that I wrote on Chen Style Taiji in the winter of 2006-2007. This piece of writing will be edited and expanded based on my more recent experiences with Chen Taiji, specifically around my experiences with Joseph Chen (Chen Zhonghua) and the Practical Method School of Taiji. I look forward to updating and expanding my new site, so please check back regularly! Thanks,

Nathan Heintz
Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, SF Bay Area and Northern California

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chen Zhonghua Toronto DVD Trailer

This is a trailer for a DVD recording of Master Chen Zhonghua's teachings at a Toronto workshop in November 2009. There are some serious gems in here. Nathan Heintz is a student of Master Chen Zhonghua.

Nathan Heintz Chen Taijiquan Practical Method Yilu: Maple Ridge Sept 2010

This Yilu demonstration was recorded at a workshop with Master Chen Zhonghua in Maple Ridge, BC Canada, in September 2010. Nathan teaches and practices Practical Method Taiji in Oakland CA.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Map and Directions for This Weekend's Oakland Workshop With Master Gordon Muir

This weekend's Workshop with Gordon Muir will be held at Lakeside Park on the North Shore of Lake Merritt. To get there, Take Grand Ave to Bellevue and turn towards the Lake. Bellevue is the "Children's Fairyland" entrance. And before you ask, NO, we are not holding our martial arts workshop at "Children's Fairyland" (Although this would provide a nice Yin Yang balance).

Pass the Kiosk at the entrance (you may have to pay $5 for parking - but it's worth it, because all you can find anywhere else is 2 hours only) and continue until the road curves around to the left. Park and look for us near the fence to the Garden on the left side of Bellevue. If you can't find us, please call Nate at 510.393.3705.

Also the cost has changed. The Workshop will be $120 for both days (instead of $150); $90 For just Saturday; and $30 for Friday evening. (it is more important that you come to the workshop than that you pay for it ... so if the price is a dealbreaker, come early and we'll work something out!)

Please click on the map below for a larger image:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Upcoming Chen Taiji WORKSHOP with Master Gordon Muir in Oakland CA

The Chen Taijiquan Practical Method community in the SF Bay Area is very lucky to welcome Master Gordon Muir of Victoria Chen Taiji Academy to Oakland. On Friday and Saturday July 2-3, Gordon Muir will lead a Chen Taiji workshop at Lakeside Park on the shores of Lake Merritt. We will train foundational exercises, moves from the yilu, applications and push hands. We may also get into some Hunyuan Qigong if there is interest. It will be wonderful! So don't miss it!

Location: Lake Merritt, Oakland CA (at the pagoda at the NE corner of the lake)
Times: Friday July 2nd 5-8pm & Saturday July 3rd
Cost: $150 Both sessions included (limited discounts may be available in cases of hardship)
For more information contact Nathan Heintz: 510.393.3705

About Master Gordon Muir:

Gordon Muir is the head instructor of the Victoria Chen Taiji Academy. In 1996 he was introduced to Chen style taiji with Master Zhang Xue Xin. From him Gordon learned silk reeling, the Chen 48 form and push hands. In 2001 Gordon met his current teacher, Master Chen Zhonghua who is the International Standard Bearer for Chen Style Practical Method.

Gordon Muir is currently a disciple of Master Chen Zhonghua, the international standard bearer for Chen Style Practical Method.Gordon Muir also studied Yang style tai chi with Yang style Master T. T. Liang. Gordon was a student of Liangs for more than 14 years and learned the complete Yang curriculum.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Master Chen Zhonghua: Chen Taiji Yilu, Heze 2004

Master Chen Zhonghua performs the Chen Taijquan Practical Method Yilu (First Set). Nathan Heintz is a student of Chen Zhonghua living in Oakland, CA.