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Champaign, IL Classes

C lasses in Champaign are held in five annual sessions of nine classes per session, generally following the University of Illinois calendar. Note that the Center for Taiji Studies is not affiliated with any other organizations in Champaign-Urbana, and that the locations listed below are the only locations in East Central Illinois authorized and certified to teach Master Yang Yang's Evidence-Based Taiji (EBTTM) and Qigong and 48-form curriculum.

Dr. Yang lives and works in New York, and the Champaign, IL classes are led by his senior taiji and qigong students.Beginning classes are currently help on Tuesday evenings, and intermediate classes are held on Wednesday evenings. Advanced instruction is on Saturday mornings, though the first 1 hour or so of qigong on Saturdays is open to all.

Beginning Classes

New beginning sessions are typically offered starting at the end of August (corresponding with the beginning of the new school year), and the end of January (after winter break). But we are happy to start a new beginning session whenever interest is sufficient to do so. Please submit the registration/wait list form below to place your name on a waiting list for the class—we’ll keep you posted as to when the next beginning session will start. Those wishing to start right away are welcome to apply for a trial Wednesday evening class. However, the practitioners in this class are intermediate to advanced students, and the class is not taught as an introduction. Though we are always emphasizing the fundamental principles of traditional taiji and qigong training, the essential foundation of meditation and principles of taiji and qigong movement are taught in the beginning class sessions.


To register, please complete and submit this wait list form, and we will alert you when the next beginning group class will start. New classes begin after sufficient interest is expressed on the wait list. The next beginning cohort will likely begin in January, 2018, following the U of I winter break.

You may also contact us via the web form with any questions.


Classes are held year-round, generally following the U of I calendar with 2-3 week breaks in December/January and in August. Please refer to the school calendar for class times . {Note: Javascript and cookies must be enabled in your browser to view the calendar}.

Time & Location

Tuesday Evening Beginning Class
Open practice from 5:30-6:00p and instruction from 6:00-7:30P at the Urbana Civic Center in downtown Urbana, IL. New class sessions are begun as sufficient interest is experessed via the wait list form.

Wednesday Evening
Open practice from 5:30-6:00p and instruction from 6:00-7:30P at the Urbana Civic Center in downtown Urbana, IL.

Saturday Mornings
2.5 hr "advanced" classes are held on Saturday mornings. During warmer months we are practicing at the northeast corner of Hessel Park, Champaign. The first 1/2 of each class is qigong practice and is open to all CTS students. For current information on Saturday class times, refer to the annual calendar. Email Stewart at maitri8"at"comcast.net if you would like to be placed on the email list for ongoing Saturday class announcements.


Refer to our fee schedule for class costs. A full session fee of $144 is required for each of the first 9-week introductory (beginning cohort) class session. After completion of the introductory session, students may join the intermediate group on Wednesday evenings and purchase a pre-paid card system to pay per class attended. Pre-paid cards may be used for classes any time before expiration.

Gift certificates are available - please contact us with requests for gift certificates. Private classes are available on a very limited basis, with priority given to current CTS students.

It is the policy of CTQS to exclude no-one because of inability to pay. Up to 50% tuition assistance is available via scholarships and in-kind services. Please contact us with tuition assistance requests.

Taiji Classes in the Park


Beginning classes on Tuesdays are taught Dr. Yang's Evidence-Based Taiji & Qigong program, which includes dynamic (moving) and static (standing, sitting, and lying-down meditation) qigong, agility drills, and Dr. Yang's seven-movement introductory taiji form. This material is the essential foundation of our qigong and taiji curriculum.

Wednesday evening intermediate classes include further instruction in dynamic and static qigong and agility exercises, introductory push-hands (2-person balance and reaction training)and the Chen style 48 movement form class. Dr. Yang Yang refers to the form movements taught in this class as the "essential movements of the Chen Style 48 form." Form instrucion is non-sequention - new students may begin learning the form at anytime.

After learning the essential movements of the 48 form, students then progress through form refinements, push-hands, and additional form practices (e.g. pao cui or "cannon fist" and weapons forms).

Peaceful Practice at Camp

Class Make-Up Policy

No class make-ups are granted for the first two introductory class sessions, though students that miss a class can attend the 30 minute practice sesssion before class to receive instruction from teaching assitants. Pre-paid cards for introductory (Wednesday evening) and advanced (Saturday morning) classes may be used any time prior to card expiration (6 months after the last class purchased).

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