Classes and Membership Info

Connect with Taichi's history and future: Join the Taichi Tao Center

New! Join Free Sunday Classes with Master Waysun Liao on Zoom at 11am CST.  SUBSCRIBE HERE FOR LINKS

Grandmaster Liao online

While our Taichi Tao Center in Oak Park is closed temporarily due to Covid-19, you can join Master Waysun Liao every Sunday at 11 a.m. CST on Zoom for free online classes. Master Liao delivers the best in Taichi and Tao wisdom for students at all levels of instruction. Everyone is invited! Each class is recorded and also offered for free or at a low cost at for later viewing.

You can also join our Chief Instructor, Master Bob, for online classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7pm CST on ZOOM. Master Bob introduces a new form every Monday (Monday classes are recorded). On Wednesdays and Fridays he offers form review, practice, and seated meditation instruction, with time for questions and answers (Wed. and Fri. classes are NOT recorded). Contributions are encouraged but not required.

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Taichi Classes in Chicago-Oak Park

If you are in the greater Chicago area, consider becoming a member of our Taichi Tao Center. Classes are held in Oak Park on weeknights and Saturday afternoons. Private teaching sessions may be booked at other times. Newcomers of all levels of Taichi experience are invited to become members and begin their training in assigned starter classes that focus on individualized instruction. Students may move into more advanced classes when they and their instructors agree they are ready. Our students come from all over the Chicago metro area, including southern Wisconsin and western Indiana. We also welcome those who are visiting Chicago or travel here specifically to study with us. (We’ve already hosted students from five continents!)

Taichi Class Format: Each class begins with a 45-minute Chi Flow Session where the instructor leads students in a series of Chi-building single forms. A short break is usually followed by an hour of instruction that may include individual form correction, form refinement, two-person practice, Tao meditation techniques, and Chi Awareness, Chi Flow and Chi Application principles.

Experience a Trial Class

Trial Classes Make an appointment for a trial class and experience our Center for yourself! We take appointments for trial classes held on Monday and Friday evenings.

The classes start promptly at 7:00 p.m., so we ask that you plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m. wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Trial classes are $45 each, and are paid in advance online.

If you enjoy the trial class and decide to continue as a member, we will deduct your trial class fee from your first month of classes. Reservations are required for a trial class. Reserve your trial class by calling 708-386-0266 or email us.

Our History of Excellence

Our Taichi Tao Center in Oak Park, Illinois, founded in 1971, is one of the oldest Taichi teaching addresses in North America. Today it remains the worldwide teaching headquarters of Master Waysun Liao.

At the Taichi Tao Center, you can connect with Taichi history, and be a part of its future. We carry forward the most powerful, authentic and traditional Taichi training in the world today. Dozens of Taichi Master level instructors, Taichi teachers, martial art school owners and those who enjoy leading Taichi group practice have trained right here in Chicago!

Membership and Payment Information

There are various levels of membership in the Taichi Tao Center. Each level has a different monthly or annual dues scale. Private sessions are available with Master Waysun Liao for $400 per hour, as his schedule permits. Private sessions with other master level instructors are $180. Those in higher membership categories will receive priority scheduling for private sessions.

Taichi Member: $150 per month for two classes per week $175 per month for four classes per week

Chi Members and Tao Members train under closer direct supervision from Master Liao. We have limited openings in these categories (inquire in person for qualifications, dues, and schedules.)

For more information on membership, or to make an appointment to visit the Taichi Tao Center, call 1-708-386-0266 or contact us via email.

Note: There is no non-profit or charitable organization affiliated with the Taichi Center, or Taichi Tao Center at this time. Payments or contributions are NOT tax-deductible as a charitable donation. 

Additional classes are also available for qualified advanced students in:

Taichi Sword, Knife and Spear

Chi Healing and Martial Arts Applications

Advanced Chi Principles