Classes and Membership Info

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

Classes at the Taichi Tao Center

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!)

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.

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. 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!


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 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, staff and spear
  • Chi healing and martial arts applications
  • Advanced Chi principles

“I began Tai Chi classes with Master Liao to regain my flexibility and range of motion. After just weeks, I felt much stronger. The added benefit was that I felt much less stress and more clear of spirit and mind.”

– Terry M., Investment Advisor

“Master Liao is a living legend. His books and DVDs gave a chart to me for sailing on uncharted waters. I never imagined that I would be able to learn such traditional and authentic Taichi here in the USA.”

-Norio M., National Sales Manager for Japanese Company

“The most important lesson for me in learning with Master Liao is that Chi is real and not a figment of my imagination, and it has a real effect on the human body. I am more than who or what I think I am."

– Reverend Walter D., Catholic Priest

“An incredible experience. Authentic and unparalleled."

– Dr. Juan B., Cardiothoracic Surgeon

“I have been training in this system for 19 years now and it keeps giving. I could never have imagined the positive impact it has on my daily life. I will be forever grateful for all the knowledge I have received."

– Michael B., Tempe, Arizona