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Traditional Tai Chi & Qigong Class in Downtown Zurich
Classes in English with Experienced Master Ming-Lu From Taiwan
Bright Crane Tai Chi & Qigong Akademie: Courses

About Us:

Bright Crane Tai Chi provides the most professional Tai Chi and Qigong courses and consultations, including group courses at various levels, refresher courses, and teacher training. We also provide customized advice and courses to private, corporate and institutional clients.

As people get older, their physical strength and health slowly declines. Age causes the body to gradually develop symptoms such as: headache, back pain, knee pain, neck and shoulder tension, hip or joint pain, muscle p
ain, rheumatism or fibromyalgia, and sports or other injuries that take a long time to cure ... etc. In severe cases, one’s quality of life is affected. Various researches and studies show that Tai Chi and Qigong exercises are performed correctly and over the long term help prevent, and alleviate these symptoms, including stress or burnout. According to scientific studies, the exercise sequences of Tai Chi also have a positive effect on balance, pain sensation, coordination, concentration, body perception, heart, circulation, immune system and lung function. Tens of millions of people worldwide now regularly practice Tai Chi. Through active practice, even sudden signs of aging in middle age will be noticeably reduced and practitioners will feel full of energy and recharged again.

Our holistic Tai Chi and Qigong courses combine fitness training with stress relief and benefit practitioners’ mental health. With the gentle and effective exercises and forms musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health risks are minimized.

Master Ming-Lu is ...

- Trainer of the National Tai Chi Chuan Association, Taiwan.
- Representative of the World Tai Chi Chuan F
ederation in Switzerland.
- Certified trainer and judge of Chen style Tai Chi Chuan of the Chen Xiaowang World Taijiquan Association.

Experience & activities:

- 2015 Consultant for TV-Commercial of Energie 360°, Shining Pictures
- 2015 Kungfu Training for kids, PwC Zurich
- 2013-2018 Tai Chi Trainer, Google Headquarter Zurich
- 2013 Tai Chi Workshop, Bombardier Transportation Financial Services
- 2009-2011 Tai Chi Trainer, Nova Fitness Club Zürich
- 2008 Tai Chi Teacher, Chinesische Schule Zürich
- 2008 Founder and owner of Bright Crane Tai Chi School, Zurich

Master Ming-Lu is a disciple of ...

- Master Sheng Shen-Hua:
Himself a student of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei from Chenjiagou
- Master Guo
Himself a student of Grandmaster Wei Shuren from Beijing

Master Ming-Lu has studied with and is certified by …

- Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang:
Offspring of the founder of Chen style Tai Chi of the 19th generation
- Master Chan D
Chairman of the National Tai Chi Chuan Association,Taiwan and Chairman of the World Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

Self-Health Management
Stress Reduction
Burnout Prevention
Relaxation Training

"Tai Chi apparently can decrease risk of some long-term health problems while posing very little chance of harm. Tai Chi is one form of what is called “meditative movement,” including a three-part focus on the body (posture and movement), breath and mind (meditation) ..." ---
Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN of AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research)

“[…] Practitioners praise Tai Chi's spiritual and psychological benefits, but what has attracted the attention of Western scientists lately is what Tai Chi does for the body […] Tai Chi plus walking would be a very good mixture. Younger people probably need more of an aerobic challenge, but they can benefit from Tai Chi's capacity to reduce stress. […] The best thing about Tai Chi is that people enjoy it, so they are more likely to stick with it long enough to get some benefit. It helps when something that's good for you is also fun.”--
Why Tai Chi Is the Perfect Exercise,
Time Magazine - August 5, 2002 | Vol. 160 No. 6 Research

“[…] Tai Chi is a gentle exercise program that is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). […] Tai Chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and deep breathing, which enhance physical health and emotional well-being. Tai Chi is based on spiritual and philosophical ideas that advocate a need for balance in the body, mind, and spirit. Central to tai chi is the idea that Qi, or life energy, flows throughout the body. […]” -- University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)

We Stand for Professionalism, Integrity and Passion:

* Effective, safe and easy to learn
* Improved constitution, physical condition, coordination and flexibility
* Balance of body, mind and spirit
* Relaxation to ease pain caused by stiffness
* Improved sleeping quality
* Opening of meridians
* Improved flow of Qi
* Enlarged internal energy


※  In addition to in-person courses, we continue to offer online classes. We all know, that a healthy work-life balance and regular exercise is important for our well-being and mental health - now more than ever! Bright Crane Tai Chi continues to support you! Find more information at

For more detailed information about us, our courses, curriculum (incl. self-defense and Kung Fu), locations, long-term benefits of Bright Crane Tai Chi, certificates and train-the-trainer courses visit our original website @

Please register by mail or phone prior to first trial group-class.

• 6:15 - 7:45 pm
Tai Chi Health Building Qigong -
Traditional Tai Chi & Qigong for All Levels (New Joiners are Welcome)
◎ Yang Style Tai Chi
◎ Health Building Qigong for Wellbeing

Course Content:
>>> Jiben Gong (Health Building & Fitness Training): Tai Chi Basics for Relaxation, Coordination, Concentration, Flexibility & Balance
>>> Bright Crane Qigong Exercise
>>> Tai Chi pre-training Short Forms
>>> Inner Works Training for Qi Development
>>> Yang Style Tai Chi 24 & 26 Forms
Location: TBZ (Technische Berufsschule Zürich) on Sihlquai 101 in Zurich. (Map)

• 6:40 - 8:10 pm
Traditional Chen Style Tai Chi (Intensive, Experienced New Joiners are Welcome):

◎ Intensive Course for Advanced, Experienced and Fit Practitioners
◎ Healthy and Fit Beginners are also Welcome
Course Content:
>>> Tai Chi Training for Fitness, Flexibility, Strength, Inner Energy & Internal Works
>>> Qigong & Silk-reeling Exercise
>>> Chen Style Tai Chi 26 & 75 Form
>>> Chen Style Tai Chi New Form
>>> Chen Style Cannon Fist (Power Tai Chi)
>>> Optional: Applications, Self-defense and Pushing-hands
Location: Gymnastikraum of the Altersheim Klus Park on Asylstrasse 130 in Zurich. (Map)

Tai Chi for Improved Relaxation, Balance, Coordination and Concentration (All Levels, Beginners Welcome to Join Any Time)

◎ Requirement: Please :Pre-book this Course 3 Months in Advance.

◎ If You are a True Beginner, We Strongly Recommend You Sign Up for Our Monday or Tuesday Class.

Course Content: Bright Crane Qigong 10 Movements and Bright Crane Tai Chi 6 Movements for Health-building.
Location: This Class Takes Place in Stäfa. Please contact us if you are interested in This Class. More Info at

• 6:40 - 8:10 pm
Advanced Chen Style Tai Chi (Intensive, Experienced New Joiners are Welcome):
◎ Intensive Training for Advanced Students. Experienced New Joiners are Also Welcome.
◎ Requirement: Please Pre-Book this Course 3 Months in Advance. If You are a True Beginner, We Strongly Recommend You Sign Up for Our Monday or Tuesday Class.

◎ Requirement: Passing a Comprehensive Duan Level Test or Relevant Certificates
Course content:
>>> Tai Chi Training for Fitness, Flexibility, Strength, Inner Energy & Internal Works
>>> Qigong & Silk-reeling Exercise
>>> Chen Style Tai Chi 26 & 75 Form
>>> Chen Style Tai Chi New Form
>>> Chen Style Cannon Fist (Power Tai Chi)
>>> Optional: Applications, Self-defense and Pushing-hands
Location: Yogastudio Christoph Schmid on Schmelzbergstrasse 50 in Zurich. (Map)

• 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Health Building & Fitness Tai Chi Qigong for Adults (Intensive, New Joiners are Welcome)
◎ Requirement: Please Pre-Book this Course 3 Months in Advance. If You are a True Beginner, We Strongly Recommend You Sign Up for Our Monday or Tuesday Class.

◎ Requirement: This Class is Designed for Young Adults or Fit & Healthy People.
Course content:
>>> Jiben Gong (Health Building & Fitness Training): Tai Chi Basics for Relaxation, Coordination, Concentration, Flexibility & Balance
>>> Qigong Exercise
>>> Tai Chi Pre-training Short Forms
Location: Kirchgemeindehaus Hottingen on Asylstrasse 36 in Zurich. (Map)

• 10:50 - 11:50 am
• 12:10 - 01:10 pm
Tai Chi for Adults at the Chinesische Schule Zürich in Wallisellen.
Please contact the Chinese School directly, if you are interested in signing up for this course.
Course content: Bright Crane Qigong 10 Movements and Yang Style Tai Chi 24 Form.

Private Lessons / Personal Training:

Bright Crane Tai Chi offers professional private Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and self defense lessons customized to your needs - located in the heart of Zurich or in your home. Please contact us, if you are interested in private or additional group classes (minimum of 3 participants).

Individuals & Organisations / Corporate Training:

Health & Wellness Coaching for Business People
Teacher's Training | Continuous Professional Development
Certificate Course | Coaching & Personal Training
Tailored Training & Coaching for Individuals and Organizations

More info at
Please contact us if you are interested

Our Prices and Abonnements:

It takes about 6 to 12 months to learn the basic exercises of Tai Chi correctly, which lay a solid foundation for the more advanced forms. From the original basic Tai Chi form different styles have emerged. We teach both Yang and Chen style Tai Chi, which are most common. The basic exercises of Qi Gong can be learned in approximately 3 months, after which they can be practiced independently. Qi Gong exercises promote the unhindered and harmonious flow of energy and thus health and general well-being.

- Subscription Guidelines (Terms & Conditions) for first-time purchases and renewals

In order to avoid any future misunderstandings, please read the following Terms & Conditions very carefully prior to your first purchase and subscription to our classes or before you renew your existing Abonnement / package.

1.    All Abonnements (packages) are strictly non-refundable, non-extendable and non-transferable.

    ◎ We offer affordable prices and a variety of Abonnement options. Abonnements will not be extended beyond their validity. All expiry dates are to be honored; students assume sole responsibility for taking full advantage of their respective Abonnements within their validity period.

    ◎ All expiration dates, validity periods and the number of classes for each Abonnement are clearly noted on the pricing page on our website. To avoid any misunderstandings, inconveniences, or unnecessary operational costs, which ultimately enables us to concentrate and ensure the quality of training, all Abonnements are limited in time, non-extendable and non- suspendable, i.e. cannot be paused or extended beyond their validity.

    ◎ If you wish to freeze your Abonnement longer than 30 days, due to serious injuries, long illness or pregnancy, a Doctor’s note is required. Please send your request with the relevant medical attest at your earliest convenience in writing via email. It remains at our discretion to freeze your Abonnement for up to 1 year maximum. Privileges cannot be granted for any other reason than medical.

    ◎ All purchases are final! No refunds will be provided after purchase. With the purchase and subscription of an Abonnement you confirm that you have read and are accepting our Terms & Conditions, and complying with our Guidelines stated here within. No refunds are issued for missed classes, lessons, courses, training sessions, Abonnements, subscriptions, or workshops unless you present proper documentation (e.g., doctor's note) of absence. Refunds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    ◎ Although every possible effort is made to deliver classes on time as scheduled, however the actual frequency may vary depending on public holidays, school vacations or other factors outside of our control. Carefully choose the right Abonnement that suits your personal circumstances and preference best and take full advantage of your Abonnement prior to its expiration date. If you feel you will not be able to complete a long-term Abonnement, you may purchase a shorter-term Abonnement. Please check the official website of the canton of Zurich for the dates of school vacation and public holidays.


    ◎ Consistent weekly attendance maximizes health benefits. Our group course subscriptions have set expiry dates to help students achieve their health goals. If, due to illness or workload, you are unable to attend all the classes within the validity period, request an extension with a valid reason. If approved, we'll extend it for up to three months, depending on your circumstances.

2.    All Abonnements and tuition fees must be paid in advance.

3.    Starting rates are estimates only and do not reflect variations due to students' attendance, public holidays, school vacations, Bright Crane’s annual leave or other factors. Actual rates may vary depending on students' absence.

4.    Abonnements / Packages of 10x, 22x and 43x are valid for all classes. Students are welcome to attend one or two classes per week at their convenience. We will deduct the classes you attend from your current Abonnement accordingly.

5.    Bright Crane Tai Chi has and reserves the right to adjust its class policy any time, for example: the dates, time, locations, format (face-to-face or online) and content of the classes, etc.


6.    The previous COVID-19 restrictions impacting sports were lifted by the Federal Council on February 17, 2022. To prevent infections, minimize class risks, and out of courtesy, students must adhere to basic hygiene and our Tai Chi etiquette. By registering, you agree to follow these rules and take sole responsibility for potential health risks. Please do not attend classes, if you are unwilling or unable to comply.

  ◎ Do not attend if unwell or showing flu-like symptoms.
  ◎ Prioritize safety. Practice mindfully, avoiding overexertion and unfamiliar movements.
  ◎ Maintain previous hygiene measures.
  ◎ Disclose health conditions or limitations before class.
  ◎ Feel free to wear a mask for added safety.

For a better class experience, these tai chi etiquettes and rules promote respect and concentration, and minimize distractions.


7.    With the purchase of an Abonnement and your registration for the classes, you automatically agree to the above conditions and disclaimer and to comply with our guidelines, protective concept, attendance rules and class etiquette. Please refer to the price list below to choose the Abonnement that suits you best.

- Trial classes

1.    Bright Crane Tai Chi has and reserves the right to cancel or adjust the current trial class policy any time.

2.    We encourage new participants to start with a trial subscription for two lessons before they decide on a longer subscription.

3.    Bright Crane Tai Chi does not accept cash or handout physical receipts. Once you have decided to purchase an Abonnement, please pay the tuition fee three days in advance via bank transfer or TWINT to complete your registration prior to your first class.

4.    Read our Guidelines, Disclaimer (, attendance rules, classroom etiquette and protective policy carefully before purchasing any Abonnement. By making a payment, you confirm that you agree, cooperate and comply with our Guidelines, Disclaimer, Rules, Etiquette and Protective Concept. If you are unable to cooperate or comply, please do not register, subscribe or participate in any of our courses. Thank you for your understanding.

Bright Crane Tai Chi & Qigong Akademie: Price List

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