White Crane Martial Arts

Locating classes:

On-going classes in Northern Wu style Taijiquan and beginner taiji classes are held at The Town of Dewitt Recreation Dept., 5400 Butternut drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057.  

How are the classes structured?

We offer two basic categories of taiji classes: "Beginner", and "Wu style".

Beginner classes feature the popular 24 posture simplified version of Yang style taiji. This is an excellent introductory taiji style. The fee for beginner classes is $50.00 per month.

Wu style taiji is a traditional discipline whiich is significantly longer (83 postures) and more difficult than shorter, simplified taiji styles. Some people appreciate this challenge and choose to begin their taiji training with a long form. Others with some previous taiji experience may be interested in Wu style as well. The fee for Wu style classes is $100.00 per month.

Beginners may start attending classes at any time. Taiji players of every level from beginner to more advanced are included in all classes. Instruction is primarily one on one, so everyone receives instruction based on their level of experience. We also participate in limited group practice at every class. Our aim is to integrate new students into the overall group as quickly as possible.

If I choose Wu style taiji ,how many classes can I attend per week?

The monthly fee gives you UNLIMITED class attendance at morning and / or evening classes. Beginners are encouraged to come to as many classes as possible. Learning taiji is challenging on many levels. We all need help and support as we begin training. 

What about push hands, sword (jian) and saber (dao) instruction?

Instruction in these more advanced aspects of taijiquan is offered in half day or full day workshops, which are held at various times throughout the year.

 Once a student has learned push hands technique, they are encouraged to practice with other players during the regularly scheduled classes.

Is it possible to visit and observe a class?

You may visit any scheduled class for more information. It is best to call or text first in case of rare changes in the class schedule. Please note that the Dewitt Town Hall is presently open between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday - Friday. If you wish to visit a 6:00 pm evening class on Monday or Thursday or a 10:00am Saturday morning class, just call 315-466-6353 when you arrive and someone will meet you at the main entrance and let you in.

Private lessons are possible by prior arrangement - We can also arrange seminars at your location.