Yin YangTaiji in the New Paltz, NY area

Lessons in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) are available in New Paltz New York and surrounding communities for beginners through advanced level students. The primary form in our group is the Yang Style Long Form.

Tai Chi is a healthful and gentle exercise that has many benefits to balance, flexibility, stamina, and general well being. It is also fun to practice.

Details of time and locations are below:

Martha Cheo's Classes

Thursday: Unison Arts - including New Students

6:00 to 7:00pm: Beginners and Mixed Levels. New students are welcome in September and April.
7:00 to 8:00: Advanced studies and forms

Saturday: Unison Arts - including New Students

Saturday 9:00am - 10:00. Beginners and mixed levels. New Students are welcome in January and July.

Monday: New Paltz Community Recreation Center and Unison Arts

5:30 to 6:30pm: Mixed Levels - Long Form
6:30 to 8:00pm: Intermediate and Advanced Students - Advanced Forms.
1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of each month at the New Paltz Community Center
2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Unison Arts

Qigong at ROOST Studios, 69 Main, New Paltz

May return in November.
For more information look here:

Nature Qigong with Martha Cheo

Learn how to cultivate your life force: Wednesday 12:15 to 1:15, various places around the New Paltz Area

Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Pavilion

Martha teaches a one day special Taiji and Qigong class at the Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Pavillion in September and May. The first hour is a general introduction open to beginners, with more advanced classes following. For details of a previous class, please see the special announcement.

Bobbi Esmark's Classes

Marbletown Community Center, Stone Ridge.

Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 am. All levels.
Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 am. All levels.
New students may join class on the first Thursday of each month.

Mohonk Preserve Spring Farm Pavilion

Wednesdays 6:00 pm (qigong) and 7:00 pm (taiji) - Begins May 4, 2016
For details see the special announcement.

Joe Bergin's Classes

Gardiner Library

Wednesday 11:00 am - Noon. Primarily for beginners and intermediate students.
New Students are welcome the first class of any month.


Individual classes cost $10-$13. Various discounts are available, especially for a series of classes.

Note for Beginners (more information)

New Students may start with Martha (at Unison Arts) on Thursdays in April and September or on Saturdays in January and July.

New Students may start with Bobbi (in Stone Ridge) on the first Thursday of any month.

New Students may start with Joe any Monday at the New Paltz Community Center and on the first Wednesday class of any month at the Gardiner Library.

Location information

The style is the Yang Style Long Form as well as advanced forms. Our legacy is in the Tung family tradition as passed down from Grand Master Tung Ying Chieh to his grandson Master Tung Kai Ying. Master Alex Da De Dong, Jane Golden, and Tom Walters are also important influences in our school. Master Alex Dong is the great-grandson of Grand Master Tung Ying Chieh. Jane Golden studied with Master Tung Kai Ying for many years. (More on our Legacy)

In addition to the long form, we practice:
Fast Set
Hard Set (Hao form)
Sword (Jian)
Knife (Dao)
Tung Family Set
Push Hands (tui shou)
Martial Applications


Martha Cheo is the primary instructor in this group and general inspiration to everyone. She has practiced Taiji since 1988 and has taught since 1995.

Bobbi Esmark teaches in Stone Ridge. Bobbi has practiced Taiji since 1993. She has taught since 2009.

Joe Bergin teaches in Gardiner and New Paltz. He has practiced since 2004, most of that with Martha. Joe has been teaching Tai Chi since 2012, but other things for over 40 years.

Things Worth Knowing

Links and Related Information

Videos of some of the Masters in our legacy

T-Shirt Designs

Private lessons are available.

For information, send email to info (at) newpaltztaiji (dot) com.You can similarly reach martha, bobbi, or joe by replacing info in the above with any of our first names.

Last updated: December 7, 2016