Heaven Man Earth Austin

Authentic Tai Chi Chuan


Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Taijiquan is the most popular exercise system in the world, with over a billion people practicing daily to enjoy the many health benefits the art has to offer, many of which are described in these studies. Others practice to learn functional self-defense and the formidable martial methods that provide the art with its name (Taijiquan literally means “Grand Ultimate Fist.”) The Yang family, who famously taught Taijiquan to Chinese emperors and their bodyguards for several generations, described the health and martial aspects as the Yin and Yang of the art, and held that nobody could understand Taijiquan without a careful study of both aspects. HME Austin offers traditional Yang Style as taught by Sifu Adam Mizner.

The goal is to share and learn authentic and traditional inner arts such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation to develop health, balance, clarity, inner strength, vitality and stability.

Benefits of Taiji

Long term practice of Tai Chi offers people robust health, a calm and clear mind, and surprising strength and self-confidence.


Adults who do tai chi 1-3x per week are 43% less likely to fall

Better Balance

Tai Chi helps train Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear. 


In 82% of studies, tai chi greatly improved mood and lowered anxiety

Improves Strength

Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, making it easier to recover from a stumble.


Over 50% pain reduction in 39% of participants with chronic nonspecific neck pain


Tai Chi can help people better understand themselves, their relations with others, and their environment. The art follows the methods of personal development found in practical Daoism and Buddhism that teach one to stabilize and refine one’s mind and awareness, and to cultivate, build, and refine one’s vital energy, or qi.

About Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan (or Taijiquan) is a traditional Chinese exercise practiced for health, relaxation, meditation and self-defense. The exercise is performed slowly and continuously, taking about ten minutes to complete one “round” or “set”. It requires no special equipment and can be done in a small space.

Basic principles, followed during the tai chi exercise, gradually release tension from the mind and body. These principles can also be practiced during any activity, and even while resting. They include correct posture and skeletal alignment, intentional relaxation, and use of the whole mind and body to accomplish even simple movements.

Tai chi is an excellent system of exercise for young and old alike. The weak can become stronger, the strong can become more gentle, the distracted can become more present, the present can regain ease and naturalness.

About HME Austin

This is an official HME affiliate school led by Sifu Adam Mizner. This ensures high quality and continuous improvement of the courses and the participants.

Heaven Man Earth Internal Arts International was founded by Adam Mizner in 2004, its mission is the propagation of authentic internal arts for health, martial arts and spiritual development.  HME offers one of the most complete transmissions of Yang Style Taichi available today.

HME Austin is a Heaven Man Earth Affiliate school lead by Mark Thompson who has studied tai chi since 1983 with senior students of Cheng Man-ch’ing in North America and Taiwan.



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