Yan Li (李 艳) is a Master Instructor of Chen Taiji certified by American Chen Taiji Society and by Qingzhou Taiji Institute in Wenxian, Henan Province, China, the birthplace of the internal martial art Taijiquan. She holds a medicine qigong certificate from Nine Star University for Health Sciences and a qigong instructor certificate from American Chen Taiji Society. She has been a Tai Chi instructor for Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program since 2012 and a faculty member at California University – Silicon Valley (formerly Nine Star University for Health Sciences) since 2016. Yan has been teaching Chen style Taijiquan and qigong for the last ten years and continues to learn and develop her skills and understanding of the art with fellow seekers.
Yan received most of her Taijiquan training from Sifu Tony Wong (Wong Wai Yi 黃偉兒), 20th-generation Renowned Master and indoor disciple of the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou (陈庆州) of Chen Family Taijiquan Zungu lineage (尊古, “Reverence for the Ancient”). In addition to Sifu Tony, Yan also trained with Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou (陈庆州) himself, and other masters from the Chen Village, such as Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang (陈小旺), Master Chen Youze (陈有则) and Master Chen Bing (陈炳).
“Taiji belongs to the world,” Sifu Tony often quotes Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou. Yan is grateful to Sifu Tony for opening the world of Taiji for her, and hopes to spread the art in the same open spirit as Sifu Tony and her other teachers. Yan’s public class offerings in the SF Bay Area can be found on the classes page, and she visits Portland, OR annually to hold Chen Taiji workshops.