Grandmaster Aiping Cheng is one of the world's foremost experts on Chinese Martial Arts. She was a member of the Chinese national wushu and tai chi teams for 10 years and was national champion multiple years. She was on the famous 1974 national team that toured the world and met such figures as Richard Nixon and Queen Elizabeth. After her tenure as a wushu and tai chi athlete, she became an elite coach in China for a decade. Master Aiping came to the United States in 1991 and opened a tai chi and wushu school in Connecticut. Her American students include multiple national champions. You can learn more about Master Aiping's fascinating background here: https://www.aiping-taichi.com/grandmaster-aiping-cheng.html .
Master Aiping recently left her Connecticut school in the hands of her senior students and moved permanently to Austin. She has started teaching tai chi classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Asian American Cultural Center at 11713 Jollyville Road in Austin. This is a big opportunity for any Austinites interested in tai chi or Chinese Martial Arts in general. The classes currently focus on Yang style tai chi, but Master Aiping is an expert in Chen and Sun styles, as well, and can teach students interested in those styles.
As far as fees go, the first class is free. After that, the classes are generally offered in 12-week courses. If you want to attend one class per week, the 12-week course costs $200. If you want to attend two classes per week, the 12-week course costs $280. You can join in the middle of a 12-week course for a prorated fee. The first time you sign up for a course, there is a one-time registration fee of $95. That fee covers two uniforms that can be worn to class and a DVD of Master Aiping teaching the basic movements of Tai Chi. The DVD is an invaluable resource for practicing tai chi on your own; anytime you have a question, you can consult the DVD.
For your first class, consider coming 20 minutes early, at 6:10pm. Master Aiping likes to meet new students and talk to them about the meaning of tai chi and how to practice good tai chi.