Dallas Academy of Tai Chi Chuan

Who we are

The Academy was founded in the 1970s by Sam Yuen Chinn. The Cheng Man-ch'ing short Yang form, Yang Sword form, Yang Cane form, and Traditional Long Wu form are taught. Martial applications, push hands and advanced study are also available. The school focuses on internal development through qigong practice, stance training and forms study.

Classes are taught by Sifu Susan Franks. Camaraderie and social gatherings are at the root of our practice. Come join our family.


Susan Franks: Susan started training Tai Chi Chuan with Sam Yuen Chinn in 1977, learning both Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style Short Form and the Wu Form. Susan continued as an instructor for Sam Yuen Chinn in 1979. She has studied with both her grand masters, William C.C. Chen and Edwin Yee, in New York. Susan has participated in six national competitions and has earned thirteen national titles with eleven gold and two silver medals.

Senior students Walter Hofheinz and Chuck Goulding assist with instruction.

Class schedule

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (Beginner Yang and Wu styles, Advanced, Cane and other specialty forms and applications)
taught by Sifu Susan Franks
First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205

Introductory material is taught on a repeating six week cycle, but you are welcome to begin at any time.

Cost: $15 per month/$5 drop-in

Private Instruction

Individual and small group private instruction can be scheduled by contacting Susan Franks directly.

Contact us

Telephone: call Susan Franks at 214.533.1243 or Walter Wm. Hofheinz at 214.363.2400

Email: Susan Franks or Walter Wm. Hofheinz

Rules and Forms


Link to this week's Wu style lesson

If anyone has info about activities or events, or pictures and suchlike you would like on the site, email Walter at wwh@hofheinzlaw.com, or give Walter a call at 214.363.2400.