About Us

The Standing Post School Tai Chi Chuan is located in Saint Augustine, FL.  The school’s name reflects our emphasis on standing meditation as a basic and advanced training method to develop proper body alignment, centering, rooting and as a source of energy for self-healing and inner strength for martial arts.

imageThe school’s instructor, Fernando Bernall, has been studying martial arts for thirty years. His studies include Korean Hap-Ki-Do, Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-I and Qi Gong.He has also been exposed to Indonesian arts such as Kun Tao Silat through Willem deThouars, Tae Kwon Do and Kosho Ryu Kempo. During the last 20 years he has focused his attention on the Chinese martial arts with particular emphasis on Tai Chi and Hsing-I.

Mr. Bernall is the creator of He Chi Chuan™, a step by step protocol for teaching and learning empty hand combat.

Mr. Bernall has won a number of tournaments including the prestigious events by the International Kung Fu Tournament held in Baltimore, MD in 1999 where he won the National and International Tai Chi Push-Hands (Tui-Shao) competitions. In May 25, 2008, in the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship held in Orlando, Florida, he took the Gold medal in the men’s heavyweight Restricted-step push hands division.

A student and practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Fernando is licensed to practice acupuncture in the state of Florida and holds national board certification by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).  Along with acupuncture, he practices Shiatsu, TuiNa and Chinese herbal medicine and keeps a private practice in Saint Augustine, FL. He has completed postgraduate training on Acupuncture for the treatment of drug addiction at Lincoln Medical Center in the South Bronx, New York.


Fernando has a broad range of interests including photography. You can view some of his work at his site He is a jazz aficionado and operates an online jazz radio station, and also hosted for 11 years a weekly jazz show at WFCF, 88.5 FM in Saint Augustine, FL, on Friday from 5pm to 7pm. His show was called .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

He lives in Providence, RI with his wife Beth and two children, Dito and Sebe.