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Tai Chi Fundamentals Certification Information

Certification Level Professional Training Workshops

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General InformationOutline of Certification Requirements

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General Information

Certification in the Tai Chi Fundamentals Program indicates working knowledge of the principles and health benefits of tai chi as well as the ability to perform TCF movements accurately, describe rationale and guidelines for movement, and demonstrate ability to do postural corrections on students/patients.  Certification process includes one-on-one movement testing and a written exam. See below  for outline of requirements or download complete information/application PDF above.

Certification requires attendance at Professional Training Workshops and TCF Intensives as well as home practice. For those learning tai chi for the first time, it usually takes 6 months-one-year to prepare for certification.  if you already have years of tai chi experience, it generally will take 3- 6 months to learn and teach this system.

Instructional materials recommended for participants wishing to pursue certification:

Complete Program Set . It includes all materials in both sets listed below

Professional Set includes demonstration, instruction and clinical analysis of TCF Movement Patterns.

Personal Practice Set includes demonstration and instruction of all TCF Movement Patterns and the TCF Form.

Professional Training Workshop Description Current Schedule

These workshops provide in-depth movement and mind/body training in the Tai Chi Fundamentals Program that can help you prepare for certification. They can also provide you with an intensive introduction to the program whether or not you wish to pursue certification.  If you are already a tai chi instructor they may provide you with ideas that you can integrate into your current classes You are welcome to attend a level One and Two Level Training without previous experience.  It takes several workshops and home practice in order to apply for certification at any level. These workshops include overview of research on tai chi, applications for both therapy and function, biomechanical analysis of tai chi movement, and information documenting tai chi as a therapeutic intervention.

Tricia Yu and Patricia Culotti and other Certified TCF Instructors lead these workshops.

Professional Training Level One

Prerequsite: none

Includes instruction in skills and information required for Certification Levels One and includes the following:

  •  Movement Patterns (Basic Moves) Instruction:
    • Perform and name all moves accurately
    • describe rationale for sequence, guidelines, biomechanics, applications
    • demonstrate corrections
  • Mind/Body Principles:

    Active Relaxation: centering, stillness in movement. 

    Effective action, mind/body mechanics, spontaneous action moving around obstacles

  • Sensing Qi:
    • Supine, sitting and standing exercises
    • Standing postures, breathing with arm movements only, breathing with full body movement
    • Supine, sitting and standing exercises

      

Professional Training Level Two

Prerequsite: Level One

Includes instruction in skills and information required for Certification Levels Two and includes the following:

  • Movement Patterns (Basic Moves) review of all. See Level One above
  • Form Instruction, Section One:
    • perform and name all movements of the first section correctly,
    • describe rationale for sequence
    • demonstrate corrections
  • Mind/Body Principles:

    Active Relaxation: centering, stillness in movement. 

    Effective action, mind/body mechanics, spontaneous action moving around obstacles

  • Sensing Qi:
    • Supine, sitting and standing exercises
    • Standing postures, breathing with arm movements only, breathing with full body movement
     

Professional Training Level Three

Prerequsite: Proficiency in elements taught in Levels One and Two Professional Training

Includes instruction in skills and information for Certification Level Three including the following:

  • Movement Patterns (Basic Moves) review See above

  • Form Instruction, Entire Form: Focus on Sections Two and Three of the Tai Chi Fundamentals Form

  • perform and name all movements of entire form correctly,
  • describe rationale for sequence,
  • demonstrate corrections
  • Mind/Body Principles: Energetics of tai chi
  • Sensing Qi:
    • Breathing in coordination with full body movement,
    • Introduction to basic energy points and fields
         

Advanced levels of Certification

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Outline of Tai Chi Fundamentals (TCF) Certification Requirements

Prerequisite for Application
  1. Participation in TCF Seminars: 30 contact hours or equivalent
    • Attendance at a basic seminar
    • Attendance at professional training workshops
    • May be fulfilled in part by study with approved teachers
  2. Experience in applying the movements therapeutically or in wellness settings
  3. Working knowledge of audiovisual and written materials on the TCF program included in the Complete Program Set
  4. Familiarity with reviews about the program
  5. Accurate performance of the movements at your chosen certification level

Certification Testing

Part One: Written Exam

Part One of the evaluation process requires successful completion of an open book written examination demonstrating knowledge of the program.  Upon completion of this exam, you will have created handouts for presentations, group classes and/or patients. The written exam includes the following components:

  1. Understanding of the basic history of tai chi
  2. Familiarity with research on health effects of tai chi
  3. Working knowledge of the Tai Chi Fundamentals Program including
    • rationale
    • background
    • guidelines
    • mind/body principles
  4. Familiarity with reviews of the Tai Chi Fundamentals Program
  5. Description of at least one personal case study applying Tai Chi Fundamentals Movement Patterns

             

Part Two: Movement Testing Evaluation
Part Two of the evaluation process requires individual demonstration of proficiency in performance of tai chi movements. It is of critical importance that youare able to correctly model the movements. This interactive portion of the testing is done one-on-one with an evaluator and takes at least 1.5 hours. 

You can choose from any of three levels of Certification based on Movement Testing performance :

  1. Level One: Movement Patterns/Basic Moves  only
    • Demonstrate proficiency in performing all TCF Movement Patterns (also known as Basic Moves)
    • Describe guidelines for properly performing each TCF Movement Pattern
    • List one or two functional benefits for each TCF Movement Pattern
    • Describe rationale for the sequence of movements
    • Demonstrate ability to effectively adjust clients into proper alignment
  2. Level Two: Movement Patterns/Basic Moves and First Section of the  form
    • Complete Level One Testing (described above)
    • Demonstrate proficiency in performing and naming moves in Section One of the TCF Form
  3. Level Three: Entire Program
    • Complete Level Two Testing (described above)
    • Demonstrate proficiency in performing and naming moves of all three sections of the TCF form

Advanced Levels of Certification


Certification Testing Reviewer: Movement Patterns

  1.  Level Three Certification is current
  2.  Teach/apply TCF Movement Patterns for a minimum of 3 years
  3.  Complete Reviewer Training*
  4.  Training in Yang Style tai chi.
  5.  Recommendation by Tricia Yu and /or Patricia Culotti

 Certification Testing Reviewer: Movement Patterns and Form

  1.  Level Three Certification is current
  2. Teach/apply TCF Movement Patterns and Form for a minimum of 3 years
  3.  Complete Reviewer Training
  4.  Training in Yang Style tai chi.
  5. Recommendation by Tricia Yu and /or Patricia Culotti

TCF Master Teacher

  1. Current Certification Testing Reviewer: Movement Patterns and Form
  2. Experience assisting/teaching TCF Professional Training Workshops
  3. Teach TCF a minimum of 5 years
  4. Complete Reviewer Training
  5. Experience teaching Yang Style tai chi minimum of 2 years.
  6. Recommendation by Tricia Yu and/or Patricia Culotti

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