Where can i get certified as Tai-Chi instructor?
I am looking to become a Tai Chi instructor but I have no idea where to start. Does anybody know about any training I get get in Los Angeles area or online? Is tai chi regulated by any organization here in the US? I'd appreciate any help on this topic.
Tai Chi has been passed down from generation to generation by tai chi practioners in the east. Those westerner practioners who were fortunate to travel to China and take classes, brought it to the U.S. Later, teachers from China and elsewhere in the east, realized the interest in the U.S. and also came here to teach. However, in the beginning, not even they offered certification.
If you happen to purchase a dvd by Terrence Dunn, Yang Style Tai Chi, Short Form, you will notice in his closing statement, while he is performing tai chi, he states there is no certification in Tai Chi. I am not aware who the first person in the U.S. was that decided to start certification, but it most definitely was a plan for that person to make money, and how do we know that person was qualified. Since there was no certification, does that mean he certified himself.
This is no different than the first person many, many, years ago back in ancient times or earlier, who learned how to treat an illness with herbs, then passed on the knowledge until someone was given the title Dr. Then someone decided there was money to be made by teaching this practice and presenting a certificate. Then the government gets involved and regulates it so they can also make money and give out degrees. However, medicine is obviously much more complex and has come a long way than just healing with herbs.
Tai Chi, on the other hand, stays the same, each form if taught in its original form, does not change, unless someone decides to modify it for their own financial benefit and call it something like, Tai Chi for Better Abs. : )
Everything has a beginning and once it takes off, then someone makes it into a money maker.
I will add, in China, when Tai Chi is taught as a martial art, there is ranking and competition, in which case there is certification. As a martial art, you are talking self defense, in which case you can cause excessive harm.
However, Tai Chi is for health. The only thing you are trying to attack is illness. By practicing tai chi, in its original form, whether Yang Style, Chen Style, or one of the other orginal styles, you build the immune system and keep the body healthy.
In reference to Dr. Paul Lam's certification, he is a medical doctor and he has arthritis. Since he has studied tai chi for many years, he used postures from the Sun style tai chi form and created Tai Chi for Arthritis. He then sold his idea to start a tai chi program for arthritis to the American Arthritis Foundation in which they are able to make a profit by offering certification to those who take this class for two eight hour days.
However, I am aware of a tai chi instructor who had taken this class and stated in class descriptions where she taught, that she was a certified tai chi instructor, when in fact she was only a certified tai chi for arthritis instructor. She is not certified in any other type of tai chi.
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There are different certifications but none of them are recognized as there is no recognized organization. It doesn't matter what the qualifications are, if they aren't there, then they can't supervise you. Let me ask anyone who has earned their black belt or other recognitions and ask them if they learned their art from a book. You can't take a weekend class and think you "have it" especially to think you can teach. Oh, my teachers that are known around the world...they are not certified.
If you have no defininte Tai Chi experience, I suggest that you do some research on David Dorian-Ross.
I do not believe, as far as I know, that there is really any bona fide Tai Chi Certification in the U.S.
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You got me thinking. I want to learn this as well, so thanks. I know the Arthritis Foundation has an intructor program. i am looking into this with them tomorrow in Los Angeles. Check your local office or go to www.arthritis.org.
All the best
The Tai Chi Certification from American Tai Chi and Qigong Association independently accredits Tai Chi teachers, schools and practitioners of any style, program, lineage or application. Bear in mind you need to complete over 100 documented hours of formal instruction and it does not automatically qualify you for the ATCQA Certification. The decision will also depend on the credential of the organization(s) from which you received Tai Chi training.
Find more information on the ATCQA site
The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) is a training and research institute that is highly credible. It may be the most credible teacher / instructor training outside of China.
They offer access to libraries and a very specific curriculum at the site.
The director is Dr Roger Jahnke, OMD, a widely renown doctor of Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Dr Jahnke has studied Tai Chi and Qigong since 1970, has traveled to China 9 times to refine knowledge and wisdom and is the author of best selling books on the subject of mind-body practice and energy medicine -- The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi.
After you explore http://IIQTC.org, feel free to call the IIQTC headquarters at 805-617-3390.
The power of Tai Chi and Qigong for stress mastery, healing and brain plasticity enhancement is now supported a mass of research.
Graduates of the IIQTC are employed by schools, universities, spas, hospitals, corporations, social service agencies, faith based organizations and the military.
She is a Chinese medical doctor trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Kuhn has also written several books on Natural Healing.
What has been posted so far about Tai Chi here is a load of codswallop. I am part of a Tai Chi organisation that welcomes people of all ages, and for whom Tai Chi addresses the full range of interests from simple mobility and therapy through to those who wish to fight full contact.
Tai Chi Chuan is first and foremost a martial art. Forms DO change and evolve over time - as is completely natural and to be expected in a human discipline passed down by physical demonstration, practice, correction, and oral transmission.
Tai Chi Chuan is a full martial art - which means that it contains boxing, kickboxing, throws, locks, holds, and weapons (Spear, Jian (straight sword) and Dao (single edged curved sabre). The purpose of the Tai Chi form is to teach a mnemonic for remembering all the techniques in the martial art - which have typically poetic Chinese names - "White Crane Flaps its Wings", and "Grasping the Bird's Tail" and so on. The form is ALSO a calisthenic exercise that one can practice at any degree of exertion - high short stances for gentle practice - long, low stances for greater exertion.
We practice all the techniques in the art - slowly and in a choreographed manner at first - then faster, and eventually in full contact sparring (that bit isn't for everyone).
There is a set of two person exercises called "Pushing Hands" - which are a set of choreographed drills for embedding particular Tai Chi concepts into the body. They are also a good set of calisthenic exercises in themselves. In a martial sense, they are an introduction into grappling - which we practice at full speed and intensity amongst those of us who wish to learn the full art.
We practice Qigong and Neigong. Contrary to what many will tell you - these are simple, practical calisthenics - the former less challenging than the latter - but the latter delivers a much greater health benefit (as one would expect - one exerts more effort during practice).
We practice weapons forms, drills, and techniques.
The forms are very beautiful to watch. But there is an immediate visible difference between a form performed by someone who knows the art, and someone who claims that the art is for health only, and who has never learned the martial side. It is entirely possible to be an excellent Tai Chi practitioner and have had no interest in full contact fighting. However, it IS critically important to have learned the techniques and all the subtle relationships between them. "Teachers" who don't know these details will have "empty" forms. Their postures and movements are likely to be wrong and incorrectly structured. They won't understand pushing hands. They'll say idiotic things like "you shouldn't sweat when practicing Tai Chi" (What? Perform physically demanding exercise and not sweat?), or "You shouldn't use muscular effort when practicing Tai Chi (What? The human body cannot move without employing muscles).
Techniques came before the form, so the form should be informed by a practical understanding of technique.
Tai Chi is a fighting art, that happens to also have health benefits.
Anyone who declares that Tai Chi is for health only - and not for fighting hasn't the first clue what Tai Chi is.
There are a number of lineages of Tai Chi - and these are clearly explained on Wikipedia. To find a good teacher - start there. Seek out groups on Facebook, and deliberately seek out a teacher who comes from a lineage that has a martial pedigree. They'll be happy to teach you just for health - and you'll get a far better experience, with far better results, and a far, far more interesting engagement with a wonderful art.
I practice Practical Tai Chi Chuan - and my teacher is Dan Docherty. We're based mostly in Europe - so we're no use to the person who posted.