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Tai Chi Chuan Teaching Certificates

 

TAI CHI CHUAN CERTIFICATION by TCSociety

TCSociety offers certifications to its members as recognition of ability in Tai Chi Chuan and ability to teach Tai Chi Chuan. Devotion to promote Tai Chi with other members in TCSociety is the basic requirement.

Members of TCSociety may take qualification test to obtain certificates. Participants in this program must agree on sharing – knowledge, experiences, students, profits and willingness to help and backup each other as a group.

Instructors in TCSociety are formed with three levels – Teaching Assistant I, Teaching Assistant II and Leader:

Teaching Assistant I (TAI)

Teaching Assistant I (TAI), must be able to demonstrate and explain the application of Section 1 of Tai Chi form.

TAI is given opportunities to assist in group lessons under the guidance of Leaders. TAI can build up skills and confidence from this training. It is a privilege of a qualified student.

Teaching Assistant II (TAII)

Teaching Assistant II (TAII), must be able to demonstrate and explain the application of Section 1 & 2 of Tai Chi form

TAII is given opportunities to assist in group lessons under the guidance of Leaders. TAII can build up skills and confidence from this training. It is a privilege of a qualified student.

TAII may lead classes with leaders permission.

Leader

Leader, must be able to demonstrate and explain the application of Section 1, 2, & 3 of Tai Chi form.

Leader is given opportunity to form new group lessons under the guidance of TC Hou. Students in a new group must be allowed to join the practice of other groups. New group must be open to any students from other groups.


Title

Teaching Assistant I

Teaching Assistant II

Leader

Certification certificate of 1st section certificate of 1st & 2nd sections certificate of all three sections
Qualification ability to demonstrate 1st section ability to demonstrate 1st & 2nd sections ability to demonstrate all three sections
Rewards opportunity to assist in teaching opportunity to lead lessons opportunity to build group lessons

Leader is rewarded with up to fifty percent of the tuition of the group. TC Hou decides the percentage case by case. Leader will receive special training from TC Hou.

May 2011 Beginners Classes Starting

Dear Friends,

Our brand new starters session will begin on 5/12 and 5/14. All new starters will receive 4.5 hours special training to pursue Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi principles, basic steps, body structure, and breathing method will be practiced in the session. Starters will gain better balance, coordination and energy to participate in our regular group lessons.

Who shall participate: Any one who would like to start Tai Chi practice.

*Registration is required. Current members who would like to come back for a review are welcomed. Please make your reservation by email as soon as possible.

Time: 5/12, 5/19 and 5/26 (Thur) 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Yahoo Center, Santa Monica —
5/14, 5/21 and 5/28 (Sat) 9:30 to 11:00 a.m in Yahoo Center, Santa Monica —

A new Chinese Language class will begin on 5/28. details will be announced in the near future.

TC Hou

Cold Weather Breathing

Recently, temperatures have dropped as the cold weather season has arrived in the northern hemisphere. There are many ways to stay warm this winter. When the mind is determined to deal with the weather change- the body will cooperate. Breathing will follow to achieve this goal. The breathing pattern is just one of many tools, but a good tool to start with. Below is a brief write up about how to stay warm with simple breathing and you can look at a piece of animation to get the idea. The text below the following URL is a descriptor of what is happening in the animation:

The animation is located here:
http://vimeo.com/17226046

Reverse breathing / Daoist breathing

INHALE:
-abdominal/core engaged, and pulled “inward”
-back is relaxed, and expanded “out”
-perineum is gently raised (pulled up)

EXHALE:
-abs/core are “expanded” (like traditional belly breathing)
-back is relaxed / deflated
-perineum is gently lowered (pushed out)

So on the inhale, the air is compressing towards the center-line, while the back expands and fills with air. On the exhale, the base of the torso (near the navel/dan tien and below) expands like a bellows. Mentally, inhale should ‘contract’ and exhale should ‘expand.’ On the exhale, when you are expanding the base of the trunk: that is when you are sending blood-flow/chi throughout the body. Send this energy to the extremities and the surface of the skin. This creates a sort of ‘force field’ against outside influences- including cold. This is a similar breathing technique that T.C. teaches in various classes and workshops.

In general keep the inhale/exhale durations the same. When you are cold, make the exhales longer to warm up faster. Conversely, in the summer (and times of warmth), if you need to cool down more, inhale longer, and make the exhales shorter. So, roughly, in this respect: inhale = cooling, exhale = warming. Use the mind to compress (cool) the inhales, and expand (warm) the exhales. I have found success if I start ‘warming’ earlier than I need it (i.e. start the concentrated breathing BEFORE I go out into the cold.) All breathing should be slow, calm, and accurate.

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I have also found this:
http://perfectbreathing.com/stay-warm-winter-qi-gongs-tumo

While it is a different technique than what I have presented above. It is included here as more evidence that [warmth-through-breath] is a finite possibility. As stated, there are many tools, and many possibilities…

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None of this is meant to serve as any sort of medical advice. I am simply presenting concepts. Winter is only three weeks away, so start practicing. The key is exploration. Experiment! Find what works for you.

Have an enjoyable winter and holiday season!

Brian Weaver