Certification to teach Tai Chi Yiàn must be earned, and attendance at teacher training must be consistent, sincere and focused. The emphasis during instructor training is to help candidates become successful Tai Chi Yiàn teachers. Tai Chi Yiàn instructor training is only conducted at our Academy. Training is offered once there is sufficient interest. It can be set up either individually or in small groups (6-8 students, as to ensure important personal attention). Already certified instructors may audit the training of others in order to refresh their own instruction and to provide assistance to trainees.
The primary purpose of Tai Chi Yiàn instructor training is to prepare prospective candidates to teach the Tai Chi Yiàn style with accuracy and professional integrity. Training will provide candidates with the opportunity to refine their own practice in addition to teaching techniques, didactic methods and logistics, such as finding suitable teaching environments, setting up classes, as well as giving presentations and learning teaching techniques.
The first part of training consists of a review regarding the candidate’s own practice as well as correcting possible shortfalls. Being properly prepared, instructor candidates must be aware of their own practice, in order to teach properly and effectively. It is therefore extremely important that every candidate is adequately prepared before being recommended to attend Tai Chi Yiàn teacher training. Certification process is not something to be taken lightly.
Aims and Goals
The aim of teacher training is to help candidates become successful Tai Chi Yiàn instructors. Candidates who are properly prepared will enjoy the training and the certification process. It is our hope and goal that most students will experience their training as one of their best experiences in life. Hence, most certified Tai Chi Yiàn instructors will look back on their teacher training as a significant time of personal transformation. They will understand and embody the principles of Tai Chi and in particular Tai Chi Yiàn. This is the most significant aim of teacher training.
Duration and Tuition
Tai Chi Yiàn instructor training may take either 7 months (accelerated) or one year (normal pace). The curriculum is available to the student for review prior to the training seminars. Additionally, the student is held to record personal practice hours, so they may be applied towards final credits. To ensure sincerity and commitment, tuition for the training is paid per quarter upon acceptance. It does not include possible travel and accommodations expenses.
All students who wish to attend Tai Chi Yiàn instructor training should be referred by a certified teacher, who serves as a sponsor attesting to student readiness, stability and preparedness. Students interested in Tai Chi Yiàn instructor training must therefore contact a certified Tai Chi teacher to review their practice and receive helpful suggestions. This process may take any length of time, depending on the skill and stability level of the student. Only if both, the sponsoring teacher and the trainer, are in agreement that a student is capable and ready to proceed with instructor training, he or she can be accepted as teaching candidate.
Instructor training consists of four workshops (one per quarter or compacted every other month), which are intended for those who have been practicing Tai Chi regularly and either wish to explore more in-depth practice or who aim for becoming a certified instructor.
Practitioners are dedicated to their practice and like to help others in learning Tai Chi. There is no obligation to become an instructor by attending any or all of these training seminars.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge and practice of Tai Chi. This must be verifiable.
Teacher training involves a minimum of 150 combined hours of practice instruction and student teaching. In addition to their own practice hours, students may take advanced Tai Chi workshops or individual classes throughout the year, thus accumulating their credits.
Certified instructors may open a business and accredit their practice with the Tai Chi Yian Academy®.
Certification will also supply the necessary credentials for teaching Tai Chi at fitness centers, Community Colleges or being hired by potential employers.
Training seminars and workshops, including tuition and enrollment details, will be announced through our media outlets.