Tai Chi Fundamentals® (TCF), Tai Chi Prime, and Yang Style Tai Chi Training Courses

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Course One: TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves Training, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA

February 21, 2023 - February 22, 2023

Instructor: Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc
CEU-Approved for 16 Contact hours
Prerequisites: none. All levels of experience welcome.

Tuesday 2/21 and Wednesday 2/22
Content Level: Basic
Sub-Section: Balance and Falls

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Two-Day Pre-conference Course Description:

Tai Chi Fundamentals Adapted program is an adaptable, accessible program for learning Tai Chi. Suitable for individuals with a wide range of abilities, it includes instruction in three versions: standing with optional side support, walker support, and seated. All movements are taught in a neurodevelopmental progression and can be modified to accommodate individual needs.

The session features lecture, lab, clinical application via case studies, group discussion, and partner teaching practicums for implementing Tai Chi for individual or group training for rehabilitation, wellness, and community-based settings. At the end of this session, a TCF-A Program Basic Moves Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants who have demonstrated ability to teach basic moves. The session qualifies as partial contact hours (16 of 30) for fulfillment for TCF-A instructor certification.

Program Elements: All movements are taught in a motor development progression and have been modified for practice with optional side support, walker support and seated. All 3 versions include:

– Basic Moves: a series of exercises that trains postural alignment, body mechanics and energetic components of tai chi. Designed as building blocks for learning tai chi, they are taught in a simple-to-complex progression with discrete, measurable increments in difficulty and have applications as assessment and intervention tools.

– Tai Chi Fundamentals Short Form: a flowing sequence of tai chi movements based in Yang Style tai chi and adapted from the original Tai Chi Fundamentals® Form.

– Mind/Body Skills Training: integrated into both Basic Moves and Short Form instruction. Fosters attention and focus, a calm, observant state of mind, awareness of posture and breathing and physical relaxation. Characteristic of all traditional tai chi practice, Mind/Body Skills training helps foster the cultivation of healthy qi or vital energy.

Development: in 2014 by Tricia Yu, MA based on need for a program that is easier to learn than the original TCF program and that includes modifications for standing with support and seated applications.

The TCF Program has been featured in: PT Journal, Journal of Rehab Management, The Gerontologist, APTA’s GeriNotes, Medline Plus, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Wellness Program Management Advisor, American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal, Massage & Bodywork.


February 21, 2023
February 22, 2023
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American Physical Therapy Association
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