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

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Course Two: TCF Adapted Program Form Training – 12 Hours

April 12 - April 13

Instructor: Rachel Sandretto or Patricia Corrigan Culotti
CEU-Approved for 12 Contact hours
Prerequisites: Participation in Course One.
Requires proficiency in elements taught in Course One (formerly called Levels 1-2)

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Course Description: Participants review the Optional Side Support versions of the Basic Moves and the Tai Chi Fundamentals® (TCF) Form Part One. Participants practice and learn the Walker and Seated versions of the Basic Moves and learn all three versions of the TCF Adapted Form Parts Two and Three. Course includes Mind/Body Skills training, partner teaching practicums, TCF applications for specific populations, and training in sensing qi. The course includes program applications for wellness and rehab settings. See the flyer below for the full schedule for this training.

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants who have attended both days and have demonstrated the ability to teach program elements. This course also qualifies as partial contact hours fulfillment for TCF Instructor Certification.

Cost: $390

Course flyer with schedule details (PDF)

Course Objectives:

1) Learn Basic Moves & TCF Adapted Form in Optional Side Support, Walker, and Seated versions
2) Teach select Basic Moves and TCF Adapted Form moves
3) Describe TCF’s rationale, biomechanics, and functional benefits
4) Lead Centering, Breathing, and Posture Awareness exercises
5) Apply the sequence for introducing Mind/Body Skills

Audience: Anyone interested in learning the program for personal use or wanting to teach this program. Physical and occupational therapists, PTAs, COTAs, nurses, activity directors, recreational and fitness professionals, tai chi and other martial arts Instructors, acupuncturists and integrative health practitioners.

The Tai Chi Fundamentals® Adapted Program includes instruction in three versions: Standing with Optional Side Support, Walker Support, and Seated.  An accessible, adaptable program for learning tai chi, it is suitable for individuals with a wide range of abilities and can be modified to accommodate individual needs and interests.

Program Elements: All movements are taught in a simple-to-complex sequence for easy learning 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.

  – Tai Chi Fundamentals® Adapted 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 the need for a program that includes modifications for standing with support and seated applications.

Applications: Balance dysfunction, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, pain management, sports cross training, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, medically complex, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and special populations. Use in hospitals, sub-acute, outpatient clinics, and home care. Teach groups of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels in community wellness classes, health clubs, tai chi & martial arts schools, senior centers, and long-term care facilities.



April 12
April 13
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Tai Chi Center of Madison and Virtual
1304 S Midvale Blvd
Madison, WI 53711 United States


Patricia Culotti
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