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

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Course Two: TCF Adapted Program Short Form Training, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans

February 20, 2018 - February 21, 2018

Instructor: Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc, OCS, CEEAA

Prerequisite: Participation in Course One: TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves Training

APTA Approved 1.7 CEUS

Course Description: Participants review Optional Side Support, Walker Support Session Type: Preconference Courses
Session Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: proficiency in elements taught in Tai Chi Fundamentals’ Training Program: Levels 1 and 2.

In this course, the speaker will review tai chi fundamentals (TCF) basic moves and TCF Short Form Part 1, as well as its optional side support (OSS), walker support (WS), and seated (S) versions. Attendees will learn TCF Short Form Parts 2 and 3 (free-standing) and how to adapt them to all 3 versions (ie, OSS, WS, S). The course will include mind/body skills training, partner teaching practicums, TCF applications for specific populations, and training in sensing chi. Clinicians will learn how to apply tai chi in wellness and rehab settings.

Applications of tai chi include balance dysfunction; orthopedic, neurological, and sports rehabilitation; pain management; cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; and medically complex, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and special populations. The speaker will discuss the use of tai chi in hospitals, subacute facilities, outpatient clinics, and home care. Attendees will learn to teach TCF adapted program elements to groups of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels in community wellness classes, health clubs, tai chi and martial arts schools, senior centers, and long-term care facilities.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who have attended both days and have demonstrated ability to teach program elements. This course also qualifies as partial contact fulfillment hours for TCF Instructor Certification.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Perform all Tai Chi Fundpmentals Basic Moves and Short Form with training options for optional side support, walker support, or seated versions.

2. Teach basic moves and Short Form for all versions.

3. Describe TCF’s rationale, biomechanics, and functional benefits.

4. Lead centering, breathing, and posture awareness exercises.

5. Apply sequence for introducing mind/body skills.

CEU: 1.7

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 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 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.

 details, registration information, and more:

Session Code: GR-P1-9041  Day One
Session Code: GR-P2-9041 Day Two



February 20, 2018
February 21, 2018
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