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The Tai Chi Fundamentals® 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 program elements can be modified to accommodate individual needs. This course teaches some of the elements required to become certified to teach the new evidenced based Tai Chi Prime courses for Seniors concerned about balance.
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.
Course teaches Tai Chi Fundamentals (TCF) Adapted Program Basic Moves: Optional Side Support, Walker & Seated versions; introduces all versions of the TCF Short Form Part 1. Features Mind/body Skills training, applications for wellness, & rehab, partner teaching practicums, Includes introduction to the ROM Dance® Program.
At the end of this course, a TCF Adapted Program Basic Moves Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants who have demonstrated ability to teach Basic Moves. Course qualifies as partial contact hours fulfillment for TCF Instructor Certification.
1) Learn the TCF Program Basic Moves with Optional Side Support.
2) Teach the TCF Program Basic Moves with Optional Side Support.
3) Learn principles of movement adaptation for practice while seated or using walkers.
4) Describe TCF’s rationale, biomechanics, and functional benefits.
5) Practice Centering, Breathing and Posture Awareness exercises.
6) Practice TCF Adapted Program Short Form, Part One.
Balance, orthopedic & neurological rehabilitation, pain management, sports cross training, cardiovascular &respiratory diseases, medically complex, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. Use in hospitals, sub-acute, outpatient clinics, & home care. Teach groups of all ages, abilities, fitness levels in community wellness classes, health clubs, tai chi & martial arts schools, senior centers & long term care facilities.
Anyone interested in learning the program for personal use, or wanting to teach tai chi. 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.