The 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, standing with Walker Support, and Seated. All program elements can be modified to accommodate individual needs.
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.