Becoming an Accredited T'ai Chi Chih Teacher
T’ai Chi Chih®, Joy Thru Movement is spreading rapidly around the world, and there is a great need for new teachers. It is a tremendous responsibility to teach the T’ai Chi Chih movements, and our teaching community holds very high standards for those who wish to become teachers. Every person who is interested in teaching must first work with another accredited teacher to receive proper preparation. If this teacher decides a student is capable and ready to attend teacher training, a referral will be made for the student. At that point, a second referral by a second teacher will also be required.
Only those who have received a referral from two accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers are eligible to attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course. This course is mandatory before one can begin teaching the T’ai Chi Chih movements in any way.
T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training courses are offered in various locations throughout North America where there is sufficient interest. There are usually three to six T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training courses offered annually, and the size of each course is kept fairly small (8 – 16 students) to provide significant personal attention. Many accredited teachers also audit the course to receive further instruction and provide assistance to course attendees.
The primary purpose of a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course is to prepare prospective teacher candidates to teach the T’ai Chi Chih movements with sincerity and integrity. The course will provide candidates with the opportunity to refine their T’ai Chi Chih movements and will include helpful techniques for finding a suitable teaching location, setting up courses, giving presentations, and teaching the movements to new students.
The first two days of the course are devoted to reviewing the proper way to do the movements and correcting minor flaws. It is very important that candidates come properly prepared. If they are uncertain of how to do the movements correctly, they will be unable to focus on learning how to teach them properly, and the value received by all course attendees will be diminished.
As a result, it is extremely important that every candidate be properly prepared before being recommended to attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course. The accreditation process is not a mere formality, and teaching T’ai Chi Chih is not something to be taken lightly.
An accreditation to teach T’ai Chi Chih must be earned, and attendance at a Teacher Training course does not necessarily guarantee accreditation.
Cost & Duration
T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training courses are six days long and typically run Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am until noon. The course fee is $525, and does not include travel, meals or lodging. Many courses are offered in retreat settings that provide attendees with meals and lodging for a reasonable price.
All students who wish to attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course must first be referred by two accredited teachers. This helps guarantee that students who attend are properly prepared, and allows all course participants to explore the depths of the T’ai Chi Chih discipline during the accreditation process. Students who are interested in registering to attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course must:
- Read the Teacher Candidate Preparation Guidelines and use them to refine their T’ai Chi Chih movements.
- Contact an accredited T’ai Chi Chih teacher to review their movements and receive helpful suggestions. This process may last for months, or even years, depending on the maturity and ability of the student.
- Remember that not everyone is meant to become an accredited T’ai Chi Chih instructor. The preparation process is not a mere formality, and only if the teachers decide a student is capable and ready to proceed with teacher training will a referral be made for the student.
- Only those who have received a referral from two accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers are eligible to register and attend a T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training course. The referral will remain valid for six months from the date of the second teacher’s signature. Download a Teacher Accreditation Referral Form
- Once the referral is received, the student selects a course and contacts the course host to make further arrangements. Teacher Training courses are listed in the Calendar section of The Vital Force and the Calendar of Events section of this website. Most accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers (and many students) subscribe to The Vital Force. Subscriptions are available here.
Candidates who come to learn, are properly prepared, and are willing to work openly with the Teacher Training course instructor and auditing teachers will gain the most from the experience. It is essential to be well prepared, especially when it comes to doing the T’ai Chi Chih movements properly.
The emphasis during the Teacher Training course is to help candidates become successful T’ai Chi Chih teachers. When candidates are properly prepared they can enjoy themselves, and the accreditation process, to the fullest extent. Some have stated to Justin that their T’ai Chi Chih Teacher Training was the most joyous week of their lives! This is why so many accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers return to audit Teacher Training courses each year.
Many accredited T’ai Chi Chih teachers look back on their Teacher Training course as a significant time of personal transformation. It is often the point where they really began to understand and embody the principles of T’ai Chi Chih, Joy Thru Movement. This is what the accreditation process is all about!