Instructor Grades

We have introduced a grading system as this gives people some indication of the level of experience and focus of the teachers. Do not feel that you must train with a Senior Instructor, only, as any of the teachers will have better knowledge and understanding of the art than a complete beginner, and will be able to start you on the long journey of learning internal arts. So look for a local teacher who is providing the type of training you want!

When searching, you have the option to filter by membership type: ‘whole art – health & martial’ or ‘health only’ as well as by region.

visit the instructor listings page at https://www.taichiunion.com/instructors/

Instructor Grades – whole art:

  • Senior Instructors (S) – normally will have at least 20 years experience of practising Chinese internal arts in depth
  • Advanced Instructors (A) – normally will have at least 8-10 years experience of practising Chinese internal arts in depth.
  • Intermediate Instructors (I) – practice Chinese internal arts to an acceptable level. Have at least 5 years experience.
  • Basic Instructors (B) – are continuing their apprenticeship in Chinese internal arts and able to teach at a basic level; they will usually still be training on a regular basis with their own instructor.

Instructor Grades for those training in Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese internal arts for health only:

  • Advanced Instructors (A) – normally will have at least 8-10 years experience of practising Chinese internal arts for health in depth.
  • Intermediate Instructors (I) – practice Chinese internal arts to an acceptable level. Have at least 5 years experience.
  • Basic Instructors (B) – are continuing their apprenticeship in Chinese internal arts and able to teach at a basic level; they will usually still be training on a regular basis with their own instructor.

TCUGB gradesInstructor member upgrades.
These are not done automatically, but members are encouraged to apply for upgrades, working towards senior, as they continue their training and development. Upgrade requests will be assessed by the Technical Panel. Please note, evidence of advancement is not based on duration alone; supporting evidence can include: paperwork/certificates, videos (youtube links preferred), testimonials, training records, etc. There is an assessment fee of £25 to cover admin, time reviewing evidence, etc.
To apply for an upgrade, please contact our treasurer & membership secretary using the form at: https://www.taichiunion.com/contact-the-treasurer/