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.
  ‘Tai Chi for Health’ Instructors/practitioners ‘Whole Art Tai Chi Chuan’ Instructors/practitioners
Definition

 

 

 

An individual who teaches or practices one or more recognised style of Tai Chi solely for the purposes of holistic health improvement, omitting any aspect of martial training. May also incorporate Qigong into their syllabus. An individual with a complete understanding of all aspects of health and martial Tai Chi Chuan – including forms, weapons, push hands and martial applications. May also have various Qigong / Neigong systems as part of their syllabus.
Grades    
Basic (B)

 

Practitioners who are continuing their apprenticeship in training the art of Tai Chi for holistic health and can teach to a basic level. May attend but not vote or stand for election at General meetings. Practitioners who are continuing their apprenticeship in the entire Chinese internal arts curriculum and are able to teach all aspects at a basic level; they may attend but not vote or stand for election at General Meetings

 

Intermediate (I) Can practice and teach their chosen style(s) of Tai Chi for health to an acceptable level and will usually have at least 5 years’ experience. May vote at General Meetings but not stand for election. Can practice all aspects of Chinese internal arts to an acceptable level; they may vote at General Meetings etc., but not stand for election to the EC.
Advanced (A) Will normally have at least 8-10 years’ experience and teach Tai Chi for Health to a high standard. They may vote at General meetings and also stand for election Will normally will have at least 8-10 years’ experience of practising all aspects of Chinese internal arts in depth, they may vote at General Meetings etc. And stand for election to the Executive Committee
Senior (S) Currently under review. Contact us to discuss. It will be updated ASAP Will normally will have at least 20 years’ experience of practising all aspects of Chinese internal arts in depth; they may vote at General Meetings etc., stand for election to the Executive Committee and are in theory Technical Panel Qualified.

Instructor 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/