How to become a teacher
Interested in Becoming a Tai Chi teacher?
The Tai Chi Foundation (TCF) and The School of Tai Chi Chuan (STCC) have been delivering exceptional professional teacher training programs for more than 40 years.
First, study with us. Since teaching relies on strong body-based knowledge, we draw candidates for teacher training primarily from our pool of advanced students, usually several years into their study. You can study with us via a weekly class or weekend workshop in a location near you and at an intensive residential program, usually 6-7 consecutive days at an attractive retreat site.
Due to COVID-19 distancing restrictions, TCF has increased the ways you can study from home:
- Online live-streaming classes.
- Recorded video of live classes OR of specially designed content for viewing "on-demand" at your convenience.
- Occasional intensive online events lasting 3-4 days, 2-3 hours a day.
Online study with us will remain available even after we return to in-person classes. This option is a valuable supplement, not a replacement, to the in-person learning experience.
To find class listings on our website, look under "Find a Class" or "Free Online Classes Click Here" or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Then, consider our Teacher Training Program.
After experiencing several levels of study with us, we may invite and encourage you to enter the teacher training program, or you may inquire on your own. We seek students willing to undergo our rigorous and comprehensive teacher training and who understand that teaching is another way of furthering your tai chi education.
Applying is a multi-step process in which you fill out and submit an application form along with a non-refundable $50 application fee. After an interview, and upon acceptance, you attend an intensive training program where your teacher training begins.
Your first step involves learning the basics of teaching the first third of the form with other classmates. Next, an extended part of the program consists of teaching actual classes emphasizing clarity of teaching from one's embodiment of the material. Participation in intensive trainings extends teacher training through many years with regular supervision and peer/community support.
Similar teacher training is available for Roots and Branches Five Element Qigong SM, The Eight Ways of Tai Chi Chuan™, and other advanced courses.
For more information, start by talking to teachers in your local affiliate school or your teachers at a TCF intensive program, and then contact Margaret Matsumoto at Matsu@taichifoundation.org
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